Since 2014, OnlineU has been dedicated to helping students find affordable college options that fit their education and career goals. With student debt numbers at an all-time high, it is more important than ever to be able to easily access and compare the actual tuition costs one can expect to pay for an online degree.
Unfortunately, finding accurate cost information for online degrees is not easy. Many other websites rely on data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), which is not online specific. This results in misinformation and misaligned expectations about the true cost that online students can expect to pay.
In order to mitigate this issue and provide accurate, updated tuition costs for online students, the OnlineU team manually researches over 40,000 online tuition rates for degree programs annually. By providing this data that is easy to use but hard to find elsewhere, OnlineU hopes to empower more people to pursue an education without burdening them with insurmountable debt.
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OnlineU is a product of Optimal, a leading higher education researcher and publisher. Optimal uses data to empower people to make better decisions about careers and education. In addition to providing comprehensive resources, Optimal has given away over $915,000 of its profit since 2010 in needs-based scholarships.
What We Do
OnlineU publishes rankings for affordable online colleges across hundreds of degree levels and programs and provides prospective students with insightful articles and resources for making their education more affordable. Our rankings of the most affordable colleges are based on manually researched tuition rates.
Our users also have the ability to get connected with any of our partner colleges to get detailed information on the degrees they are interested in directly from school representatives.
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Understanding the difficulties of obtaining a quality, affordable education is what inspired founder and CEO Sung Rhee to found Optimal in 2004. He saw a need to create sites dedicated to providing transparent, data-driven information to empower people to make better decisions for their education and careers. He knows prestige doesn't always translate to quality, and Sung doesn't want to see students get a raw deal.
Outside of work, Sung enjoys playing basketball and adding to his collection of Gundam figurines. A fun fact about Sung is that he was a cartoonist for The Harvard Crimson during his college years.
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OnlineU in the News
As a champion of college affordability, OnlineU has been featured in several national and local media outlets, including College Confidential, 425 Business Magazine, and Forbes. OnlineU has been ranking colleges since 2014, and has been recognized as a leader in the higher education space by over 375 schools. For more information, please visit our press page.
"This new ranking by the website OnlineU further highlights the commitment the UW College of Education has made to serving students throughout Wyoming and the world via hybrid and fully online degree programs."
Optimal strives to provide authoritative resources for students seeking high-quality and affordable online education programs through professional affiliations.
Optimal is proud to be an institutional member of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC). The OLC is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 1999 and comprises a collaborative community of leaders and innovators in the higher education space. Members are dedicated to advancing the OLC's vision of setting the global standard for online and digital learning.
Our Advertising Policy
OnlineU makes money through inquiry generation. This means that schools pay us to appear in various advertising placements across our site (marked with the word "Advertisement or "Ad") and if a user clicks on an advertising school, they will have the option to submit a form requesting that a representative of the school contact them with more information. Submitting this form creates an inquiry, which the school pays us for, since inquiries can turn into future enrollments at these schools. Learn more about how we make money.
Our Editorial Policy
We ensure that our relationships with our advertising partners do not hinder our editorial integrity. Partner schools are always clearly labeled and we never show them any preferential treatment when developing our ranking lists.
All schools featured on our site are accredited by accrediting bodies recognized by the United States Department of Education. When creating our content, we always conduct extensive research in order to ensure that we provide accurate and current information about program offerings and tuition costs. This information comes directly from schools' official websites or representatives. We also source information from government databases and agencies such as: