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Online College Degree

Keith Said:

Have you been discriminated for having an online college degree?

We Answered:

Doesn't anyone use the SEARCH function around here? This question has been asked a lot... and also WRONGLY answered a lot. So, maybe, unless you found one of MY answers, it's better that you didn't search.

Simply stated, there is nothing wrong with an online degree AS LONG AS IT IS ACCREDITED by an agency approved by the US Department of Education (USDE) and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Online does not mean sub-standard. That's, simply, a myth... and a ridiculous one, at that.

Online degrees have a bad name in the minds of those who don't really know what they're talking about (some of whom, no doubt, will chime-in and show their ignorance here) because so many DIPLOMA MILLS and DEGREE MILLS (which, incidentally, are pretty much the same thing... just two different phrases for it) nearly ALL use the "online" modality as their coursework delivery system.

Unfortunately, what MAKES them degree mills is that they don't really deliver any coursework. They just sell degrees for a price, without requiring real work (often ANY work) on the part of the student. Naturally, such "online" degrees are worthless.... even WORSE than worthless... and can even get one arrested for putting same on his/her resume in some states.

Stupid (and, yes, I use that word intentionally, because at this point in time, one would have to be downright STUPID not to know this) employers who don't realize that there is a UNIVERSE of difference between an online diploma mill "degree" (and I use the term loosely), and a genuine, bonda fide, fully-accredited, completely legitimate, rigorous college/university degree which just happened to be delivered via distance learning in the form of an online modality, may very well toss your resume (because it lists an online degree) into the trash. Knuckleheads like that are still out there. But if they're THAT out of touch, why would you ever want to work for one of them? Get a clue.

Even Harvard and Yale offer online programs. The trick, again, is to ensure that whatever distance learning degree program you enter is truly ACCREDITED by a USDE- and/or CHEA-approved agency; and the really easy way to determine that is to simply look-up the online school (and/or its program) which you are considering in either or both of the USDE and/or CHEA databases at:

If the online school (or the school offering the program via some other form of distance learning) isn't in that database, then it is not accredited. And if it's not accredited (even though there are, indeed, many unaccredited programs which are, nevertheless, credible), STAY AWAY.

Distance learning students, studies have found, tend to be more dedicated and disciplined (mostly because they have no peer and support group around them, like in-classroom students do, to keep up their spirits and encourage them to work hard and do well). Those same studies show that most distance learning students work harder, too. One such study, by the US Department of Education itself, was released just a month or so ago. Here's an article about it (which includes a link to a copy of it):…

Do NOT fear an online degree... at least as long as it's accredited.

Like any other degree, it will be viewed better if it's from a top-tier school, of course. But it should not be viewed as sub-standard just because it's an "online" (or any other form of distance learning) credential.

Also, many schools will not put on either the diploma, or the transcript, that it was a distance learning degree. And there's nothing ethically wrong with not pointing it out (as long as you don't deny if asked). So, therefore, many potential employers may not even realize that it's a distance learning degree... that is, unless maybe they look at where you've lived, and then realize that the degree was from a school on the other side of the country, and then put two and two together. But even then, that's nothing to be ashamed of, contrary to what some people will claim. If you're challenged about it, simply furrow your eyebrows as if you don't understand why it's even an issue, and then also SAY that.

If you're in an interview with a potential employer who challenges the validity of a fully-accredited online degree, then EDUCATE him or her right then and there, by firing back the likes of what I've written here. Make sure that s/he does not confuse "online" with either "sub-standard" or, worse, "diploma mill." And if s/he doesn't get it after that, then, trust me, you're better off not working for him/her.

Hope that helps.

Renee Said:

Have you gotten a college degree online?

We Answered:

You can easily compare info about these schools in this site -

Laurie Said:

Do employers look down on people who get a college degree online?

We Answered:

It really depends on who is hiring. Take for example the last 2 companies I work in, the more "traditional" manager make fun of online degrees all the time, he even refuse to interview candidates with online degrees, but the other manager is more open to the idea although he remain skeptical. He grants the interview then access for himself if the candidate is up for the job.

Rita Said:

how much should an online college degree cost?

We Answered:

It varies greatly between different institutions. The one thing you should be looking at though, so you get the best for your buck, is the "cost per credit hour" compared to its reputation, and which falls into your budget line. You can compare reputations of institutions by going to the U.S. News College Rankings website and searching for your school. You'd be suprised to find schools like University of Phoenix, which are at the bottom of the list, and not considered a very good school, charging more than major universities such as UMASS or East Carolina University. Usually you will be able to find really good schools at a cost per credit hour of $150 - $250. Since each course is 3-credits, one class would range from $450 - $750. That is still on the cheap range. You can find EVEN better schools, such as Drexel University, George Washington University, Harvard University, Syracuse University... etc, that charge $800 - $1200 per credit hour, so each class at these and other more expensive colleges would roughly range between $2,400 - $3,600 per class. Now if you want to know how much it would cost to go to school for one year, understand that a fulltime student takes minimum 4 classes per semester, 2 classes is considered part time. And I know the math doesnt add up, but 30 credit hours, or 10 classes is supose to equal 1 year (the other two credits are assumed to be taken during winter or summer breaks). Since an associates = 2 years = 60 credit hours. A bachelors = 4 years = 120 credit hours, you can see the math.

So finally to answer your question "How much should an online college degree cost" - Well, without the cost of books or any other expenses, it should cost between $4,500 - $15,000 a year, depending on "Cost per credit hour". And to complete a bachelors, it should cost around (total) $18,000 - $60,000.

(The math was done with a cost-per-credit hour range of $150 - $500)

Tommy Said:

How to earn an online college degree fast?

We Answered:

There are a lot of good, flexible distance degree programs offered by traditional colleges, and a few for-profit colleges such at University of Phoenix. Spend some time researching these. But I have to warn you... do *not* make speed your first criteria for choosing a degree program. You'll pay for it in the end. The fastest programs are often less reputable, and many online degrees (such as the one advertised in email spam) are completely worthless.

Contrary to popular belief, a college degree is *not* valuable primarily because of the piece of paper you get at the end. It's valuable primarily because you actually do get a substantial amount of training in four years of college, and employers tend to hire people and pay them better when they know they've come from a reputable program in their field. So while speed and convenience might be your second-most important factor, never let it take the place of quality. Employers do pay attention.

Nellie Said:

How long can an online college degree get finished?

We Answered:

I think some you can rush and some mail you course materials which slows things a bit. I do not think any real legit ones will let you finish too fast-makes them look bad!

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