Online Education courses are tailored for people who already possess a degree, but who are looking to learn new skills in order to advance in their field. Online education is different from online adult education in that adult education encompasses more basic classes, and the students often do not have a degree of any kind. This is not the case with online continuing education.
Who Takes Online Courses?
A growing number of people have found that continuing their education online suits their personal and professional needs. Online education courses are often used as a way for degree-holding students to go back to school while also working a full-time job. The flexibility of online education courses gives busy people the freedom to structure their learning around their own personal schedules, with the added benefits of reduced transportation and book costs. This trend is only expected to grow, considering that more and more professionals are going back to school. It is estimated that the number of adults (who are above the age of 30) enrolled in a college or university will grow by 14 percent to more than 5 million in 2016. Meanwhile, the enrollment of adults between the ages of 22 and 29 will grow by 20 percent to almost 7 million. Nearly half of these adults are interested in online-only education.
How Much Does it Cost?
The cost of pursuing an online continuing education varies widely depending on what courses you are taking and what school you are attending. Online continuing education can be expensive, but it does reduce the amount students spend on transportation and books, and students can continue to work a full-time job while going to school. For instance, The UNICAF Scholarship Programme is one of the most generous scholarship programmes available for African students and provides opportunities for studies towards a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree programme of the University of Nicosia at a fraction of the cost. Find more information on the payment plans and if you are eligible by contacting a UNICAF adviser.