2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges Offering Bachelor's Degrees

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This list of 25 schools consists of SR Education Group’s 2017 most affordable online colleges for bachelor’s degrees. The average tuition rate for these schools is a low $7,830, with all tuitions under $10,000. The #1 school on our list, Arkansas State University-Main Campus, offers an annual tuition of $6,060 and 18 online bachelor’s degrees in fields ranging from communication studies to sustainable business practices. The American Public University System offers 129 online bachelor’s programs, the most on this list. Each school in this list offers at least 10 online bachelor’s degree programs.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or see our Overall Most Affordable Colleges. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Online Bachelor's Degrees
#1 #1 Arkansas State University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $6,060 Online Bachelor's Degrees 18
#2 #2 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $6,217 Online Bachelor's Degrees 29
#3 #3 Lamar University Annual Tuition $6,240 Online Bachelor's Degrees 13
#4 #4 The Baptist College of Florida Annual Tuition $6,300 Online Bachelor's Degrees 21
#5 #5 Columbia Southern University Annual Tuition $6,334 Online Bachelor's Degrees 28
#6 #6 Minot State University Annual Tuition $6,490 Online Bachelor's Degrees 13
#7 #7 Clayton State University Annual Tuition $6,600 Online Bachelor's Degrees 18
#8 #8 California University of Pennsylvania Annual Tuition $7,382 Online Bachelor's Degrees 10
#9 #9 Central Methodist University Annual Tuition $7,750 Online Bachelor's Degrees 25
#10 #10 Kaplan University Annual Tuition $7,763 Online Bachelor's Degrees 71
#11 #11 Peru State College Annual Tuition $7,800 Online Bachelor's Degrees 10
#12 #12 Clarion University Annual Tuition $7,818 Online Bachelor's Degrees 16
#13 #13 Grantham University Annual Tuition $7,950 Online Bachelor's Degrees 17
#14 #14 American Public University System Annual Tuition $8,100 Online Bachelor's Degrees 129
#15 #15 Southeast Missouri State University Annual Tuition $8,215 Online Bachelor's Degrees 24
#16 #16 University of Arkansas at Little Rock Annual Tuition $8,400 Online Bachelor's Degrees 10
#17 #17 Athens State University Annual Tuition $8,494 Online Bachelor's Degrees 12
#18 #18 Columbus State University Annual Tuition $8,525 Online Bachelor's Degrees 8
#19 #19 Mayville State University Annual Tuition $8,550 Online Bachelor's Degrees 10
#20 #20 Bemidji State University Annual Tuition $8,620 Online Bachelor's Degrees 18
#21 #21 The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Annual Tuition $8,640 Online Bachelor's Degrees 13
#22 #22 Columbia College Annual Tuition $8,700 Online Bachelor's Degrees 36
#23 #23 Drury University Annual Tuition $8,970 Online Bachelor's Degrees 13
#24 #24 Indiana Wesleyan University Online - Adult Education Annual Tuition $9,049 Online Bachelor's Degrees 23
#25 #25 King University Annual Tuition $9,300 Online Bachelor's Degrees 16
#25 #25 Utah State University Annual Tuition $9,300 Online Bachelor's Degrees 10
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  • Annual Tuition: $6,060
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 18
  • Students who choose to study at Arkansas State University-Main Campus have nine different degree programs to choose from, each of which totals $6,060 per year, making it one of the most affordable online schools in the country. Degree programs include those in general studies, applied science, interdisciplinary studies, nursing, communication studies, criminology, political science, sociology, and strategic communications. Eight of the nine degrees require 120 units—with the exception being the nursing degree, which requires only 36 units on top of a registered nurse certification. While the duration of each bachelor’s program varies based on the student, most include courses like biology, algebra, and written composition in addition to major courses.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,217
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 29
  • Based out of Kansas, Fort Hays State University offers accredited distance education programs in a variety of subjects. While they also offer associate and master’s degrees, the virtual college has nearly 30 different bachelor’s degree options to choose from. Students can choose from majors such as marketing, psychology, education, business education, management, international business and economics, and organizational leadership. Fort Hays State University also offers programs in justice studies, computer science, accounting, and political science. Though their bachelor’s degree programs are extensive, the university makes it easy for those looking for something a little different as well. The Bachelor of General Studies program allows students to customize their education and ensure they receive their desired skills and knowledge upon graduation.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,240
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 13
  • With 13 different programs to choose from and an affordable tuition starting at $6,240 per year, Lamar University earns a top spot on this list. Programs include sociology, criminal justice, nursing, applied arts and sciences, computer science, and general studies. They also offer three engineering programs, a communication program, and degrees in general business, management, or entrepreneurship. While each program at Lamar University can be completed in traditional 15-week semesters, their distance education department also offers special eight-week sessions to expedite the process. Their dual credit program also gives high school students the chance to get a head start on their college courses.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 21
  • The Baptist College of Florida offers online versions of all of the degrees offered at the college’s physical campus, starting at an affordable rate of $6,300. Their 21 different bachelor’s degrees include majors like business leadership, elementary education, history, biblical studies, music, and psychology, among others. Students complete online courses through the Learning Management System (LMS) provided by the college. These classes require that students partake in virtual lectures, discussion postings, and online tests.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,334
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 28
  • For the last two decades, Columbia Southern University has aimed to provide stellar online education for those who seek a combination of skills, knowledge, and support. Their online bachelor’s degree programs—which cover subjects such as business administration, psychology, environmental management, and fire administration—reflect the ever-evolving job climate. Columbia Southern University aims to teach students necessary skills for jobs that are not only in-demand, but also personally rewarding. The college has a lot to offer, allowing students to complete the programs at their own pace for only $6,334 annually. The university also offers programs at the master’s, doctoral, and certificate level, which allow for continued education upon obtaining a bachelor’s degree.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,490
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 13
  • At Minot State University, students complete online courses through the popular Blackboard platform. Their online programs cater to those who desire flexible schedules. Whether they are returning to school after some time away or fitting classes in between work shifts, students have been earning online degrees at Minot State University for nearly 20 years. There are a variety of different bachelor’s degrees that students can choose from, including marketing, management, international business, human services, and information systems. Due to state licensing requirements, some programs may not be available online in every state.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 18
  • With a tuition rate starting at $6,600 per year, Clayton State University is one of the most affordable online colleges in the country. Their programs are flexible, ensuring that even the busiest of individuals can finish their degree in the time they have available. Clayton State University prides itself on its diverse student body, giving students the chance to meet a variety of people even though the courses are online. The university offers 18 different bachelor’s programs, including supply chain management, homeland security, history, English, general business, and liberal studies.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,382
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 10
  • For $7,382 annually, students can earn an entirely online degree with the California University of Pennsylvania. Offering classes during the fall, spring, and winter as well as three summer sessions, the university makes it easy for students to craft their own schedule and take classes when it is convenient. Of the 10 bachelor’s programs offered at the school, nearly all of them are unique, hard-to-find majors. Although students can select sociology or computer information systems, the university also offers online degrees in wellness and fitness, legal studies, land management, Arabic language and culture, and homeland and international security.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 25
  • Central Methodist University offers online courses that run either eight or 16 weeks in length, allowing students to choose the pace of their curriculum. Students can choose from subjects such as accounting, child development, business, health sciences, sports management, nursing, elementary education, and criminal justice. To get accustomed to this flexible learning format, every distance learning student at Central Methodist University must participate in a required course called Orientation to Online Learning. Students pay a total of $7,750 per year once enrolled, no matter which degree program he or she chooses.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,763
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 67
  • Kaplan University prides itself in offering outstanding online education programs, providing a unique, web-based environment that allows you to study when it’s convenient for you. While the degree programs already have a basic structure, students at Kaplan University can customize their program of study with areas of concentration. Students can also choose from a wide variety of subjects including accounting, communications, corrections, environmental policy, health and wellness, fire science, paralegal studies, nutrition science, and many more.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 10
  • Peru State College offers online bachelor’s degrees starting at $7,800 annually. Students at can choose from several business bachelor’s degree specializations including accounting, computer and management information systems, management, and marketing. Those looking for a degree in criminal justice may choose between the administration, counseling, and law and society tracks. For students with existing college credit, Peru State College allows up to 90 transfer credits.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,818
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 16
  • Though Clarion University has two different campuses, they also offer a variety of online programs for those who are looking for a more flexible learning experience. Students can earn bachelor’s degrees in everything from allied health leadership to medical imaging and radiologic technology. There are also a large variety of liberal studies degrees with minors in history or psychology and concentrations in community service, English, or global understanding. Annual tuition for online bachelor’s degrees at Clarion University starts at $7,818.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,950
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 15
  • Grantham University strives to provide a quality education to those who need it most: veterans, active-duty members of the military, aspiring entrepreneurs, and first-generation college students. There are 15 different bachelor’s programs available, starting at an affordable rate of $7,950 per year. These programs include popular subjects like business administration, general studies, information systems, and criminal justice, among others. Grantham University also offers a nursing program for Registered Nurses to earn their bachelor’s degree online.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 129
  • The American Public University System offers some of the most affordable online bachelor’s programs in the country, with annual tuition starting at $8,100. Students enrolled in the university complete around 40 classes, totaling at least 120 units. The school’s extensive system provides 129 bachelor’s degree options. A selection of these programs include specializations such as retail management, space studies, sports management, environmental science, history, emergency and disaster management, military history, intelligence studies, and hospitality management.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,215
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 24
  • Southeast Missouri State University offers 24 different bachelor’s degree programs starting at $8,215 per year. Subjects include social science, business administration, interdisciplinary studies, criminal justice, psychology, nursing, computer information systems, healthcare management, and technology management. Students can also opt for a general studies degree, allowing for more flexibility with choosing electives. Southeast Missouri State University provides an online advising center for both newly-admitted and current students.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 10
  • With over 450 online classes available and annual tuition starting at $8,400, students at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock have many flexible and affordable degree options. Rather than the 15 or 16 weeks of traditional classes, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock also offers eight-week classes for students seeking an accelerated curriculum. Subjects include business administration, criminal justice, nursing, and speech communication, among others.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,494
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 12
  • For a quality and affordable education, Athens State University is an apt choice. Athens State University offers a tuition of $8,494 per year and covers a large number of bachelor’s degree programs. Students can major in religion, technical education, human resource management, logistics and supply chain management, or contract management, among others. Admission and financial aid requirements are the same for both online and on-site classes.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,525
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 8
  • For just $8,525 per year, Columbus State University offers students an affordable way to obtain an online bachelor’s degree. Columbus State University has it’s own learning management system called CougarView, with a dedicated support website as well as a user guide for students who are new to the platform. Columbus State University also provides a tool to help students determine whether or not online learning is a good fit for them. Students can study the following subjects: international business, liberal arts, communication, business, nursing, and sociology.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,550
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 10
  • Mayville State University offers online bachelor’s degrees starting at an annual tuition of $8,550. Students can opt to take online classes either full-time or part-time depending on their schedules. Mayville State University also provides a number of resources to distance-learning students including free online tutoring services, an online writing center, virtual access to the library database, and advising from a faculty member who specializes in online learning. Degree programs found at Mayville State University include mathematics, special education, early childhood, business administration, and university studies.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,620
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 18
  • At Bemidji State University, students pay an affordable tuition rate of $8,620 per year. There are 18 different online bachelor’s degree programs to choose from, with majors such as accounting, applied engineering, applied management, business administration, criminal justice, marketing communication, and psychology. Students at Bemidji State University enjoy many of the same resources available to on-campus students, including tutoring, technical support, and online library access. Bemidji State University delivers its courses via the D2L Brightspace online learning platform.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,640
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 13
  • Students can choose from 13 different online bachelor’s degree programs at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Tuition for these bachelor’s programs starts at $8,640 per year. The University of Texas of the Permian Basin’s distance education programs are coordinated by the Regional Electronic Academic Communication Highway (REACH) Program Center. REACH offers a variety of support programs for both students and faculty to ensure a quality online education is provided. Subjects include business administration, communications, marketing, nursing, and psychology, among others.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 36
  • With undergraduate tuition at $8,700, Columbia College offers 36 different online bachelor’s degrees. Subjects include business, computer science, criminal justice, human services, nursing, psychology, and general studies. Classes are taught in eight-week sessions with six sessions throughout the year, and include discussion groups in the format of both online forums and via email. Classes also follow the same curriculum as the on-campus programs.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,970
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 13
  • Students interested in earning an affordable bachelor's degree online can find many options at Drury University's College of Continuing and Professional Studies. Subjects available online at the bachelor's level include emergency management, sociology, criminal justice, general studies, and business administration. The university uses Blackboard to deliver its online course offerings. Drury University is committed to fostering interaction between students and teachers, so online faculty undergo specialized training to learn how to teach effectively in the online format.

  • Annual Tuition: $9,049
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 23
  • Indiana Wesleyan University Online - Adult Education is a Christian college that offers affordable online bachelor's degree programs in several fields. Areas of study include criminal justice, healthcare administration, human communication studies, biblical studies, psychology, and addictions counseling, among many others. Online classes are kept small to encourage communication among students. The university prides itself on providing an online learning experience that is specifically geared toward adult, non-traditional learners. Benefits for online students include an adviser and access to library services.

  • Annual Tuition: $9,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 16
  • King University offers several fully online bachelor's degrees through its online campus. Courses of study include business administration, interdisciplinary studies, history, English, religious studies, and nursing. The university offers accelerated degree plans and several start date options each year, with classes being offered all year long. Program requirements for a bachelor's degree can usually be completed in as few as 16 months, not including any time spent on general education requirements. Online students can also transfer as many as 76 credits from other schools. Tuition for bachelor's degrees is quite affordable, starting at $9,300 per year.

  • Annual Tuition: $9,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 10
  • Utah State University has several fully online bachelor's degree programs available at an affordable price. Subject areas available online include agribusiness, family life studies, economics, and liberal arts. One unique course of study is the communicative disorders and deaf education online program. The degree is meant for students who may already have a bachelor’s degree and wish to complete prerequisites for graduate programs in audiology or speech-language pathology. Online students have access to resources such as tutoring, advising, discounts on software, and library services.

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