Online students can easily fund their degree
Have a business plan which you are passionate about? Tell RoverPass about it for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship
The question of whether distance learning degrees or online degrees have less value than traditional one has been lingering in the air for years. But while completing your studies online may have advantages and disadvantages when compared to traditional colleges, employers usually tend to be more concerned with the reputation and the quality of the education that was provided by the educational institution the potential employee attended.
A study dating back from 2013 titled “The Market Value of Online Degrees as Credible Credential” found that employees usually perceive education that includes daily attendance and classroom instruction is more credible than online education.
Fast forward four years into the future and employers are now more open towards online education, especially if they themselves had experience with it. It’s true that distance learning degreesand online programs’ reputation have taken a beating, thanks to the unethical diploma mills. The perception is quickly changing, but remember this – it pays to be careful.
When looking at online colleges, keep your eyes open and try to spot any red flags. You should always research the college you’re thinking of applying. Find out all you can about its history and if possible talk to some ex-students. Search for testimonials and student feedback on forums or social media.
On top of that, make sure the college is offering federal student grants. If it doesn’t, it probably means it’s not accredited which means you should be walking away. Accreditation is another issue you should put on your list.
If a college isn’t accredited, then you shouldn’t waste your time and money taking its classes because your diploma won’t be worth anything once you graduate.
Once you have verified that your online college is in good standing, you can go ahead and tackle another student-specific problem – paying for university.
It’s true that the majority of online programs tend to be more affordable than their traditional counterparts, but even so, you might still require a sponsorship. If that’s the case, you should start your search early. Student grants are available from a variety of sources, but it’s important that you apply to as many as possible to ensure that you secure at least one scholarship.
Don’t know where to get started? Here’s a scholarship program you might want to take a look at. Camping website, RoverPass is looking to award a $1,000 scholarship to a student that is currently a high school senior or an undergraduate college student (both offline and online alumni can apply).
To apply, candidates are invited to submit an essay (500 to 750 words) which addresses the following topic: “What makes you passionate about building a business?”.
On top of that students are required to include a transcript of their coursework and their resume which should highlight their work experience, awards and honors.
The selection will be made based on the creativity of the essay, but work history and academic performance will also play a part in the judges’ decision. The deadline for this scholarship is December 31, 2017.