Single Parents Earn Their Degrees Online

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February 26th, 2016 by schoolbound

Whether it is because of the flexibility of being able to study at your own pace or the convenience of being able to study in your own home, compared to other students more single parents are getting their degrees online. This and other interesting facts about distance learners were published in the December 2015 Condition of Education Report, a report released by the Department of Education.

One of the most interesting of these facts is that 32 percent of single parents who went to college in the 2011 to 2012 school year earned their entire degree online. This is compared to 25 percent of people who were married but did not have children.

Who says older people aren’t technologically savvy?

Older adults are also more likely to get a degree online.  In fact, 25 percent of people aged 30 and older compared to just four percent of 23 year olds and younger went to school completely online and earned their degree. This pattern holds true for people who took some of their courses online – 44 percent versus 20 percent.  That’s twice as many!

Have a Job? Go to an Online College!

In the 2011 to 2012 school year, more employed students went to school completely online than unemployed students.  Specifically, eight percent of people with jobs earned their undergraduate degree versus five percent of those without jobs.  And, employed students who earned graduate degrees were even more likely to do so online – 24 percent as opposed to only six percent of unemployed students.
According to this report, it seems that more people who have responsibilities that they have to juggle – like single parents, older adults and those who are employed – are seeing the benefits of going to school online.  And, it’s true! Online colleges are a great choice for people who need to be able to go to school on their own terms without ignoring the other important things in their lives.