Although some online schools may not be trustworthy, my school is not just in it for the money. I can see how people might come to that conclusion since they are quite expensive. Yet, I think that online school provides a way for people who can’t go to traditional schools to educate themselves.
Because it is a difficult matter to judge, online students need to put some effort into researching different schools before they decide where to go. For instance, a major factor that students need to consider when choosing an online school is whether it has the necessary accreditation. Accreditation is what makes the degree you earn valuable, so if your school is accredited, then it is not in it just for the money. But you may need to conduct your own research to verify an institution’s accreditation. You can start by looking online. If you want to be really sure, then you can call the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, like I did.
Another factor to think about when choosing a school is price. I chose to get my degree from Ashford University because it was cheaper than the other online schools that I explored. After researching and comparing costs, I determined that Ashford University was the most reasonable online school, as opposed to an extremely popular school like University of Phoenix.
Finally, students can tell whether an online school is legitimate based on the variety of resources that it offers to increase your chances of success. At Ashford University, I have an academic advisor and financial advisor to assist me throughout the program. My academic advisor touches base with me every 2 or 3 months to see how I am doing. In fact, I just received a call from her today, although we usually communicate using e-mail because we have conflicting work schedules. I communicate with my financial advisor using e-mail as well. I typically expect a response from my advisors within 24 hours, which lets me know that I am a priority for them.