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Date published: 20 January 2012

Some of the students who have just suffered a long year of indecision about their future will enter the New Year secure in the knowledge that they will have no need for a Plan B. That is because they have discovered the online education movement.

In 2012, thousands of people will join the online learning community of over 50,000 students that is Open Universities Australia.

OUA is the national leader in bringing more than 20 top universities and TAFE institutions into the homes and lives of everyday Australians.

While there are no entry prerequisites for most first year undergraduate courses, there are a whole host of other reasons why more and more students are choosing to get a degree or qualification online.

"With over 17 years experience, OUA ensures that there are no boundaries preventing Australians from accessing higher education. Location, entry scores and financial worries don't have to be a concern for OUA students," OUA chief executive Stuart Hamilton says.

"Students can choose from over 1400 units and 170 qualifications from leading institutions including Monash University, RMIT, Griffith University, University of South Australia and Sydney Institute of TAFE.

"The qualification awarded is from the institution of choice and not OUA," he says.

For those who meet the eligibility criteria, several courses offered through OUA attract financial assistance from the Australian Government.

Prospective students should note that there is no need to be a technology whiz to study through OUA. Experienced advisers are on hand to help. You can access 24/7 online tutorial support and free learning skills modules will provide the knowledge to get ahead.

Rebecca Everingham is studying for a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice degree through Curtin University online.

"Studying through OUA means that I don't have to move away from home and it allows me to plan my study around my commitments rather than the other way around," she says.

Date: Saturday 17 December 2011
Publication: Herald Sun
Title: Online learning brings university into your home