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.
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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."

Trying to fund your online education? Get tips and more in the U.S. News Paying for Online Education center.