Cost continues to be one of students’ biggest concerns when it comes to making decisions about online education, according to a new survey about the state of online learning.

Surveyed students said cost estimates, finding funding sources, and navigating the financial aid process is confusing and challenging.

Seventy-two percent of students said job and employments goals are the primary drivers of their enrollment, including transitioning to a new career field (36 percent) and earning academic credentials in a current field of work (32 percent).

The 2017 Online Education Trends Report from BestColleges.com surveyed more than 300 school administrators and 1,500 students to gain information about current experiences in online education.

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