Not all online trade school, technical college or university training programs are equivalent. There are a few things a student should consider while researching online programs like the school’s reputation, accreditation, faculty and program length/cost.

Considerations When Choosing An Online School

  • Check Reputation – Do extra research on schools that are strictly online; example: check reviews on Google. Colleges with a real-world location to go along with their online learning options will often times have better reputations.
  • Accreditation – Accreditation is extremely important. If you spend a lot of time and money on a college degree from an unaccredited school, especially in fields like healthcare, job opportunities will be very difficult to come by. Read Why College Accreditation Is Important.
  • Staff Accessibility – Is meaningful contact with professors, counselors, and administration easy? This answer must be YES in my opinion.
  • Length of Program – If a “quick route to a bachelor’s degree” is a top selling point of the school you’re researching, be suspicious. There is no quick route through “two” or “four years” of credits unless you have a time machine. You may complete a 4 year course in under 4 years but the work you need to complete isn’t going to change. You’ll just bust your butt harder for 3 or 3 and a half years instead. Read How Long Is Trade School?
  • Cost of Program – Though online programs may be less expensive at times, that isn’t always the case. Be sure to research the cost of the program at the school you’re looking into and compare that cost to other local or online options. Read How Much Does Trade School Cost?

When it comes to learning and self improvement, the “easy” way is rarely the best one. So to cap off this short post; check online reviews of the schools you research, check the accreditation of the college, contact a few different school departments with your questions, and don’t rush!

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