Education online is a growing field of opportunity for those who are unable to complete a traditional course of college education. Reasons are varied for people being unable to complete normal college information, but may include financial and time constraints.Online college courses tend to cost less than campus courses, but more importantly when receiving your education online you can still work. Holding down a full time job may be essential to some at the same time as studying because they are not only having to pay for their college education but also their course books and day to day living costs. An online college education has a greater flexibility in how you manage your time and so gives you a better chance to still hold a full time job or fulfill other responsibilities.There may also be people who want to further their college education but do not have the time for traditional courses because they work full time, or are raising children and do not want to put them in daycare whilst they attend to their course requirements. For them attending online college courses gives them the flexibility to study after work, or when the children are napping or have gone to bed.Even if you are studying for your degree through a traditional campus institution, there may be courses that are available online, that will give you a little more freedom to perhaps take extra college courses in one semester and less in another if you need to play catch up or else make a semester easier because of upcoming commitments.Many, if not all colleges will now provide course information and education materials online. This is not to allow people to skip classes, or to enable them to sleep through lectures but rather as a support to the education that they are receiving.Courses are available in many areas of study including such areas as computer science and programming, foreign languages, theoretical sciences, the arts-almost everything that a traditional college can offer education in.Other than the requirements for payment for your courses there may be educational prerequisites too. You will also need to purchase the course materials and will need a computer with internet access for the online access to classes. Occasionally a telephone may be needed, to call into a class and listen to a live lecture, or to participate in a seminar or other discussion.Exams may be held online, but there is also likely to be a requirement at some point through the course, for you to sit an exam under normal exam conditions, on campus. There are other times that you may be required to be on campus too and this should be born in mind when considering which course you which to do, because if you sign up for a college a thousand miles away you may struggle when the dean wants to hold interviews to confirm that it really was you that took the course and exam.
When it’s time to estimate the cost of a college education, most teens and their parents quickly add up tuition, room and board. But what about the additional costs of higher education? The sticker shock of college can often send freshmen and their parents reeling. By taking a look at the broader picture in advance, preferably while teens are still in the early years of high school, parents can be better prepared to afford the true cost of today’s college educations.Textbooks for classes average roughly $800 per semester today, with some majors requiring books and lab equipment that cost far more. If you’re going to major in engineering, you can expect to pay as much as $1,500 some semesters during your upper level courses. Add in printing supplies, notebooks and all the other school necessities as well to the tune of another $200 for the year.One thing is inevitable when lots of people live together in close proximity, they will get sick. Particularly freshmen. Studies have shown that the average freshman university student spends almost one hundred dollars on items like cold remedies, tissues, cough syrup and other over the counter medications.The dining halls may have a lot to offer, but no student can go without pizza and burgers for too long, so we’ll list this as a necessity. Figure on a few hundred dollars each semester for take-out and delivery foods. Be honest and adjust accordingly if you’re really into eating out. Some people like to eat at a really nice restaurant once a week; others are fine with McDonald’s all the time.What about transportation? Will you be keeping a car on campus? Then you’ll probably have to pay for a university parking permit. Will you be driving home regularly on the weekends to see your family and friends? Taking road trips with your new college friends? You’ll need money for gasoline, upkeep on your car and auto insurance. If you will be attending school thousands of miles from home, it can be quite expensive to fly home for the holidays, so make sure you book flights well in advance to save money.Computers are as essential as textbooks for students today. Be sure you check with your college or university to see if they recommend a particular brand or model; some offer special discounts that can save you hundreds of dollars.Cell phones can vary vastly in cost; be sure to compare plans and check out the coverage at your school. If you can stay with a family plan that has full coverage in the area where your school is located, it’s probably your best bet. Be aware, though, that cell phone bills for college students often go up sharply freshman year because of phone calls home and to high school friends. Text messaging can also jack up the cost, so review the bill each month and adjust your plan if need be.Internet access is another reasonable expense that you’ll probably want to consider if you live off-campus in an apartment. While there will be free internet access at many points on campus, including libraries and classrooms, its much easier to work from home, so the investment, which is usually less than twenty dollars a month, is worth it.Entertainment, including movies, dances and shows, are popular on college campuses. Fortunately, the campus centers usually offer them at a reduced rate to save students a bit of money. The occasional new game cartridge, CD or MP3 download should also be budgeted for. Again, be honest with yourself when estimating how much you’re likely to spend so that you’re prepared.When preparing for the hidden expenses of college, students need to sit down with their parents and honestly evaluate how much money they think they will need and plan ahead to add these to the more obvious expenses of tuition, room and board. The resulting figure they come up with will give them a more accurate idea of the real cost of a college education.