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Welcome to the classroom of the 21st century. Whether you’re enrolling in an online college or taking online classes, your experience with online learning will be different than in a traditional school environment. Student skills like study habits, scheduling classes and meeting with your teacher that you mastered in brick-and-mortar schooling may need updating to fit into remote learning. When looking for advice on both college and high school distance learning, Scholarships.com has a bevy of tips, advice and know-how to get the most out of your online education experience.

High School Online Education

For many students (and their teachers) online high school is a brand-new experience. High schoolers should brush up on new online class skills like virtual classroom etiquette and how to contact their virtual teachers. They can learn how to request disability accommodations and create a disability-friendly learning environment. And they can school themselves in the art of staying focused while taking classes remotely.

College Online Education

Online college education opens new doors for both traditional and non-traditional students. Online courses allow students to earn degrees from schools across the country and further their professional goals on their own time. Students looking to take online classes can review the differences between online, in-person and hybrid classes and discover what on-campus resources they can use as virtual students. Plus, students learning at long distance can use our guide to scheduling classes across time zones to make an optimal online course schedule.

Top Online Education FAQs

For those new to online education, chances are you have questions. Our Online Education FAQ section covers everything from school schedules to online exams. Plus, you’ll learn that online education can be paid for with scholarships and grants, just like traditional school.

Latest College & Financial Aid News

Michigan Offers Free Community College Education to Essential Workers

September 24, 2020

by Susan Dutca-Lovell

The state of Michigan is set to offer two years of free community college to essential workers who were required by their job to leave the house and work at least 11 weeks in the spring during the coronavirus pandemic. This unique opportunity, called Futures for Frontliners, opens doors to essential workers who are not commonly considered front-line workers and an estimated 600,000 residents could qualify. [...]

Colleges Waiving SAT and ACT Requirements for Merit Scholarships

September 22, 2020

by Izzy Hall

Many colleges have waived SAT and ACT score requirements for high school seniors currently applying to college due to how difficult it has been to sign up for standardized testing during the coronavirus pandemic. Now some colleges are also waiving standardized test score requirements when awarding merit scholarships to incoming students. Instead of requiring SAT and ACT scores, these schools will award scholarships based on high school GPA. [...]

Introducing Scholarships.com’s Online Education Section for Students

September 17, 2020

by Izzy Hall

It’s new. It’s different. It can be frustrating. It’s probably how you’re experiencing school these days. It’s online education. The coronavirus has rapidly expanded the adoption of online, virtual and distance learning, from college all the way down to elementary school. As a relatively new practice, schools, students and staff have all had to make adjustments to their curriculums and their expectations. Students may be wondering – how can I be successful in online school? How can I make it work for me? Our new Online Education section has the answers to all of your online learning questions. [...]

Last Reviewed: September 2020