4 Hidden Costs of Online Degrees

Graduation fees and travel expenses can increase the cost of earning an online degree.

Students should research all costs associated with an online program before enrolling, experts say.

Research all costs associated with an online program before enrolling, experts say.

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The flexibility of the online programs allowed him to keep up with course work while on the road, but it also came with an unexpected cost – Wi-Fi charges.

While Hessing enjoyed an Internet connection at his home and office, he often had to pay for Wi-Fi access while on the road, he said via email.

Students could incur regular technology expenses even if they don't travel for work, since many online programs require cable or DSL Internet. The high-speed connection allows students to access course features such as streaming video lectures, but may mean students have to pay a higher monthly rate to upgrade their home Internet package.

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