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Earning Online College Credit

While some students simply choose to study in a traditional college rather than an online college, this does not necessarily mean that the same students can't take advantage of earning online college credit. Earning online college credit can be great for many students of traditional colleges, especially those who like to go back home and stay with family over the summer months. If a student goes to school in a different state than where their family lives, they would otherwise have to choose between taking summer classes or going home. However, if this student pursues online college credit, they can do both.

Just like some students choose to attend community colleges prior to enrolling in a four-year college, some students choose to supplement their college education with online classes. Most students who do this generally do so with general education courses rather than the classes in their major. Taking online classes earns a student credit without requiring as much time and effort as sitting through an entire semester of the same history lessons that they took all through elementary and high school.

There are different ways to go about pursuing online college credit. First, a student should find out if they can take online classes through the school that they're currently enrolled in. If their school doesn't offer online classes, they may still be available through a sister school in the cases of state-sponsored schools that have many campuses. Taking an online course from one of the sister schools will typically be the same as taking one from your own school.

The other way to pursue earning online college credit is through an online school. This required a little more effort because of the conflict with transferring credits, but it can be worthwhile in the end. A student would first need to talk with their academic advisor and discuss which online classes they could take that would transfer toward their degree at without problem. Furthermore, your academic advisor could probably even point you toward an online school that other students utilize in order to do the same thing.

Earning online college credit can also be beneficial when you have scheduling conflicts with a class in your major that you want to take and a general education class that you have to take. You could simply take the general education class online and avoid the scheduling conflict altogether.


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