If you’re looking into online schooling for your child, you’ve probably wondered about how much it costs. Do you have to pay for tuition? Will you have to buy a new laptop? What programs will you need to purchase or download? What supplies will your student need while learning from home? These are all incredibly valid questions that are great to ask before you begin pursuing online education seriously, so, we’ll do our best to answer each and every one of these (along with a few others).
Tuition Costs for Online Schools
We are a public online school that serves Michigan and according to schoolchoiceweek.com, there are online public schools offered in 35 states in the U.S. and private online schools offered in all 50 states. Public online schools are paid for in the same way public brick and mortar schools are — taxes — which means tuition is completely free.
States that do not currently offer online public school programs are:
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
Not having a public option in your state doesn’t mean you are unable to enroll your student in an online program, there are plenty of private online school programs that are offered in all fifty states. Tuition for these programs varies based on the school, so you will have to inquire with your school of interest in order to determine exact pricing.
School Supplies Costs
So tuition is covered by the state, but what about the other supplies your student will need? Thankfully, public schools are required to supply students with any materials that are necessary for their education, which means public online schools are required to provide laptops to students. However, you will need between 3–25 Mbps of internet download speed to ensure your student can watch their lessons online. A public library or coffee shop could provide this for you as well.
Outside of internet access and a laptop, you may want to purchase paper, writing utensils, and a planner for your student. These can be found at low prices and you should not need to invest more than $10 total on your student’s basic school supplies.
Many online schools still plan field trips and other fun activities for their students. While optional, these are great socialization opportunities for your student. If you plan on having your student attend school events like these, there will likely be additional costs.
The public online school doesn’t require any more investment on your part than a brick and mortar school, so what’s holding you back? If you’re ready to learn more about online schooling opportunities or even enroll, and you are a Michigan resident, you can head over to our website to get more information.