My online degree is no cheaper than going to a traditional school. I do my schooling through Southern New Hampshire University’s distance learning option, so I pay the same tuition as a student actually living at that school would. All students pay a bit less than $1,000 per course. I made sure to compare the costs at many different institutions and I found out that my tuition costs less money than a lot of the purely online schools that I researched.
Even so, college is not cheap. I am paying for school with a combination of government-subsidized student loans and a Pell grant. My school walked me through the process of obtaining financial aid through the FAFSA, which is the federal application for aid. I appreciate that the school made sure I had all my ducks in a row, so to speak, before I started class. And while I know it will take a long time to pay off my student loans, I view it as an investment in my future.