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The other thing is that on 4 year programs a lot of students are starting to take on-line based courses through their schools to avoid the hassels of trying to deal with the endless fees that universities now charge.
On campus, I was paying about 40k a year including flight training...Online I pay about 500-600 per class which isn't even close to how much I was paying before.
The reason I transfered to the online campus is because I had finished my flight training at ERAU, and received a year long paid internship. There was no question for me to finish up online, and so far it's been great. As others have said, you are getting a B.S. degree (most people go for the Professional Aero. degree) from the accredited, well-known, ERAU. In my experience, employers have had no problem with me taking classes online, however in my case I am "finishing my degree online", not "earning my entire degree online"... I don't think employers will have a problem with either though.
Classes are about 12 weeks and each week there is generally some sort of work/reading that will take about an hour per class--not bad at all. In addition to the weekly work are a midterm and final (online, open book obviously), and some classes might have a minor paper to write. Overall the work is not that rough, much less than it is on campus, however I would still say that I learned about the same amount online vs. campus. Every class empasizes inter class discussion and class participation is a good part of the grade.
1) They don't offer every class, every semester so plan your classes out so you don't get stuck waiting a semester to take a class you need.
2) Stagger your schedule... Instead of taking 4 classes at a time, take 2 one semester and 2 another. The start dates may only be a month apart, but you'll save yourself from getting overwhelmed at once.
3) Buy your books online, not through the campus...they will overcharge you
4) Don't fall behind on the work... It's easy to do since you aren't forced to go to class, but make sure to stay where you should be.