For over two decades, the number of students earning degrees online has continued to grow. Online learning offers not only convenience but also affordability, which puts earning a Master of Public Health within your means.
What Makes Online More Affordable?
Online coursework precludes the need to drive to campus or pay for parking. Think about the savings on gas and parking fees. This distance-learning format enables you to take your tests, do your research via the university library, access tutoring, and even communicate with your professors — all online.
Online programs offer the advantage of earning a degree from the comfort of your home or anywhere else with an internet connection saving you the hefty bills for room and board that on-campus students encounter. Working adults have the option of staying in their current jobs while earning their degree. The flexibility of online learning is a boon to students with family or childcare commitments. In general, learning from home means less disruption to your life.
What Is the Bottom Line?
Online degree and private school programs for a Master of Public Health typically cost $16,000-$33,000, according to CostHelper.com. When comparing costs between programs, be sure to find out about any additional fees.
At Lamar University, the current total cost of the Master of Public Health program is $13,629, which includes 42 credit hours and the Distance Learning Fees (DLF). To make budgeting for your education easier, the university offers a pay-by-the-course option — you won’t have to fund the total program cost up front.
Will My Employer Help?
According to a 2018 survey by Aslanian Market Research and Learning House, 32 percent of online graduate student respondents said they got tuition reimbursement from their employers. It’s a win-win for both. Employees gain an advanced degree and employers keep experienced employees on staff.
“Many years ago, employers were cautious when it came to online learning, but after hundreds of studies showing the efficacy of online learning, employers see financing the educational attainment of their employees for what it is: an investment that pays dividends,” says Julie Uranis, vice president for online and strategic initiatives at the University Professional and Continuing Education Association in a U.S. News & World Report article on 7 Ways to Reduce the Cost of an Online Degree.
How Can I Get Financial Help?
Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Federal aid in the form of student loans can help finance your education.
Search for scholarships. Scholarship funds typically don’t have to be repaid and are based on financial need, academic performance or work experience. Veterans should check into Military Service Grants that may be available to them and their dependents. In addition, investigate the Education Tax Credit and Lifetime Learning Tax Credit.
See Lamar University’s financial aid page for more information on securing the funds you’ll need for your online degree program.
What About Job Prospects?
In June 2021, PayScale placed the average salary for Master of Public Health degree holders at $65,490 per year. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the overall employment of health educators and community health workers is projected to grow 13% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.
With an MPH, you will enable others to lead healthy lives through work that blends public policy, research and population health services. In addition, earning the degree online could save you both time and money, and help you accelerate or change your career.
Learn more about Lamar University’s online Master of Public Health program.