What is Degree Search Online?
We offer the free service of connecting you with schools and degrees that will propel to where you want to be in the future. We partner with over 1,000 top accredited universities and colleges and simply help you get the right information in your hands to make an informed decision. We feel passionate about making it as easy as possible to further your education. We’ve helped match thousands of people to the right degree program, let us help you.
How do I pay for school?
Most schools accept financial aid and have other private and public scholarships available. You can set up an appointment with an advisor at each school to discuss the best options, but to make a long answer short, there are endless possibilities to pay for school. You don’t have to go it alone.
What is financial aid vs. scholarships?
Financial aid is money set aside by the government and other public entities to reward people in certain financial or life situations with access to college. You usually qualify if you make under a certain yearly salary, are supporting children, or have other challenges that make it difficult to pay full price for college. Scholarships can be funded by private foundations and individuals, or by the schools themselves and are usually awarded based on merit: things like grades, work experience, and application essays decide who receives these awards.
What is the difference between an Associates and a Bachelor?
An associate’s degree is generally a two year degree program, and a bachelors is four years. Usually, an associate’s degree is a little less in depth and is good for certain professions that go straight into the workforce, like Medical Billing and Coding or a Paralegal. Bachelor’s degrees are more in depth and suit careers that require a lot more philosophical/theoretical background like Business or Education. Both degrees are great, and if you are having a hard time deciding which is best for your area of study you can talk with an advisor at your school for advice.
What is the difference between a Masters degree and a PhD?
A master’s degree is considered a “graduate degree,” meaning you will have already graduated with a bachelor’s degree before you can receive one. Masters programs vary from 2-3 years in length, and prepare you to be an expert in your field. Some professions require you to have a master’s degree before you can work in the field, and others just respect the degrees by offering raises and promotions.A PhD is the level above a Master’s degree, and the highest degree you can get. They aren’t necessary for all professions, but doctors, professors, certain scientists (like astrophysicists), and others are required to receive PhDs.
How long will it take to earn my degree?
This varies from program to program. Trade schools offering certificates and diplomas for hands-on careers often have programs that last 9 months to a year. Associates and Bachelor degrees are generally 2-4 years, but some schools offer accelerated programs for those who want to complete them faster, or slower paced programs for those who still work time and can’t commit to full time class schedules. Master’s degrees can be 2-3 years, and PhDs can be 3-5.
Do I need a laptop and/or internet?
If you plan to take online classes, you will need computer and internet access. A few of the schools we partner with offer laptops for free with enrollment because they know it can be much easier to do your work with an easily accessible computer. Even at a ground campus school, most campuses use online systems for grading and turning in assignments, so you’ll at least want a computer in the house or a library nearby to work from.
Will I get a better job with a degree?
While our schools can’t guarantee job placement, the numbers show that degrees make people more sought-after by employers, have higher earning potential, and learn the skills they need to be valuable employees.
Does a school need to be accredited?
Accreditation is very important in the higher education world and can be the difference between an employer accepting your education credentials or not. We only work with the highest accredited schools to avoid those situations. If you have questions about any of the schools’ accreditation, you can contact their individual offices.
How soon can I apply?
As soon as possible! Many online programs don’t have the usual semester timelines and start classes on a 30 day rolling basis. Traditional campuses have anywhere from 1-4 enrollment periods per year, and that information can be found with each school.