Online Programs vs. On-Campus Programs

If you do decide to enroll in a brick and mortar school, you will need to create a careful budget and spend carefully during your program to avoid graduating with an overwhelming amount of student debt. On campus graduate programs may be the more traditional graduate school route, but they definitely come at a steep price.

You’ll Need to Adjust Your Lifestyle

Whereas you can usually easily fit your study schedule around your lifestyle with an online graduate program, the same can rarely be said for an on campus program. Even if you study at a part-time basis, you will still likely have to give up many of your day to day activities and cut back on major expenditures to make way for the massive tuition bills you’ll be forced to pay each semester. If you enjoy the freedom of setting your own schedule and being able to balance study and free time, you might find going to a brick and mortar graduate school somewhat of a challenge. If you decide to enroll in an on campus graduate program, you will ultimately have to be prepared to give up many aspects of your current lifestyle.

It’s Very Difficult to Hold Down a Full-Time Job

Perhaps one of the toughest sacrifices you’ll need to make to attend an on campus graduate program is giving up your full-time job. Many students, particularly older students (who may need a stable income for paying their mortgage and car payments) are turned off by attending an on campus program for this very reason. The explosive growth of online graduate degree programs is tied closely to the need for people to continue working full time, even while going to graduate school. Unless you’re prepared to attend all evening classes for your graduate program, it’s virtually impossible to hold down a full-time job and attend an on campus graduate program at the same time. Although some graduate students get part time jobs to help make ends meet while they’re in college, it’s important to note that the part time jobs many graduate students attain are very low paying and will likely involve miniscule earnings compared to what you’re used to making. Ideally, only attend an on campus program if you’re prepared (and likewise can afford) to give up your full-time job.

Online vs. On Campus Graduate Programs

Answer Questions: Which seems best for you? Are you intrigued by online programs low prices and flexible schedules or do you want to stick with the traditional brick and mortar route? Have you attended graduate school was it an online or on campus program, and what did you think of it?