What Is the Cost of Online Education Vs. Traditional Education?
The cost of online education versus traditional education can vary widely depending on course of study and educational institution. When considering the cost of education, a student must consider the cost of textbooks, housing and transportation in addition to tuition and fees.
Tuition Costs for Online Education
Tuition costs for online education programs will vary according to course of instruction. If a student is taking an online course from a department unrelated to his or her major, there may be a difference in cost, according to Auburn University, www.auburn.edu. The cost for online graduate degree courses at Auburn University ranges from $128 to $598 per semester hour:
- Business education - $286 per semester hour
- Master of accountancy - $598 per semester hour
- Master of Education in Rehabilitative Counseling - $222 per semester hour
- Master of Chemical Engineering - $574 per semester hour
- Doctor of Pharmacy - $320 per semester hour
Traditional Education Tuition Costs
The cost of tuition for traditional education varies from college to college. At the University of Wisconsin, www.wisc.edu, tuition for a bachelor's degree in business administration costs $580 per credit. At Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, www.msu.edu, a freshman student beginning fall classes in 2009 can expect to pay $354 per credit for tuition, fees and housing. The cost is based on 15 credits per semester.
The tuition fees for a traditional education don't include transportation costs, lab fees, housing and textbooks. Room and board at Warner Pacific College, for example, costs the student approximately $6,328 for the academic year. Textbooks for a typical course at California Southern University, www.calsouthern.edu, which offers many online courses, is approximately $145 per course. Both online and traditional education costs will include an application fee. A traditional education can include such additional expenses as deposits for housing and student parking fees.