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Find the Best & Most Affordable Online Colleges

We do the hard work so you don't have to. Compare online tuition across 737 colleges for all majors.

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2021 Best Affordable Online Colleges

These are the most affordable online bachelor's degrees offered by colleges with high salary outcomes. Every college earned a Salary Score in the top 15% of all schools in the country.

All tuition numbers were manually collected and verified
Rank School Annual Tuition Salary Score
# 1 #1 Excelsior College $15,300 97
# 2 #2 Thomas Edison State University $9,278 94
# 3 #3 Northeastern University Global Network $16,230 93
# 4 #4 American Public University System $8,550 90
# 5 #5 Colorado State University Global $10,500 89
# 6 #6 National University $16,650 88
# 7 #7 Columbia Southern University $7,050 87
# 8 #8 Linfield University-Online and Continuing Education $15,840 87
# 9 #9 University of Massachusetts Global $15,000 86
# 10 #10 University of Maryland Global Campus $14,970 86

Best Affordable Online Master's Degrees

Average Annual Tuition: $12,721
Average Salary Score: 87

Best Affordable Online Doctoral Degrees

Average Annual Tuition: $11,667
Average Salary Score: 58

Best Affordable Online Associate Degrees

Average Annual Tuition: $9,529
Average Salary Score: 91

Our Mission

With student debt nearing $2 trillion, the OnlineU team is dedicated to helping students find affordable college options by providing data-driven resources and in-depth content. Each year, our team of data specialists research over 40,000 online degrees and their tuition rates, which we turn into our Most Affordable Online College rankings. College tuition should be straightforward, accurate, and easy to compare. We do the hard work so that you don't have to.

By providing this data that is easy to use, but hard to find elsewhere, we hope to empower more people to make the most out of their college degree without a large financial burden.


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Most Affordable Colleges

2021 Most Affordable Online Colleges by Major

We have rankings for over 170 majors and degree programs at the associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. Every tuition was manually collected and is specific to the program and level.