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15 Common Mistakes to Avoid

When Choosing a School

1. Getting Sold on a School that Doesn’t Work for You
Before searching for schools, decide on your deal breakers and must-haves. They'll help you stay focused when schools start competing for your attention. Some common considerations:

·      Do you want the flexibility to transfer to another school or program later? If so, you will need the university's credits to move with you.

·      How much can you afford (and not afford) to pay for your education?

·      Does the school offer a full degree or certification for your career path, or will you need additional courses?

·      What class size do you prefer?

Red flags to watch for: no clear answer to your questions, online classes that require hands-on training and misguided financial aid information.

2. No Accreditation? No way!
Ensure the schools you apply for are accredited by accrediting organizations recognized by the Counsel for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or United States Department of Education.

Why it matters:

·      Assures you of a quality education and a level of excellence you can trust

·      Credits will more likely transfer to other colleges and degree programs

·      Graduating from a reputable college could help improve your chances of employment after graduation

Red flags to watch for: no request for your high school records, an overseas location, a significant number of negative reviews on the web.

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3. Settling for Less-Than-Qualified Teachers
Whether you communicate face-to-face or screen-to-screen, always expect academic excellence from school faculty.  Look on the school's website to see a list of qualifications, such as number of years teaching, level of education and general experience.

Other questions to ask about educators:

·      How accessible are instructors?

·      What methods do they use to teach (example: posted lectures, video, audio), and are they compatible with your learning style?

Red flags to watch for: no information available about the educators and their credentials.

4.  Ignoring Negative Reviews & Online Complaints
You found some schools that look good, and now it's time to find out what people are saying about them. Do a search for "ratings" or "rankings" and the name of your online school. You can also check out online forums for comments.

What you want to find:

·      Is the school getting more good reviews than bad?

·      Does the school often rank high for reasons important to you?

·      What's the latest news about the school? Will it still have a good reputation after you graduate?

Red flags to watch for: the reviews or ranking sites are sponsored or the school is under investigation for current scandals.

5. Graduating with Crippling Debt 
Be certain you understand all the details of the financial obligations you’re getting ready to incur – especially if you’re taking advantage of student loans.  Before speaking to enrollment advisors, gather all potential sources of financial aid that can apply toward your college costs. Federal financial aid (FAFSA) is a great place to start -- the U.S. Department of Education provides over $150 billion each year in grants, work-study and federal loans to qualified students attending community colleges, four-year colleges, trade schools and career schools. Private sources can also add up and save you money.

Places to look:

·      Tuition reimbursement programs offered by employers

·      Scholarships and grants offered by private organizations and associations

·      Programs that waive credits, such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or Life Experience credits

·      Industry-related scholarships and discounts

·      Public and private student loans

·      GI Bill benefits

Red flags to watch for: new "gainful employment" regulations require colleges to prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation or risk access to federal student aid. Once these requirements are in full effect, a college's lack of federal student aid could be a red flag.*

* Financial aid is available to those who qualify.  Program length varies by each institution's specific curriculum and employment opportunities are not guaranteed.


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6. It’s Just Another Mediocre Online School
“Why should I choose your school over the others that I’m considering?” The question may sound a bit forward, but if the answer impresses you, you'll be glad you asked. In fact, the top 10 reasons students pick a certain college don't typically include national rankings, according to the UCLA Freshman Survey: Fall 2008, which involved 240,580 freshmen at 340 colleges.

Many students choose a school for these reasons:

·      Good academic reputation

·      Graduates get satisfying jobs

·      Financial assistance offered

·      Connection to the school

·      Cost of attending the college

7.  Inconvenient Scheduling and Lack of Flexibility
A selling point of online education is flexible scheduling – make sure that’s true for the school you choose. While some online schools run parallel to traditional university semesters, others have their own timelines. Part of getting the most out of your online college education is creating an organized schedule. If classes end up intersecting with a busy season of your life, you may want to consider starting after the event.

Some events to plan around:

·      Holidays, vacations and family visits

·      Weddings -- your own or one you are in

·      Birth of a child

·      Starting a new job

8. Available Programs are Incompatible with Your Goals
Some majors have different departments that may or may not apply to your future career goals. For example, if you want to work in couples counseling, you may want to consider a degree in marriage and family therapy rather than general psychology.

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9. Just Way Too Expensive
Be absolutely certain you have a clear understanding of all the costs associated with your degree program. Once you’re armed with that information, ask about school-sponsored scholarships. Look into all the ways the school offers tuition help, discounts or work-study programs for students. And while you're on the topic, here are three other ideas to explore:

·      Student loan default rates

·      Federal student aid*

·      Programs that meet your goals faster

* Financial aid is available to those who qualify.  Program length varies by each institution's specific curriculum and employment opportunities are not guaranteed.

10. Ignoring Dropout and Gainful Employment Rates
Learn from the experience of others. Of the students who start the program, how many actually graduate? It's a telling answer; after all, who wants to attend a college that has a high student drop-out rate? With the latest news about online education, it's also smart to ask about student placement rate and if the school complies with all applicable "gainful employment" regulations.

Note: the new regulations went into effect on July 1, 2012 and are expected to be fully implemented over a period of four years.

Deciding on Your School
Don’t Start Something You’re Not Ready to Finish

11. “It Sounded Good At the Time”
Does your college choice includes all the must-haves and avoids the deal breakers? Is it a good season in your life to go back to school? Are you feeling confident? Make sure the answer to these questions is yes so you don’t wind up starting something you can’t finish, wasting time and money.

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Once You’ve Started: Study Tips for Success
Don’t Stall Out!

12. Lack of Motivation
You've heard it before: Failing to plan is planning to fail. And guess what? It's true. If you start the week without a plan, Monday turns into Friday in the blink of an eye. Don't let the weekend go by without having a plan for the week ahead. Some things to consider noting:

·      Times you can set aside for school work each day

·      Upcoming quizzes, test, homework assignments

·      Class chat hours and mandatory (or optional) online gatherings

·      Upcoming events that require long periods of wait time -- which now can become time to study (see sidebar on page x).

13. Trying to Study in a Chaotic Environment
Think about your education like you would a home business: pick a place to study that's quiet, organized and out of everyone's way for less disruption and more productivity.

Some items to consider adding to your space:

·      Computer

·      Scanners or printers

·      Coffee machine or tea assortment

·      Dry-erase board

·      Plants, pictures or other soothing elements

14. Wasting Time & Missing Deadlines
Set reminders on your phone or email so you know when it's time to power down the time-consuming devices (i.e. email, social media sites) and begin working on your online class. You may find it's better to study for shorter periods more frequently than one long block of time.

15. Failing to Network
You’ll earn more than college credits from your online courses when you make connections and network with your new-found colleagues. After all, you have the same interests and possible career goals, right? Find out who you can help  -- and who can help you -- as you move out into the workforce and your chosen field.

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