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Low-Income Students Left Out of Many Online Schools

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.

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6 thoughts on “Low-Income Students Left Out of Many Online Schools

  1. Nicky

    This is a lie! Online classes were set up for “working adults” who couldn’t make it to classes due to work or famaily obligations. Low income get everything. They do have many programs for free computers. They can take out of student loans. Rent a centers. If they have good credit, they can get via dell. Poor people in America shouldn’t complain because, there is help. Go to some third world country and see poor with no help from the goverment. Free medicaid, section 8, free training, housiing, clothes, food,.

  2. Pernell Parham

    Not to mention getting loans and financial aid that the school will suspend you for if you can’t make the tuition payments.

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  4. Francine

    Thank you, I’ve just been looking for information approximately this subject for a while and yours is the best
    I have found out so far. But, what about the conclusion? Are you positive
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  5. Sylvia

    Alright here you go. The mere mention of low income being a reason why some black people won’t be able to enroll in a online college dones not compute. Maybe you are talking about the low income homes that are broken into
    And all computer stuff is taken. Maybe you are talking about the robberies at gun point of school kids. The car jackings that include your computer. The librarys that don’t have evening hours. The buses that don’t run. The low income people that can go on line and do. While we are on the subject lets hurry up and get a free Internet service for all in the US.


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