4 Benefits of Online Education for Single Parents

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To be sure, being a single parent is tough. Not only do you have to be “on” all the time at work, you’re also on the go constantly at home. As a professional woman, you have the extra challenge of needing to professionally upgrade your skills from time to time, so how do you attend school when you need to make money to keep the house going and your kids fed? Online education is a great choice, certainly; this allows you to balance work, your busy home life with your children, and your educational needs. There are many advantages for professional women looking to get their degrees at home:

1. Your current salary is untouched

One of the biggest concerns for anyone lately is money. The global economic crisis has left many very concerned about how to afford rent, let alone an education, but if you’re a professional single mom, getting your degree online has significant advantages because you don’t have to worry about a drop in pay. You can continue to work and still come home to study without the added stress of wondering how to pay certain bills.

2. No added travel expense

Frequently, it will cost you a lot of money to drive back and forth to campus, and there will doubtless be a parking fee. This adds up to a lot of daily expense that you won’t necessarily be able to afford. If you’re going to school from home, you don’t have to pay extra for gas or any exorbitant parking fees because you’re working from home. There’s also no extra wear and tear on your vehicle from the extra travel and there’s certainly no cost for a babysitter because you won’t need one.

3. You’re an even greater role model

If you’re a single mom, your kids will be looking to you for guidance. Your biggest tool you have is your actions. Not only will you working on your degree from home strike a chord with your kids, who will realize the importance of post-secondary education, you’ll also be a great role model of dedication to studying and homework. Homework can also become a family activity; once you all get home from school, you’re able to talk about your day and work on homework at the same time.

4. No wasted time

Sometimes, you may go in to class only to discover that class has been cancelled due to your professor’s unexpected absence or other issue. By working from home, you don’t have to worry about going in to campus only to discover that you could have stayed home in the first place. Also, there are almost always tutors online with the school you’re working with to help you with any scholastic issue you’re having. That means you don’t have to rework your personal schedule to figure out how to get in during the professor’s office hours.

In short, there are a few advantages for you as a professional, single mom working towards your degree. Perhaps the greatest is the opportunity to show your kids anything is possible even when you have a busy life, as most single-parent families do.

Christina Stanza is a teacher and contributor to Degree Jungle.

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