Resources for College Students

The first step toward making decisions about your college education is informing yourself and establishing realistic expectations about your options.

Online College Toolkit

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Getting Started

Starting the process of pursuing an online education? This guide will provide you with everything you need to know to prepare for the online learning experience and choose the right school for you.

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Financial Aid

This guide to financial aid will give you an overview of different types of aid available, direct you to helpful scholarship and loan sites, and answer your most important financial aid related questions.

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This guide will explain what accreditation is, why it matters, and how you can be sure that your school has this important stamp of approval.

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Applying to Online College

This is OnlineU’s definitive guide to applying to online schools, including enrollment policies, timelines, and tips on ordering transcripts, writing essays, requesting recommendation letters, and more.

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Online College School Supplies

If you've decided to enroll in an online degree program or plan to take a number of online classes, this complete list of online college school supplies will help set you set yourself up for success.

Learn About Careers by Major

We use data from authoratative government sources to determine the most popular and highest paying jobs for each degree, as well as which fields are likely to grow quickly in coming years.


Guides for College Students

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College Guide for Minority Students

This guide features expert advice to help Minority students find the right college, apply for scholarships and financial aid, and overcome common barriers.

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College Guide for Undocumented Students

This guide includes information and resources for undocumented students to help them navigate the process of earning a college degree, including federal and state laws, how to choose the right school, and options for financing a degree.

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College Guide for Black Students

This guide includes expert insight and offers tips to help African American students find the right college, apply for scholarships, and navigate common challenges.

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College Guide for Latinx Students

This guide is designed to help Latinx students understand and navigate some of the more common challenges that may prevent them from earning their college degrees. It highlights resources that provide support, identifies scholarships for Hispanic students, and features expert insight.

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Mental Health Guide for College Students

Learn strategies for addressing common mental health issues affecting college students, including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and eating disorders. Our guide includes expert interviews with two mental health counselors.

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College Guide for LGBT Students

This guide provides guidance for LGBTQ+ students seeking expert advice on choosing an inclusive college, overcoming barriers, and applying for LGBT-specific scholarships.

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How Long Does It Take To Earn a Doctoral Degree?

Doctorates take multiple years of graduate study to achieve, with most programs lasting an average of 7.5 years.

Trends & Insights

Every industry in the world has been impacted by COVID-19. Read more about the degrees with the best ROI during a recession, as well as other expert editorials and up-to-date news about the higher education space.