Getting a bachelor degree online is no longer a far-fetched notion. Many schools exist primarily to offer non-traditional students a way to earn a college degree, without having to participate in the traditional classroom setting. Some colleges that offer traditional classroom courses now also offer online programs as a way to expand their student base and make getting a degree more convenient for some students.
Not all online bachelor degree programs are accredited by a third party. To make sure you are getting the best education and value for your money, make sure to enroll in a program that is accredited. Accreditation means the program has been reviewed by an outside party with no bias. When a school is accredited, it means that the program you are enrolling in will help meet your goals and will actually prepare you for a career once you finish the bachelor's program. Some professions will only allow you to be employed if you attended an accredited college or university.
A traditional, in-person bachelor's degree program takes four years to complete, with a student earning about 30 credits per year, for a total of around 120 credits. The exact number of credits needed to graduate varies from program to program. You should expect an online program to take about the same amount of time as an in-person one, though if you work very hard, you may be able to finish the program in 3 or 3 1/2 years.
While online programs may be slightly less expensive than attending a traditional bachelors program, the cost can still be very high. When looking at an online program, be sure to consider the cost of each course as well as any additional costs, such as technology fees and the price of books. You can apply for federal aid for most online programs to help you pay for school.