Online learning is a great way to get an education on your own terms and there are many options when it comes to learning. Whether you’re looking for an actual degree, you just want a certification, or you’re only looking to brush up on your knowledge and skills, there are options for you online. Some of them are even free.
Remember, college can lead to a good deal of student debt, which can be hard to pay off if you don’t get a job that pays well right out of college. College isn’t cheap, but you get get a good job with a trade school certification for less of a cost. Here are some options for learning online, including college.
Getting A Degree
You can get a degree online without ever setting foot inside a college. There are colleges that are only in existence online and don’t even have a brick and mortar campus. You apply online, get your financial aid online, get your books in the mail or via PDF, and you attend courses (or chat rooms) online.
Some online only colleges can have cheaper tuition than those that have both online and on-campus teaching. There is also some extra work involved when it comes to online schooling, you need to be great with time management and driven to get your degree.
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If four years of college doesn’t seem like something you want to contend with when it comes to your education and getting a good job (or getting ahead in the career you already have), there are other options. You could go to a trade school to get the education you need to become anything from a salon professional to a mechanic.
Before you opt for technical school you should take some time to research what kind of licensing you’ll need for your dream career, and find out how many hours of schooling you’ll need to attend to get that certification and licensing. You also want to make sure the school you pick will give you all the teaching you need in order to get you that far.
If you already have a degree and just want a refresher course, or you just want to learn something new, there are tons of options online for free college courses. With sites like Coursera, you can learn about music theory, learn basic Spanish, learn about astronomy, and more. Some of the courses will let you do things on your own time, while some will require you to follow a plan.
These free courses won’t give you any kind of certification or degree, but you walk away with new or refreshed knowledge on subjects that are interesting to you or that can help you move forward in your career and life.