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You Will Need
- A computer with an internet connection
- Due diligence
Find a legitimate program
Make sure the institution is legitimate by verifying that it's both accredited and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Many online schools claim they're accredited, but the only agency accrediting them is the one they've invented! Find a list of accredited online universities at "chea.org":http://chea.org.
Consider a hybrid
Consider a program that mixes online courses and classroom instruction, known as a "blended" or "hybrid program." "Low residency" is another option: You mainly complete coursework at home with a few visits to campus.
If you're not sure you want to pursue a degree, consider starting slowly with an online course or two.
Know what's involved
Know what's involved. You will have to commit between 10 and 20 hours a week – watching lectures, reading course material, writing papers, and taking part in online discussion groups. Some classes require that you work on projects with your online schoolmates.
Beware diploma mills
Beware of schools with too-good-to-be-true tuition; that's the red flag of a "diploma mill." You'll get your degree, but it won't be worth anything coming from an institution that is not properly accredited. Tuition for reputable online programs is comparable to what you'd pay to attend school in person.