In many cases, an online degree earned through an accredited public or private university may be effectively indistinguishable from a degree earned in a campus-based program, sometimes referred to as "brick-and-mortar" programs. The instruction is often exactly the same, with the online degree containing no special designation. As such the same financial aid packages are often available to online students, which has helped make them more accessible to traditional applicants. An example of an indistinguishable degree program is that offered by Columbia University . Student who earn a degree through the Columbia Video Network (CVN) earn exactly the same type of degree as the campus-based program.  The professors, courses, homework, tests, and eventual transcripts and diploma are identical to that of on-campus students.  Another example is NYU Tandon Online which offers master's degrees completely online through New York University Tandon School of Engineering .