SOURCE: CourseAdvisor

January 09, 2008 09:00 ET

CourseAdvisor Reveals Top Ten Questions and Tips for Students' 2008 Online Education Resolutions

WAKEFIELD, MA--(Marketwire - January 9, 2008) - Not all students are packing up and heading back to the dorms for Spring semester. Many people with full-time jobs, family responsibilities, young children or who are trying to start over, do not have the time or money to invest in on-campus programs as they pursue associate's, bachelor's or master's degrees. For those looking to online education programs to fulfill their 2008 resolutions, the experts at CourseAdvisor, an established marketing and lead generation company operating one of the top online education directories, today announced what they see as the top questions about online education, as well as advice to prepare students for what is ahead.

Prospective students ask:

10. What are the differences between online programs and campus-based programs?

9. What kind of technology do I need to do an online course?

8. How do you pick which program is best for you?

7. How do I ask my employer to sponsor my degree?

6. Do I have to finish my degree in a certain amount of time?

5. Can I still get financial aid/scholarships for online programs?

4. How flexible are online programs?

3. Are online courses faster and/or easier?

2. Will other schools and employers recognize my degree?

1. Will this advance my career?

One CourseAdvisor.com user said, "I had so many questions and didn't think I would be able to find all of the information I needed on different schools in one place. Using CourseAdvisor.com, I found everything I needed in one spot and felt much more prepared. It was a major help in furthering my education."

CourseAdvisor experts advise:

10. Don't wait -- apply for grants and financial aid early.

9. Look into what prerequisites (if any) you would need before applying.

8. Don't settle -- use online directories that include a variety of courses and schools.

7. If you want the on-campus experience too, investigate joint campus/online programs.

6. Take advantage of the flexibility -- make sure the online program fits your personal needs and limits.

5. Think about how much you can take on -- don't overload your course schedule.

4. Seek out guidance -- online resources, family, friends and teachers -- if you're not sure what the best program is for you.

3. Know the difference between accredited and non-accredited programs.

2. Figure out what's most important to you -- is this for your passion or for your career advancement?

1. Be confident that you're taking a step toward your future.

"Higher education is now making it easier for people to reach their educational goals. It's no longer restricted to full-time students who can commit to on-campus programs," said Jennifer Brady, Director of Marketing, UMassOnline. "We are committed to providing students access to the quality education offered by the University of Massachusetts through a flexible format online. CourseAdvisor has helped us reach students with a variety of needs and interests and bring them into the UMass community."

About CourseAdvisor

CourseAdvisor helps postsecondary schools maximize enrollment with high volumes of qualified leads. Combining mathematical modeling, behavioral analysis and sophisticated search technology, CourseAdvisor, owned by The Washington Post Company, predicts and adjusts for new behaviors to stay ahead of enrollment trends. Currently, more than 2.5 million students use CourseAdvisor's leading online education directory, CourseAdvisor.com, where they can match their skills to online degree and certificate programs from over 500 educational institutions and 8000 programs. For more information, please visit http://www.courseadvisor.com/.

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