I love technology, it's constantly changing and constantly advancing. A lot of people don't know this, but you can actually earn your college degree online by taking courses available to you by many of the top colleges available through e-classes. So who would do a thing such as this? Well first and foremost the best applicant I can think of off the top of my head is a stay at home mom or dad. You want to continue to stay home with your kid(s) but you also want to advance yourself with a college degree so that when your child gets a little older you can be advanced enough to get a good paying job starting at the middle wrung, instead of the lower wrung. The second best applicant would be a person that simply cannot afford (either financially or otherwise) to go to a college.
Maybe they don't have the time, the money, the transportation, or maybe they have a certain circumstance going on in their life that won't allow them to tromp around at college! And lastly, online colleges are good for those that literally cannot pay admin fees, student fees, transfer fees, etc. Hey, college can get expensive! I went to Culinary School in 98 to become a Chef and that alone cost me around $25k! And the price gets even steeper for doctors, nurses, lawyers, etc. Online college classes and programs cost a lot less, and in some cases you can even find free classes online but, they usually won't count towards credits for graduating, but still they are good courses you can use to brush up your techniques along the way.
In fact, just recently a friend of mine who has been in the "job" world for the last 10 or so years has been unemployed for the last few months and looking around for a new job. The problem is, is that most places nowadays want you to have technological abilities, abilities that my friend simply doesn't have or was never taught. So she found a few course studies online, and is now learning html and java web design at home, on her computer, on her own time, for free.
Now as said above most of the colleges online will charge certain fees for the courses or classes you take, otherwise you probably won't be able to get credits to graduate. Some of the colleges I can think of off the top of my head are University of Phoenix (the best), DeVry University, eLearners, Florida Tech, etc. These colleges and universities will allow you to pick from whatever classes and courses you want (just as you would be able to offline), along with minors, majors, time you want to do your courses, credits, extracurricular programs, and more. So it's still, the same exact process online as it is offline. The one tip I have to mention is to be careful about what "schools" you pick.
Try to go with some of the more popular ones I mentioned above or what you can do is call some of the colleges in your state and ask them if they have an online degree program available. This will keep you from getting scammed, and yes there are people out there like this unfortunately. Also, make sure the school you are looking for is noted as being accredited! Educational accreditation is a type of quality assurance process under which services and operations of an educational institution or program are evaluated by an external body to determine if applicable standards are met. Should standards be met, accredited status is granted by the agency. Other than that, what else have you got to lose? Now you can go to college when you want, for whatever you want and you won't have to worry about missing credits, getting someone to watch your kids, or all the fees that offline colleges can impose upon you. Take a chance! Move ahead! You won't regret it.