These students can make use of online college courses that feature lectures via Internet meetings, video, audio, email, instant messages, bulletin boards and chat rooms, and online study and research sources.
For the home-schooled, or the advanced high school student, the benefits of access and choice are great. For students, who for religious or personal reasons, do not wish to mix at school segregation or integration are available. Equally those who prefer a religiously oriented curriculum can also be accomodated.
Online college courses are equal opportunity courses. Students of any age, race, creed, color, religion, location, learning ability, disability, or mindset can find the materials, sources, and lessons he or she needs or wants from fully accredited courses.
If you choose an online course you need to be aware of a few caveats. Before applying check that the online college courses is genuine and the accreditation is in place. There are some online college courses that are not qualified offer the qualifications quoted in that they are not "accredited". If you are looking to use the online learning experience as credited coursework (to transfer, to get a job or a degree), be sure that the online college is one which meets the standards set by the state’s, province’s, or country’s accreditation body, agency, or board.
In the U.S. the Department of Education (the DOE) oversees and regulates American universities, though each state is responsible for its own higher learning authorization standards. Checking the course credentials can be a difficult task particularly if the institution is located overseas. In some countries unscrupulous and greedy "colleges" have been quick to claim to be "licensed" to run a college but their business is, in effect, a bogus degree mill, a fake college whos qualifications are worthless.