Learning online is super easy, PLUS your boss may pay your tuition
Online programs have made going back to school seamless for working or busy adults. All you need is an internet connection to get to class, rather than trekking across a giant campus or (worse) trying to find parking as a commuter student. And despite some skepticism for the quality of online programs, experts attest that they are often just as good as traditional degrees, where students sit in classrooms. In addition to the flexibility, it offers students the ability to communicate through technology -- both with other students and with teachers. This combined with it being more affordable, explains why according to a study in U.S. News, online enrollment has steadily risen since the fall of 2014.
It’s also far less pricey than attending traditional universities and private schools because you’re not paying for room and board, and you can study while earning income at your job. Besides all that, it may actually be even faster to get your degree online. Many online programs cut the fat by providing targeted degree options that take away extraneous classes that aren’t directly related to your major. (That means no more forced languages or “math for poets” classes). Not to mention that in your adult life, you have someone other than your parents and the federal government to hit up for tuition: your boss. As long as you’re not planning to study for a new career and abandon them, it behooves your employer to help you educate yourself. In addition to smarter, well-trained, happier employees, they get a good old tax break for their generosity. Up to $5,250 of employer-provided educational assistance is tax free, even if it’s for classes that aren’t related to your current gig, according to a recent study by the American Institute of CPA’s (and those guys know their tax laws).