Online degrees come in all subjects and at all levels of education. Given the choice of subjects, it's even possible to earn all levels of college degree without ever setting foot in a traditional classroom.
While this complete absence of classroom attendance may seem attractive to some perspective students, others prefer the interpersonal communications that come with the traditional, campus-based classroom environment instead of the independent education that comes from earning online degrees from remote locations.
These two examples of study, the internet-only online degrees versus the strictly classroom studies, are extremes, of course, with an almost unlimited number of ways to blend the two to make earning a college degree easier than ever for most students.
For example, many online degrees can be completed entirely online but others require a little practical experience, usually in a job-training setting that mimics the real world. Or is a part of the real world, such as a hospital or other medical facility if the medical profession is the career in mind.
Online degrees make study time much more flexible for students who must also hold down jobs or are responsible for family matters. Even in the professions that require some practical, on the job, experience during the learning process, a great deal of the studying can be done via computer and the internet at a time that works best for the student.
Financing a college degree can leave many perspective students sleepless, worrying about how to pay for tuition and still makes ends meet elsewhere, but there is usually the same amount of financial aid available to students studying for online degrees as there is for students attending class in a more traditional manner. The key to finding funding for your online degree is to enroll in an accredited school.
Even schools offering online degrees must meet or exceed the standards and regulations dictated by the accrediting bodies for different regions of the country. And every state in the union requires licensing of all legitimate educational institutions.
One way to know if your school of interest is accredited is with the option to apply for federally guaranteed student loans to fund online degrees. Only the schools that meet the appropriate standards can offer such loans.