The Truth About Cheap Online Colleges & Affordable Online Schools

Our goal with this list is to provide you with information about the most affordable online colleges out there today. That means we’re looking at a complex group of variables to stack rank schools and find objective measurements of how far a dollar takes you at each one. The colleges on our list aren’t the cheapest online colleges. Cheap is a meaningless indicator of an online school’s affordability since it does not take into account your ability to pay or what type of education you actually receive.

Instead, we’re looking for low-cost, high-quality online programs. Do they really exist?

2014 Most Affordable Online Schools

Edudemic Ranking Edudemic Total Ranking Score School State Online Department Link Grant or Scholarship Aid: Percent Receiving Aid Grant or Scholarship Aid: Average Amount Received Retention Rate % Graduation Rate % Price Per Credit/Hour In-State Price Per Credit/Hour Out-of-State Tuition Page Link Net Price Calculator Number of Bachelor Degrees offered Online Position/title Admissions Contact Information
1 778 Oregon State University Oregon http://ecampus.oregonstate.edu/online-degrees/ 60% $7,040 83% 61% $271.00 $271.00 http://ecampus.oregonstate.edu/soc/tuition/ oregonstate.edu/financialaid/net-price-calculator 17 Director of Admissions noah.buckley@oregonstate.edu
2 756 American Public University System West Virginia http://www.apu.apus.edu/academic/programs 35% $3,349 94% 42% $250.00 $250.00 http://www.apu.apus.edu/tuition-and-financing/tuition-and-fees/ www.apus.edu 42 Director of Admissions tgrant@apus.edu
3 730 University of Florida Florida http://www.distance.ufl.edu/online-degree-programs 89% $6,128 96% 87% $129.19 $552.67 http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/uf-online/cost-of-attendance/ npc.collegeboard.org/student/app/ufl 13 Director of Admissions pherring@ufl.edu
4 710 Old Dominion University Virginia http://dl.odu.edu/programs 47% $6,883 80% 51% $299.00 $314.00 http://dl.odu.edu/cost/overview www.odu.edu/fusion/admission/netpricecalc.shtml 28 Executive Director of Admissions jcflemin@odu.edu
5 709 Florida International University Florida https://online.fiu.edu/programs 87% $6,541 82% 52% $215.94 $333.00 http://www.fiuonline.com/tuition-and-aid/tuition/index.php www.collegeportraits.org/FL/FIU/estimator/agree 12 Director of Undergraduate Admissions Jody.Glassman@fiu.edu
6 706 Westfield State University Massachusetts http://www.westfield.ma.edu/plato/?page_id=17 50% $4,767 81% 59% $260.00 $260.00 http://www.westfield.ma.edu/offices-services/graduate-continuing-education/dgce-tuition-fees/ www.westfield.ma.edu/netprice/ 6 Director of Admissions khart@westfield.ma.edu
7 696 University of Arkansas Arkansas http://online.uark.edu/programs/ 60% $7,137 81% 60% $211.77 $211.77 http://online.uark.edu/courses/ finaid.uark.edu/331.php 3 Dean of Admissions smccray@uark.edu
8 686 University of Missouri Missouri http://online.missouri.edu/degreeprograms/index.aspx 61% $6,968 84% 70% $274.00 $350.00 http://cashiers.missouri.edu/costs/index.html#cashiersdistance financialaid.missouri.edu/cost-of-attendance/net-price-calculator.php 6 Director of Admissions mu4u@missouri.edu
9 678 Moody Bible Institute Illinois http://www.moody.edu/distance-learning/ 69% $7,969 83% 84% $300.00 $300.00 http://www.moody.edu/MDLcosts/ www.moody.edu/uploadedFiles/EDU/Website_Assets/Files/Financial_Aid/npcalc.html 4 Admission admissions@moody.edu
10 674 Fort Hays State University Kansas http://www.fhsu.edu/VIRTUALCOLLEGE/ 42% $4,411 68% 45% $182.00 $182.00 http://www.fhsu.edu/sfs/students_parents/tuition/ www.collegeportraits.org/KS/FHSU/costs 27 Director of Admissions tcline@fhsu.edu
11 673 North Carolina State University (Raleigh) North Carolina http://www.ncsu.edu/academics/distance-education/ 54% $9,025 92% 74% $222.00 $426.00 http://www.fis.ncsu.edu/cashier/tuition/ugtuition.asp www.collegeportraits.org/NC/NC-State/estimator/agree 5 Director of Admission tommy_griffin@ncsu.edu
12 659 Norwich University Vermont http://online.norwich.edu/ 98% $23,419 86% 57% $250.00 $250.00 http://online.norwich.edu/admissions/tuition-information www.norwich.edu/admissions/financialaid/netpricecalculator 2 Director of Admissions sgilmore@norwich.edu
13 652 Utah State University Utah http://online.usu.edu/degrees 53% $6,139 72% 51% $177.00 $290.00 http://www.usu.edu/budget/Documents/TuitionFees/2014-15USUtuition-feeSchedule.pdf www.usu.edu/netprice/ 8 Director of Admissions katie.nielsen@usu.edu
14 647 Florida State University Florida http://distance.fsu.edu/tags/online-degree 93% $4,512 91% 77% $215.55 $721 http://controller.vpfa.fsu.edu/Student-Financial-Services/SFS-For-Students/Tuition-Rates www.collegeportraits.org/FL/FSU/estimator 7 Director of Admission jfinney@admin.fsu.edu
15 640 East Carolina University North Carolina http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/ugcat/DistanceEd.cfm 49% $8,304 78% 56% $149.00 $663.00 http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/financial_serv/customcf/fees_cont_ed_fall_2014.pdf www.collegeportraits.org/NC/ECU/estimator/agree 21 Director of Enrollment Services fletcherj@ecu.edu
16 637 Bryan College Tennessee http://www.bryan.edu/online_programs 88% $14,288 75% 62% $285.00 $285.00 http://www.bryan.edu/costs.html www.bryan.edu/aid_estimator 4 Director of Admissions aaron.porter@bryan.edu
17 637 University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) Minnesota http://digitalcampus.umn.edu/programs/ 54% $8,021 91% 75% $430.77 $430.77 http://admissions.tc.umn.edu/costsaid/tuition.html npc.collegeboard.org/student/app/tcumn 15 Director of Admissions & Recruitment tsan0006@umn.edu
18 635 Appalachian State University North Carolina http://distance.appstate.edu/ 39% $7,843 88% 69% $127.50 $540.00 http://distance.appstate.edu/financial-information/tuition-fees appstate.edu/npc/ 5 Director of Admissions scottlm@appstate.edu
19 631 University of North Dakota North Dakota http://distance.und.edu/degrees/ 65% $3,908 74% 55% $322.54 $322.54 http://und.edu/finance-operations/student-account-services/tuition-rates.cfm und.edu/admissions/financial-aid/cost-and-aid-estimator.cfm 11 Interim Executive Director of Enrollment Services lisa.burger@und.edu
20 625 Baptist College of Florida Florida http://www.baptistcollege.edu/admissions/page.asp?content=admiss-home 100% $5,571 69% 37% $190.00 $190.00 http://www.baptistcollege.edu/admissions/page.asp?content=admiss-qfacts_tuit www.baptistcollege.edu/finances/npcalc.asp 19 Admissions Counselor/Administrative Assistant miparrish@baptistcollege.edu
21 625 Northern Arizona University Arizona http://ec.nau.edu/OnlineDegrees.aspx 66% $8,179 76% 49% $362.00 $362.00 http://ec.nau.edu/AffordableTuitionRates.aspx#online nau.edu/FinAid/Cost/Budgeting/ 43 Director of Admission Anika.Olsen@nau.edu
22 617 Gallaudet University District of Columbia http://www.gallaudet.edu/online_programs.html 87% $17,324 77% 48% $138.00 $138.00 http://www.gallaudet.edu/undergraduate_admissions/adult_degree_program/financial_information.html admissions.gallaudet.edu/Financial_info/NetPrice/npcalc.htm 2 Director of Admission charity.reedy.hines@gallaudet.edu
23 617 University of Denver Colorado http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/CUOnline/OnlineDegrees/Pages/OnlineDegrees.aspx 80% $21,508 86% 78% $332.20 $415.25 http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/CUOnline/TuitionFees/Tuition/Pages/DiscountedRateOutofState.aspx www.du.edu/financialaid/undergraduate/calculator/index.html 5 Admission Counselor betelehem.tessema@ucdenver.edu
24 606 Pennsylvania State University (World Campus) Pennsylvania http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/degrees-and-certificates 75% $3,304 92% 65% $518.00 $518.00 http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/tuition-and-financial-aid tuition.psu.edu/costestimate.aspx 23 Generic Email wdadmissions@outreach.psu.edu
25 605 Drexel University Pennsylvania http://www.drexel.com/online-degrees/bachelordegrees.aspx 79% $16,079 85% 70% $440.00 $440.00 http://www.drexel.com/tuition/tuition_rates.aspx www.drexel.edu/undergrad/financing/calculator/ 13 Admission enroll@drexel.edu
26 604 Georgia College & State University Georgia http://www.gcsu.edu/ce/onlinecourses.htm 76% $6,178 86% 61% $304.87 $304.87 http://www.gcsu.edu/budgetandplanning/tuitionandfees.htm irout.gcsu.edu/cc/ 1 Director of Undergraduate Admission/Associate Vice President For Enrollment Management suzanne.pittman@gcsu.edu
27 589 Huntington University Indiana http://www.huntington.edu/online/ 90% $13,307 73% 62% $358.00 $358.00 http://www.huntington.edu/About/Consumer-Information/ www.indianacollegecosts.org/ 8 Director of Undergraduate Admissions nperry@huntington.edu
28 579 Regent University Virginia http://www.regent.edu/academics/online_courses/ 84% $7,155 79% 51% $395.00 $395.00 http://www.regent.edu/admin/busoff/tuition_rates13-14.cfm www.regent.edu/admin/finaid/calculator.cfm 16 Assoc Director of Admissions mwilcher@regent.edu
29 579 DeSales University Pennsylvania http://www.desales.edu/home/academics/access 99% $17,431 83% 70% $446.00 $446.00 http://www.desales.edu/home/admissions-financial-aid/costs-financial-aid/access-evening-online/tuition-fees cvweb02.desales.edu/costestimator 10 Director of admissions Derrick.Wetzel@desales.edu
30 577 University of West Florida Florida http://onlinecampus.uwf.edu/ 83% $5,956 71% 42% $218.87 $341.56 http://onlinecampus.uwf.edu/affordable/tuition.cfm uwf.edu/finaid/npcalc.cfm 11 Director of Undergraduate Admissions kcondon@uwf.edu
31 577 Southeast Missouri State University Missouri http://online.semo.edu/content/OnlineDegrees/ 74% $5,017 74% 49% $231.25 $409.00 http://www.semo.edu/sfs/fee-schedule.html sctbanss.semo.edu:7777/pls/apexprod/f?p=111:1:836846455894938 8 Director of Admission lhahn@semo.edu
32 576 Western Carolina University North Carolina http://www.wcu.edu/academics/edoutreach/distance-online-programs/index.asp 68% $5,785 74% 51% $143.04 $494.16 http://www.wcu.edu/current-students/student-accounts-office/tuition-and-fees/fall-2013-spring-2014-distance-learning-tuition-and-fees/index.asp www.collegeportraits.org/NC/WCU/estimator/agree 8 Director of Student Recruitment cauley@email.wcu.edu
33 573 Saint Mary of the Woods College Indiana http://www.smwc.edu/online-degree/woods-online-program/ 100% $24,165 78% 60% $482.00 $482.00 http://www.smwc.edu/resources/business-office/tuition-and-fees/ smwc.collegecosts.com/Estimator/Agreement 24 Executive Director of Admission mbrown6@smwc.edu
34 572 Arizona State University Arizona http://asuonline.asu.edu/online-degree-programs 72% $8,503 80% 59% $499.33 $499.33 https://asunews.asu.edu/20140403-college-pays-degree-value students.asu.edu/costs 40 Director of Admissions David.Burge@asu.edu
35 571 Regis University Colorado http://www.regis.edu/Academics/Online.aspx 51% $12,707 83% 58% $460.00 $460.00 http://www.regis.edu/Academics/Online.aspx www.regis.edu/RC/Financial-Aid/Applying-for-Aid/Net-Price-Calculator.aspx 16 Dean of Admissions kfrisch@regis.edu
36 561 William Woods University Missouri http://online.williamwoods.edu/programs/ 100% $12,541 74% 56% $300.00 $300.00 http://www.williamwoods.edu/financial_services/online_tuition.asp www.williamwoods.edu/institutional_research/Disclosure.asp 3 Admission OnlineAdmissions@WilliamWoods.edu
37 558 University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth) Massachusetts http://www.umassd.edu/extension/programs/online/undergraduateprograms/ 66% $7,372 74% 49% $304.00 $304.00 http://www.umassd.edu/extension/tuitionandfees/ www.umassd.edu/financialaid/net-price-calculator/ 5 Director of Undergraduate Admission mlynch4@umassd.edu
38 549 University of Nebraska (Omaha) Nebraska http://www.unomaha.edu/admissions/distance-education/ 58% $6,756 72% 42% $250.00 $463.50 http://cashiering.unomaha.edu/tuition.php ebruno.unomaha.edu/net-price-calculator/ 21 Director of Undergraduate Admissions cliewer@unomaha.edu
39 548 Bemidji State University Minnesota http://www.bemidjistate.edu/academics/distance/undergraduate/ 66% $5,171 69% 48% $296.28 $296.28 http://www.bemidjistate.edu/offices/business/tuition_fees/tuition_calculator/ www.mnscu.edu/admissions/calculator/bemidji.html 7 Director of Admission rkreager@bemidjistate.edu
40 544 Marist College New York http://www.marist.edu/gpp/distancelearning/ 73% $11,879 89% 80% $600.00 $600.00 http://www.marist.edu/admission/adult/online-liberal-studies/affordability.html marist.studentaidcalculator.com/survey.aspx 11 Director of Admission Kelly.Holmes@marist.edu
41 541 University of Maine (Fort Kent) Maine http://www.umfk.edu/distance/ 88% $5,626 64% 43% $220.00 $220.00 https://www.umfk.edu/tuition/ www.umfk.maine.edu/admissions/financial_aid/ 6 Director of Admissions jillb@maine.edu
42 540 Andrews University Michigan http://www.andrews.edu/distance/degrees/ 100% $12,366 79% 60% $375.00 $375.00 http://bulletin.andrews.edu/preview_entity.php?catoid=10&ent_oid=519#Student_Services www.andrews.edu/go/npc 3 Director, Undergraduate Admissions & Communication shannal@andrews.edu
43 539 Fitchburg State University Massachusetts https://www.fitchburgstate.edu/academics/online-learning/online-degrees-and-certificate-programs/ 60% $4,829 75% 50% $293.00 $293.00 https://www.fitchburgstate.edu/offices/academic-offices/gce/tuition-fees/ www.fitchburgstate.edu/finaid 2 Dean of Enrollment Management pmccafferty@fitchburgstate.edu
44 538 Bowling Green State University Ohio http://www.bgsu.edu/distance-learning/browse-programs/undergraduate.html 87% $5,689 70% 54% $200.00 $400.00 http://www.bgsu.edu/bursar.html sfa.bgsu.edu/net_price_calculator/main/ 5 Interim Director of Admissions ccast@bgsu.edu
45 534 Hope International University California http://www.hiu.edu/academics/online/ 98% $16,555 74% 45% $325.00 $325.00 http://www.hiu.edu/undergrad/tuition/ www.hiu.edu/undergrad/tuition/ 6 Director of Undergraduate. Admission dkbutler@hiu.edu
46 532 Valley City State University North Dakota http://www.vcsu.edu/extend/vp.htm?p=903 98% $5,634 54% 46% $235.08 $235.08 http://www.vcsu.edu/businessoffice/vp.htm?p=233#top www.vcsu.edu/businessoffice/vp.htm?p=233 7 Director of Enrollment Services c.stenson@vcsu.edu
47 532 Northwood University Michigan http://www.northwood.edu/adults/online-degree-programs.aspx 100% $16,920 77% 54% $420.00 $420.00 http://www.northwood.edu/financial-aid/tuition-and-fees.aspx www.northwood.edu/webapps/finaid/coa/ 10 Admissions Representative-Midland MI barbc@northwood.edu
48 531 Minot State University North Dakota http://www.minotstateu.edu/online/degrees.shtml 85% $4,297 66% 37% $255.96 $255.96 http://www.minotstateu.edu/online/degrees.shtml www.minotstateu.edu/finaid/net_calc.shtml 9 Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management kevin.harmon@minotstateu.edu
49 531 Central Michigan University Michigan http://global.cmich.edu/cmuonline/ 57% $6,148 76% 59% $387.00 $387.00 https://www.cmich.edu/ess/registrar/RegistrarRegistration/Pages/Tuition_and_Fee_Schedule.aspx netconnect.cmich.edu/netpricecalculator 6 Center Services Coordinator whitf1am@cmich.edu
50 529 Columbia College Missouri http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp 59% $4,629 46% 41% $260.00 $260.00 http://www.ccis.edu/online/admissions/tuition.asp www.ccis.edu/offices/financialaid/cost-calculators.asp 15 Interim Director, Admissions sgjohnson@ccis.edu
51 529 Wheeling Jesuit University West Virginia http://www.wju.edu/academics/degreeprograms/ 78% $17,376 75% 54% $300.00 $300.00 http://www.wju.edu/online/MSNPrograms/tuition.asp wju.studentaidcalculator.com 1 Director of Undergraduate Enrollment kklaus@wju.edu
52 528 Liberty University Virginia https://www.liberty.edu/online/degrees/ 94% $8,194 68% 50% $360.00 $360.00 http://www.liberty.edu/online/tuition-financing/ www.liberty.edu/npc/1314/userInfo?fn=null&ln=null&ad=null&ci=null&st=null&zc=null&ph=null&em=null&s=null&l=null 15 Executive Director of Admissions sdpeterson@liberty.edu
53 526 University of West Georgia Georgia http://uwgonline.westga.edu/ 69% $4,996 71% 43% $170.00 $170.00 http://uwgonline.westga.edu/cost.php www.westga.edu/~its/npcalc.htm 1 Director of Admissions jbarlow@westga.edu
54 525 Lee University Tennessee http://www.leeuniversity.edu/adult-learning/degree.aspx 89% $11,854 72% 53% $350.00 $350.00 http://www.leeuniversity.edu/adult-learning/tuition.aspx npc.collegeboard.org/student/app/lee 6 Director of Admission apatrick@leeuniversity.edu
55 524 University of Louisiana (Monroe) Louisiana http://www.ulm.edu/onlinedegrees/bachelor_degree.html 96% $7,642 68% 40% $319.58 $319.58 http://www.ulm.edu/controller/sas_tuition.html webservices.ulm.edu/price_calculator/npcalc.htm 15 Director, Recruitment/Admissions rmartin@ulm.edu
56 524 Ball State University Indiana http://cms.bsu.edu/academics/collegesanddepartments/online/academics/programs 63% $8,528 77% 59% $284.00 $499.00 http://cms.bsu.edu/academics/collegesanddepartments/online/costs/undergrad/201415fallsprsum cms.bsu.edu/admissions/scholarshipsandfinancialaid/netpricecalculator 4 Program Coordinator, Online and Distance Education, Undergraduate Admissions tmanring@bsu.edu
57 521 Misericordia University Pennsylvania http://www.misericordia.edu/misericordia_pg.cfm?page_id=1040&subcat_id=138 100% $13,929 86% 69% $535.00 $535.00 http://www.misericordia.edu/misericordia_pg_sub.cfm?sub_page_id=4388&subcat_id=131&page_id=1093#Tuition www.misericordia.edu/financialaid 8 Director of Admission gbozinsk@misericordia.edu
58 519 University of Wisconsin (Green Bay) Wisconsin http://www.uwgb.edu/adultdegrees/ 61% $4,533 74% 46% $282.43 $282.43 http://www.uwgb.edu/adultdegrees/cost/ www.uwgb.edu/vsa/calculator/ 2 Executive Director of Enrollment Services bethw@uwm.edu
59 519 Troy University Alabama http://trojan.troy.edu/etroy/programs/ 62% $5,321 72% 35% $326.00 $326.00 http://trojan.troy.edu/etroy/tuition.html admissions.troy.edu/npcalc.aspx 13 Admissions Director collinsc@troy.edu
60 518 Northern State University South Dakota http://www.northern.edu/online/Pages/programs.aspx 78% $4,078 69% 49% $312.90 $312.90 http://www.northern.edu/admissions/pages/costs.aspx www.northern.edu/admissions/Pages/fa/costcalc.aspx 6 Director of Admission allan.vogel@northern.edu
61 517 North Carolina A&T State University North Carolina http://www.ncat.edu/academics/distance-learning/ 78% $7,888 74% 43% $110.00 $485.00 http://www.ncat.edu/academics/distance-learning/tuition-fees.html www.ncat.edu/admissions/financial-aid/netprice-calculator/npcalc.htm 6 Director of Admissions kscales@ncat.edu
62 515 Creighton University Nebraska https://www.creighton.edu/center-for-academic-innovation/distance-courses-and-programs 99% $19,233 90% 76% $412.00 $412.00 http://succeed.creighton.edu/financial-info/college-professional-studies-tuition-and-fees www.creighton.edu/admissions/financialinfo/netpricecalculator/index.php 1 Director of Admission marychase@creighton.edu
63 509 Lamar University Texas http://degree.lamar.edu/ 63% $5,173 54% 35% $208.00 $208.00 http://degree.lamar.edu/tuition.aspx www.collegeforalltexans.com/apps/CollegeMoney/ 8 Director-Admissions melissa.gallien@lamar.edu
64 509 University of Missouri (St. Louis) Missouri http://online.umsl.edu/Online%20Programs/index.html 47% $6,556 78% 46% $375.00 $375.00 http://www.umsl.edu/cashiers/tuition-fees/ www.umsl.edu/services/finaid/npc/index.html 6 Dean of Enrollment Services byrdak@umsl.edu
65 507 University of Wisconsin (Superior) Wisconsin http://www.uwsuper.edu/dl/index.cfm 61% $5,226 72% 41% $305.00 $305.00 http://www.uwsuper.edu/bursar/fees/index.cfm www.uwsuper.edu/cost/index.cfm 6 Director of Admissions troth1@uwsuper.edu
66 507 Stephens College Missouri https://www.stephens.edu/admissions/online-and-certificate-programs/ 100% $18,076 74% 59% $326.00 $326.00 https://www.stephens.edu/assets/Docs/Current/Tuition-and-Fees.pdf www.stephens.edu/admission/payforcollege/ 1 Admissions Manager tgoalder@stephens.edu
67 507 Wilmington University Delaware http://www.wilmu.edu/onlinelearning/online_programs.aspx 40% $2,421 64% 39% $330.00 $330.00 http://www.wilmu.edu/studentfinancialservices/tuition.aspx npc.collegeboard.org/student/app/wilmu 26 Director of Admissions laura.m.morris@wilmu.edu
68 506 University of Illinois (Springfield) Illinois http://online.uis.edu/info/programs.html 65% $6,905 72% 43% $358.50 $358.50 http://www.uis.edu/financialaid/cost/2014-2015OnlineUndergraduateStudents.html www.uis.edu/financialaid/cost/index.html 9 Assistant Director of Admissions kklee1@uis.edu
69 504 John Brown University Siloam Arkansas http://www.jbu.edu/online/ 77% $13,360 84% 65% $410.00 $410.00 http://www.jbu.edu/dcp/financial_aid/tuition/ info.eaglenet.jbu.edu/npc 2 Director Distance Learning morf@jbu.edu
70 498 Toccoa Falls College Georgia http://www.tfc.edu/online/online-degree-programs 100% $13,293 68% 47% $295.00 $295.00 http://www.tfc.edu/admissions/financial-services/online-tuition-cost www.tfc.edu/admissions/financial-aid/npc 4 Vice President for Enrollment Services dgriffin@tfc.edu
71 497 California State University (Dominguez Hills) California http://dominguezonline.csudh.edu/programs.php 64% $8,895 77% 29% $256.00 $256.00 http://www4.csudh.edu/admissions/costs/index www.csumentor.edu/finaid/pais/ 3 Director of Student Information Services and Registrar bmclelland@csudh.edu
72 494 SUNY College of Technology (Canton) New York http://www.canton.edu/academics/ 85% $7,281 75% 30% $245.00 $638.00 http://www.canton.edu/fin_aid/tuition_fees.html www.suny.edu/howmuch/?embed=n&cssUrl=www.canton.edu/css/calc.css&headerUrl=www.canton.edu/images/banner-calc.png&profileUrl=http: 23 Dean of Strategic Enrollment and Instructional Technologies mottma@canton.edu
73 493 St. Louis University Missouri http://www.slu.edu/school-for-professional-studies-home/slu-online-degree-programs 55% $18,482 88% 70% $610.00 $610.00 http://www.slu.edu/school-for-professional-studies-home/tuition-scholarships-and-financial-aid/tuition-and-fees www.slu.edu/services/emis/apps/cost/ 7 Dean of Admission jgilman2@slu.edu
74 492 University of Findlay Ohio http://online.findlay.edu/programs/ 100% $17,746 74% 56% $390.00 $390.00 http://online.findlay.edu/tuition-information/ www.findlay.edu/offices/student/financialaid/Pages/Net-Price-Calculator.aspx 5 Director of Undergraduate Admissions gruber@findlay.edu
75 491 Sullivan University Kentucky http://www.sullivan.edu/online-division-landing-page/ 95% $6,336 N/A 48% $320.00 $320.00 http://www.sullivan.edu/tuition-fees/ www.sullivan.edu/NPC.asp 11 Director of Enrollment Service tfarmer@sullivan.edu
76 490 Belhaven University Mississippi http://online.belhaven.edu/ 59% $9,498 72% 40% $350.00 $350.00 http://online.belhaven.edu/college_tuition.htm www.belhaven.edu/admission/high_school.htm 8 Director of Online Admission tdurham@belhaven.edu
77 488 Baker College of Flint Michigan http://www.baker.edu/programs/area/online/ 93% $6,685 58% N/A $225.00 $225.00 http://www.baker.edu/departments/finaid/tuition-charges-and-fees/ www.baker.edu/departments/finaid/NetPrice/npcalc.htm 10 Director of Admissions kathy.jacobson@baker.edu
78 488 Eastern Illinois University Illinois http://www.eiu.edu/~adulted/offcampus.php 85% $6,050 79% 60% $283.00 $849.00 http://www.eiu.edu/~finaid/cost.php eiu.edu/finaid/calculator.php 4 Director of Admission csblr2@eiu.edu
79 487 Nicholls State University Louisiana http://www.nicholls.edu/nicholls-online/programs-and-degrees/ 90% $6,786 71% N/A $275.00 $275.00 http://www.nicholls.edu/fees/summer-2014-fee-description/ www.nicholls.edu/apps/ir/net-price-calculator/ 7 Director of Admissions becky.durocher@nicholls.edu
80 487 University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Nebraska http://online.unl.edu/ 49% $6,699 84% 59% $270.14 $614.68 http://studentaccounts.unl.edu/summer-2014-onlinedistance-education-tuition-rates-and-explanation-fees wam.unl.edu/cost/calculator.jsp 1 Director Office of Admission amber.williams@unl.edu
81 484 Washington State University Washington http://online.wsu.edu/undergrad/Default.aspx 58% $9,800 82% 65% $570.00 $570.00 http://online.wsu.edu/undergrad/cost.aspx osfaappserver.french.wsu.edu/ofas/forms/npc 8 Director of Admissions wendyp@wsu.edu
82 483 Granite State College New Hampshire http://www.granite.edu/online.php 50% $3,683 59% 9% $285.00 $315.00 http://www.granite.edu/students/prospect/tuition.php granite.edu/finaid/netprice.php 27 Registrar kristin.mullaney@granite.edu
83 482 Sam Houston State University Texas http://distance.shsu.edu/home/programs.html 70% $5,835 75% 51% $382.00 $382.00 http://www.shsu.edu/admissions/cost.html#shsuonline collegeforalltexans.com/apps/CollegeMoney/ 4 Vice President for Enrollment Management heathert@shsu.edu
84 480 University of Wisconsin (Platteville) Wisconsin http://www.uwplatt.edu/distance-education/online-programs 46% $4,569 76% 54% $370.00 $370.00 http://www.uwplatt.edu/distance-education/tuition www.uwplatt.edu/finaid/vsa.html 2 Interim Director of Admissions and Recruitment tuescheh@uwplatt.edu
85 479 Graceland University Iowa http://www.graceland.edu/academics/graduateonline-programs.cfm 81% $15,350 68% 47% $295.00 $295.00 http://www.graceland.edu/business/tuition-fees.cfm www.graceland.edu/Admissions/Financial-Aid/Grants-Loans-and-Scholarships/index 3 Director, Admissions Kevin.Brown@graceland.edu
86 479 Champlain College Vermont http://www.champlain.edu/online 75% $10,485 78% 58% $613.00 $613.00 http://www.champlain.edu/admissions/online-and-continuing-education-admissions/tuition-and-financing-cps www.champlain.edu/financial-aid.html 16 Director of Admission sandriano@champlain.edu
87 475 Concordia University (St. Paul) Minnesota http://www.csp.edu/academics/online-learning/ 66% $14,850 71% 46% $420.00 $420.00 http://online.csp.edu/tuition-financial-aid www.csp.edu/tuition-financial-aid/undergraduate-tuition-financial-aid 18 Director of Admissions vogel@csp.edu
88 474 AIB College of Business Iowa http://www.aib.edu/academics 97% $11,191 61% 67% $404.00 $404.00 http://www.aib.edu/docs/default-source/default-document-library/13-14-tuition-fees.pdf www.aib.edu/admissions/financial-aid/scholarships/net-price-calculator 9 Admissions Executive – Online mikes@aib.edu
89 470 University of Tennessee (Martin) Tennessee http://www.utm.edu/utonline/ 96% $8,623 71% 46% $320.00 $345.00 http://www.utm.edu/departments/bursar/_pdfs/Online%20Tuition%20&%20Fees%201314.pdf www.utm.edu/departments/finaid/calculator.php 4 Director of Admissions jrayburn@utm.edu
90 466 Charter Oak State College Connecticut http://www.charteroak.edu/prospective/online/ 34% $2,914 N/A N/A $263.00 $346.00 http://www.charteroak.edu/prospective/tuition/ www.charteroak.edu/netcost 45 Director of Admissions lpendleton@charteroak.edu
91 465 SUNY College of Technology (Delhi) New York http://www.delhi.edu/online/ 66% $6,160 68% 39% $265.02 $265.02 http://www.delhi.edu/administration/student_accounts/tuition_fees.php www.delhi.edu/prospective_students/financial_aid/calculator.php 3 Director of Admissions, Enrollment Services piurowrc@delhi.edu
92 465 Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Florida http://worldwide.erau.edu/degrees-programs/online-campus/ 50% $1,450 57% 50% $335.00 $335.00 http://worldwide.erau.edu/finance/cost-and-tuition/ worldwide.erau.edu/admissions/finance/price-calculator/index.html 7 Director of Admissions for Worldwide Valerie.Kisseloff@erau.edu
93 465 Ferris State University Michigan http://www.ferris.edu/online/# 86% $8,291 70% 43% $383.00 $383.00 http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/statewide/tuition/tuition.htm www.ferris.edu/admissions/financialaid/CostOfAttendance.htm 10 Dean of Enrollment Services and Director of Admissions and Records salomonk@ferris.edu
94 464 DePaul University Illinois http://www.depaul.edu/academics/online-learning/Pages/default.aspx 73% $15,332 85% 70% $570.00 $570.00 http://www.depaul.edu/admission-and-aid/tuition/Pages/default.aspx depaul.studentaidcalculator.com/survey.aspx 5 Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management & Marketing dkalsbee@depaul.edu
95 463 Lynn University Florida http://www.lynn.edu/academics/areas-of-study 79% $13,277 69% 41% $345.00 $345.00 http://www.lynn.edu/admissions/tuition-and-aid/costs/evening-undergraduate www.lynn.edu/admissions/cost-and-aid/costs/day-undergraduate 7 Director of Undergraduate Admission spapaleo@lynn.edu
96 462 Southwestern College Kansas http://www.southwesterncollege.org/bachelor/ 100% $14,868 60% 53% $411.00 $411.00 http://www.southwesterncollege.org/enrollment/undergraduate/tuition/ swcnetprice.com 18 Director of Admission Operations Rodney.Worsham@sckans.edu
97 455 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Louisiana http://ensu.nsula.edu/online-degrees/ 91% $8,904 68% 37% $362.00 $362.00 http://registrar.nsula.edu/assets/Tuition–Fees/Tuition-Fees-2014-Fall-Rev-June-5.pdf www.collegeportraits.org/LA/NSUL/estimator/agree 14 Director of Admissions andrea@nsula.edu
98 453 University of Minnesota (Crookston) Minnesota http://www1.crk.umn.edu/academics/online/ 41% $7,681 73% 44% $430.77 $430.77 http://www1.crk.umn.edu/academics/online/prospective/ONLINECOSTS.html www3.crk.umn.edu/financialaid/costcalculator.html 13 Director of Admissions & Enrollment Management cthorson@umn.edu
99 445 California Baptist University California http://www.cbuonline.edu/programs/# 88% $12,018 78% 58% $1,062.00 $1,062.00 https://www.calbaptist.edu/explore-cbu/offices/financial-aid/undergraduate/tuition-and-fees/ calbaptist.studentaidcalculator.com/welcome.aspx 20 Dean of Admissions ajohnson@calbaptist.edu
100 444 University of Maine (Augusta) Maine http://www.uma.edu/distancedegrees.html 62% $4,876 52% 14% $271.00 $271.00 http://www.uma.edu/tuitionandfees.html www.uma.edu/netpricecalculator.html 9 Associate Director of Admissions trask@maine.edu
101 444 Georgia Southern University Georgia http://academics.georgiasouthern.edu/online/ 77% $5,653 77% 50% $199.00 N/A http://businesssrvs.georgiasouthern.edu/bursar/office-of-student-accounts/tuition-and-fees/ www.collegeportraits.org/GA/GSOU/estimator/agree 3 Vice President of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management thompson@georgiasouthern.edu
102 441 Duquesne University Pennsylvania http://www.duq.edu/academics/online-campus 94% $15,731 89% 77% $787.00 $787.00 http://www.duq.edu/academics/schools/leadership-and-professional-advancement/tuition-and-financial-aid www.duq.edu/admissions-and-aid/tuition/net-price-calculator 5 Associate Director of Admissions edwardsw@duq.edu
103 438 Park University Missouri http://www.park.edu/academics/academic-programs/online-programs/index.html 87% $9,492 61% 43% $385.00 $385.00 http://www.park.edu/tuition/index.html www.park.edu/admissions/ 16 Director of Admission eric.blair@park.edu
104 437 Kaplan University Iowa http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/academic-programs.aspx 71% $4,641 80% 20% $371.00 $371.00 http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/arts-sciences/psychology-bachelor-degree.aspx www.kaplanuniversity.edu/paying-school/net-price-calculator-campus.aspx 5 Admission infoku@kaplan.edu
105 435 Southern Illinois University (Carbondale) Illinois http://extendedcampus.siu.edu/programs-courses/online-degrees.html 70% $9,948 61% 43% $355.87 $355.87 http://tuition.siuc.edu/tuition_est/tuition_dlof.pl?siustart=136later&level=undergrad&college=other&residency=resident&altrate=altrateno&cohort=144&semester=144&fees=yes fao.siu.edu/cost/ 8 Director of Admission jcarl@siu.edu
106 434 Bismarck State College North Dakota http://www.bismarckstate.edu/online/programs/ 60% $3,799 N/A 41% $184.00 $184.00 http://www.bismarckstate.edu/current/finance/sf-tuition-fees/ www.bismarckstate.edu/current/financialaid/netpricecalculator/ 1 Director of Admissions Karen.Erickson@bismarckstate.edu
107 431 St. Joseph's University Pennsylvania http://online.sju.edu/programs/programs.asp 87% $16,099 89% 79% $541.00 $541.00 http://hawkcentral.sju.edu/ics/support/kbanswer.asp?deptID=16171&task=knowledge&questionID=433 www.collegecostcalculator.org/sju 1 Director of Recruitment and Enrollment Operations bmcdevit@sju.edu
108 431 Loyola University Chicago Illinois http://luc.edu/online/ 84% $16,820 87% 71% $630.00 $630.00 http://www.luc.edu/adult-education/affordable-degree-programs/tuition/ www.luc.edu/undergrad/financialaid/netpricecalculator/ 3 Director of Admissions lgreene@luc.edu
109 429 University of Texas of the Permian Basin Texas http://degree.utpb.edu/ 88% $5,399 66% 27% $271.00 $271.00 http://degree.utpb.edu/tuition.aspx collegeforalltexans.com/apps/collegemoney/ 4 Director of Admissions smiley_s@utpb.edu
110 429 DeVry University Illinois http://www.devry.edu/online-education/online-degree-programs.html 80% $4,156 N/A 34% $365.00 $365.00 http://www.devry.edu/financial-aid-tuition/tuition-and-expenses.html www.devry.edu/financial-aid-tuition/financial-aid-calculator.html 72 Admission New_Programs@devry.edu
111 426 Arkansas Tech University Arkansas http://www.atu.edu/etech/degrees.php 93% $7,541 67% 40% $199.00 $398.00 http://www.atu.edu/stuaccts/tuitionfees.php www.atu.edu/finaid/npcalc.htm 4 Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management sdonnell@atu.edu
112 424 Stevenson University Maryland http://www.stevenson.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/ 99% $13,369 69% 56% $495.00 $495.00 http://www.stevenson.edu/graduate-professional-studies/graduate-adult-admissions-aid/tuition-financial-aid/ www.stevenson.edu/admissions/finaid/calculator.asp 9 Vice President for Enrollment Management mhergan@stevenson.edu
113 424 Pittsburg State University Kansas http://www.pittstate.edu/office/graduate/online_programs.dot 77% $3,974 69% 50% $209.00 $539.00 http://www.pittstate.edu/admission/information/tuition-and-fees.dot www.pittstate.edu/affordability/ 3 Admission Representative, Graduate and Continuing Studies jsmiller@pittstate.edu
114 423 New Mexico State University New Mexico http://distance.nmsu.edu/degree-programs/ 95% $8,173 72% 43% $247.90 $796.30 http://uar.nmsu.edu/tuition-fees/ nmsu.studentaidcalculator.com/ 7 Director of Admission amora@nmsu.edu
115 422 Cornerstone University Michigan https://www.cornerstone.edu/cu-online#Banner-Nav 98% $15,042 73% 46% $385.00 $385.00 https://www.cornerstone.edu/adult-and-graduate-tuition-and-fees www.cornerstone.edu/tuition-calculator 4 Director of Admission Lisa_Link@cornerstone.edu
116 420 Monroe College New York http://www.monroecollege.edu/online/academics/schoolsandprograms 96% $9,778 71% 57% $535.00 $535.00 http://www.monroecollege.edu/financialaid/onlinetuition/undergrad www.monroecollege.edu 10 Executive Director of Admissions and Marketing cpatrick@monroecollege.edu
117 416 Bay State College Massachusetts http://www.baystate.edu/online/academics/academic-programs/ 76% $7,364 71% 27% $368.00 $368.00 http://www.baystate.edu/online/tuition-financial-aid/tuition-fees/ http://www.baystate.edu/evening/tuition-financial-aid/tuition-fees/net-price-calculator/ 8 Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing cbergstrom@baystate.edu
118 415 Benedictine University Illinois http://online.ben.edu/ 95% $15,004 73% 52% $410.00 $410.00 http://online.ben.edu/admissions/financial-aid www.ben.edu/netprice/lislenpc.cfm 3 Director of Admission kgibbons@ben.edu
119 415 Sacred Heart University Connecticut http://www.sacredheart.edu/academics/onlinelearning/ 94% $14,850 83% 70% $530.00 $530.00 http://onlineprograms.sacredheart.edu/tuition-financial-aid?cmgfrm=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sacredheart.edu%2Facademics%2Fonlinelearning%2F www.sacredheart.edu/admissions/financialassistance/netpricecalculator 1 Executive Director, Admissions – Undergraduate osullivank6@sacredheart.edu
120 414 Mid America Christian University Oklahoma http://cags.macu.edu/index.php/degree-programs/undergraduate-degrees-majors 91% $8,844 57% 22% $315.00 $315.00 http://www.macu.edu/index.php/university-information/consumer-information cas.macu.edu/index.php/paying-for-college/financial-aid-caculator 9 CAGS Registrar sdavidson@macu.edu
121 414 Western Kentucky University Kentucky http://www.wku.edu/online/online-programs.php 73% $6,072 71% 44% $463.00 $463.00 http://www.wku.edu/bursar/tuition_fees_1314.php www.wku.edu/financialaid/calculator.php 12 Associate Director of Admissions finley.woodard@wku.edu
122 413 Colorado State University (Global Campus) Colorado http://csuglobal.edu/educational-programs/ 30% $1,920 58% 18% $350.00 $350.00 http://csuglobal.edu/tuition-and-financial-info/tuition-rates/ csuglobal.edu/tuition-and-financial-info/tuition-rates/ 17 Director of Admissions lauren.anuskewicz@csuglobal.org
123 411 National University California http://www.nu.edu/OnlineEducation/OnlinePrograms.cfm 29% $4,562 58% 31% $384.00 $384.00 http://www.nu.edu/Admissions/Credential/Tuition.html www.nu.edu/Admissions/Financial-Aid-and-Scholarships.html 42 Generic Email advisor@nu.edu
124 411 Bellevue University Nebraska http://www.bellevue.edu/ways-to-learn/online-university-degrees.aspx 34% $1,606 17% 39% $385.00 $385.00 http://www.bellevue.edu/financial-services/tuition-and-fees.aspx www.bellevue.edu/calculators/NetPriceCalculator/npcalc.htm 49 Online Program Director Jennifer.moss@bellevue.edu
125 406 University of St. Francis Illinois http://www.stfrancis.edu/academics/adult-degree-completion-programs-undergraduate/#.U5eUBlhdWXg 93% $13,193 79% 57% $599.00 $599.00 http://www.stfrancis.edu/academics/physician-assistant-studies/tuition-fees/ ww.stfrancis.edu/admissions/financial-aid/np-calculator/ 5 Director of Undergraduate Admissions clambert@stfrancis.edu
126 405 Western Illinois University Illinois http://www.wiu.edu/distance_learning/online_learning/prospective_and_current_students/programs.php 66% $7,051 68% 56% $287.74 $431.61 http://www.wiu.edu/vpas/business_services/tuition/undergraduates/planP.php ww.wiu.edu/student_services/financial_aid/netPriceCalculator.php 1 Director, Admissions AJ-Borst@wiu.edu
127 404 Eastern Kentucky University Kentucky http://ekuonline.eku.edu/ 75% $6,183 68% 39% $398.00 $398.00 http://ekuonline.eku.edu/eku-online-tuition-financial-aid finaid.eku.edu 11 Director of Admissions brett.morris@eku.edu
128 404 Savannah College of Art and Design Georgia http://www.scad.edu/academics/elearning/programs 87% $12,615 80% 68% $751.00 $751.00 http://www.scad.edu/admission/tuition-and-fees/undergraduate www.scad.edu/admission/cost-financial-aid/financial-aid/net-price-calculator.cfm 5 Executive Director of Admissions jjaquill@scad.edu
129 403 Limestone College South Carolina http://www.limestone.edu/registrar/extended-campus-program-degrees-and-majors 73% $6,680 55% 36% $376.00 $376.00 http://www.limestone.edu/admissions-extended-campus-costs-and-financial-aid lcnetprice.com/ 16 Vice President for Enrollment Services cphenicie@limestone.edu
130 401 Malone University Ohio http://www.malone.edu/online/ 85% $14,422 63% 59% $455.00 $455.00 http://www.malone.edu/admissions/financial-aid/tuition.php www.malone.edu/admissions/financial-aid/net-price-calculators.php 7 Generic Email admissions@malone.edu
131 392 City University of Seattle Washington http://www.cityu.edu/about/flexstudy/online.aspx 64% $2,504 50% 0% $340.00 $340.00 http://www.cityu.edu/admissions-financialaid/admissions/tuition.aspx www.cityu.edu/admissions-financialaid/admissions/tuition.aspx 13 Director, Enrollment & Advisor Development alportwood@cityu.edu
132 389 University of Illinois (Chicago) Illinois http://exedweb.cc.uic.edu/uiconline/ 62% $12,029 78% 57% $500.00 $500.00 http://www.uic.edu/depts/oar/undergrad/tuition_undergrad/tuition_ug_online_fal14_spr15.html www.uic.edu/depts/financialaid/npcalc.shtml 2 Assistant Director of Admissions & Recruitment sieglaff@uic.edu
133 388 University of Southern Indiana Indiana http://www.usi.edu/distance/programs 63% $5,418 67% 40% $221.22 $532.56 http://www.usi.edu/admission/tuition-fees usi.collegecosts.com/Estimator/Agreement 5 Interim Director of Admission mrusk@usi.edu
134 381 Dallas Baptist University Texas http://www3.dbu.edu/online/programdegreeoffered.asp 94% $10,798 71% 55% $795.00 $795.00 http://www.dbu.edu/cashier/cost-of-attendance collegeforalltexans.com/apps/CollegeMoney 16 Admission admiss@dbu.edu
135 379 University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee) Wisconsin http://www4.uwm.edu/academics/onlineprograms.cfm 50% $6,034 69% 41% $337.13 $742.48 http://www4.uwm.edu/bfs/depts/bursar/tuition/summer14ug.cfm www4.uwm.edu/financialaid/calculator/NPC/ 10 Director of Admissions and Recruitment troyerb@uwm.edu
136 376 Pace University New York http://www.pace.edu/admissions-aid/ipace-and-continuing-education/adult-credit/credit-programs#online 84% $21,449 74% 51% $535.00 $535.00 http://www.pace.edu/admissions-aid/undergraduate-admissions/freshman/cost-attendance www.pace.edu/prospectivestudents/undergraduate/tuition-fees/#NPC 6 Associate Director of Admission, iPace jkanellis@pace.edu
137 374 Our Lady of the Lake University Texas http://www.ollusa.edu/s/1190/ollu.aspx?sid=1190&gid=1&pgid=2346 97% $17,119 60% 34% $290.00 $290.00 http://www.ollusa.edu/s/1190/ollu-form.aspx?pgid=909 info.ollusa.edu/netprice/npcalc.htm 2 Admission admissions@ollusa.edu
138 372 Columbus State University Georgia http://online.columbusstate.edu/degrees.php 82% $5,979 65% 30% $169.93 $599.80 http://bursar.columbusstate.edu/tuition-and-fees/undergraduate.php finaid.columbusstate.edu/netprice.php 7 Assistant Director Graduate & Online Degree Programs smith_catrina@columbusstate.edu
139 367 Tiffin University Ohio http://www.tiffin.edu/online/degreecomp/ 97% $9,694 65% 46% $430.00 $430.00 http://www.tiffin.edu/undergrad/tuition/ http://www.tiffin.edu/finaid/calc/ 7 Vice President of Enrollment Management marinisjj@tiffin.edu
140 357 Neumann University Pennsylvania http://www.neumann.edu/academics/undergrad/liberal/index.asp 100% $12,109 74% 50% $450.00 $450.00 http://www.neumann.edu/AdultOnline/default.asp neumann.studentaidcalculator.com/survey.aspx 2 Director of Admissions teklegik@neumann.edu
141 355 Southeastern University Florida http://www.seu.edu/academics/programs/ 96% $11,435 64% 38% $390.00 $390.00 http://www.seu.edu/admission/financial-aid4/tuition-and-fees/ www.seu.edu/admission/financial-aid4/cost-calculator-freshman/ 7 Director of admissions btorres@seu.edu
142 355 Rogers State University Oklahoma http://www.rsu.edu/rsuonline/degrees.asp 78% $5,672 60% 21% $254.35 $476.15 http://www.rsu.edu/bursar/tuition.asp www.rsu.edu/financial-aid/npcalc.asp 7 Director of Admissions jhusted@rsu.edu
143 353 University of Houston (Downtown) Texas http://www.uhd.edu/academic/distance/online.html 78% $7,909 67% 14% $299.00 $661.00 http://www.uhd.edu/cashiers/tuition_fees.html www.uhd.edu/financial/calculator/index.html 15 Admissions Director lightsys@uhd.edu
144 349 University of La Verne California http://laverne.edu/catalog/online/ 70% $16,346 86% 59% N/A N/A http://laverne.edu/tuition/ laverne.studentaidcalculator.com/survey.aspx 3 Dean, Admissions ckrzak@laverne.edu
145 346 Midstate College Illinois http://www.midstate.edu/programs/ 67% $5,850 N/A 42% $381.25 $381.25 http://www.midstate.edu/admissions/tuition.php www.midstate.edu/admissions/netpricecalculator/ 6 Director of Admission khinkle@midstate.edu
146 342 Davenport University Michigan http://www.davenport.edu/du-online/online-programs 93% $8,576 69% 39% $613.00 $613.00 http://www.davenport.edu/financial-aid/how-much-does-du-cost/tuition-and-fees davenport.studentaidcalculator.com/survey.aspx 23 Interim Executive Director of Admissions amy.lucas@davenport.edu
147 340 Eastern Michigan University Michigan http://www.emich.edu/extended/online-offcampus/degrees_programs.php?location[Online]=on 96% $6,980 75% 38% $266.30 $784.45 http://www.emich.edu/sbs/calc.php www.emich.edu/finaid/calculator/ 2 Director of Admission stephanie.schafer@emu.edu
148 330 West Texas A&M University Texas http://www.wtamu.edu/academics/de-courses-and-programs.aspx 77% $6,121 62% 40% $420.00 $450.00 http://www.wtamu.edu/business-office-tuition-and-fees.aspx apps.wtamu.edu/calculator/ 8 Vice President for Enrollment Management ddgarcia@mail.wtamu.edu
149 330 Lindenwood University Missouri http://www.lindenwood.edu/online/ 93% $8,950 72% 45% $484.00 $484.00 http://www.lindenwood.edu/financialServices/docs/tuition2014-15.pdf www.lindenwood.edu/financialAid/calc/npcalc.htm 4 Admissions Counselor jfister@lindenwood.edu
150 328 University of South Alabama Alabama http://www.southalabama.edu/ecampus/online-programs.html 80% $6,578 66% 33% $378.00 $378.00 http://www.southalabama.edu/studentaccounting/tuition.html instresrch.usouthal.edu/npc/ 4 Director of Admission mhaab@usouthal.edu
151 328 Concordia University Chicago Illinois http://gradschool.cuchicago.edu/academics/online-programs/ 95% $14,472 64% 53% $475.00 $475.00 http://gradschool.cuchicago.edu/admission-financial-aid/tuition-billing-payment/ apps.cuchicago.edu/undergraduate/cost-calculator/npc.aspx 4 Associate Director of Admissions john.korntheuer@cuchicago.edu
152 322 New School New York http://www.newschool.edu/admission/online-degree-programs/ 94% $14,774 83% 63% $1,000.00 $1,000.00 http://www.newschool.edu/registrar/tuition-and-fees-n/ newschool.studentaidcalculator.com/welcome.aspx 1 Admission admission@newschool.edu
153 316 Montreat College North Carolina http://www.montreat.edu/about-us/our-campuses/online/ 100% $15,902 51% 42% $395.00 $395.00 http://www.montreat.edu/admissions/tuition-aid/tuition-fees/ www.montreat.edu/admissions/tuition-aid/ 5 Executive Director of Enrollment Management jholliday@montreat.edu
154 312 Palm Beach Atlantic University Florida http://learn-well.pba.edu/online 79% $13,014 68% 47% $450.00 $450.00 http://learn-well.pba.edu/orlando-tuition-and-fees www.pba.edu/net-price-calculator 3 Generic Email admit@pba.edu
155 305 Berkeley College New York http://berkeleycollege.edu/academics_bc/berkeley_college_online.htm 93% $10,643 58% 31% $525.00 $525.00 http://berkeleycollege.edu/admissions_bc/3291.htm berkeleycollege.studentaidcalculator.com/welcome.aspx 23 Online Admission online@BerkeleyCollege.edu
156 302 Siena Heights University Michigan http://www.sienaheights.edu/Locations/DistanceLearningPrograms.aspx 100% $13,789 66% 43% $440.00 $440.00 http://www.sienaheights.edu/Attachment/PCM%20Packet.pdf www.sienaheights.edu/net_price_calculator/npcalc.htm 4 Director of Undergraduate Admissions tmohre@sienaheights.edu
157 302 Eastern University Pennsylvania http://www.eastern.edu/academics/programs/5 100% $16,422 80% 55% N/A N/A http://www.eastern.edu/offices-centers/student-accounts-office/tuition-fees jonah.eastern.edu/admissions/calculate/ 3 Director of Admissions tmurphy@eastern.edu
158 298 Daytona State College Florida http://www.daytonastate.edu/online/ 55% $3,625 N/A 38% $120.89 $634.13 http://www.daytonastate.edu/catalog/adm/tuitionfeeinfo.html www.daytonastate.edu/finaid/calculator.html 3 Director, Admissions/Recruitment sanderk@daytonastate.edu
159 298 St. John's University New York http://www.stjohns.edu/academics/schools-and-colleges/online-learning/programs-and-majors 66% $20,599 76% 56% $1,262.00 $1,262.00 http://www.stjohns.edu/admission-aid/tuition-and-financial-aid/tuition#undergrad www.stjohns.edu/services/financial/netprice.stj 3 Assistant Director Online Learning and Services alexande@stjohns.edu
160 297 Academy of Art University California http://online.academyart.edu/ 39% $7,319 72% 32% $810.00 $810.00 http://www.academyart.edu/finances npc.collegeboard.org/student/app/academyart 19 Admission onlineadmissions@academyart.edu
161 292 Herzing University Wisconsin http://www.herzing.edu/online/career-programs 91% $3,842 35% 36% $525.00 $525.00 http://www.herzing.edu/online/tuition-financial-aid/tuition-cost/tuition-by-program www.herzing.edu/financial-aid/net-price-calculator 20 Director of Admissions aneill@herzing.edu
162 282 University of the Incarnate Word Texas http://online.uiw.edu/academics/undergraduate-degrees 100% $14,251 75% 40% $495.00 $495.00 http://online.uiw.edu/admissions/tuition www.uiw.edu/admissions/scholestimators.html 1 Associate Director of Admissions eapadmission@uiwtx.edu
163 281 Post University Connecticut http://www.post.edu/online/degrees/ 84% $9,455 44% 36% $570.00 $570.00 http://www.post.edu/online/degrees/bsbusinessadministration/tuition.shtml www.post.edu/maincampus/npc.shtml 35 DIRECTOR OF MAIN CAMPUS ADMISSIONS jchabot@post.edu
164 280 Mercy College New York https://www.mercy.edu/academics/mercy-online/ 92% $11,312 67% 33% $715.00 $715.00 https://www.mercy.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions/costs-aid-scholarships/tuition-fees/ www.mercy.edu/admissions/financial-aid/net-price-calculator/ 20 Associate Director of Admissions lhennessy@mercy.edu
165 278 University of Michigan (Flint) Michigan http://www.umflint.edu/oel/online-programs-courses 52% $6,618 74% 38% $383.75 $765.50 http://www.umflint.edu/studentaccounts/fall-2014-winter-2015-tuition-rates www.umflint.edu/finaid/NPC/npcalc.htm 3 Admissions Director jdavidso@umflint.edu
166 277 Brandman University California http://www.brandman.edu/online-university 50% $4,883 N/A N/A $500.00 $500.00 http://www.brandman.edu/admissions/tuition www.brandman.edu/admissions/tuition 34 Admission adminfo@brandman.edu
167 270 Chatham University Pennsylvania https://www.chatham.edu/ccps/online.cfm 100% $22,699 76% 50% $709.00 $709.00 http://www.chatham.edu/admission/tuition/undergraduate/gateway.cfm www.chatham.edu/calculator/ 1 Director of Online Admission dvey@chatham.edu
168 270 Wayne State University Michigan http://online.wayne.edu/programs/degee.php 69% $6,725 75% 32% $326.00 $746.65 http://reg.wayne.edu/pdf-tuition/tuition-fee-chart-fall-2013.pdf budget.wayne.edu/netpriceCalculator/npcalc.htm 1 Online Education Director jmazoue@wayne.edu
169 268 McKendree University Illinois http://www.mckendree.edu/admission/info/online/ 77% $13,161 69% 48% $850.00 $850.00 http://www.mckendree.edu/offices/financial-aid/total-cost.php mckendree.studentaidcalculator.com/survey.aspx 7 Vice President of Admission and Financial Aid chall@mckendree.edu
170 266 University of West Alabama Alabama http://www.uwa.edu/onlineprograms.aspx 89% $4,765 57% 32% $429.00 $429.00 http://www.uwa.edu/tuition_and_fees.aspx secure.uwa.edu/calculator/npcalc.htm 6 Interim Director of Admissions ocharles@uwa.edu
171 263 Averett University Virginia http://gps.averett.edu/online-offerings/ 100% $16,848 60% 33% $375.00 $375.00 http://gps.averett.edu/tuition-information/ www.averett.edu/student-services/financial-services/npc/index.php 1 Director of Admissions joel.nester@averett.edu
172 263 Jacksonville State University Alabama http://www.jsu.edu/online/degrees/index.html 83% $7,856 67% 31% $383.00 $566.00 http://www.jsu.edu/bursar/tuition.html www.jsu.edu/finaid/ 5 Director of Admission mmitchell@jsu.edu
173 259 Jones International University Colorado http://www.jiu.edu/academics/browse/specialization/degree 78% $5,121 20% N/A $530.00 $530.00 http://www.jiu.edu/tuition-financial-aid/tuition-and-fees www.jiu.edu/tuition-financial-aid/net-price-calculator 22 Admission admissions@jiu.edu
174 259 Indiana University (Purdue & Fort Wayne) Indiana http://www.ipfw.edu/departments/dcs/depts/online/programs.html 55% $5,472 62% 26% $264.95 $636.40 http://www.ipfw.edu/admissions/tuition-aid/tuition-fees.html new.ipfw.edu/financial/aid-estimator 3 Director of Admissions jacksont@ipfw.edu
175 257 Hodges University Florida http://www.hodges.edu/academics/academicPrograms/olPrograms.aspx 99% $6,107 53% 30% $530.00 $530.00 http://www.hodges.edu/financialAid/tuitionfees.aspx webadvisor.hodges.edu/CALCULATOR/npcalc.htm 15 Admissions Director csaunders@hodges.edu
176 253 University of Toledo Ohio http://www.utoledo.edu/online-degree-programs/programs/index.html 96% $7,444 62% 45% $924.60 $1,405.76 http://www.utoledo.edu/law/admissions/tuition.html www.utoledo.edu/admission/cost/dhs/index.html 11 Vice President for Enrollment Management and Online Education cameron.cruickshank@utoledo.edu
177 242 United States Sports Academy Alabama http://ussa.edu/academics/programs/bachelor-of-sports-science/ 68% $3,805 N/A N/A $350.00 $350.00 http://ussa.edu/admissions/tuition-fees/ 1 Director of Admission tfoley@ussa.edu
178 233 Newman University Kansas http://www.newmanu.edu/newman-online 99% $16,528 70% 52% $793.00 $793.00 http://www.newmanu.edu/attend-nu/financial-aid/tuition-fees newmanu.studentaidcalculator.com/survey.aspx 2 Director of Undergraduate Admissions englishk@newmanu.edu
179 227 Lawrence Technological University Michigan http://onlinedegrees.ltu.edu/online-programs/ 47% $11,400 74% 49% $1,025.00 $1,025.00 http://www.ltu.edu/registrars_office/tuition_fees.index.asp www.ltu.edu/financial_aid/netprice.asp 2 Admission Director jrohrback@ltu.edu
180 203 Charleston Southern University South Carolina http://csuniv.edu/online/ 96% $21,115 56% 36% $490.00 $490.00 http://csuniv.edu/admissions/tuition/tuition.html www.csuniv.edu/admissions/tuition/netpricecalculator.html 3 Director of Admissions jrhoton@csuniv.edu
181 199 Northcentral University Arizona http://www.ncu.edu/degrees 30% $3,619 N/A N/A $416.67 $416.67 http://www.ncu.edu/westminster-tuition%26admissions www.ncu.edu/NetPriceCalculator/npcalc.htm 3 Admission admissions@ncu.edu
182 168 New England College New Hampshire http://onlinedegrees.nec.edu/ 93% $17,334 63% 40% $645.00 $645.00 http://onlinedegrees.nec.edu/sustainability/admission-requirements/tuition-and-fees/ nec.studentaidcalculator.com/survey.aspx 3 Associate Vice President of Admission yalsaidi@nec.edu
183 161 Wright State University Ohio http://www.wright.edu/distance-education 63% $5,964 56% 41% $394.00 $770.00 http://www.wright.edu/distance-education/admission#tab=tuition-fees wright.edu/cgi-bin/finaid/est.pl 1 Vice-President for Enrollment Management maryellen.ashley@wright.edu
184 154 Peirce College Pennsylvania https://www.peirce.edu/online-at-peirce 69% $3,989 N/A 22% $550.00 $550.00 https://www.peirce.edu/tuition-fees npc.collegeboard.org/student/app/peirce 5 Admission info@peirce.edu
185 79 University of Bridgeport Connecticut http://www.bridgeport.edu/academics/online-programs/ 80% $16,873 62% 28% $930.00 $930.00 http://www.bridgeport.edu/finaid/tuition-and-fees/ tcc.noellevitz.com/%28S%28kan00jgbfpuueimtkq0hgata%29%29/University%20of%20Bridgeport/cost 2 Generic Email admit@bridgeport.edu
186 48 Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes Jewish College Missouri http://www.barnesjewishcollege.edu/academic-programs 38% $2,360 N/A N/A $665.00 $665.00 http://www.barnesjewishcollege.edu/businessoffice/bsn-accelerated-program-costs 1 Admission gson-admissions@bjc.org

 

With the exception of a few for-profit universities, all the schools in our rankings have physical campuses: they’re real places with real students that happen to also have robust distance learning programs, like the University of Florida and Pennsylvania State University. For-profits are certainly included in our list, but they rank much lower than many other schools (they are generally more expensive and don’t promise quality) and are provided only as a reference. As a baseline for programmatic rigor, we started our process by surveying only online programs that made the 2014 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs from the U.S. News and World Report magazine. This list already filters out the largest for-profit universities, and our final rankings include an in-depth look at household names like Kaplan.

Although affordable and cheap are sometimes used interchangeably, they’re not the same. North Carolina A&T State University, the cheapest online college in our overall survey by in-state tuition, is not the most affordable, nor is it a school that would make the top ten. Why? Because other factors, like the school’s retention rate, are very low.

This lowers the effective value of a dollar at NC A&T versus a dollar at the University of Arkansas (a place that does make our top ten). At the University of Arkansas, retention and graduation rates are high, a diverse gamut of classes is offered, and tuition is comparably cheaper against the average. It’s a better quality experience for your money.

The Methodology

We set out to find the most affordable online colleges available today. Since most measurements of affordability are complex, we simplified the formula to match the scope of our analysis. Online colleges found in U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs represent a filtered list of respectable, real institutions offering value through Internet education–so this is where we started. By only analyzing schools that comprise the highest tier of national recognition when it comes to online education, we ensure an inherent quality in our own results.

After combing through each school’s resources, we distilled our description of affordability into four major factors:

  1. retention rate: the percentage of freshmen that continue on to sophomore year
  2. graduation rate: the percentage of freshmen that acquire a diploma in a designated period of time
  3. resident (in state) price score: a measure of the relative price per credit hour of education for an in-state student
  4. nonresident (out of state) price score: a measure of the relative price per credit hour of education for an out of state student student
  5. breadth of offering score: a measure of the relative number of degree programs offered by the school

We assigned each factor a different weight to account for instances where an extremely high graduation rate could be influenced by an extremely low breadth of offering score (for example). Each school was then stack ranked by the sum of the weighted scores. The top schools were analyzed in an additional layer of detail which calls out unique characteristics that make them stand out above their peers.

Highlighted Colleges

Usually during discussions of affordability there is an “affordable sweet spot” right in the middle of all the data. This sweet spot represents a point where a college is perfectly affordable for the average student. In a small band around this point are similar schools whose costs do not eclipse the benefits received from an online degree program. If you extend too far above the sweet spot, an online college becomes very expensive relative to the benefits; if you extend too far below the sweet spot, you are entering the territory where programs are so cheap that their quality becomes questionable.

What this means is that while a basic weighted ranking of all the schools in our analysis is important, it’s just a starting point. We have gone through each school with another critical filter and added in an even finer layer of detail. For example, how far from the average is a certain school’s in-state tuition? How does this value compare to the number of degree programs that the school offers? How far away is this number from the average? By asking tougher questions and balancing their answers against other factors that make a school great (its quality and breadth of graduate programs, for instance) we have come up with ten colleges that, while not necessarily the top ten in our list, cater to the common desires of an average student looking to get a college education at distance at a reasonable price. In other words, they’re our affordable favorites.

PSI

Oregon State University

Why we picked this university: An unmatched balance of quality, quantity, and price put Oregon State University (OSU) at the number one spot in the overall list using our unique methodology. It also happens to be one of our favorites. OSU is a very reputable research school, and its long tradition of high quality extends into its online classes. Several programs and faculty within OSU’s ecampus have earned notable distinctions and awards for their work within the last year.

OSU’s ecampus tuition rate is $279 per credit hour, which is significantly lower than the average of the schools in our list ($389). It offers 17 different bachelor’s degree programs online (double our list’s average of 9) which cover computer science and much of the humanities. Relative to the quality of education students receive and the diversity of courses offered, the money you pay goes a long way in furnishing a rich educational experience. OSU even lets students create their own online degree experience by developing a liberal studies track in conjunction with faculty to suit their academic goals.

Drawbacks: Although the ecampus at OSU has a 60% graduation rate (which is low compared to other schools we analyzed), it retains 83% of its freshman students each year, which is high. There are many reasons for a low graduation rate: inability to pay for classes, relative difficulty of course material, and inability to finish required courses are only a few, so this not always a make or break number.

UF

University of Florida

Why we picked this university: This school is the best bang for your buck, but only if you live in Florida. It comes in at number three on our ranking list and we highlighted it here due to its low cost. Boasting a low in-state tuition rate of $129 per credit hour, it is half as expensive to get an online degree at the University of Florida (UF) as it is at Oregon State University. Lawmakers in Florida have invested more than $35 million into UF’s online program, which launched in January 2014 with 595 students. For the fall 2014 semester, that number is expected to double, and by 2024 the university is shooting for enrollment numbers over 20,000. Currently UF Online offers 13 different online bachelor’s degree programs. It is likely this number will increase with enrollment.

Drawbacks: The major caveat with UF Online is that if you are not a resident of Florida, the program quickly becomes expensive. Out-of-state online students pay more than 400% more per credit hour ($525) than in-state students. If you don’t live in Florida and are operating on a tight budget, UF Online is not for you. Because the program is still new, its graduation and retention rates are extremely high. It will be important to watch how they change as the program begins accepting more students.

FSU

Florida State University

Why we picked this university: Florida State University (FSU) came in at number 14 on our list, but we believe it deserves mention due to its relatively high retention and graduation rates (91% and 77%, respectively). FSU also offers more than fifteen different online graduate degree programs in addition to its undergraduate offerings (7 bachelor’s degree programs, a lower total than average). At $215 per credit hour for in-state students, FSU represents a school with a strong profile in all categories, even though it doesn’t offer as many options as its peers at the undergraduate level.

Drawbacks: Like the University of Florida, nonresident online tuition rates are much higher than for in-state students ($721 versus $215).

EastCarolina

East Carolina University

Why we picked this university: Number 15 on our list, East Carolina University (ECU) has been offering courses at distance for at least 60 years. It gets mention here primarily because of its robust online course offerings, which include over 20 online undergraduate degrees and a similar amount of online graduate certificate programs. Reflected against its $149 per credit hour tuition rate and reasonable online retention (78%), East Carolina University represents an affordable school with a wide selection of degree options.

Drawbacks: East Carolina University charges $663 per credit hour for out-of-state students in its online programs. If you do not live in North Carolina, you should consider another school. ECU also has a low online graduation rate of 56%.

Minnesota

University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Why we picked this university: At number 17, the University of Minnesota at Twin Cities (UM Twin Cities) receives mention due to strong numbers in all categories. Although it has a higher than average online in-state tuition at $430 per credit hour, it has a 91% retention rate and graduate 75% of students. With access to 15 unique online bachelor’s degree programs in rapidly growing fields today, UM Twin Cities especially prepares its graduates for industrial success. Unlike many online schools, UM Twin Cities also keeps profiles of some of its notable alumni from its online programs on its website–so you can see what people are doing with their degrees in the real world. UM Twin Cities’ tution is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.

Drawbacks: UM Twin Cities has a tuition rate that is higher than average, so it is best only for students who have a little more money to invest in the experience.

OldDom

Old Dominion University

Why we picked this university: Old Dominion University (ODU) came in at number four on our list for good reason, and we think it stands out. In addition to a reasonably priced online in-state tuition of $299 per credit hour (which only increases to $314 for nonresidents), ODU has an 80% retention rate, which is well above average. It also offers 28 different online bachelor’s degree programs, triple the average in our list. Old Dominion University goes a step beyond its peers by providing video interviews with alumni from various online programs, who are currently applying their expertise in industry.

Drawbacks: ODU has a very low graduation rate of 51%. Although there are many non-negative reasons why a graduation rate could dip below 100%, it is best to investigate further into your program of interest. For example, the overall graduation rate might be 51%, but students from the school of business might graduate at a much higher rate.

UND

University of North Dakota

Why we picked this university: The University of North Dakota came in at number 19 on our list, but we feel that it differs from its peers in a special way. With an online tuition of $322 per credit hour for both in-state and out of state students (below average), 74% retention, and a robust set of online bachelor’s and graduate degree programs, it represents an affordable place to get an online education. Where it really shines is in the spectrum of different subjects in which it offers degrees, which ranges from petroleum engineering to psychology and education. We feel the equal offering of both humanities and science-based online degrees makes UND a worthwhile place to consider for an affordable online education.

Drawbacks: The University of North Dakota has a low graduation rate of 55%.

Regent

Regent University

Why we picked this university: Regent University (RU) is number 28 on our list, but it stands out because of the thoroughness of its degree offerings. The university has a 79% retention rate and charges both in-state and nonresident online students $395 per credit hour, which is slightly above average. Unlike many schools, Regent offers very well-developed associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and even doctoral degrees online (one of its Ph.D. programs requires some on-campus visitation), so it is possible to move from beginner’s education to advanced levels of study entirely through the web.

Drawbacks: Regent University has a low graduation rate of 51%.

FortHays

Fort Hayes University

Why we picked this university: Fort Hayes State University (FHSU) is number 10 on our list, and we like it particularly for its unusually low tuition costs and relatively high course offerings. FHSU has only slightly below average retention and graduation rates (68% and 45% respectively), but it is cheap at $182 per credit hour for both nonresident and in-state students. It offers 27 different online bachelor’s degree programs, which for the price you pay is a very good deal.

Drawbacks: Fort Hayes has below average marks in some places, but it is an outlier in the number of programs it offers for the price you pay. We recommend that you look deeper into specific degrees in order to make an informed decision about whether or not a degree track at this school is right for you.

APU

American Public University

Why we picked this university: American Public University (APU) is number two in our list, and we recommend it because it has above average marks just about everywhere. With an in-state and nonresident tuition of $225, over 40 different online bachelor’s degree programs (5 times the average), and an extremely high retention rate of 94%, no other university in the top ten comes close to its sheer balance of dollar value to course option diversity. APU also notes that its combined tuition, fees and books are about 20% less for undergraduates than the average in-state rate at other public universities.

Drawbacks: APU has a low graduation rate of 42%. Since it is such a large system, however, we recommend checking out the graduation rates in specific programs that interest you rather than judging all online programs by this number.

What We Wouldn’t Recommend

You should think of a college education as a product you’re buying. You pay a lot of money and invest a lot of time into getting a degree, so it is wise to do comparison shopping. Sure,  one college might be cheaper than another. It might also offer more degree options than another. But if it only graduates 10% of the people who enter, you know there’s something wrong and that you want to look somewhere else. Our favorite colleges are a very dynamic and balanced mix of cost, general graduation and retention scores, and degree offerings. Are there colleges we would recommend you stay away from that also appear on our list? Of course. But this is the nature of comparing products with an objective eye.

Kaplan University is number 101 on our list. It has a decent retention rate of 80% and a slightly above average tuition of $395 per credit hour. However, its graduation rate is 20%. That means of every 10 people accepted to a Kaplan University program, only 2 actually graduate with a diploma. There are many possible explanations for this phenomenon, which happens at most for-profit universities; the most popular explanation is that since these institutions need to make money, they have less stringent acceptance policies. This, in turn, has the potential to reduce the “graduation potential” of an incoming class of first-year students. Loose acceptance policies attract a different type of student, and may contribute to high dropout numbers.

Furthermore, a closer look at Kaplan’s credit hour price reveals that even though it’s just slightly above the average on our list, it actually costs much more to get a bachelor’s degree there on average than anywhere else. This is because Kaplan’s online bachelor programs are 180 credit hours total, which is 60 more credit hours than the national average bachelor’s degree. Let’s put this into perspective.

The University of Florida (one of our favorites!) has a big drawback: it charges out-of-state students $552 per credit hour to get an online degree. This is more than 400% what an in-state resident pays. However, to get a bachelor’s degree at UF online at this rate is:

  • 552 $/credit hour x 120 credit hours (average) = $66,240*

Now let’s look at getting an online bachelor’s degree at Kaplan:

  • 395 $/credit hour x 180 credit hours = $71,100*

For comparison, here is how this calculation looks for Oregon State University, a school we consider affordable:

  • 297 $/credit hour x 120 credits (average) = $33,480*

*these are rough illustrative calculations. actual numbers will vary.

So actually, you’d be paying more to go Kaplan than if you went to the University of Florida online with their out-of-state tuition rate. It would not be immediately apparent to you, however, if you only compared their cost per credit hour in your initial filter.

We recommend that you do further investigation if the numbers of schools you’re comparing looks off. Any school that charges significantly more than average, which inflates its required credit hours for graduation, or which has big discrepancies in numbers like graduation and retention rates should be approached with caution. Take the time to look into extreme outliers: even if they offer what you want, you can probably find a better deal somewhere else.

Other schools took look out for:

  • DeVry University

  • Herzing University

The Affordable Online College Landscape

At the end of the day, we have found that it is definitely possible to get an affordable and good-quality online education in the United States. Sometimes, the best place to get that degree might be at a college in your state (we’re looking at you, Floridians), and other times it might be in a place that’s hundreds of miles from where you actually live. Like all choices we face in life, some online degree programs are better suited for us than others, so you should be very careful in which one you select. Just because a school has a slightly lower than average graduation rate doesn’t mean that it isn’t a great school for you, either, since the graduation rates of individual programs can vary widely at even the best colleges in the world.

In addition to there being a lot of affordable and good quality options to choose from, many of these schools also have well-developed online graduate programs which vary from fully blown out master’s degrees to professional certificates. And, some schools even offer online doctoral degrees (though these will often require you to visit the campus at least two to six times a year, as expected).

The bottom line: you can get a good degree online at a price that doesn’t leave you buried in debt. Be careful where you look, always compare, and be prepared to make personal demands about what does and doesn’t work for you. The reason that there are lots of schools in the first place is so that you can tailor the experience to fit your learning style–so don’t make compromises.

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