Nowadays many accredited universities and other educational institutions are offering online learning programs for those who are looking for an alternative to attending a school in a traditional classroom. According to a recent study at U.S. Department of Education, 66% of 2-year and 4-year accredited degree granting postsecondary institutions were offering distance education. While classroom-style education with face-to-face instructions probably is still the most efficient way of learning, many working adults are unable to engage in study at on-campus courses because of long and irregular working hours, business travel, family obligations, or financial constraints.
At accredited online colleges or universities you can earn an Associates, Bachelor's, and Master's Degree or even a Doctorate Degree from your home in a distance education program, particularly in MBA and engineering. Engineering remains one of the highest paid fields in US, since there is a high demand and relatively low supply of qualify engineers. According to a recent education and salary survey, engineering tops list of college degrees ranked by salary.

Online schools can often offer as good an education as a traditional one. Most off-campus education programs consist of a combination of course content published on the web and online interaction with a teacher and other students. Some colleges have dedicated time for online interaction to ask questions or receive feedback on their assignments. There is also a wide range of other technological tools available for the distant education, such as audio and video conferencing, instructional videos, and multimedia computer software.
The level of education generally directly correlates to your income. Although private companies often don't care about a degree so much as about knowledge, experience and abilities, the degrees still count. An online degree from an accredited school may be accepted by employers in the same way as a traditional degree is. Actually, its diploma may not even noted as online because an online program may have the same academic requirements. For example, Columbia University states that with their distance learning program at Columbia Video Network (CAN), the students earn the same credits as their on-campus counterparts, and that all CV N's graduate degrees are identical to, and indistinguishable from those earned by students on-campus at Columbia University. Likewise, with distance learning you may qualify for a student loan consolidation program.

How to avoid being scammed.

Before enrolling into any program, it is important to check that the school you choose is approved by an accrediting organization recognized by Council for Higher Education Accreditation (SEA) or the U.S. Department of Education (USED). See the complete list of the Accrediting Organizations recognized by SEA and USED. You may also search SEA Database of Institutions and Programs, but it includes only a partial list of all recognized accrediting organizations. Students on an accredited distance education program may be eligible for Student Loan Consolidation, which combines several loans into a bigger one from a single lender.

Note that there are many institutions that do not have recognized accreditation. They range from fraudulent degree mills to the colleges that elect not to seek accreditation but nevertheless may provide a quality education. It is important to know that many employers, institutions, and licensing boards only recognize degrees earned from institutions accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the USED or SEA. In some states, it can be illegal to use a degree from an institution that is not accredited by a recognized accrediting agency. In order to be widely accepted, your degree needs to come from a school accredited by a recognized accrediting organization.