Veterans Weigh Pros, Cons of Online Education

Online programs can provide flexibility for veterans but may also have drawbacks.

Online degrees are good options for veterans who aren’t ready for on-campus programs.
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Some online programs, such as Excelsior, do have discussion groups and mentor programs for current and former service members seeking advice and assistance – but those tend to be the exception rather than the rule.

Finally, an online degree program might not be a wise choice for a veteran who doesn't have strong time management skills.

Online courses tend to be more work than traditional courses, experts say, and students need to be motivated and capable of developing their own work schedules. That could be challenging for some veterans used to the military's regimented approach.

"Everything in the military is very structured," says Barth, the Navy veteran enrolled at Excelsior College. "This is just 'you're on your own.'"

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