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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 December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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