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5 STRATEGIC REASONS for Starting Your Degree Online This Winter

Updated By Allie Cuno on March 17, 2021

Anytime is a great time to earn a degree online. But unique conditions this season make winter 2020/2021 an even more advantageous time of year to start earning your degree and building your future. Here’s why starting now is the smart choice:

1. Decrease your risk of exposure to Covid-19.

Yes, we’re all tired of hearing about it. But the truth is, this winter is projected to be especially rough when it comes to the spread of this virus.1 When September came and college students went back to school, Covid-19 turned many college communities into pandemic hot spots.2 Why put yourself at risk? Stay safe and earn your degree from home.

2. Reduced driving in inclement weather.

For those fortunate enough to live in warmer climates, skip this one. For the rest of us who have to deal with driving on icy roads and in snowy weather, not to mention sitting in freezing cars that warm up way too slow, just to get to class … Well, contrast that with online learning, where every day is a snow day!

3. Couches just feel more comfortable in the winter.

Let’s talk creature comforts for a moment. A soft couch beats a hard classroom chair any day. But even more so in the winter. Because nothing says cozy in the wintertime like lounging on the couch, sipping hot cocoa, and wrapping up in a warm, fuzzy blanket. Now add a computer to that picture. Voila! You’re earning your degree. Could it be more comfortable?

4. Get your degree sooner than later.

Don’t procrastinate any longer. Start your degree NOW … which happens to be winter. At Independence University (IU), classes start monthly, so once you decide, you don’t have to wait months for a new semester to start. While others wait, you could be well on your way to a degree and an awesome career. More good news: At IU, we eliminate needless electives so you can get your degree fast, with an Associate’s degree in as few at 19 months, a Bachelor’s in as few as 36 months, or a Master’s in just 15 months.

5. Less activities = more time to study.

Wintertime doesn’t necessarily slow down all social activities, but Covid-19 sure does. Take a look around. Most social activities and events going on last year are either canceled, delayed, off limits, or discouraged this year. Don’t worry about missing out on activities because most likely, they’re not happening anyway. Take advantage of our temporary social distancing culture. Hunker down and do something great with your life––get a degree!

What’s stopping you? Hopefully, the idea of starting your degree is sounding pretty good. But there may still be challenges that make you hesitant to begin. Let’s explore some common obstacles that stop people from earning a degree and achieving their potential.

NO MONEY: Did you know that there are scholarships,2 grants, and other types of financial aid that are not based on past grades or your current income? Our financial planners can help you find all the financial aid for which you may qualify. There’s no cost or obligation, so what’s stopping you from finding out what you might qualify for? You deserve to know. College just may be more affordable than you think!

NO TIME: These days, hectic schedules seem to be the norm rather than the exception. Work, family, household responsibilities, and other personal commitments can knock your educational goals down to the bottom of your priority list––a place where they don’t belong. We understand. That’s the beauty of earning your degree online. With 24/7 flexibility, you can fit your study in where you have open windows of time, such as on your lunch hour, waiting at the dentist office, or while the baby’s napping. Before you know it, you’re ready to graduate! Our busy IU graduates have done it and so can you!

NO SUPPORT: Many of our IU graduates are the first in their family to earn a degree. Some had very little or no support from friends and family. Yet, they did it. We are committed to supporting you. That’s why your enrollment includes these tools for success: a new tablet and laptop to use in school and keep when you graduate, IT support services, one-on-one tutoring, online resources, career services, and so much more. At IU, we are a nonprofit school that invests in your success.

“It’s never too late to start. And once you have your degree, no one can take it away from you. It feels so good––a great accomplishment.”
Ivan Romero, IU Graduate
Business Administration

I couldn’t have said it better. Do something special for yourself and your loved ones this winter. Invest in your future with a degree and what could be a lifetime of better tomorrows!

Call (800) 917-6391 today to learn more about our career-focused degree programs—from Associate’s to Master’s—earned 100% online with 24/7 anytime, anywhere flexibility. From healthcare and business to IT and graphic arts, we are eager to assist in finding the right degree program for YOU.

Allie Cuno is a human-interest writer for Center for Excellence in Higher Education (CEHE).


*Grant and scholarship awards are limited and only available to those who qualify. See for details.