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Top 10 Online Colleges for Low Income Students

Top 10 Online Colleges for Low Income Students

For those with low income jobs, earning a university degree may seem like a dream that will always be out of reach. Attending classes means missing work, and for those who already struggle to pay bills, this can never be an option. That is why looking into online courses may be the only solution for those in this position. Studying during the free time they have available, while still allowing them to work at their scheduled hours, can be a lifesaver. Moreover, because there are a number of universities that offer online programs with low tuitions, the dream of an education and a new career is easier to achieve for low income students than ever before.

1. Southern University at New Orleans

With a tuition fee of $4,911, this is the cheapest university for accredited online programs, and the best option for low income students. They have a basic Bachelor of General Studies completion program available, but if this area is of no interest, keep this school in mind anyway since new programs could be placed online at any time.

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2. Chadron State College

With 7 accredited online programs, a business program that gives its students the chance to focus on nine different concentrations, and the internships needed to complete a variety of general majors that are organized by the university and an organization near to the student, this university is worth more than the $5,630 tuition price.

3. Western Governors University

Conceived by 19 U.S. Governors in 1995, Western Governors University accepted its first students 4 years later. It has since become one of the best school options available to low income students, thanks to the comprehensive online programs available for a tuition of only $6,070.

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4. Minot State University

Though some of its programs require students to be in attendance online at certain times, the low tuition price of $6,086 coupled with the 10 undergraduate programs available make this an excellent choice for low income students hoping to earn a bachelor’s degree.

5. Peru State College

Though this school only has seven online undergraduate programs (five of which are in business, and the others in both criminal justice and psychology), they are high quality programs, which is where Peru’s focus is aimed. If interested in earning a degree in these fields, the tuition of $6,188 is well worth the price.

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6. Bellevue University

Its rank in the top 20 for its online undergraduate program is due to the wide selection of courses available to its students. It also has a tuition of $6,300, which makes this university hard to beat for those with low incomes who want to complete their education.

7. West Texas A&M University

For those interested in business, nursing, or criminal justice, this university offers the programs necessary to acquire an undergraduate degree in these fields. They also offer their online students an Emergency Management Administration program, which is not available at many other online schools. The tuition is only $7,220.

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8. Granite State College

Unlike other colleges, Granite has decided to offer only two graduate programs. Instead, they give their students the opportunity to choose from a wider variety of undergraduate programs. Focusing in this area can help to create higher quality programs for online students, yet still keep the tuition low at only $7,065.

9. Columbia College

Columbia College is a low income student’s dream, thanks to its 14 online undergraduate programs, all of which allow the student to work according to their own schedule, rather than coercing them to attend classes at a given time. The low tuition of $7,115 is also a bonus for low income students.

10. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide

This is one of the few schools that focus mainly on aeronautical programs. Those available for online students include aviation, aviation maintenance, and avionics. There is also a variety of graduate level programs available, such as Space Education, Management, and Systems Engineering. Those interested in any of these online courses will be required to pay a tuition of $7,800.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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