Is Online Education Cheaper Than Traditional On-Campus Education?

Along with the widespread advantages of online education, wouldn’t that be an additional bonus if the tuition was cheaper as well? Contrary to popular belief, tuition fees for online education are not cheaper than your traditional brick and mortar college or university education. Current information that boasts cheaper online education can be misleading.

There are a lot of “what ifs” when it comes to education costs. Tuition will certainly be more expensive if you attend a private school as opposed to a public school. But you will not find any great cost savings by attending school online instead of on-campus. The courses you choose, whether online or on-campus, will generally cost you a specified amount per credit. Depending on the amount of credits your degree or certificate needs, will decide the total cost of your tuition.

If you do happen to come across an unbelievable deal for achieving your degree online, then beware. The validity of the degree may be as unbelievable as the price. Diploma Mills will take your money in exchange for a fake degree. They are a huge business and make lots of money off of the unsuspecting student. A sure sign of a Diploma Mill is if you see “Achieve your Bachelor’s Degree for $425” or “Get Your Degree in as little as 27 Days” -Beware! If what the online school is offering seems too good to be true – it probably is.

So, despite its convenience and flexibility, online education offers no cost advantage on your tuition. But wait, you can still save money. Having the ability to engage in your education from the comforts of your own home has many cost savings benefits attached to it. You could save hundreds or thousands of dollars alone in:

Auto Expenses – first off, there isn’t the extra expense of gas and we are all aware (and sensitive) towards our rising gasoline prices. Depending on how far you would typically have to drive to university, this could be a substantial savings. Parking on campus can also do a good job at keeping your wallets empty over the course of a semester. And there are always other accompanying costs which come with owning a vehicle.

Room and Board – If the college or university offering your program is too far away that you can’t commute, then online education can save you a huge chunk of cash on not having to pay for food and lodging close to the campus. Costs for room and board alone can sometimes add up to more than the tuition fees.

There are still other minor cost savings benefits that are recognized from taking your courses online. But the real benefit is that, if it wasn’t for online education, some people wouldn’t have the ability to pursue a post secondary education at all. Many are working or have families and they cannot attend school during the day. For others, online education can be the source of “hard to find” course that they need. The benefits are many.

The costs of developing, implementing and delivering distance education courses can be substantial. Online Institutions have not passed these costs onto the students as one would think. We are actually fortunate that the cost of online education isn’t higher than on-campus tuitions.

Distance Education – A Sin In Bangladesh

From very early childhood of mine I have known that knowledge is power. I have read about many scholars’ life where their knowledge acquiring process was quite different, in fact knowledge was the priority and nothing else. Today there is a trend of gaining knowledge by not attending school physically. In simple thinking this is good when attending school is difficult due to some reason. But the situation we face in countries like Bangladesh indicates the opposite. The following story will clarify all, I believe, –

It is a story of a boy living in Bangladesh. He was a good student from a middle class family. He studied till the completion of his graduate degree with the support from his family. In Bangladesh there is not much scope to work parallel to the studies. Still he worked hard to earn some money for his family during his education. In fact he was very caring for his family, especially the parents. He sacrificed many of the opportunities for education and earning because they would compel him to go away from home that would leave his parents alone and helpless.

He had a very keen interest for earning good quality knowledge through education. But in Bangladesh education is rather certificate oriented. Plus if one wants to study in some professional trend after the graduate level, he must engage himself fully with education leaving any earning scope behind. Though there are some students here who work parallel to postgraduate education, they leave their family behind and still do not earn knowledge adequately; even the examinations for certificate gaining, the main motto for many here, are also postponed day after day.

So my hero (?!) could not proceed for post graduate education in his country. He did not even have the money to travel up to the university, let alone paying the admission fees and expenses for standard books. Instead he searched for a job for the maintenance of his family and also important treatments of his parents like eye surgery. But he never quit his struggle for knowledge. As Bangladeshi institution had very little scope for scholarship, he started to search for scholarship, that is, full free studentship. He did not want to leave his country because that would cost him the amount of money that is too much beyond his capacity and also he would have to leave his helpless parents alone. With his strong desire he managed so many distance education opportunity fully free of cost that he reached the highest level of education. Parallel to this he could earn and maintain his family, though that was very tough for him to maintain the standard of knowledge.

But when he began to study by distance learning mode, his friends, and related people disbelieved him. They took him as a very immature person and advised him not to waste time after worthless things. As he did not leave the education, they started making fun of him, and finally they took him as a cheater who is lying in the name of new things. He got severe disappointment from them for his success in acquiring knowledge in place of any congratulation or applauds. But he never stopped. He knew that he must be a wise man and also maintain his family properly.

But the biggest blow came from his professional brethren. The institute, where he did his job, had some employee with higher education by on-campus education. First they were expressionless about him, but when they saw his name and photo on the national news papers for his successes and contribution, they became very annoyed, and they warned him against cheating and reminded him of the consequences of cheating, though my hero was never lying or cheating. Finally when he started to avoid any publicity and concentrated in personal education and development, willingly many of his co-workers insulted him mentioning that he has no qualification to maintain such activity for himself. They advised him how to learn and who can learn.

Parallel to all these, his country’s authorities never recognized his degrees and education and he stopped letting others know about what he did by distance education. He erased his distance education degrees from his visiting card and when someone asks about his educational qualification he only mentions up to his bachelor degree education. But he never stopped his work for education and learning. May be .01% of his surrounding people encouraged him for his effort, but that was invisible in the crowd to insults, though he always remembers and admits the benefits of those scanty supports.

That was the entire example. The person I talked about needed to conceal his name and introduction to avoid further harassment, though he may be facing the same for infinite period of time. But what is your opinion? Is distance education a sin? I believe it is at least a sin, practically, in Bangladesh.

A joke: Did you know Bangladeshi’s are very much fond of British ordinary and advanced level certification? Also did you know that Bangladesh has an Open University? How funny, isn’t it!

Getting Your Degree Online Or On-Campus – Which One is Better and Why?

With the invention of Internet, there are many things that are now possible to do or made easier. Education is one of those things. Now students can take classes and not go to an actual campus. This is great news for those who are having difficulties completing a formal education. Let’s take a look at both the pros and cons of online educations versus real campus educations to find a choice that suits each person.

Pros of Online Educational Programs

The main advantage of online courses is the flexibility in when you work on your class. You are able to work around your schedule. There may be times you have to be online for interaction, but most of the work is done when it is convenient for you. You can interact with your instructor by email.

Also with online classes you are encouraged to be more interactive with other students. If you are behind a computer you will feel free to state your questions, fears or ideas, including those students who may not say anything in a normal classroom. Also, the cost is very close as you do not pay for boarding, food and commuting fees.

Cons of Online Educational Programs

The biggest disadvantage is the self discipline it takes to take a class online. Many people are taking classes online because they have many other commitments and this allows them to do that. They may find it harder to complete the needed and required course work.

Pros of Campus Education

A big advantage with this type of learning is the interaction with guest lecturers, professors and other students in the class. This provides intellect they may not otherwise receive and help improve their communication skills. They also have access to more academic materials that will help them in their education and future. It also helps build a sense of belonging.

There are some degrees that need the practical experience of a class room like medicine, engineering and health-care.

Cons of Campus Education

The only disadvantage is that your have a fixed time and number of sessions that have to be attended to receive your degree. If you have a career or other life situations going on it will make it difficult to do this.

Decide what is Best for You

Both learning options are great and have their down falls, it is up to you to decide what is best for you and will meet your needs.