Is an online education really that cheap?

According to U.S. News and World Report, online higher education options aren’t necessarily cheaper than the traditional brick-and-mortar schools.

The report attempts to “debunk” the myths surrounding the theory that online education may be a cheaper option for some students.

According to, tuition costs for online courses, or degrees in some cases, are more expensive due technology and faculty costs.

“Even if tuition for an online program looks appealingly low, students should be sure to look into whether they will be paying any additional fees, says Vickie Cook, director of the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service at the University of Illinois—Springfield.”

Depending on the type of school the student chooses, the cost of attending varies. Selecting a private higher education institution that offers online programs will certainly trend higher than a public university with controlled costs.

It’s also worth mentioning that many for-profit schools offer online programs. The costs associated with these programs and schools will sometimes rival that of some of the country’s best schools.

The important of researching the type of school a student wants to attend and what costs may come with attaining one’s degree will be paramount.

The U.S. News and World Report’s article also suggests that students qualify for student loans and Pell Grants even for an online education; a myth that needs to be busted.

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