For working adults who want to pursue a post-baccalaureate degree, online graduate school options are an absolute blessing. Making classes available online means bringing the classroom to wherever you need it to be—that may include your couch, your kitchen table, your cubicle, or even the soccer-field parking lot as your kids are at practice. This option makes a lot of sense, and so when you are ready to take this next step it is easy to get swept up in the excitement. Slowing down and asking a few questions before committing to a program is the smart way to go back to school. Here are a few questions that every astute student should be considering prior to registering for classes.
Question 1: What are my payment options?
This should be one of the first questions you ask, because for so many people this is the biggest obstacle in going back to school. You may think that online school isn’t an option for you because of how expensive it seems, but that isn’t the case in many situations. There are scholarships, there are grants, there are loans, and best of all there are people on staff at the University to guide you through the payment process.
Question 2: How long is the program?
Ask questions about the expectations of the courses, including how many hours each course requires per week, and how many semesters you’ll need to commit to the program before graduation. This is important information to know, especially if you are hoping to achieve your degree to obtain a new job.
Question 3: What other costs are associated with the program?
Everyone knows about tuition, but what else will you have to pay for? Some colleges associated hidden fees and other expenses with your program costs, and you need to know about those costs early on before you commit to anything.
Question 4: What type of support is available, academically?
There is one thing that online schooling will always have in common with traditional schooling: it is difficult. Classes are going to be challenging, so what type of support is going to be available to you when you realize you are having trouble? Will the professors be available to support you? Will there be tutors available to provide you with additional guidance when you have difficulty? What systems are in place to help you succeed? Find out early so you can get the help you need before it is too late.
Asking questions about your program is important before you commit to it. So, prior to registration, and before you write that first check for tuition, make sure you have a full understanding of the expectations and program requirements. Getting answers to your questions may help ease a lot of those anxious jitters! For a list of Georgia College online program FAQs, visit here.