This is always a hot topic amongst us (I refer to "us", as my friends only here, of which they fit into one of the two fields of study, hence forth) who are either going into a 4 year college or university versus those going to the on-line degrees.
If you notice who the advertisers are on these Yahoo articles are, it's a discreet way to advertise and guess who's paying for these ads?
Yep, the on-line colleges, who are flooding their own pocket books, with lots of puffed up promises of jobs that are guaranteed careers with high paying salaries. They (on-liners) tout easy financial aid programs, no problem with getting loans, etc, but those going to a regular 4 year college have a tougher time trying to get that same financial aid.
It's all about marketing and taking advantage of students.