Students have long dreamed of getting their degrees online.
But that dream has come to a screeching halt in recent years, with schools facing a massive backlog of applicants.
But there’s one option that’s getting a lot of attention.
The Wharton School of Business is offering online classes for $100, a deal that will pay you $200 for a year of full-time study.
You get paid on top of the tuition and fees that are already included in the program.
That’s great for students, but what about teachers?
Who will take advantage of this?
In an interview with NPR, Wharton associate professor David Pare said the best option for teachers is to get a degree through a school that’s already hiring.
“It doesn’t mean you can’t do this for yourself,” he said.
“But you have to be careful not to make it into a career that you’re not qualified for.
So the way to do it is to find a school, you have the right kind of skills and the right degree.”
Pare, who has a master’s in business administration, said he’s been a teacher for 30 years and knows a lot about teaching.
“I’ve seen a lot in teaching and I’ve also seen a great deal of teachers get their degree through schools that are struggling with hiring,” he added.
“So I think a lot teachers should consider taking this route, but I would recommend to a teacher that they start with an online degree, because if they’re willing to do that, then you can go the whole way.”
But teachers are concerned about the costs involved.
“We’re talking about a lot more money,” said teacher Rebecca Davenport, who taught for two years at Wharton before moving to the University of Washington.
“There’s a whole other set of expenses that come into it, and a lot less of that can be taken into account, so you’re definitely looking at a lot.”
Wharton has offered a free online Bachelor of Arts degree for students for nearly 10 years now.
But this year, the school has added a second option.
It’s offering students the opportunity to take a six-month online Master of Arts program at a cost of $100.
That program will give students full-tuition and fees for a semester.
The cost for that semester is $300, or about $500 a year.
Wharton is offering this option in order to get students in front of prospective employers.
Whispers about the program have been swirling for years.
In 2014, Whiscash offered an online Master’s degree program for students at the University, but the program was eventually canceled due to the university’s budget woes.
The online program is being revived as part of the Wharton Business School’s online program.
“They’re really pushing the idea that this is the only way to go,” said Whiscashes professor and co-founder John Pare.
“And they have a ton of other things going on that they’re not announcing.”
Whiscashing has had success in the past, though, and now it’s aiming to take advantage.
The program is still in its early stages, but Whiscashed hopes to enroll over 500 students this year.
“The thing is, they’re going to need to do a lot, so they have to make a lot.
They’ve got to do everything right, but we want to get them into the door and let them be confident they can get a job,” Pare added.