Benefits to attending college online include freedom to log in to classes from any location with Internet access. In addition, online college course are often less expensive than traditional courses, allow for greater scheduling flexibility and provide students with comfortable learning environments.
In 2011, the Babson Survey Research Group found that 31 percent of college students had taken a college course online. Students indicated that major advantages in taking courses online include the ability to have schedule flexibility. This allows students to have time for work and for parents to attend classes around their children's schedules.
Comfort is another benefit students have when taking courses online. Taking classes at home alleviates the distractions often found in class. Students do not have to worry about how they are dressed or if the seat is comfortable. Students can take restroom breaks or grab a cup of coffee without fear of missing something while away from class.
In addition to saving money on many online courses, students who take online classes save money in other ways. Savings on gas and childcare can be significant because families don't have to make arrangements for their children's care nor do students have to put extra miles on their vehicles traveling to and from classes.