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Online degrees are an excellent solution to the age-old problems of not having enough time or money to go to college. The time issue is often what put individuals off because they may have a full time job, a family or other commitments that need attending to before an individual can even think about doing something for his or herself. However, it is easier to fit an education around a family with an online degree. The next question, of affordability, may actually provide the stumbling block here. Although an individual may still be working, a drop in income would probably not sustain an education as well. That is where scholarships for online degrees come in useful! There is funding for online degrees available out there. You just have to take the time to find it!
Scholarships and grants for individuals looking to complete an online degree or course, just the same as they would be available for individuals who are attending a campus based degree. He guidelines for searching for scholarships and grants are as follows:
Federal grants - Federal grants are available to any individual wanting to pursue an education in the face of hardship, and those individuals whose income falls 200% below the poverty line can actually get a federal hardship grant without exception. In this way, the government are committed to making sure that anyone wanting an education can have access to one regardless of his or her social status or class. In this way, they are as committed to their goal as the online institutions that provide the classes. There are also other government approved grants for those unable to work, looking after a disabled dependent and in various other problematic situation that may otherwise prevent them from getting an education.
College scholarships and grants - Various online schools also offer their own scholarships for individuals that deserve it. You can request information from the schools that you are thinking of applying to and actually apply for the scholarships when you send your application form in. Online schools are no different to regular schools in that they aim to take as many gifted individuals in as possible and designate so many scholarships for every intake as possible. However, if you think that you have a gift or will struggle to support yourself financially whilst completing your online degree then you should compare the various scholarships that you choice of colleges has to offer. If one will help you and another will not then it is a no-brainer when it comes to choosing the right one for you!
In order to locate various scholarships, you have to really do your research. You can look in student magazines, on websites, call the careers advisor at every school that you are thinking of applying to... There are many people that you can contact if you so wish. However, you have to put the effort in to locate them. When you have enough information then you can apply for various grants and scholarships. As you would be applying for online courses and degrees then you would have to substantiate your arguments as to why you would be the best person to award a scholarship to if going for private funding or federal funding. However, you can do nothing but try, and if you do not ask then you do not get!