Top 5 Misconceptions About Online Degrees

We use technology for everything these days. From ordering a latte to buying cars to keeping up with friends, everything in our lives seems to have an online component. But, for some reason, going online to earn a degree still makes some people hesitate.

At Grantham University, we allow you to further your education on your terms. We believe you should be able to work and attend college without creating chaos in your personal life. And we know that an online degree can be a difference maker for you as you pursue that next promotion or change careers. With that in mind, we’re here to debunk 5 of the most common misconceptions surrounding online degree programs. Take a look:

Misconception #1: Employers value traditional degrees over online degrees.

While this might have been true in the past, many employers are changing the way they view online degrees. With so much of our lives being lived online, employers are recognizing the value of online education. They recognize that the flexibility and access provided by online education makes it the most reasonable choice for many people.

At Grantham, we offer career resources to help you find the right employer when you finish your degree. From career-oriented webinars to Career Launch resources that connect students with potential employers, Grantham cares about your future. We want you to succeed and work to connect you with employers who understand the value your online degree.

Misconception #2: Online programs don’t offer the same quality of a traditional program.

Quality is not a concern when it comes to online degrees from an accredited university. Our degree programs are tailored to fit the online environment, but they are not any easier or harder than in-person degrees. Online degrees offer the same content and require the same dedication and perseverance to complete.

At Grantham, we invest a lot of time, energy and effort into providing online education that rivals and even exceeds the quality of programs students can receive from a ground campus. The only difference—and, admittedly, it’s a big one—is you don’t physically have to go to class. You don’t have to travel to and from school. And from childcare to gassing up the car, you don’t have to pay the additional fees that people often fail to consider when weighing online programs versus on-campus ones.

The fact remains, when you complete one of Grantham’s more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, you are equally as prepared for your career as your counterparts who attended a ground campus.

Misconception #3: Financial aid is not available for online degrees.

Don’t let funding your degree prevent you from pursuing your education. Online programs from accredited institutions are eligible for most types of financial aid. Aid packages can include federal aid and scholarships just as if you were attending a traditional university.

At Grantham University, our Office of Financial Aid is here to help you explore all your educational funding options. We offer a variety of scholarship options as well as our Heroes Program aimed at making education affordable for our military families and first responders. Don’t let money be an obstacle to pursuing your education. There are financial resources available to help you find a way to earn your degree online.

Misconception #4: Online programs aren’t conducive to social interaction or collaboration.

With all the advances in technology, this misconception is the easiest one to dispel. From video calls to group chats to online meetings, an online degree program provides many of the same opportunities to collaborate and interact with other students as a traditional university. Your interactions simply happen online.

At Grantham, you’ll find plenty of options for interacting not only with other students but with your professors, too. While Grantham’s classes are set up for you to complete on your own schedule, our Blackboard virtual classroom environment encourages discussions and interactions.

Misconception #5: An online degree is not accredited.

Accreditation is important. It lets future employers know that your degree came from an institution that meets certain educational and ethical standards. Online degrees from an unaccredited program are frowned upon by employers. But online degrees from an accredited program meet similar standards to those of traditional degree programs.

At Grantham University, we hold accreditation from the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The DEAC, like all regional accreditation agencies, takes part in periodic reviews by the Department of Education to make sure it meets all the criteria for federal recognition. And it is the only accrediting agency solely fixed on inspecting and preserving the quality of online programs.

When you get a degree from Grantham, you can be sure that you’re receiving a high-quality degree that is as rigorous as one from a ground campus.

 Online education is a great option for many people, and it might be right for you. Don’t let any of these common misconceptions keep you from pursuing your education. Contact us to get started today!

About The Author

Shauna Lawrence is a project manager on Grantham University’s marketing team. As the university’s former social media strategist, Shauna has a passion for connecting with others and building a sense of community among all Grantham stakeholders. She holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and marketing from Kansas State University and is currently working on her MBA at Grantham University.