Unfortunately, that ideal situation does not exist for everyone. If you are working your way through college or are a professional that is contemplating going back to college for a higher degree, another degree, or even a first degree, then you are juggling a lot of hats.
Between work and family there is little time left for anything else. If this is your situation then pursuing an online degree may be the right choice for you.
And it is even better than it sounds. In the beginning days of the internet people scoffed at the idea of earning a degree online. But the convenience factor was hard to ignore, and more and more accredited colleges and universities began to offer adult & continuing education programs as well as undergraduate courses online. Potential employers took notice and today, these virtual degrees are recognized and respected.
Online degree courses come in many flavors. Some programs can be completed online in their entirety. Others combine some classwork, internships, or other "hands on", live experience with the internet coursework. Because of the variety of offerings, the evaluation process can be time consuming.
The internet has opened doors in adult & continuing education where no doors even existed before. You now have every reason to achieve your dreams!