No doubt about it: online degree programs are popular. In 2011, 6.7 million students took at least one online class, according to a 2013 report from Babson Survey Research Group. That same year, the U.S. Department of Education reported more than three-quarters of a million students were in the process of completing their entire degree program without ever stepping into a classroom. Wondering what all the fuss is about? Here are just a few of the advantages of enrolling in an online degree program.

Online Education

1. You Can Learn at Your Own Pace, and in Your Own Style.
Not a fan of classrooms? Does just the thought of raising your hand and talking in front of a group of strangers set those butterflies trembling in your stomach? Are you a faster-than-average learner or do you prefer to take your time and read material at your leisure? No matter how you prefer to learn, an online degree program can accommodate your style. That means you’ll learn better and complete your degree in less time than you would if you had to follow a rigid campus schedule.

2. There’s No Need to Relocate – But You Can, if You Want to.
No campus near you? No problem! Learning online means you can learn wherever you’re located. There’s no need to uproot your life, you family, or your career to earn your degree. But if a move is in your future, you don’t have to delay earning your degree until you relocate. You can continue your online learning experience no matter where you are – even if you’re traveling, as long as you have access to the Internet.

3. You’ll Have Access to the Same Curriculum as You Would on Campus.
Gone are the days when online learning wasn’t on par with learning on campus. Today’s online programs offer all the same resources, learning materials, objectives, and qualified staff as campus-based programs. Furthermore, the degrees from online programs are just as respected.

4. You Can Save Money.
Not only is online tuition often less expensive than classes taken on campus, but you also don’t have a commute, which means there’s no gas and no wear and tear on your car. There are no campus or facility fees, no library fees or parking permits and no infrastructure costs that can jack up the cost of traditional tuition. That means less student debt for you.

5. You Can Keep your Day Job While Taking Steps Toward Your Future.
There’s no need to ask your boss if you can leave early to make a class or try to pick and choose classes that work around your job. You can keep right on working while you earn your degree. Today’s online degree programs let you pursue a wide range of career options, from legal to health to business and more, and they’re as well regarded as traditional campus-based programs. WSU’s online emba program is a great example of an online degree program that can help you work toward a financially secure future without disrupting your life.

6. There are Plenty of Financial Aid Options.
Just because you’re attending an online school, doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to foot the entire bill yourself. Today, there are plenty of financial aid options available for online learners, including scholarships, grants and loans, and most online programs have financial aid counselors who can help you locate funds for your degree program.

7. You Can Enjoy the Rest of Your Life – Uninterrupted.
There’s no need to put your life on hold just so you can earn your degree, and there’s no need to delay your degree in favor of another pursuit. You can get married, move, take on a new job, have kids, travel – in short, you can get on with the business of living your life – and you can do it all while you take classes. What’s more, online degree programs let you set the schedule so it’s convenient for you.

If you’ve been thinking about earning your degree, enrolling in an online program could be the right path toward a better future for you and your family. Take some time right now to learn about degree options that can help you secure your future.