Top 10 Most Affordable, Accredited Online Colleges

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Sure…there are cheaper schools to attend than the ones on this ranking, but this is not one of THOSE lists… All of the schools listed here have consistently ranked highly among other publicly available rankings’ lists, specific degrees ranked within this website, and overall student satisfaction. They are not only affordable but they are the leaders in providing a quality education at a decent price.

One item to make sure of when you are searching for “cheap” or “affordable” colleges or universities is their accreditation status.  Some schools are plum near free but either they are not accredited or their accreditation is bogus. Like we said above, you will find cheaper schools, but you may not have much to show for your hard work and dedication after you’ve completed the curriculum and so, therefore, you want to look for options that have excellent reputations, high graduation rates, well-established, quality faculty, ease of use, flexibility, and, of course, affordability.

Take a tour of our choices for Top 10 Most Affordable, Accredited Online Colleges!!

 

CHECK OUT OUR LATEST RANKING OF THE MOST AFFORDABLE ONLINE SCHOOLS HERE!

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WESTERN GOVERNOR’S UNIVERSITY

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Established in 1997, even Western Governor’s University’s motto is “Online. Accelerated. Affordable. Accredited.” A multi-awarding winning university and founded by the governors of 19 states, WGU is an excellent choice for your online education. At Western Governor’s University, you can achieve bachelor’s and master’s degrees in one of their four colleges including Business, Teacher Education, Information Technology and Health Professions which includes Nursing.

Accreditations: 

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Tuition:  Since WGU only charges a flat rate fee, most programs’ tuition is just $2,890 per six month term which compared to other regionally accredited online universities is sometimes half the cost of other highly reputable colleges

Fees: Undergraduate application fee: $65

Enrollment: (Fall 2012) 41,369 total enrollment with 31,353 being undergraduates

Retention Rates: First-time, full-time undergraduate students:     89%
(based on Fall 2011 first-time, full-time, undergraduate degree-seeking students retained through Fall 2012)

Overall Graduation Rates for those students who began their studies in 2006-2007: 27%

The school does not require ACT or SAT scores for admission and has a rolling admissions policy.

For more information, please click here

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CAPELLA UNIVERSITY

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Founded in 1993, Capella University delivers the majority of its education online and offers Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees specializing in education, psychology, business, information technology, public safety and public health. CU boasts over 1600 online courses! Eighty-six percent of their faculty holds doctorate degrees, as well.

Accreditations:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Tuition:  Tuition is $275 to $360 per credit hour depending on whether the courses are upper-level or lower-level for a student achieving a bachelor’s degree…a student can expect a mixture of both levels within each degree program

Enrollment: 35,754 with 8,087 being undergraduates 

Fees: Application fee: $50….Graduation fee: $350

Retention Rates: First-time, full-time undergraduate students:     20%
(based on Fall 2011 first-time, full-time, undergraduate degree-seeking students retained through Fall 2012)

There are currently no graduation data rates available for Capella University

For more information, please click here

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FORT HAYS STATE UNIVERSITY

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Fort Hays State University is a public institution that was founded in 1902 and FHSU is comprised of four colleges which includes Business and Entrepreneurship, Education and Technology, Arts and Science and Health and Life Sciences. All together these four sections contains 30 departments and offer more than 60 undergraduate majors and 19 majors for graduate students.

Accreditation:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation
Tuition: Undergraduates pay $186.50 per credit hour ….same for in-state and out-of-state students

Fees: Degree-seeking undergraduates:   $30 Application Fee

Enrollment: 13,310 with 11,457 being undergraduates

Acceptance Rate: 81%

Retention Rates: First-time, full-time undergraduate students:    68%
(based on Fall 2011 first-time, full-time, undergraduate degree-seeking students retained through Fall 2012)

Overall Graduation Rates for those students who began their studies in 2006-2007:  41%

For more information, please click here

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COLORADO TECH UNIVERSITY

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A for-profit university founded in 1965, Colorado Technical University offers students bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.  Specializations in engineering, business, criminal justice, health sciences, and management are just a few of the degrees offered at CTU.

Accreditation:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Tuition:  $325 per credit hour for undergraduates

Enrollment: 2,408 with 1,506 being undergraduates

Retention Rates: First-time, full-time undergraduate students:     47%
(based on Fall 2011 first-time, full-time, undergraduate degree-seeking students retained through Fall 2012)

Overall Graduation Rates for those students who began their studies in 2006-2007: 10%

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AMERICAN INTERCONTINENTAL UNIVERSITY

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Established in 1970, AIU offers online degrees in Accounting, Education, Information Technology, Business, Criminal Justice, Design and Healthcare Management. Offering 100 percent online degree programs, 80 percent of American Intercontinental University students attend the university online. The online program started in 2001 and the online campus offices are located near Chicago, IL.

Accreditation: 

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Tuition:  $302 per credit hour

Enrollment: 14,170 with 12,271 being undergraduates

Retention Rates: First-time, full-time undergraduate students:     37%
(based on Fall 2011 first-time, full-time, undergraduate degree-seeking students retained through Fall 2012)

Overall Graduation Rates for those students who began their studies in 2006-2007: 32%

For more information, please click here

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CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY – DOMINGUEZ HILLS

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Established in 1960, California State University at Dominguez Hills offers 107 choices of Bachelor’s degrees, 45 types of Master’s degrees and 17 types of teaching credentials offered.  CSU does not offer Doctorate degrees.

Accreditations: 

  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation
  • National Association of Schools of Theater, Commission on Accreditation
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Tuition: In-State residents tuition and fees:  $6,095 ….Out of State residents tuition and fees: $17,753

Fees: Application fee: $50

Enrollment: 13,933 with 11,503 being undergraduates

Retention Rates: First-time, full-time undergraduate students:     77%
(based on Fall 2011 first-time, full-time, undergraduate degree-seeking students retained through Fall 2012)

Overall Graduation Rates for those students who began their studies in 2006-2007: 28%

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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

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Liberty University, located in Lynchburg, VA is a private, Christian university and is the largest Evangelical Christian university in the world AND the largest university in Virginia. Liberty has over 160 accredited degree programs, including associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate and postgraduate levels. Using an eight week delivery process, you can achieve your bachelor’s degree in aeronautics, business, business management information systems, criminal justice, education, engineering, nursing, paralegal and many more.

Accreditations: 

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
  • American Osteopathic Association, Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Tuition: Online undergraduate programs at a cost of $340 per credit-hour. 

Fees: One time application fee: $50 … Graduation fee: $100

Enrollment: 74,372 with 46,133 being undergraduates

Retention Rates: First-time, full-time undergraduate students:     68%
(based on Fall 2011 first-time, full-time, undergraduate degree-seeking students retained through Fall 2012)

Overall Graduation Rates for those students who began their studies in 2006-2007: 46%

For more information, please click here

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BELLEVUE UNIVERSITY

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Bellevue University is a private, non-profit university that was established in 1966 and is currently ranked 18th by the U.S. News 2014 Top Online Education Program Rankings for best online bachelor’s degree programs, according to their website. The university is located in Bellevue, Nebraska and employs award-winning professors that are available to their students like no other. BU offers bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in many different fields…too many to mention…click here for the many possibilities available to you through Bellevue.

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Tuition: $360 per credit hour

Fees: Application fee: $50….Graduation fee: $100

Enrollment: 9,942 with 6,266 being undergraduates

Retention Rates: First-time, full-time undergraduate students:     17%
(based on Fall 2011 first-time, full-time, undergraduate degree-seeking students retained through Fall 2012)

Overall Graduation Rates for those students who began their studies in 2006-2007: 31%

For more information, please click here

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UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING

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The University of Wyoming is located in Laramie, Wyoming, and was founded in 1886. The university is made up of seven colleges: health sciences, engineering and applied sciences, business, education, law, agriculture and natural resources, and arts and sciences. University of Wyoming offers over 30 online undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs.

Accreditation: 

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
  • American Psychological Association, Committee on Accreditation
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Tuition: (2014-2015)Undergraduate: Resident tuition: $113 per credit hour…non-residents tuition: $227

Fees: Undergraduate application fee: $40

Enrollment: 12,903 with 10,194 being undergraduates

Retention Rates: First-time, full-time undergraduate students:     76%
(based on Fall 2011 first-time, full-time, undergraduate degree-seeking students retained through Fall 2012)

Overall Graduation Rates for those students who began their studies in 2006-2007: 54%

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