The Guide

6. What do I need to know about admissions and funding?
How Do I Apply? And Will I Get Admitted?
You have numerous opportunities to pursue an online education, regardless of your age or your academic history. Getting admitted into any institution will depend on what level of higher education and the specific program you are thinking about pursuing. But rest assured that anyone can get started at just about any time, depending on an institution’s course offerings and schedule.
What’s Required to Get In?
Important Considerations in Starting the Admissions Process.
How Much Will It Cost? Can I Get Assistance?
While tuition and fees for online programs can vary to a wide degree according to institutional policies and degree level pursued, online learners can take advantage of financial aid programs just like any other college student.

Some online programs have in-state and out-of-state tuition fees and others do not. A variety of supplemental fees may apply for additional services and materials depending on the program. Your best bet is simply to talk to a counselor about tuition and fees. Every institution offering online programs also has extensive information about financial aid easily accessible online, making the process as easy as possible for you.
That said, there is one universal starting point: FAFSA.  Be sure to read this crucial advice before continuing!
Financial Aid Categories
Most regionally- and nationally-accredited institutions offer financial aid under the following categories:
All institutions offer some kind of payment plan in which you can segment out your tuition payment schedule to better meet your budget. 

In addition to the aforementioned financial aid scenarios, your employer may help finance your education if it has an education reimbursement program.