Distance learning, in it’s infancy, was just a system of envelopes. Instructors would send assignments by mail, and students would complete the work and send it back.

Of course, that was nearly 200 years ago. Now, if you want to get an education from the comfort of your home, you don’t even need a stamp (but you can’t blame the pony express for your late assignments, anymore, either).

In the early 2000s, around 2 million students were enrolled in online classes. It was a small, niche market, that attracted more than it’s fair share of criticisms (especially in the hairy world of for-profit universities).

But, today, more than 5.8 million students are enrolled in online classes at accredited, non-profit schools like Northeastern University, Arizona State, or Boston University. Experts at Babson have called this recent enrollment shift significant, “When one-quarter of higher education students are taking a course online, distance education is clearly mainstream.”¹

Why the shift? Well, in a world of non-stop communications over the Internet, there’s no excuse not to pursue an education. Even if you already have a family and a career, it’s never been easier to earn a higher ed degree from a distance.

For example, students enrolled in online learning say they love it because:

It costs less.

Online learning costs less because there are fewer fees when you study from the comfort of your own home. Though, it’s important to note that at least half of students who study online have significant student loan debt.²

It's very flexible.

You can enroll in classes when it’s convenient for you, and turn your work in when you can (with regular due dates every week, of course). It usually takes students longer to complete their degrees due to work and family obligations, with 17% graduating within three years, and nearly half graduating within six.³

There are fewer distractions.

For many students, class participation is very stressful: Speak up? In front of all these people? No thanks. Online students report feeling more comfortable participating from home, and that it’s easier to concentrate because there are no classroom distractions.

Not to mention, you can do it all in your pajamas.

Now, about that student loan debt. Here at Motivis Learning, we believe that money should never be a roadblock to education and career advancement. So we’ve put together a list of some of the best scholarship for students who want to earn their degree online. Check it out below.

Also, be sure to check out available scholarships for study abroad and vocational programs.

Online Education Scholarship Opportunities

Get Educated Online College Scholarship

Undergraduate and Graduate students
Value: $1,000

Get Educated awards multiple $1,000 scholarships each year, specifically for students participating in online degree programs.

Chegg $1,000 monthly scholarship

All U.S. high school and college students
Value: $1,000

Chegg, the online textbook rental company, offers a monthly $1,000 scholarship. It’s awarded once a month to to a U.S. high school or college student.

Scholarship America Dream Award

Undergraduate and Graduate students
Value: $5,000-$15,000

The Scholarship America Dream Award provides scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $15,000. This renewable scholarship will increase $1,000 each year to assist in student success.

Prompt's $20,000 scholarship

Undergraduate students
Value: $2,000-$10,000

Prompt awards $20,000 in scholarships each year. They range from a monthly $2,000 award to a $10,000 grand prize.

Dell Scholar Program

Current high school seniors
Value: $20,000

The Dell Scholar Program recognizes students who have overcome significant obstacles to get an education. Along with a $20,000 scholarship, a laptop and textbooks will be included with the award.

Ron Brown Scholarship

Current high school seniors
Value: $40,000

Each year twenty students receive a $40,000 scholarship from the Ron Brown Scholarship Program. These scholarships are awarded to African American high school seniors that make significant contributions to society.

The APIASF General Scholarship

Undergraduate students
Value: $2,500-$20,000

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship is awarded to students of Asian and/or Pacific Islander descent. Scholarships range from one-time $2,500 awards to multi-year $20,000 awards.

C-SPAN's Student Cam

Middle and high school students
Value: varying awards

C-SPAN want’s to know what your message to Washington is. C-SPAN’s Student Cam is a documentary competition that will award cash prizes totaling $100,000 to 150 student documentaries and 53 teacher advisors.

Microsoft Scholarship Program

Value: partial to full tuition for one year

Microsoft awards a partial- or full-tuition scholarship for one academic year to a student studying Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related STEM programs. Students must be enrolled in a full time bachelor’s degree program in the U.S., Canada, or Mexico.

Unigo 10K Scholarship

Undergraduate and Graduate students
Value: $10,000

Unigo is awarding a $10,000 scholarship for writing one tweet. Unigo wants you to imagine that you were elected president. What will be your first tweet?

Working toward a degree in Education? Apply to Motivis Learning’s Aspiring Educator Scholarship.