How to Vet a For-Profit Online Program

Explore your options and create a budget before you commit to a for-profit online program.

For-profit online programs can have their benefits and drawbacks, depending on which one you choose.

Melton, the University of Phoenix graduate, says he's pleased he did his homework and found the right program for him. Today, he's happily employed at a nonprofit in South Carolina.

"I encourage people considering [an online degree] to take a comprehensive view," he says. "Consider the for-profits and nonprofits, and think about what works for you."

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