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Compare Nonprofit, For-Profit Online Degree Programs

While there’s still a stigma against for-profits, the quality of education varies widely within the sector, experts say.

To some students, a for-profit online degree program seems like a risky option.

“I’ve seen a lot of reports for a lot of years about how for-profit schools have pretty much based their incomes on the ability for students to get federal financial aid,” says 30-year-old Matt Warner, a cybersecurity and information assurance master’s student at the nonprofit, online Western Governors University.

Though he’s personally hesitant about for-profits, he suggests prospective students focus more on factors such as cost and the degrees offered.

For California resident Carlos Ramirez, enrolling in an online doctoral program in health administration at the for-profit University of Phoenix was a no-brainer. Ramirez previously earned his bachelor’s and master’s at the school and was satisfied with its flexibility and student support.

Experts say in online education, a school’s classification as a for-profit versus nonprofit tells prospective online students little about overall quality.

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“I think it’s less about the sector and more on how attentive the institution is to meeting the needs of students, to understanding best practices, to preparing their faculty for this robust learning experience,” says Karen Pedersen, chief knowledge officer for the Online Learning Consortium, an organization aiming to improve online higher education.

For-profit institutions have faced criticism in recent years for questionable recruitment practices, low graduation rates and high student debt. Though employers today are becoming more receptive to accepting candidates with for-profit, online degrees, there’s still a stigma around them, experts say.

[Discover how employers view for-profit online bachelor’s degrees.]

“It’s a distinction that has gotten a lot of press over the last many years, and I’m not sure that it’s warranted,” says Betty Vandenbosch, president of the for-profit Kaplan University, which delivers many degrees online.

When for-profit online degree programs started becoming more prevalent around 1999, they accepted almost anybody who applied, including those who weren’t sufficiently prepared for college, says Kathleen Ives, OLC’s CEO and executive director, who has served as faculty for both for-profits and nonprofits. That, she says, contributed to low graduation rates and high debt for those who dropped out.

That initial focus primarily on corporate profits “has tainted much of the for-profit sector. And not fairly, because the for-profit institutions are just as diverse as the nonprofit institutions,” says David Schejbal, dean of continuing education, outreach and e-learning at the University of Wisconsin—Extension, which coordinates continuing education and online programs across 26 statewide campuses.

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Want college to pay off? These are the 50 majors with the highest earnings.

Engineering and technology are among the most challenging fields of study in college, but all of that hard work apparently is paying off, as many of the top-earning entry-level jobs are tied to related majors, according to a Glassdoor study released Monday.

The job search engine analyzed more than 500,000 resumes and self-reported salaries to determine which majors pay the most during the first five years after graduation. Eight of the 10 most-bankable majors are tied to engineering or technology, such as computer science, electrical engineering and information technology. Nearly half of the majors listed are in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, though business-related majors, such as accounting and marketing, crack the top half of the 50 majors listed.

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The Highest-Paying Jobs for New College Grads

It’s good to be an engineer.

The average starting salary for new college graduates for 2016 is $52,569, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers‘ annual survey of starting salaries.

If you want to pull down bigger bucks than that, you’d better like math: Engineering fields comprise 16 of the top-paying 35 job titles, according to an analysis provided to MONEY by Payscale, which looked at salaries for employees with bachelor’s degrees and two years’ experience or less.

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What To Study In College To Score The Jobs Of The Future

Students on their way to university sometimes think ahead to what kind of future they’d like their education to provide. Are they zeroing in on a specific career they’d like to pursue upon graduation? Do they have a specific job in mind they’d like to shoot for? Or, do they have only a vague notion of what they want, hoping that their interests will direct them toward opportunity?

Regardless of a student’s level of focus, certain fields of study can yield great jobs—ones that are in high demand among employers and that bring healthy salaries.

Recently, mammoth jobs platform, Indeed.com, released a study on job opportunities of the future. In it, the Texas-based company discovered that 92% of all jobs that bring salaries of over $57,700 and grow to keep up with inflation can be attained most easily through only a small handful of fields of college study. We highlight them in a slideshow, which you can view below.

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Paying Your Way Through College: Applying For Summer Jobs?

With today’s economy, young adults are trying to gather up enough financial resources to prepare them for the future ahead. Be it in a college or university, right now it is found to be impossible to pay for education with a summer job.

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College graduate? Need a job? Apply in these booming fields

The job market can be a tough place, particularly for new college graduates. While the unemployment rate for new grads (age 21 to 24) has dropped — falling to 7.2 percent in 2014 from 9.9 percent in 2011 — according to the Economic Policy Institute, it remains significantly elevated, particularly as new graduates are forced to contend with those from the previous six years who are still searching for positions.

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Class of 2016 Graduates May Step Into Millennials’ Best Job Market Yet

Next spring’s college graduates may find employers awaiting them with open arms.

Employers say they plan to hire 11% more fresh college graduates for U.S. jobs this year than last, according to a survey of 201 employers from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, which tracks college hiring.

Those projections align with a recent Michigan State University survey of more than 4,700 employers that projected a 15% increase in hiring for new graduates across all degree programs, including associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate and professional degrees. The strong outlook reflects an economy on the rebound from the recession, the report said.

The new NACE report also dovetails with a recent study from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, which found that job growth since the recession has been led by high-wage occupations, many of which require bachelor’s degrees.

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