Most Affordable Online Colleges

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average U.S. undergraduate student paid more than $25,000 in tuition, fees, and other college expenses during the 2018-2019 school year.

For most students, this is a huge and burdensome financial commitment. Students who pursue an online degree may end up saving a substantial amount compared to students who pursue a traditional college degree.

A growing number of schools have started to provide flat tuition rates for students regardless of their residency.  Most students will end up spending less by opting for an online degree than students who go the traditional college route.

However, an online degree may still cost a year thousands of dollars. Because affordability in postsecondary education is such an important factor, future students are encouraged to compare costs before attending any college. Here is our ranking of the Most Affordable Online Colleges.

About our methodology

AOC provides the most reliable and detailed assessment of the credibility and value of colleges & universities online, incorporating the reviews of all the most popular publications and thousands of actual student reviews.

1

Tennessee State University

Bachelors Tuition

$4,200

Masters Tuition

$3,842

Tennessee State University, located in Nashville, offers both Bachelors Degrees & Post Grad Degree Programs. It is a four year, midsize public college that has an open admission policy that allows any secondary school graduate or even GED student to register. As of 2019 it has 5,666 students enrolled full time and another 1,108 students enrolled part time.

2

California Coast University

Bachelors Tuition

$4,725

Masters Tuition

$4,485

Founded in 1973 California Coast University offers self paced degree programs for students who are hindered by geographical, professional, and personal time commitments from completing their education in traditional campus programs. CCU offers free interest and low tuition programs. All programs are flexible and self-paced.

The University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).

3

Georgia Southwestern State University

Bachelors Tuition

$5,970

Masters Tuition

$3,855

4

Aspen University

Bachelors Tuition

$4,500

Masters Tuition

$5,850

5

University of Arkansas

Bachelors Tuition

$6,159

Masters Tuition

$4,558

6

Fort Hays State University

Bachelors Tuition

$6,560

Masters Tuition

4,316

7

Albany State University

Bachelors Tuition

$5,487

Masters Tuition

$5,400

8

Minor State University

Bachelors Tuition

$6,087

Masters Tuition

$5,030

9

University of the Cumberlands

Bachelors Tuition

$6,386

Masters Tuition

$4,883

10

Valdosta State University

Bachelors Tuition

$6,060

Masters Tuition

$5,274

11

Union College – KY

Bachelors Tuition

$6,750

Masters Tuition

$5,100

12

Clayton State University

Bachelors Tuition

$5,490

Masters Tuition

$6,545

13

Southern Utah University

Bachelors Tuition

$6,006

Master’s Tuition

$6,023

14

Goergia Southern University

Bachelors Tuition

$5,766

Masters Tuition

$6,004

15

William Woods Unviversity

Bachelors Tuition

$7,050

Masters Tuition

$5,400

16

Middle Gorgia State University

Bachelors Tuition

$8,670

Masters Tuition

$3,825

17

Columbia Southern University

Bachelors Tuition

$6,900

Masters Tuition

$5,670

18

Arkansas State University

Bachelors Tuition

$7,740

Masters Tuition

$4,986

19

Western Governors University

Bachelors Tuition

$6,450

Masters Tuition

$6,480

20

Marshall University

Bachelors Tuition

$6,318

Masters Tuition

$6,810

21

Lamar University

Bachelors Tuition

$7,740

Masters Tuition

$5,775

22

Eastern New Mexico University – Main Campus

Bachelors Tuition

$7,492

Masters Tuition

$5,838

23

University of Central Arkansas

Bachelors Tuition

$8,550

Masters Tuition

$4,875

24

Columbus Staet University

Bachelors Tuition

$6,510

Masters Tuition

$6,930

25

West Texas A & M University

Bachelors Tuition

$7,953

Masters Tuition

$5,667