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Whether you pursue your accounting bachelor’s degree online or on campus, working while you study is a great way to finance your degree and keep a steady flow of income to meet your living expenses. If you are a part-time student and able to work full time, you should try to find a job that is related to accounting so you can start building your resume with relevant work experience before you graduate.
Even if you are a full-time student, you typically will not have class every day of the week so a part-time position is definitely feasible. As a student, internships are a great way to start working in the accounting industry while you are still in school. Check your school’s career center for opportunities. In addition, job search sites such as Simply Hired have listings for internships for accounting students all over the country.
The time spent attending classes and work on top of any other commitments you have can be overwhelming. Online accounting schools may have flexible schedules, but the coursework that a top program requires is still time-intensive. Working while studying offers many benefits, but you have to decide whether you can commit to both without sacrificing your work quality in either.
Are there any brick-and-mortar colleges that offer an online program?
There are many brick-and-mortar colleges that offer an online program, but most of them are regionally accredited institutions, meaning their reputation typically only goes as far as the local area that they serve. This is not to say that these are not legitimate schools, but employers that do not recognize these programs may not look at a degree received from them favorably.
The best programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which is considered to set the benchmark for the quality of business schools in the academic world. Northeastern University offers a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting Management, a program offered 100% online that prepares you for a career in both finance and accounting. This program allows you to focus your studies on accounting with elective online accounting courses such as taxation and accounting information systems to help meet your career goals.
Washington State University is another AACSB accredited program that leads to a Bachelors in Business Administration-Accounting. This program focuses on financial management, auditing, business strategy and taxation.
AACSB accredited schools are your best bet for finding reputable online bachelor degree programs in accounting, so make sure to check out their list of accredited institutions during your search.
Are there any scholarships for students?
Most accounting colleges offer their students scholarships, but there are also many opportunities that are not school specific. Students pursuing an online degree generally do not have as many scholarship opportunities as traditional students, so be sure to check the eligibility requirements for any scholarship you are interested in to see if you qualify.
The American Institute of Certified Public Accounting (AICPA) represents the public accounting profession and develops the standards for audits of private companies and other services by CPAs. This organization offers many scholarships, such as the AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship program, which grants accounting who that have the potential to become leaders in the CPA profession a 1-time $2,500 award. To apply you must write an essay about how you would advocate for the CPA profession if you were chosen as a recipient.
The National Society of Accountants serves to advocate high standards in ethics, education and professional excellence in the accounting industry. Each year as a part of its Scholarship Awards Program the organization grants about 32 awards ranging from $500 to $2,000 to current accounting students enrolled in a 2-year or 4-year college in the U.S.
There are many more scholarship opportunities that target more specific demographics such as race, gender, and socioeconomic status. Be sure to search out every possibility that you may qualify for!
Can I study abroad during my program?
Many schools give students the chance to travel abroad to gain an international perspective on the industry while earning college credit. These programs can be as short as a 1 or 2 weeks during spring break or the winter holiday or as long as 2 months during the summer. If you are interested in a longer stay, some schools offer semester-long programs that allow you to immerse yourself in a different culture while you study accounting.
Even though you earn college credit during these programs, you will not be simply sitting in a classroom in a different part of the world. Most of your trip will be spent sightseeing and learning about the accounting industry by visiting the local companies and professionals. If you are interested, contact your school’s study abroad program or student services office and ask about study abroad opportunities.
The cost of studying abroad, however, can be almost as much as a semester’s tuition, though scholarship opportunities are often available to students. Despite the cost, these programs are a once in a lifetime experience and can be well worth the price tag.
If their school also has a traditional campus, students pursuing an online bachelor’s in accounting will generally be able to study abroad as well. Strictly online schools, however, usually offer few study abroad programs, if any.