Online schools offer a different experience than most of the classes many of us are used to attending. In order to make the experience of an online education as rewarding as possible, there are some important things to consider before signing up for an online degree.

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Do I have access and knowledege of the proper equipment? Online schools require access to computers and at least a working knowledge of standard software. Are you going to be able to complete assignments and respond to discussions as required? Will you be able to afford other specific software if it a requirement for the online course?

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Are online school credits transferable? Ask the institution directly. Most online schools vary by course and individual school policy. Make sure to ask with reference to the traditional school you would like to transfer the credits to, as often it is up to the receiving school to make the transfer.

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Is it an accredited online college degree? The value of an online degree often rests on whether an institution is accredited. Accredited online college courses are available from most online schools, accreditation simply means that the online school or college has passed a certain level of standards through a recognized organization for upholding quality education.

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Are there scholarships or financial aid available for online degrees and programs? Yes, definitely. Research the online school(s) of choice and talk to a representative from that particular online college to see what is available. You may also choose to research scholarships online, but just beware of scholarship scams.

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Are former graduates satisfied with the overall experience of online education? Talk to people who have taken online college courses. Ask the institution for graduate references. Find forums from online schools or chat rooms with actual students attending the school of your choice. These people can prove to be a big help in making your decision of earning a bachelors degree online.

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What is the percentage of job placement for graduates of online colleges? Again, talk to a representative from the online college you would like to attend. This statistic can also be a deciding factor in your research of online college degree programs.

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