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Are you interested in studying online? Jade Anderson, In-House Editor at Upskilled, weighs in today with this guest post that discusses 6 ways you can save money studying online. Let us know what you think in the comments.
Online study has many benefits. You can study at your own pace, you can work in an environment you’re comfortable in and it can save you a lot of money.
There are many financial benefits to studying online, so it could be the preferred option for you if cost is what is holding you back from tertiary education. Here’s how you can save money by studying online.
One great thing about online education is that you don’t have to deal with a daily commute into your place of study. This gives you more time to focus but it also can save you a lot of money.
Daily travel in the major cities in Australia is expensive, whether or not you’re using a car or public transport, and can cost you thousands of dollars a year. By studying from the comfort of your own home you automatically save on these costs.
Online education courses tend to be much more affordable than their offline counterparts. You can also benefit because of the amount of choice available with online courses. Rather than paying for a whole degree that only partly relates to a subject you’re interested in, you have the option to study a specific course that is more tailored to interests and experiences.
Taking on online course means that you can study and learn from anywhere, be it from your apartment, your house or a library. This means you can save on the living costs usually attached to university life. A geographically inconvenient university would mean that you had to live on campus and pay the cost of housing while studying.
This often means you have less control over your lifestyle as well. This is not a concern for those studying online. You can also save on the cost of food because you won’t be forced to buy food on-campus or pay for meals that you could make at home.
Studying online means that you’re able to learn and earn at the same time. You are in control of your study hours which means you don’t have to miss shifts or reduce your hours of work because of study.
You can rearrange your schedule to suit both commitments. This means you aren’t at risk of losing a significant chunk of your wage while you study. Maintaining your current income is particularly important if you are supporting a family or unable to be financially supported in other ways.
Working while you’re studying can also be beneficial for your career progression, particularly if you are studying topics related to the industry you’re working in. This gives you an opportunity to apply practical skills you’ve learnt and expand your knowledge of the industry.
Most of the material for online study is, as you would think, available online. This means that you can save on costs such as textbooks and reading materials.
These are some of the hidden costs associated with tertiary study and when studying off-campus, textbooks can set you back a lot. Instead, with online education courses, you usually have access to downloadable materials.
Often parents or those with young families feel that tertiary education is not for them because they are unable to juggle the commitment of study and caring for their children. Online education means that even busy parents can set aside some time for study without having to consider finding childcare arrangements for their kids.
You may think that further study is out of your budget, but with online education, you can find a way to make it work. You don’t have to worry about the added costs associated with study. All you need is a computer, and you have all the material that you need at your fingertips. Online education can work for all types of lifestyles, all types of incomes and all types of interests!