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How Much Does It Cost to Take Classes Online?

The fees for online courses can be more affordable than for traditional schools because of not having to pay for housing and other campus-based fees. A very wide range exists in online school tuition, depending on:

  • Your particular school
  • Degree level (undergraduate will be cheaper than graduate school)
  • Degree programs
  • Student status (full- or part-time)
  • The supplies and books you need to buy

Generally, though, your decision to be an online student will save you money in major areas like:

  • Room and board
  • Fees relating to attending school on campus, like parking or maintenance
  • Transportation costs
  • Books (online materials may be substituted for expensive textbooks)
  • Relocation
  • Additional semesters if you need to interrupt your studies (you’ll pay per course instead)