Who Can Benefit from an Online College Degree Program

The following short article is written to provide general advice about online education and degrees, not just information specific to WGU. If you have specific questions about WGU, feel free to inquire online or speak with an enrollment counselor (1-866-225-5948).

In today’s competitive workplace, a college degree can mean better chances for employment. A master’s degree can make the difference between promotions and raises or stagnating in an entry-level position.

Previously, college degree programs seemed out of reach to certain groups of people. Now, virtually anyone with access to an Internet connection, phone line and computer can earn their degree through any number of quality online degree programs. Who can benefit most from an online education?

  • Moms with Young Children: Students with not-yet school-aged children have the added cost of day care on top of their tuition if they attend a conventional university. Even busy stay-at-home moms can earn their degree through an online university and refresh their skills as they prepare to return to the work force.
  • Working Adults: For people who work full-time and don’t want to lose their income while they earn their degree, an online degree program provides the flexibility they need.
  • Armed Forces Personnel and Their Spouses: For those serving our country, their academic goals don't need to be put on to hold because of deployment. It is a degree that they can take with them. Spouses of military members who move can stay on track and not worry about transferring their degree. Some online universities, like Western Governors University, offer a variety of scholarships specifically designed for active-duty military personnel and military veterans, as well as spouses of military personnel.

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