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Friday, May 20, 2011

Meet Your Bachelor (Degree) Online

Instead of an internet dating service, this information applies to an online course that would grant you a Bachelor’s Degree. This is the first step in your academic achievement, besides an Associate’s Degree, that will bring you closer to your goal of higher education and hopefully a great job.

With a traditional college or university, you will likely spend four years or 8 semesters gaining such a degree. Some colleges do have accelerated programs that allow you to get a Bachelor’s Degree in just three years. This usually means attending summer school or loading down your course schedule with more than the regular 5 subjects each semester.

Having a Bachelor’s Degree means you have completed about 120 credits in specialized study. Each subject you take is on the average worth about 3 credits, each semester. The initial required subjects are the same for an Associate’s Degree and include: The Liberal Arts and Sciences, Communication, Natural Sciences/Mathematics, Humanities and Social Science.

These are considered the core subjects. Then, there are the special areas of study that make up the individual’s major and minor courses and these depend on what profession a student is pursuing. And finally, the electives are chosen to complete the students curriculum.

The two most common types of degrees awarded are the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science. Bachelor Degrees are also commonly given in Applied Science, Economics, Business, Fine Arts and Medicine.

In order to be accepted into any college, university, distance education or other online school, you must have at least a high school diploma or GED. If you have attended a junior or community college and gained an Associate’s Degree, you may be able to transfer your credits towards a Bachelor’s Degree.

Check with your school of choice and see whether or not your credits will be accepted. It’s also important to apply yourself well while in school, because a Grade Point Average (GPA) of lower than 2.0 will not bring you a degree. If you hope to enter Graduate School, then you will need a minimum GPA of 3.0 when graduating. Make sure the school you are looking into is accredited with the US Department of Education.

The average cost of getting a Bachelor’s Degree is $20,000-$80,000 depending on the school you attend and the profession you hope to end up in. The cost of getting your degree through online classes is significantly lower and can range from $11,000-$25,000 depending on the school.

Whether or not you are a resident of the state from which the school operates will also determine these fees. If you are not a resident, the price can be as high as $50,000 for online courses. However, there are many grants and student loans available to assist with financing your education. One of these is the Federal Pell Grant for those who qualify and never has to be paid back.

Taking into consideration the lower costs involved and the flexibility and convenience of home study, online degree programs are becoming the option of choice to the tune of 4 million per year. Maybe you would like to join them.

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