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Steps on How to Apply for Distance Education

written by: Regina Woodard•edited by: Donna Cosmato•updated: 1/18/2011

So you have decided to go back to school and this time you want to learn via distance e-learning, but how do you do that? Learn how to apply for distance education programs, what to send in, who to talk to, and how to avoid those not so worthy schools.

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    Distance Education

    Distance learning and education have become a popular way for busy professionals or even busy individuals to achieve their diploma and college goals. The universities and colleges that offer these types of courses will provide online education to those that are wanting to learn and go for a higher education as well as helping to ensure that their students get there. But how does a person get to the end result? Learn how to apply for distance education colleges or universities, how to go about choosing classes, and even how to find financial aid.

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    How to Apply for Distance Education

    Applying for distance education is actually quite similar to choosing to go a traditional brick and mortar school. If it has only been a few years since you attended college classes or even more than that, the first step in applying is knowing what you school you want to go to. Just as you would start at your local univerisity or college, applying for distance education can also start within your city or that of your state.How to Apply for Distance Education 

    Most universities or colleges will have a school website, and you should start here. The school website will often tell you what majors or minors the school offers, how much the tutiion is, and most importantly whether or not they offer distance education or e-learning courses. Write down the number for the admissions department, and give them a call if the website is unclear or if you have further questions.

    If your local or state universities do not offer any type of distance learning, it is time to expand outside of your home state. A good site to check is that of SearchEdu.com. This site searches for a variety of different things through Google but does a good job of eliminating a lot of the nonsense websites that you would encounter just searching for 'online schools.' If you have a particular area that you are interested in, you can also search that way in order to find schools that offer that subject.

    Some well-known schools that offer both online and on campus courses are that of the University of Phoenix, DeVry, and Kaplan.

    How to apply for distance education is sometimes dependant on the school that you have chosen. Most universities and colleges will want you to have graduated high school and to have had a good standing; they will usually contact your high school to discover this, but it depends on the school.

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    Financial Aid and FASFA

    After you have decided to get more information on the college and major that you would like to pursue, you will have to figure out how to pay for your education. Now, unless you are an independantly wealthy tycoon, you probably just cannot flop down the couple of thousand for each semester, so yo will need to use financial aid.

    Financial aid is provided by either the government or that of a bank which helps to pay for education needs. Depending on the type of school loan that you take out, you may either need to pay it back over the course of a few years or it can be paid for you. The best place to acquire financial aid is through the Free Application for Student Federal Aid or FASFA. FASFA will help you get financial aid based upon the amount that you make from employment or other income as well as what school you are going to, gender, race, and other factors.

    FASFA is very easy to go through, and the site list a lot of things to know about first time borrowers or those going back to school.

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    Admissions and Classes

    Once you have chosen your school and done your financial aid, you should get a confirmation of whether you have been accepted by your school of choice. Congratulations! Now comes even more things for you do, namely, get enrolled and sign up for classes.

    The admissions advisor will help you in getting set up with your major and the courses that are included. If only a few years have passed since the last time you have taken classes, you may be to substitute some of the general education classes; your advisor will ask and help you with that. Finally, you will be able to register for classes.

    With these tips, learning how to apply for distance education is easy. You will soon be studying for a degree through an online program in no time!

    References

    • SearchEdu.com: http://searchedu.com
    • University of Phoenix: http://www.phoenix.edu
    • DeVry University: http://www.devry.edu
    • Kaplan University: http://www.kaplan.com
    • FASFA: http://www.fasfa.ed.gov

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