By: Krystle Crossman
Many colleges these days are jumping into online courses. Some even offer a full degree from classes that are entirely online. There are many benefits to taking these courses. You save on room and board, you don’t have to worry about scheduling classes around work, and you can go at your own pace. One of the biggest problems however is that low-income students are frequently left out because it is too expensive.
When you enroll in a college course online you must have a computer that you have daily access too as well as a high speed internet connection. Many low-income students do not have either of these things. Some will go to public libraries to try and complete their work but many libraries have time limits on the computers and internet so they may not get to finish what they are working on. This seems unfair to those who cannot afford a computer of their own. It gives students who have the money the advantage of reaping the benefits of online courses and a more interactive learning environment.
Those who oppose online courses bring up good points as to why they oppose them. Aside from the fact that there are students that are left out because of money issues there is also the fact that it is more about the money than it seems to be about the education. Companies that specialize in educational software and technologies can make a bundle selling software for classes and so they cater to districts which are high-income areas. Again this leaves low-income areas in the dust because they cannot afford the technology to help them with classes.