How Much Does IT Cost to Attend a Distance Learning University?
Just as the cost of traditional universities varies, so does the cost of distance learning universities. Read on to learn about the factors that influence the cost of courses and programs offered through a distance learning university.
Factors Influencing the Cost of Distance Learning Universities
Courses taken through a distance learning university may cost less, more or equivalent to on-campus courses at brick-and-mortar universities. Before making an enrollment decision, check different universities to see how much the tuition is and if additional fees are required. Specific factors influencing cost include:
- University type (public, private and private-for-profit)
- Degree level
- Individual course
- Financial aid, scholarship or grant opportunities
Important Facts About Distance Learning
|Coursework||Coursework is mostly online, but some courses may have at least one in-person meeting built in to the curriculum.|
|Interactions||Message forums, online chat rooms and video conferencing allow students and educators to interact with one another.|
|Scholarships||Some scholarships exist specifically for distance education students, and traditional scholarships may apply to distance education courses.|
|Accreditation||Check your institution's credentials by using the Department of Education's College Navigator tool.|
|Median Salary (2021)||$36,850 (for all veterinary technologists and technicians)|
|Job Outlook (2021-2031)||20% growth (for all veterinary technologists and technicians)|
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Cost Per Credit
Most distance learning universities charge per course. An associate's-level course generally costs less than a doctorate-level degree course, although some institutions charge the same rate for graduate and undergraduate courses. At Purdue University, for example, the cost of courses for its veterinary technician program is $270 per credit hour. At the University of Missouri's distance learning university, undergraduate courses cost $335.80 per credit hour, and graduate course credits cost $435.30. At the University of Wisconsin's distance learning university, there are different types of credits: academic credit or continuing education units (CEUs).
Tuition generally gets students access to the college's virtual website, e-mail and sometimes student services that are located on-campus; however, in addition to paying tuition, students must pay for supplies and books. A college may also charge an administrative fee and a fee for any educational material it supplies. Needless to say, students must have a computer and an Internet service provider, which may increase the cost of choosing a distance learning program.