Enrolling for an online education, particularly an online masters degree, is a major step.
You will need to commit time and energy to online learning over the next few years, as well as making a significant financial investment, in order to better yourself and improve your prospects both professionally and personally, through an online masters programme.
Nevertheless, investing in an online masters can lead to considerable rewards. Students who successfully complete an online postgraduate learning programme can benefit from several advantages.
By completing a masters degree programme, you could:
Higher education institutes providing online masters degrees commonly offer a range of different ways to pay for your online programme. These are designed to make life easier for students who are concerned about their finances.
Typically, these will range from simply paying in full when you enrol, paying in a set number of instalments, or ‘pay-as-you-go’ – that is, paying for each module in advance as you progress through the programme.
At the University of Roehampton, London Online, for example, there are three payment options:
For students concerned about the cost of an online masters, there are various options available to postgraduate students, whether studying online or on campus, depending on your circumstances and current financial situation.
For UK residents enrolled at a UK university, the Future Finance Student Loan may help you cover tuition fees and expenses. It is designed to offer the flexibility that will help you start or continue your chosen programme of online education. Alternatively, ELCAS is a funding initiative from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for members or veterans of the British Armed Forces.
A range of scholarships and grants also exist. There are several online sites that can help you find one that relates to your programme choice and university. Here are a few examples:
Also it is worth looking out for scholarship grants that relate to your chosen programme or field of interest. Here are some which you might be eligible for:
At Roehampton Online, there is a dedicated team of enrolment advisors who specifically talk to students and prospective students about the funding options available those thinking of studying with the University.
Does your workplace encourage and support continued professional development? If so, you may find that your company offers financial assistance to employees who are continuing their education by completing a postgraduate programme. Your HR department is likely to be a good place to start.
Depending on your personal situation, expenses related to your further education may be tax-deductible. Have a chat with your accountant or tax adviser to find out more.
Roehampton Online’s current student networks are also good sources of help and advice. It’s worth joining their LinkedIn and Facebook groups and asking your questions in there. You might even receive ideas and guidance from a student who was in the same position as yourself.
For generations, students around the world have understood and benefited from the advantages that come with high level education. Starting an online master’s degree is a big a commitment, but it is worth it.
Through successfully completing your online learning you could benefit from enhanced prospects and develop your skills and knowledge – both in practice and in theory.
Are you ready to take the next step and begin your online education adventure? Read more about Roehampton Online’s masters programmes and find the right one for you.