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How Adult Students Can Choose the Right Online College

When adults are searching for an online degree program, there are many factors they might consider before committing to one school. First and foremost, they are worried about the cost of an online degree. They also want to know if financial aid is a possibility. Other factors include the flexibility of online classes, the length of a program, and finding the right program for their career goals.

If you're an adult searching for an online college, research is luckily easy to do with today’s resources. You no longer have to look in a phone book or drive to a college in order to find your perfect college match.

Here are 7 things you should do when choosing an online college

Make a list of what you’re looking for

Researching colleges can be overwhelming. To help with your search, start out by making a list of what’s important to you. You can start with the list below, then add additional factors, such as classes you’re interested in taking, professors within the program, and the values of the college.

Find the right degree program for you

It’s a good idea to have a ballpark idea of what degree you’re seeking. Take note of what you want to do with your degree after graduation, your interests, and your professional strengths. If you’re seeking an online master’s degree, we can help you find out which master’s degree is right for you.

Search for accredited online colleges

Attending an accredited college is important. You not only want to find a college that has been around for a while, you want to find one that is recognized and validated, ensuring you receive the best education out there.

Research cost and financial aid

It seems like everything is expensive these days, right? But an online degree is more affordable than you might think. Look into repayment options, financial aid for adults, and the cost and fees associated with the particular degree you are seeking.

View the online classroom format

Since you want to get your degree online, you will dive into the online classroom format from day one. Research and ask questions about this, because you’ll want to be able to understand how to do your coursework. Most colleges offer a preview of the online classroom, which is often called Brightspace.

Consider the length of classes and program

Earning a degree as an adult can be challenging, especially with having to balance your work life and family life at the same time. To assist, search for faster online degree programs. CCU offers many courses that only last five weeks, which will help you complete your degree sooner.

Chat with an enrollment counselor

If you don’t have too much time to research, contact an enrollment counselor to help answer all your questions. You can also read through a list of the most common FAQs about online degree programs.


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