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Most Affordable Degrees

These colleges strive to keep tuition costs low. Check out the most affordable schools sorted by tuition across 24 popular subjects.
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Best Value Colleges

These schools are the best bang for your buck. Each school has strong indicators of quality and relatively low tuition prices.
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Top Online Colleges

These are the best colleges and universities that offer online degrees and provide a first class education to students nationwide.

2016 Most Affordable Online Colleges

Each year, we publish our Most Affordable Online College Rankings, which represent the most affordable online degrees in the country across 24 popular subjects. Every degree is from an accredited school and annual tuitions start below $4,000. Our overall list includes only non-profit institutions.
Rank College Annual Tuition Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 South Texas College Annual Tuition $3,450 Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, and Certificate
#2 #2 Great Basin College Annual Tuition $5,013 Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, and Certificate
#3 #3 Darton State College Annual Tuition $5,625 Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, and Certificate
#4 #4 Western Governors University Annual Tuition $5,780 Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#5 #5 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $5,824 Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#6 #6 Georgia Southern University Annual Tuition $5,970 Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, and Certificate
#7 #7 City Vision University Annual Tuition $6,000 Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#8 #8 Delta State University Annual Tuition $6,012 Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral
#9 #9 Arkansas State University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $6,480 Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, and Certificate
#10 #10 Broward College Annual Tuition $6,756 Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, and Certificate

2015 Best Value Online Colleges

Our Best Value Colleges offer low tuition costs and exhibit strong indicators of success, like high recommendation rates from students, dedicated academic and career counseling, and more.
Rank College Annual Tuition Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 Western Governors University Annual Tuition $5,780 Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#2 #2 American Public University System Annual Tuition $7,500 Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#3 #3 Southern New Hampshire University Online Annual Tuition $9,600 Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
#4 #4 Brigham Young University-Idaho Annual Tuition $3,750 Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, and Certificate
#5 #5 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $5,782 Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#6 #6 Thomas Edison State University Annual Tuition $8,647 Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#7 #7 South Dakota State University Annual Tuition $9,387 Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#8 #8 Chadron State College Annual Tuition $5,400 Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#9 #9 Colorado State University-Global Annual Tuition $10,500 Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#10 #10 Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration Annual Tuition $12,000 Degrees: Master's and Certificate

2016 Top Online Colleges

Our Top Colleges provide students with the most prestigious options in online education. These schools tend to have low acceptance rates, high test scores, and other metrics of success.
Rank College Annual Tuition Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 Stanford University Annual Tuition $20,100 Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#2 #2 Columbia University in the City of New York Annual Tuition $31,437 Degrees: Master's, Doctoral, and Certificate
#3 #3 Duke University Annual Tuition $59,683 Degrees: Master's, Doctoral, and Certificate
#4 #4 Northwestern University Annual Tuition $23,219 Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#5 #5 Johns Hopkins University Annual Tuition $47,903 Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, and Certificate
#6 #6 Georgetown University Annual Tuition $22,841 Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#7 #7 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Annual Tuition $13,096 Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, and Certificate
#8 #8 University of Southern California Annual Tuition $35,842 Degrees: Master's, Doctoral, and Certificate
#9 #9 University of California - Los Angeles Annual Tuition $15,400 Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#10 #10 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Annual Tuition $35,406 Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate

Our tuition numbers reflect data collected from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Recommendation rate refers to the percent of students who said they would recommend this school based on reviews submitted to our partner site, GradReports.com.
This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.