2016 Most Affordable Online Accounting Degrees

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These 25 schools offering online accounting degrees all have annual tuitions that come in under $9,000. Holmes Community College has the lowest tuition at $2,150. Several schools in our ranking offer fully online accounting degrees at multiple degree levels, offering the possibility for you to advance your education at the same online institution. For example, students at our #4 ranked school, Western Governor's University, can pursue a B.S. in Accounting and then continue their education by earning a Master of Accounting degree.

All schools considered for this ranking were required to offer fully online accounting degrees at the associate's level or higher. A full methodology can be viewed here.

Rank College Annual Tuition Accounting Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 Holmes Community College Annual Tuition $2,150 Accounting Degrees: Associate
#2 #2 Illinois Central College Annual Tuition $4,050 Accounting Degrees: Associate
#3 #3 Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Annual Tuition $4,950 Accounting Degrees: Associate and Certificate
#4 #4 Western Governors University Annual Tuition $5,780 Accounting Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#5 #5 Northwest Technical College Annual Tuition $5,970 Accounting Degrees: Associate and Certificate
#6 #6 Southern Utah University Annual Tuition $6,299 Accounting Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#7 #7 Western Wyoming Community College Annual Tuition $6,384 Accounting Degrees: Associate and Certificate
#8 #8 Macomb Community College Annual Tuition $6,386 Accounting Degrees: Associate and Certificate
#9 #9 Casper College Annual Tuition $6,624 Accounting Degrees: Associate
#10 #10 Broward College Annual Tuition $6,756 Accounting Degrees: Associate and Certificate
#11 #11 Johnson County Community College Annual Tuition $6,848 Accounting Degrees: Associate
#12 #12 Rio Salado College Annual Tuition $6,880 Accounting Degrees: Associate and Certificate
#13 #13 Laramie County Community College Annual Tuition $7,128 Accounting Degrees: Associate
#14 #14 American Business and Technology University Annual Tuition $7,150 Accounting Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#15 #15 Chadron State College Annual Tuition $7,380 Accounting Degrees: Bachelor's
#16 #16 Herkimer County Community College Annual Tuition $7,390 Accounting Degrees: Associate
#17 #17 Clarion University Annual Tuition $7,624 Accounting Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#18 #18 Grantham University Annual Tuition $7,950 Accounting Degrees: Bachelor's
#19 #19 Athens State University Annual Tuition $8,184 Accounting Degrees: Bachelor's
#20 #20 Columbia College Annual Tuition $8,250 Accounting Degrees: Bachelor's
#21 #21 Fayetteville Technical Community College Annual Tuition $8,352 Accounting Degrees: Associate
#22 #22 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Annual Tuition $8,400 Accounting Degrees: Bachelor's
#23 #23 Haywood Community College Annual Tuition $8,448 Accounting Degrees: Associate and Certificate
#24 #24 Western International University Annual Tuition $8,571 Accounting Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#25 #25 Craven Community College Annual Tuition $8,576 Accounting Degrees: Associate and Certificate
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  • Annual Tuition: $2,150
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

The Associate in Applied Science degree in Accounting offered by Mississippi’s Holmes Community College is the most affordable program available. The online two-year program costs $2,150 annually, a bargain in the world of finance. In addition to general education classes, the accounting track includes courses in macro and microeconomics, statistics, calculus, and business. This program is a part of the school’s Business Administration Department and is designed for easy transfer to a four-year university or successful employment following graduation.

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,050
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

For just over $4,000 per year, students can earn a two-year associate degree that will prepare them to transfer to a four-year university or to enter the workforce in a general business career. As part of the Business Hospitality and Information Systems Department, the Associate in Science in Accountancy program will prepare students for a variety of careers including accountant and junior accountant as well as a business manager or owner. Because students will be enrolled in a two-year program, many of their courses will be general education classes like English, science and humanities, but students will also be required to take courses like Accounting and Information Systems, The Legal Environment of Business, Principles of Macroeconomics, Business Statistics, and a variety of accounting classes.

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,950
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

In a two-year program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, students will gather the skills necessary to become a public accountant, governmental accountant, payroll accountant, or tax accountant, among others. The college partners with four-year universities in the area so students can pursue a bachelor’s degree after completing their associate degree. In this 70-credit program, students can expect to take classes like Cost Accounting, Business Tax Accounting, Applying Quickbooks, Economics, and Intro to Diversity Studies. With an annual tuition of less than $5,000, students can complete this degree for less than $10,000. The program also offers special designations to accompany the degree, including the Small Business Bookkeeping Certificate or the Accounting Assistant Technical Diploma. The Associate in Accounting program boasts an 88% employment rate for graduates.

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,780
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU

This accredited, non-profit university offers two different options for accounting programs: a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree. Both programs’ credit hours count towards the 150-credit hour requirement to sit for the CPA exam, however, requirements vary by state. The bachelor’s program of study includes classes in taxation, business law, ethics, research, marketing, communication, and information systems in addition to courses in finance and economics. To earn a master’s, students will take advanced courses in financial accounting, managerial accounting, auditing, research, and tax concepts, as well as courses developing critical communication and strategy skills necessary for the changing business environment. With an annual tuition of $5,780, Western Governors University is a cost effective way to earn both an undergraduate and a graduate degree—the college hasn’t raised tuition rates since back in 2008.

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,970
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

For just under $6,000 per year, students can get an associate degree from Northwest Technical College. The two-year program provides them with the necessary skills for analyzing and interpreting accounting data while also reinforcing the importance of computer applications like Word and Excel. Students will take courses in microcomputer databases, business statistics, legal environment, non-profit accounting, and income tax. Graduates of the Associate of Accounting are eligible to sit for the Accreditation in Accountancy exam administered by the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation. An alternative to the associate degree is a certificate in accounting. Instead of the 60 units required for the degree, the certificate only requires 18. In addition to principles of accounting and business applications courses, students take a course in Contemporary Career Search, which covers topics such as job market trends, legal and ethical issues and resume building.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,299
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and AACSB

Southern Utah University’s School of Business gives students the chance to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the Department of Accounting. For each program, the annual tuition is just under $6,300, making it an affordable way to complete a graduate degree. In order to earn a bachelor’s, Southern Utah University requires classes in accounting, cost, taxation, auditing, management, and marketing. The master’s program has similar, more-advanced courses, including business law, accounting ethics, corporate tax, forensic accounting, and spreadsheet modeling. The 30 hours of post-graduate credit required for the CPA exam can be met through the Masters of Accountancy degree.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,384
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Western Wyoming Community College offers two options for students seeking education in accounting: an associate degree and a certificate. For the associate degree, students will complete at least 66 credits in courses like Principles of Accounting, Accounting Information Services, Introduction to Business, Microeconomics, and Macroeconomics. Students seeking a shorter option may complete the Accounting Certificate, which can be completed in two full-time semesters. With a required 35 credits, it’s a quick concentrated study that includes classes in accounting, spreadsheet application, interpersonal communication, and information management. Western Wyoming Community College has formed partnerships with local schools to make transferring easier for those wishing to obtain a bachelor’s degree afterward.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,386
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Macomb Community College offers an Associate in Accounting from the Business Administration department to prepare students for employment in accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, banking, or auditing. Students will take a variety of courses including Business Enterprise, Intermediate Accounting, Principles of Marketing, Business Communications, and Computer and Information Processing Principles. Annual tuition for the associate degree is $6,386. For those seeking a quicker alternative, Macomb Community College offers a 44-credit Certificate in Business/Accounting or an 18-credit Skill Specific Certificate in Accounting.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,624
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Casper College offers an associate degree and a certificate in accounting. Graduating with a two-year associate degree in accounting from Casper College will provide students with two options: continue on to earn a bachelor’s and a master’s, or begin working in bookkeeping or tax preparation. The Associate of Business in Accounting program at Casper requires four levels of accounting classes along with unique courses, such as Statistics for Social Science, Cultural Environment and Human Behavior. With an annual tuition of less than $7,000, students can complete their degree quickly and affordably.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,756
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Florida-based Broward College offers an Associate of Science in Accounting Technology and three accounting certificates, which are easily transferable to any of the schools in Florida’s state university system. With a tuition rate of $6,756 per year, it’s an affordable option for students seeking education in accounting. Program requirements cover a variety of accounting classes, including two on principles of accounting and two on intermediate accounting. Other required courses are economics, business law, communications in the workforce, and two classes on income tax. Broward College also offers an accelerated version of this degree, which can be completed in 15 months. Once the program is complete, students are eligible to sit for the Certified Quickbooks User exam.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,848
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Annual tuition for an Associate of Applied Science in Accounting at Johnson County Community College is set at $6,848. Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), graduates of this program will be prepared for employment as accountants, budget analysts, or financial analysts. The 64-credit curriculum contains classes like Computerized Accounting Applications, Computerized Accounting Problems, Business Law, Business Ethics, Federal Income Taxes, and Accounting I and II.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,880
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

For less than $7,000 per year, students can complete a two-year Associate in Applied Science in Accounting degree with a well-rounded curriculum, including Accounting Principles and Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues in Business. Other required courses include those in payroll, taxes, business, and Excel spreadsheets. Rio Salado College also offers a Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Accounting; the requirements are similar to that of the associate degree, but they exclude additional electives and general education courses. Graduates of both programs will be prepared for entry-level jobs in a range of business and accounting environments.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,128
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

There are two associate degrees available at Laramie County Community College, both of which are offered for $7,128 per year. For those looking to enter the workforce without further education, the Associate of Applied Science in Accounting degree lasts two years and is designed for entry-level positions. It requires classes on business law, global economic issues, risk management, and spreadsheet applications. The Associate of Science in Accounting degree, also a two-year program, offers students fundamental classes needed to transfer to a four-year university in hopes of attaining a bachelor’s degree. Students with an aptitude for computational work and willingness to engage in intense study are ideal for this degree option.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,150
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC

Those looking for accounting degrees have two options at the American Business and Technology University. The first is a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Business Management with an accounting emphasis. This program highlights the importance of blending finance and business in the modern world, with required courses in accounting, statistics, taxation, and auditing. The second option is a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Public Accounting. This degree program features problem solving and strategy courses along with the standard accounting, economics, and business law classes found in most master’s accounting programs. With tuition set at $7,150 per year, students can get a quality education at an affordable price.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,380
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Chadron State College offers one bachelor degree option for students seeking an accounting degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with an Accounting concentration. Students will need to enroll in the CSC Business Academy, the school’s business department which aims to prepare students for a diverse, technology-driven world. Tuition currently costs $7,380 each year, giving students a fairly affordable option for an accounting education—especially for a bachelor’s program.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,390
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE

Herkimer County Community College offers an online Associate of Science degree in Accounting and an online Associate of Applied Science in Accounting. The A.S. program is designed to lead to further education while an A.A.S. is a technical degree designed for those looking to enter the workforce following graduation. Both degrees feature classes like Business Organization and Management, Business Law, Intro to Marketing, Macroeconomics, and Corporate Finance. However, the A.A.S. course schedule features some additional courses, including Money & Banking, Fundamentals of Income Tax, and two intermediate accounting classes. Tuition for both programs is $7,390 annually.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,624
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and AACSB

Clarion University offers a few different options for those looking to study accounting online, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an Accounting concentration, a Master of Science in Accounting and a CPA Exam Eligibility Certificate. Small class sizes, even in their online courses, facilitates learning and understanding in the courses required to earn a four-year bachelor’s degree. Students will take classes including Management Theory, Operations Management, Administrative Decision Marking, Economics, and Financial Accounting. Clarion University’s master’s degree can be completed in as little as a year for full time students, offering courses on public accounting, internal control, advanced auditing, and management accounting. Finally, Clarion offers a Post-Baccalaureate certificate program intended to prepare students for the CPA exam. In this 20-month certificate program, students will take eight accounting courses and will be eligible to sit for the CPA exam upon completion. Annual tuition for Clarion’s accounting program is $7,624.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,950
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC

Grantham University offers a bachelor’s program that gives students a chance not only to learn, but also to apply their knowledge and skill to solve problems and make informed decisions. In addition to the core accounting classes, students will learn about taxation, auditing, business, mathematics, and law. Students are also required to complete a capstone course in which a student selects a current issue in accounting and, with a full time accounting faculty as a research advisor, writes a research paper on the issue. With annual tuition coming in at just under $8,000, this can be an extremely affordable way to complete a bachelor’s degree—some students have finished the program in as little at 18 months.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,184
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

With a basic framework of accounting principles, the four-year bachelor’s program at Athens State University prepares students for many different careers in the accounting field. For an annual tuition rate of $8,184 per year, students can learn about accounting theory, law for accountants, managerial accounting, governmental accounting, and more. In order to gain work experience before entering the workforce, the university also offers an accounting internship class where students can work in the field—either in functional or technical areas.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Columbia College, based in Missouri, offers an online bachelor’s degree in accounting. The four-year program, organized by the Business Administration department, requires six accounting courses along with the standard general education requirements. Of those six, two are varying levels of intermediate accounting and another is Managerial and Cost Accounting. The remaining three are electives, affording students the freedom to choose from courses like Accounting Information Systems, Auditing, Corporate Finance, Advanced Financial Accounting, or Federal Income Tax (either for individuals or corporations). The tuition costs $8,250 annually.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,352
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

With a mixture of finance, communication, critical thinking, computer applications, and business, Fayetteville Technical Community College’s Associate in Applied Science in Accounting program prepares students for careers in a growing industry. The two-year program includes a summer semester as well, making a grand total of five semesters. Tuition is currently set at $8,352 per year, and students take courses on income tax, business law, accounting spreadsheets, software applications, payroll and cost accounting, and a 1-credit course on Career Assessment.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and AACSB

The School of Business at the Northwestern State University of Louisiana offers a Bachelor of Science in Accounting for $8,400 annually. The program is internationally accredited by the Association for Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and helps students complete all of the prerequisites for the Certified Public Accounting exam before graduation. The program is designed to give students an overall understanding of business as well as equip them with the tools necessary to analyze business operations. Some required courses include Business Finance, Cost Accounting, Money and Banking, Auditing, and Operations Management.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,448
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

The five-semester, two-year Associate of Applied Science in Accounting program at Haywood Community College prepares students to enter the career field as well as head on to obtain a bachelor’s degree or even a master’s degree for a more advanced position. Courses include those involving business, management, computers, keyboarding, law, finance, writing, and research in addition to accounting courses. The program also features classes like Work-Based Learning and College Student Success. In addition to the associate program, students can complete a certificate or diploma program. The regular accounting certificate requires only one semester, but with an additional semester, students can get a certificate specializing in income tax preparation or small business financial advising. Though it’s on the more expensive end of this list, it’s still affordable with tuition at $8,448 per year.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,571
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Western International University offers three options for students seeking online accounting education, a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Science and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. The bachelor’s program at Western International University prepares students for both graduate studies and professional certifications. The program can be completed in three and a half years at an annual rate of $8,571. Students will take courses on accounting, auditing, taxation, business, and financial management, and complete their education with a capstone, project-based course. Students who desire a master’s degree can choose from a Master of Science in accounting or a Master of Business Administration in accounting. Both programs are 39 units, but the M.B.A. emphasizes management, marketing, and research methods while the M.S. requires specific accounting courses.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,576
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Craven Community College offers a five-semester Associate in Applied Science in Accounting degree program. Required classes include topics in payroll accounting, federal income taxes, bookkeeping, ethics, and assurance services. Six credits of electives are required, but can be fulfilled with work-based learning experiences. In addition, Craven Community College offers two certificate programs: an IT Accounting Tech certificate, a Payroll Accounting certificate and a Small Business Accounting certificate. All three programs require less than 20 units and may be completed in one semester. The tuition at Craven Community costs $8,576 annually.

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