No, online schools are not just in it for the money. Everyone that I have met at the University of Phoenix has been invested in my education, which clearly indicates to me that it isn’t just about the incoming cash. My advisors help me get the information I need, when I need it. The level of attention they pay surprised me at first because it is easy to feel anonymous online. Yet my facilitators are always there and willing to help.
As far as getting value for your money at an online school, it is all about how much you put into your own education. Nobody can force you to work hard, but if you spend the appropriate amount of time in class and push yourself, you will learn things that you wouldn’t be able to learn on your own. I think the keys to success are to attend to all your reading materials, promptly do your assignments, and most importantly, discuss the concepts with your classmates.