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Are online schools just in it for the money?

  • Angelina Casarez Angelina Casarez

    I can’t make a sweeping generalization about all online schools, but I would certainly say that my school, Southern New Hampshire University, is a legitimate school that is not in it just for the money. I went to several online schools before I transferred to Southern New Hampshire University, and a lot of them have hidden fees that are tacked on after you agree to go to school. But here, I know exactly what my bill is and I appreciate that. At this school, I truly feel like I am getting the education that I am paying for.

    When you are looking for a quality school that offers online classes and distance learning, you need to think about accreditation. That is the first thing to look for because you need to be sure that the degree you earn will be considered valid anywhere you go.

    It is also very important to consider certain criterion such as the availability of student resources. In my case, I knew immediately that I wanted to attend Southern New Hampshire University based on the personal connection that I felt with my advisor. She is always available to chat with me about any issues that I think need to be addressed. I can tell that she cares about me and that inspires me to put my trust in the school.

  • Tanya Faison Tanya Faison

    I believe online schools are not just in it for the money. In order to learn the most from an online school, you have to find a legitimate program. An important tip for finding a good school is to make sure that the school you choose is accredited. Accredited institutions will provide a higher quality of education because they are held to specific standards.

    You should also consider what the school is willing to invest in you. Make sure that you fully utilize a school’s resources in order to get the most value out of an online program. I recommend that you take every opportunity to use the library or any additional learning material that is provided for you.

    In particular, I know that webinars, or online seminars, are available at Walden University. Though I have never attended any, the webinars are designed to advise students and make us aware of opportunities. Sometimes they explicitly address ways to take advantage of school resources, while other times they discuss practical business skills. In some cases, my school provides webinars that detail the requirements of a specific career.

    Another resource that Walden University provides is an online tutoring service. A couple of the larger tutoring programs are the math and writing workshops. These tutoring programs allow students to submit work to a tutor who assesses the work and provides feedback.

    If Walden University was just in it for the money, the school would not bother to provide so many supplemental resources. So even though tuition is expensive, I know that I am paying for a number of enriching educational materials as I work toward my degree.

  • Jody Galis Jody Galis

    No, online schools are not just in it for the money, though some schools are certainly better than others. I know that for a fact because I have studied at 2 different online schools in the last several years. My experience with my current school, American Intercontinental University, has been wonderful. But before I enrolled there, I got my associates degree at Kaplan University, and I would discourage other online students from going there.

    To make sure an online school is legitimate, you should see if it is accredited and assess the kinds of resources that it offers its students. If you conduct a little bit of online research, you should be able to find out the status of a school’s accreditation. You should also make sure that the school you are considering will set you up for success. For example, one of the benefits of American Intercontinental University is that it provides us with an online library, which has links to relevant academic papers and all of the information we need to complete our homework assignments. In fact, part of the library is totally dedicated to ensuring student success. It offers webinars about time management and effective study habits.

    Finally, I know that American Intercontinental University isn’t just trying to make money because there are no hidden costs. All of my software and books are included in my tuition, so I know exactly how much I have to pay upfront. There are no secrets. And the school mails actual textbooks and software directly to my home. It is just like being on a physical campus, except that it is far more convenient since I don’t have to drop everything and leave my house when it is time for class.

  • Krystal Gransbury Krystal Gransbury

    I don’t think that online schools are just in it for the money because if that was the case, I wouldn’t be learning like I am. My school is teaching me a lot of useful information. Although I also looked into Strayer University and DeVry University, I chose to attend University of Phoenix because it has a good reputation. In addition, the admissions advisors at University of Phoenix were kind, and didn’t act like they were trying to sell me anything or push me into a program.

    Another reason I think that my online school is legitimate is that I have seen 1 of Phoenix’s brick-and-mortar campuses. In fact, I am located just a few miles away from the University of Phoenix campus in Reno, so I knew that I could use the resources center on campus if I wanted to. There is a library and a student lounge on campus, just like any other university setting. My school also offers online resources like tutoring. I wasn’t aware that they had all of these resources when I was looking into going to school there, so it has been a pleasant surprise.

  • Susan Griffin Susan Griffin

    Based on my experience at the University of Phoenix, I would have to say that online schools are not just in it for the money. But some schools are definitely better than others. A good way to tell if the school you are considering is legitimate is to assess the kinds of resources it has for students. For example, the University of Phoenix has online tutoring centers and writing centers that offer individual instruction.

    I also had both an admissions advisor and a financial aid advisor to help me navigate the enrollment process. I can reach them through e-mail or leave a message on the phone, and they always get back to me within 24 hours. The University of Phoenix also has a work enrichment center that helps students get leads on jobs after we graduate. This school offers me resources at every stage of the program, from the application to the diploma. Knowing that those resources are in place helps me feel secure. I don’t think the University of Phoenix would put this much effort into helping students get through school if they were just trying to earn a quick buck.

  • Alleisha Heard Alleisha Heard

    My experience has shown me that online schools are not just in it for the money. I have had a very positive experience at my school, University of Phoenix. I am sure that some schools are not as good, but I knew that University of Phoenix would be a strong choice right from the start because their website makes it very clear that it is a legitimate school.

    For example, a way that I could tell that University of Phoenix was legitimate is because it has accreditation, which is something that any prospective online student should look for when they are choosing a school. If a school has earned accreditation, that means it isn’t just a diploma mill. It means that the degree you earn will hold value to other people, such as your future employers.

    If you are new to the idea of online school and you want to know if a school is worth the money, you need to invest time into researching the school. Besides verifying that the school is accredited, you should look into aspects like its history, student population, ranking and whether or not it has any on-campus classes. Take your time and find the right school and program for you.

  • Brandon Johnston Brandon Johnston

    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.

  • Nancy Lockett Nancy Lockett

    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.

  • Cynthia Palmer Cynthia Palmer

    Some online schools are just trying to take your money, but there are several legitimate online schools that offer students a valuable education from quality teachers. But in order to find those good schools, you have to research your options carefully, which is what I did before I selected Ashford University.

    To make sure you choose a legitimate school, you need to check its reputation. Look to see that it is accredited so that you know you will get a degree that is actually worth something. You can usually find accreditation information on the school’s website. You should also make sure that the institution is well-established. You don’t want to go to a school that is only a few months old because it doesn’t have any credibility yet. I found out that Ashford University is an accredited school that has been in education since 1918, and that helped me to feel comfortable enrolling there.

    Another way to judge a school’s worth is to assess the kinds of resources that it provides for its students. Ashford University seems to care about helping its students succeed because it offers ways to help us study. For example, in each of our virtual classrooms, there is a portal called “Ask the Teacher” where we can post our questions. Usually, my questions are always answered within 24 hours. Alternately, we can email or call our professors directly. In addition to the human resources, like teachers, we also have use of an online library and writing center.

  • Justin Pettyjohn Justin Pettyjohn

    I honestly don’t believe that online school is about money. That certainly hasn’t been my experience at University of Phoenix. I feel that I have been able to get my money’s worth out of every class that I have taken because my teachers challenge me with each new subject. At the same time, if students want to get the education that they are paying for, they need to apply themselves to their program. Nothing is free, and that includes education.

    When students are checking into different online schools, they need to consider factors like accreditation, program history and whether they offer on-site education to ensure that they are choosing a legitimate program. Accreditation is important because it shows that a university has set up a high-quality learning environment that stands up to outside scrutiny. Students should also investigate the history of any school that they are considering. I think a well-established school will have more to offer than a school that started yesterday. And personally, I wouldn’t go to a school that doesn’t have satellite campuses, because I think it is important to know that there are real people that stand behind the name of a school.

    For my part, I am very happy with my Information Technology, Networking and Telecommunications program at University of Phoenix because my school offers many different kinds of educational resources. For instance, we have access to an online library where you can do research and have your papers peer reviewed. There are even online resource centers that offer tutoring help. And if you have access to an actual University of Phoenix campus, any student is allowed to go online and use its facilities.