what you need to enroll at an online universityHere at ClassesAndCareers, we receive a lot of questions about what it takes to sign up for an online university. Fortunately, enrolling in online classes is not too different from enrolling at a traditional school. In some cases, they are much less picky about your qualifications to study at their school and you can start anytime.

To get you started on learning more about how to start classes at an online university, here are four things you will absolutely need. Remember, of course, that every school will have its own individual requirements in addition to these:

1. High school diploma or GED

As with most colleges, you need to have a high school diploma or a GED to be admitted into an online university. This is to make sure you are ready for the rigorous workload that comes with college. Students who haven’t completed high school (or the equivalent) will likely struggle in college.

2. Computer

Most schools insist that students have their own home computer before letting them enroll, and it makes sense. In online courses, you will need to view lectures, do readings, and complete assignments and exams on a computer. These activities take so much time that trying to do it from a computer at the public library just isn’t practical.

3. Internet connection at home

This is also a requirement for many online schools. If you have a home computer, but not a reliable internet connection, you might find yourself unable to complete courses when you need to. Again, trying to get all your work done on the computers at the library just isn’t going to work. For this reason, schools typically insist that students have a dependable internet connection at home before allowing them to enroll.

4. Money

Finally, between cash, financial aid, loans from family or friends, and any other loans provided by private institutions, you must find the means to pay for tuition, books, and other fees each semester. In most cases, you won’t be able to register until you outline how you will pay for these costs, which will vary depending on the school and program you enroll at.

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