The Internet provides online learners with a great opportunity to earn a degree, connect with others, and share information. Whether enrolled in online K-12 or higher education courses, you should take advantage of the Internet as powerful tool to help you reach your goals. You should also take responsibility in knowing how to safely navigate the Internet to protect yourself, your family, and your information.
We recommend using the simple guidelines for Internet Safety for Online Learning by iSEEK to protect yourself online. In addition, the USAA Educational Foundation offers a comprehensive online Internet Safety for Adults publication with topics including passwords, safeguarding your privacy, social networking and more.
Working as a public service employee and buried in student loans? Well then, a portion of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 called the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program may be just what you’re looking for.
The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program is meant to encourage individuals to find and continue full-time employment as a public service employee after college graduation. You may qualify for forgiveness of your remaining balance due on eligible federal student loans after making 120 payments under certain repayment plans while employed full-time. Your payment count starts after October 1, 2007, so the soonest your remaining student loan debt could be erased is October 2017.
Earning your online degree or taking online education courses is a positive experience for most students. You’ll be most successful if you are knowledgeable about online learning prior to enrolling in online courses.
It is important to understand your responsibilities as a student when it comes to your education. Your responsibilities as an online learner include, but are not limited to:
- Contacting your instructor and visiting your course site. We recommend logging into your course on Day 1 and emailing your instructor to introduce yourself.
- Reading the course syllabus and any other documents related to the course to be sure that you are aware of any and all instructor policies.
- Adhering to course schedules and deadlines. Distance learning courses are not typically designed to be self-paced. Continue reading