Online Degrees Programs Denver CO
Westminster , CO
Denver , CO
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By Hally Z.
If you are looking to earn an online degree , there are a plethora of online programs in all types of schools and specialties. However, you should be careful when choosing a specific online degree program, since in many cases the school may not really be as advertised. Here are the right questions to ask when choosing an online degree :
What types of accreditation do you hold and from which agency?
Online schools, much like "brick-and-mortar" schools, need to be accredited in order for their degrees to be recognized by other schools and businesses. Quite often, "diploma mill" online schools will verify that they are accredited and even make up the name of a fake accrediting agency. However, truly accredited schools (in the United States) will hold accreditation from one of the following six regional accreditation agencies:
All of these regional agencies are recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
If I have completed credits/courses from a different school, how many will you accept?
Does the institution grant credits from CLEP (College Level Examination Program) or DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support) examinations?
If the online school accepts credit/course transfers or equivalency test credits, you will significantly shorten the time required to earn your degree, as well as the costs associated with attaining that degree. Not all online schools accept outside credits/courses or equivalency tests, so be sure to ask.
What kind of financial assistance do you offer? How do you determine if an applicant has financial need?
Many online schools offer scholarships, fellowships, grants, stipends or loans to qualifying student applicants. However, there are usually specific criteria that must be met before the student can obtain financial assistance.
How much is your tuition? What is included in the tuition (books, software lab fees, etc.)? Do you offer payment plans?
Online schools will charge different tuitions for their courses, as well as for semester/credit/lab hours. Some schools may include books with the tuition costs, while others will charge for course items separately. Many schools also charge for the use of course software, servers, and lab time. Finally, if you find yourself unable to pay the full tuition amount at the start of the school semester or year, it is good to know if the school has any payment plans in place.
Do you offer any educational assistance, such as tutoring? Are the instructors available for after-hour ...