2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Liberal Arts Degrees

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These 25 online schools offer the most affordable liberal arts degrees for 2017. With tuitions under $11,000, these affordable schools are excellent choices for students pursuing online degrees in liberal arts and degrees available at the associate, bachelor's, or master's levels. Shiloh University tops our list with tuition for a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies at an affordable rate of $4,500 per year. Students looking for a liberal arts degrees with specific concentrations will find multiple bachelor's degrees at Clarion University, with options to focus on community service, english, library science, communication, women and gender studies, or global understanding.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Liberal Arts Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 Shiloh University Annual Tuition $4,500 Liberal Arts Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
#2 #2 Southern Utah University Annual Tuition $5,774 Liberal Arts Degrees: Bachelor's
#3 #3 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $6,424 Liberal Arts Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's
#4 #4 Georgia Southern University Annual Tuition $6,528 Liberal Arts Degrees: Bachelor's
#5 #5 University of South Dakota Annual Tuition $7,072 Liberal Arts Degrees: Associate and Master's
#6 #6 Abraham Lincoln University Annual Tuition $7,500 Liberal Arts Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
#6 #6 Tiffin University Annual Tuition $7,500 Liberal Arts Degrees: Master's
#8 #8 Central Methodist University Annual Tuition $7,750 Liberal Arts Degrees: Bachelor's
#9 #9 Clarion University Annual Tuition $7,818 Liberal Arts Degrees: Bachelor's
#10 #10 Grantham University Annual Tuition $7,950 Liberal Arts Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
#10 #10 Southeast Missouri State University Annual Tuition $7,950 Liberal Arts Degrees: Bachelor's
#12 #12 University of Central Missouri Annual Tuition $7,951 Liberal Arts Degrees: Bachelor's
#13 #13 American Public University System Annual Tuition $8,370 Liberal Arts Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
#14 #14 University of Nebraska at Omaha Annual Tuition $8,490 Liberal Arts Degrees: Master's
#15 #15 Columbus State University Annual Tuition $8,525 Liberal Arts Degrees: Bachelor's
#16 #16 Salem State University Annual Tuition $8,550 Liberal Arts Degrees: Bachelor's
#16 #16 Texas Tech University Annual Tuition $8,550 Liberal Arts Degrees: Bachelor's
#18 #18 Columbia College Annual Tuition $8,700 Liberal Arts Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
#19 #19 Lewis-Clark State College Annual Tuition $8,810 Liberal Arts Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
#20 #20 Lynn University Annual Tuition $8,850 Liberal Arts Degrees: Bachelor's
#21 #21 Iowa State University Annual Tuition $9,060 Liberal Arts Degrees: Bachelor's
#22 #22 Eastern Washington University Annual Tuition $9,090 Liberal Arts Degrees: Bachelor's
#23 #23 University of Wisconsin-Superior Annual Tuition $9,150 Liberal Arts Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
#24 #24 Salve Regina University Annual Tuition $9,180 Liberal Arts Degrees: Master's
#25 #25 Western Illinois University Annual Tuition $10,041 Liberal Arts Degrees: Bachelor's
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Example Classes:
    Cultural Anthropology; Foundations of American Government; Introduction to Islam; Introduction to Life Science; Principles of Interpersonal Relationships

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Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,774
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    American Civilization; Consumerism & Family Finance in American Society; How the Earth Works; Intro to Computer Apps and the Internet; Intro to Music
  • Annual Tuition: $6,424
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Example Classes:
    Humans & the Environment; Information Literacy; Leadership and Team Dynamics; Origins and Implications of the Knowledge Society; Ways of Knowing in Comparative Perspective
  • Annual Tuition: $6,528
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 52%
  • Example Classes:
    College Trigonometry; Global Citizens; Inquiry in the Humanities; Myth in Arts and Humanities; World History II: Emergence of Modern Global Community

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,072
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 88%
  • Example Classes:
    American Indian Art History; Business Writing; Ethical Leadership; Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II; World Politics
  • Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Concepts of Fundamental Math; Diversity of Culture; Introduction to Psychology; Survey of Chemistry; World of Art

Online Associate Degrees (1)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 39%
  • Example Classes:
    Philosophers and Philosophies of the Axial Age; Poetics of Western Drama; Politics and the News; Studies in Human, Political, and Social Sciences; Women in Art
  • Annual Tuition: $7,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Example Classes:
    Computer Applications in Business; Concepts in Physical Science; Introduction to Cinema; Introduction to Logic
  • Annual Tuition: $7,818
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 93%
  • Example Classes:
    Early British Drama; Gender, Violence, and Activism; Human Geography: Race, Class and Gender, and Their Spatial Dimensions; Principles of Social Work; Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Annual Tuition: $7,950
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Introduction to Computer Applications; Introduction to Public Speaking; Personal Finance; Research Methods; Strategies for Decision Making
  • Annual Tuition: $7,950
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Example Classes:
    African Civilization; Business & Ethics; Criminal Typographies & Victimology; Econometrics; Principles of Accounting I
  • Annual Tuition: $7,951
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Example Classes:
    Assessing Global Change for the Information Age; Communication, Science, and Technology; Critical Thinking; Science and Religion: From Conflict to Dialogue
  • Annual Tuition: $8,370
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Arabic I; Art Appreciation; Effectiveness in Writing; Introduction to Oceanography with Lab; Math for Liberal Arts Majors

Online Associate Degrees (1)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,490
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Example Classes:
    Comparative Religious Ethics; Ecological Writing and Analysis; Geography of Economic Globalization; Mexico and the U.S. Borderlands: Two Histories, One Destiny; Values and Virtues
  • Annual Tuition: $8,525
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 55%
  • Example Classes:
    Historical Perspectives on the Philosophy of Science and Mathematics; Introduction to the Geographic Information Systems; Moral Philosophy; Seven Revolutions in Global Change; World Literature
  • Annual Tuition: $8,550
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Example Classes:
    Contemporary Society; Peace and Peace Building; Personal Growth and Responsibility; Political Communication; World Cultures
  • Annual Tuition: $8,550
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced College Rhetoric; American Government, Organization; American Public Policy; Essentials of College Rhetoric; History of the United States to 1877
  • Annual Tuition: $8,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    American History Since 1877; Human Biology; Introduction to Computer Information Systems; Introduction to Mythology and Folklore; Introduction to Speech

Online Associate Degrees (2)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,810
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Example Classes:
    Introduction to Earth Systems; Mathematics as a Liberal Art; Small Group Communication; The Art and History of the Motion Picture; World Classics
  • Annual Tuition: $8,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Example Classes:
    Critical Thinking and Writing; Ethical Decision Making; Geopolitical Affairs; Human Behavior; Social Psychology

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,060
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Example Classes:
    Art Architecture of Asia; Civil Rights and Ethnic Power; Computers and Logic; Globalization and the Human Condition; Language, Thought and Action

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,090
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 80%
  • Example Classes:
    Communication, Community and Citizenship; Descriptive Astronomy; Investigating Biology; Mass Media and the Information Society; Modern World Masterpieces
  • Annual Tuition: $9,150
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Example Classes:
    Art of Persuasive Writing; Cell Biology; Ecology; Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective; Principles of Microeconomics

Online Associate Degrees (1)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,180
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Example Classes:
    A History of Technology; Leading Holistically; Religion, Culture and Technology; Social and Ethical Issues: A Global Perspective; Social Transformation Through Art

Online Master's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,041
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 59%
  • Example Classes:
    Agriculture in Today's Society; Introduction to Liberal Arts and Sciences; Research Methods in African American Studies; Spanish Composition; Women and Literature
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