Online education may help students who worry about their financial situation

For students who are worried about their financial situation, online education may be a less expensive way to earn a degree.
For students who are worried about their financial situation, online education may be a less expensive way to earn a degree.

According to a recent Associated Press-Viacom survey, more college students are thinking about money during school and also when they pick their major.

The report shows that approximately half of college students say that when it comes to picking a discipline to study, how much money a career can make them is a big factor. Only 25 percent said they did not think about their future funds at all when they were making this decision.

Many students are also considering their finances while attending an institution of higher education. Most people said they think about their monetary situation throughout the week, while about 66 percent said they have a part-time job to help cover expenses.

For many of these students who are struggling to balance a job and a full course schedule, online education may be a suitable option. These classes can often be more manageable for individuals who need flexibility in their schedule.

Perhaps fueled by these students who work during the school year, online education has seen enormous growth in recent years. According to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning, between 2009 and 2010, enrollment in web-based courses has increased by about 21 percent.

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