More online courses being offered to nontraditional students

April 27, 2012

As grants for parents and scholarships for mothers become more widely available, more adults are looking to enroll in postsecondary institutions to finish earning a college degree. In response to the high volume of nontraditional students, schools are continuing to offer more flexible degree programs.

Recently, the University of Pennsylvania announced that it will become one of many schools to now offer free online classes to nontraditional students, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. Although this is not technically considered an official degree program, it can give individuals a taste of what's to come if they choose to pursue a degree at one of these institutions.

"There are so many people around the world in need of high-quality education and really starving for education," Daphne Koller, one of the cofounders of the free online course program that the University of Pennsylvania has joined, told the news source.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2011, bachelor's degree holders made an average of $1,053 weekly. It's this type of potential profit that has more adults looking to finish their college careers.

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