Answers to Common Questions about Distance Learning

Today, I am wrapping up the “How to Get Your Bachelor’s in Less, For Less” series with some common questions we are asked. For those of you who have already been through college or aren’t planning to attend, thanks for bearing with me these past six Fridays!

If you’re just joining us, read the first five parts of the series:

Commonly asked questions about distance learning

Does earning a degree through distance learning hurt your chances at grad/law school?

Joshua and I originally earned our degrees because we wanted to go to China to teach. At that time at least, we were told it didn’t matter where we got our degrees (or even what major we chose). However, health complications closed that door and we decided to look into Josh attending law school. He took the LSAT (entrance exam) and then sent out applications to dozens of schools. We honestly had no idea how schools would look on a distance degree.

We were pleasantly surprised that even well-known law schools didn’t bat an eye. In our case, having a distance degree didn’t hurt his chance at being accepted to law school or being offered scholarships. 

If you are planning on obtaining a grad or law degree, I think distance learning is actually a really wise choice in many cases. Distance degrees are so much cheaper and will help avoid student loans. They also allow you more time to focus on preparing for further schooling.

Can high school students take CLEPs?

Yes! It’s a great way to start college with some of the basic courses already behind you. The College Board (official CLEP center] even devotes part of their site to home school and high school students!

Can you get scholarships or grants for distance learning?

Yes! I’m not sure if this is a new development or not (we didn’t know about it!) but when I was researching the three major distance colleges for last week’s post, they all had a financial aid office and offered numerous grants!  (Read that post for links to their financial aid offices.)

You are a homemaker, why did you get a degree (and was it worthwhile)?

Being a homemaker was my dream since I was a little girl. I hoped and prayed that I would get married. I am the oldest of eight and spent countless happy hours learning how to run a home from my mom.

My parents home schooled my siblings and me and placed great value on a good education. They sacrificed their time and money to ensure that we received the best schooling they could provide. Geting a college degree was something my dad highly encouraged. He knew that I wanted to home school someday if I was blessed with children. In our state growing up, there were no educational requirements for parents who wanted to home schooled. But none of us know where God will lead in the future or what laws might be put in place. We agreed that having a bachelor’s degree would be a wise move in case it were ever required for homeschooling.

Plus, if Joshua never did ask to marry me (since *he* is the one I was praying would ask, you know!) I could use that degree to teach in China.

While I wanted to get my degree, I also wanted to be a homemaker someday. I didn’t want to saddle a future marriage with student loans. A distance degree was the perfect answer. It allowed me to learn at my own pace, pay cash and not wind up with loans for a degree I might not need or use!

What about you? If you’ve earned any college credit through distance learning, I’d love to know your experience! 

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  1. Kasey says

    I have LOVED this series! You have answered lots of our questions and offered some great resources! Thanks so much for sharing from your experience! Have a terrific weekend, friend!!

  2. Jenni / Life from the Roof says

    I agree – this really was a great series. I was talking to my husband about it the other night, and we both realized how beneficial it would be for our sons to pursue this approach study while in high school (which, thankfully, is still a long way off). We also hope to have them be trained in some sort of trade during that time. Not only is it helpful to have a skill like carpentry, plumbing, car repair, etc. for your own house, but you can bless others whether here or overseas with your knowledge.

    I was also wondering about how the distance learning degree affected chances at law school, but obviously it’s worked out really well for you. I wonder what the education landscape will even look like ten years from now – perhaps many more people will be pursuing this line of education as costs rise and technology improves.

    • anna says

      Thanks Jenni! I so agree about the value of learning a skill. Joshua worked with his dad in construction and the knowledge he gained has come in handy again and again. And especially since his career is in a less active field, I think it’s nice to have the carpentry skills to balance it out.

      So much has changed in the four years since we obtained our degrees. I hope that as education costs rise, more students will look to alternative methods of obtaining an equally good degree for much, much less!

  3. kc says

    Anna im really late in reading your series but you just gave a old knuckle head hope. iv been talking about going back to school for years now but was afraid of those awful loans. Distance learning is the best option for me thank you,.

    • anna says

      Awww, I’m so glad KC! Thanks for commenting and I wish you God’s blessing on your endeavors. We are so grateful for the chance to earn our degrees via distance learning and hope it proves just as wonderful a journey for you!

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