With so many recent college graduates unemployed, many seeking higher education now look for the most economic ways to earn accredited bachelor degrees, and affordable online colleges are increasingly popular options for those of modest means. Online learning programs are attractive for their affordability, flexibility, ubiquity, and time-saving convenience. Online schools now compete with their fixed, physical campus counterparts in not just cost but also academic credibility.
Flexibility need not be expensive, and affordable online colleges need not skimp on quality. All schools in this listing offer regionally accredited online degree programs in a variety of academic disciplines.
Western Governors University
Tuition at Western Governors University (WGU) is $2890 per six-month term. Billing by term means a student can do 18 credits per semester for $160 per credit hour, nine credits per semester for $320 per credit hour. The billing method makes this degree one of the most flexible and affordable available. Twenty governors founded this university expressly to provide an affordable, reputable online educational alternative. WGU is accredited regionally by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the WGU Teachers College is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Featured WGU Program:
BA in Science (5-12 Chemistry): Western Governors University
Thomas Edison State College
At Thomas Edison State College tuition is $5,322 per year for New Jersey residents, $7,837 for students from out of state. Thomas Edison is a leader in online education renowned for flexibility in allowing students earn all credits through the College-Level Examination Program and by a liberal credit transfer policy for even entire degrees. Thomas Edison is accredited regionally by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Nursing programs are accredited by the New Jersey Board of Nursing, the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership Program is accredited by The Teacher Education Accreditation Council and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
At Walden University tuition is $280 per quarter credit hour. Walden has become a major force in online education as a pioneer in distant learning technology. Walden’s flexibility for working students is one of its hallmarks. Online degrees at bachelor, master, and doctor levels are available. Walden is accredited regionally by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Featured Walden University Program:
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) – RN Track – Informatics: Walden University
Southern New Hampshire University
Southern New Hampshire University tuition is $320 per credit hour. Fast Company magazine lists this university among the 50 most innovative companies in America along with Apple and Home Box Office. Southern New Hampshire has received several awards for its innovation, affordability, and overall program quality. Accreditation is by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the New Hampshire Postsecondary Education Commission. Individual programs also have special accreditations.
American InterContinental University
American InterContinental University charges tuition of $302 per credit hour. Degree offerings focus on areas of study of direct benefit to students in furthering their employment prospects. Most course offerings are in business, information technology, and fine arts. American Intercontinental is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, bachelor, and master degrees.
Featured American InterContinental Program:
M.Ed. – Adult Education and Training: American InterContinental University
Colorado Technical University
At Colorado Technical University tuition is $305 per credit hour. Colorado Tech business programs are top notch. The university offers a Nursing Completion degree program for associates who want to complete their bachelor degree study. Devotion to teaching makes this school a very strong option. Also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Colorado Tech offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate degrees.
Featured CTU Program
Master of Business Administration: Colorado Technical University
Capella University tuition is $350 per Upper Division and $290 per Lower Division credit hour. Capella’s best courses are in business, information technology, psychology, and public safety. Capella is a leader in online distance learning with many awards and special recognitions over the past 20 years. Also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Capella is moderately selective in admissions with a 68 percent acceptance rate.
Featured Capella University Program
BS in Psychology: Capella University
Liberty University tuition is $365 per credit hour for part-time students, $325 per credit hour full time. Liberty is one of the few Christian universities for online study and definitely the most affordable. Students looking for faith-based education with plenty of options at affordable rates should look hard at Liberty for strong programs that work well in an online format as flexible and affordable as possible. Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, bachelor, master, specialist, and doctor degrees. Liberty’s education, engineering, nursing, and law programs are all in good standing with their respective accrediting agencies.
Featured Liberty University Program
Doctor of Education – Educational Law: Liberty University Online
University of Massachusetts
At the University of Massachusetts tuition for online study is from $350 to $400 per credit hour. Many state universities now offer courses online but few with as large a selection, as wide a recognition for quality, or as affordable in cost as the University of Massachusetts. UMass has a long tradition of excellence now accessible at an entire online college dedicated to flexibility as well as affordability. This choice is by far one of the best to those looking for a degree from an institution long established and respected. UMassOnline allows students to attend the same high-quality programs and learn from the same world-class faculty as students at the UMass Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell, and Worcester campuses.