Two things. I dislike and have heard bad things about schools forcing kids to rent out of date laptops even if they already have one. Also from my experience online college courses are terrible. You feel so distant from the class and the teacher. Most online courses use portals like blackboard and webct which are hardly useful, accessible and usable. Alot of lectures are held with video cams and if you don't have a high speed connection your left in the dust.