2020 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Accounting Degrees

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
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By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

These 24 schools represent the most affordable options for obtaining an online bachelor's degree in accounting. Ranked #1 on the list is Clayton State University, offering a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting for only $5,490 per year. Available classes include Income Taxation, Information Systems, and Managerial Cost Accounting. Georgia Southwestern State University and University of the Cumberlands are tied for second place, offering a tuition rate of $5,970 per year.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our rankings of the most affordable online master's in accounting degrees. View our methodology or learn more about OnlineU.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Clayton State University $5,490
# 2 (tie) #2 (tie) Georgia Southwestern State University $5,970
# 2 (tie) #2 (tie) University of the Cumberlands $5,970
# 4 #4 Southern Utah University $6,006
# 5 #5 Western Governors University $6,450
# 6 #6 Fort Hays State University $6,778
# 7 #7 Dickinson State University $6,947
# 8 #8 Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus $7,492
# 9 #9 Fayetteville State University $7,556
# 10 #10 Athens State University $7,626
# 11 #11 University of the Potomac $7,785
# 12 #12 Central Methodist University $7,800
# 13 #13 American Public University System $8,100
# 14 #14 Clarion University $8,334
# 15 #15 University of Arkansas at Little Rock $8,400
# 16 #16 SUNY College at Plattsburgh $8,480
# 17 #17 Bemidji State University $8,758
# 18 #18 Grantham University $8,850
# 19 #19 Western Illinois University $8,883
# 20 #20 Peru State College $8,895
# 21 #21 Missouri Southern State University $9,172
# 22 #22 Fitchburg State University $9,240
# 23 #23 University of Maine at Augusta $9,269
# 24 #24 West Virginia State University $9,480
#1
#1
Annual Tuition: $5,490
Annual Tuition: $5,490
Annual Tuition: $5,490

Clayton State University offers an online Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting. Students will develop accounting and business software skills and an understanding of ethical issues in the accounting profession. The 120-credit program consists of 30 credits of general education requirements and 90 credits of core curriculum, including one capstone course. Upper-division courses cover financial accounting and reporting, managerial cost accounting, income taxation, accounting information... services, and auditing services. The program's length depends on the number of transfer credits and the credits taken per term. Students can study abroad and earn course credit in the college's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, where volunteers offer tax accounting services to the community.

Online coursework is delivered on the Brightspace learning platform, where students can contribute to class discussions, communicate with instructors and classmates, and submit assignments and exams. CSU offers reduced tuition rates for fully-online degree programs. Scholarships are also available to help offset the cost of tuition. Veteran students may be eligible for the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. Other resources for students include writing assistance, tutoring, and academic advising.

Students can apply during the fall, spring, and summer. First-year applicants must submit an online application, high school transcript (or GED), and official SAT or ACT scores. Transfer students must submit an online application and official transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended.

  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 31%
  • Acceptance Rate: 42%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,050
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 162
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (678) 466-4000

Example Classes: Auditing and Assurance Svc, Income Taxation, Information Systems, Managerial Cost Acct

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
#2
#2
Annual Tuition: $5,970
Annual Tuition: $5,970
Annual Tuition: $5,970

Georgia Southwestern University offers a fully online Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. The 120-credit program includes 60 credits of general education and prerequisite courses and 60 credits of major/elective requirements, including a capstone course in strategic management. The program prepares students to perform business and accounting tasks such as preparing financial statements, recording business transactions, and planning tax strategy. Additionally, students will refine their... communication, critical thinking, leadership, and technology skills. Graduates of the BBA program who reside in state are eligible to sit for the Certified Public Accountant exam in Georgia; non-residents will need to check their state requirements.

Online coursework is delivered through the Brightspace learning management system. Instruction can be asynchronous or synchronous and utilize audio, video, or other technology. GSW offers a Prior Learning Assessment program that allows students to earn credits for prior learning, including work experience, certifications and licenses, or military experience. Online students have access to electronic library resources and services, a technical help desk, and tutorials on using the learning management system.

To apply, first-year students must submit an online application (with fee), SAT/ACT test scores that reflect minimum scores, and high school transcripts with a minimum GPA of 2.4. Transfer applicants must submit their online applications and transcripts from previous post-secondary institutions.

  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 29%
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Average SATs: 940 -1120
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 624
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 124
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Example Classes: Accounting Systems, Advanced Income Tax Accounting, Cost Accounting, Internal Controls & Auditing, Not-for-Profit Accounting

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
#2
#2

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg (KY)
Annual Tuition: $5,970
Annual Tuition: $5,970
Annual Tuition: $5,970

The University of the Cumberlands (UC) offers an online Bachelor of Science in Accounting through the Hutton School of Business. The program focuses on providing students with an understanding of the fundamentals of accounting, auditing, and economics. The curriculum is 128 semester hours and includes 37 hours of general education courses, 60 hours of accounting core requirements, and 31 hours of elective courses. Students take classes in financial accounting, micro and macroeconomics, cost accounting,... federal taxation, and must earn 3-15 credit hours in corporate internships.

Online courses may be synchronous or asynchronous and are hosted on the Canvas learning management system. The same on-campus faculty teach online courses. Instructors have experience as financial advisors, tax consultants, and corporate officers. The Cumberlands Commitment reduces tuition by 57%, and payment plans are also available to students. Resources for online students include TalkCampus, a mental health app, counseling services, academic advising, and career services.

To apply, students must submit an online application and official high school transcripts, GED scores, or transcripts from previously attended colleges/universities. Students with previous college credit must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. Transfer students with an Associate of Applied Science degree may transfer up to 92 credits into the accounting program.

  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 33%
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Average SATs: 995 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,072
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 5,401
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (606) 549-2200

Example Classes: Accounting Theory, Advanced Accounting, Auditing, Cost Accounting, Federal Taxation, Governmental Accounting

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
#4
#4

Southern Utah University

Cedar City (UT)
Annual Tuition: $6,006
Annual Tuition: $6,006
Annual Tuition: $6,006
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 39%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 1010 -1250
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 459
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 414
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (435) 586-7700

Example Classes: Accounting Information Systems, Advanced Accounting, Business, Government, and Ethics

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
#5
#5

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City (UT)
Annual Tuition: $6,450
Annual Tuition: $6,450
Annual Tuition: $6,450
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Graduation Rate: 29%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 88,921
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 32,516
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (801) 274-3280

Example Classes: Business Ethics, Business Law for Accountants, Cost and Managerial Accounting, Global Business, Quantitative Analysis For Business

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • B.S. Accounting
  • B.S. Business Administration—Accounting
#6
#6
Annual Tuition: $6,778
Annual Tuition: $6,778
Annual Tuition: $6,778
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 8,608
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,404
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (785) 628-4000

Example Classes: Commercial Law, Ethics for Accountants, Financial Markets and Institutions, Money, Banking, & Macroeconomy

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
#7
#7
Annual Tuition: $6,947
Annual Tuition: $6,947
Annual Tuition: $6,947
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 35%
  • Acceptance Rate: 99%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 298
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 15
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (701) 483-2507

Example Classes: Business Ethics and Critical Thinking, Computerized Accounting, Cost Accounting, Financial Statement Analysis, Income Tax

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
#8
#8
Annual Tuition: $7,492
Annual Tuition: $7,492
Annual Tuition: $7,492
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 35%
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Average SATs: 860 -1070
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,693
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 979
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (575) 562-1011

Example Classes: Accounting Information Systems Theory, Auditing, Cost Accounting, Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting, Income Tax Accounting: Individual, International Accounting

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
#9
#9

Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville (NC)
Annual Tuition: $7,556
Annual Tuition: $7,556
Annual Tuition: $7,556
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 35%
  • Acceptance Rate: 68%
  • Average SATs: 890 -1030
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,510
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 549
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (910) 672-1111

Example Classes: Advanced Federal Income Taxes, Financial Statement Analysis, Forensic and Fraud Analysis, Government and Public Accounting, Legal Environments of Business

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting (Degree Completion)
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting (Degree Completion): Risk Management and Insurance
#10
#10
Annual Tuition: $7,626
Annual Tuition: $7,626
Annual Tuition: $7,626
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,891
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 158
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (256) 233-8100

Example Classes: Auditing, Cost Accounting, Governmental Accounting, Law for Accountants, Management Decision Support Systems, Management Information Systems

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • B.S. in Accounting with Minor
  • B.S. in Accounting Without Minor
#11
#11

University of the Potomac

Multiple Locations
Annual Tuition: $7,785
Annual Tuition: $7,785
Annual Tuition: $7,785
  • Online Degrees: 10
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 74%
  • Graduation Rate: 24%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 28
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 21
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE

Example Classes: Advanced Financial Reporting, Assurance and Audit Services, Business Ethics and the Legal Environment, Critical Thinking and Decision Making, Federal Taxes, Payroll Accounting

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting - Finance
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting - Government Contract Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting - Healthcare Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting - Information Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting - International Business
#12
#12
Annual Tuition: $7,800
Annual Tuition: $7,800
Annual Tuition: $7,800
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 41%
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Average SATs: 950 -1130
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,590
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 130
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Example Classes: Auditing, Cost Accounting, Fraud Examination, Governmental and NFP Accounting, Income Tax, Information Systems

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Accountancy
#13
#13
Annual Tuition: $8,100
Annual Tuition: $8,100
Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 42%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 37,746
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 8,342
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (877) 468-6268

Example Classes: Accounting Information Systems, Auditing, Cost Accounting, Financial Accounting, Individual Federal Tax, Payroll

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting - General
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Analytics - Accounting
#14
#14

Clarion University

Clarion (PA)
Annual Tuition: $8,334
Annual Tuition: $8,334
Annual Tuition: $8,334
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 54%
  • Acceptance Rate: 95%
  • Average SATs: 950 -1130
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 763
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 740
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (814) 393-2000

Example Classes: Accounting for Equities, Accounting Problems, Business Taxation, Comparative Accounting Systems, Cost Accounting, Personal Taxation

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting: CPA
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting: Industry
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting: Internal Audit and Forensic Accounting
#15
#15
Annual Tuition: $8,400
Annual Tuition: $8,400
Annual Tuition: $8,400
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 39%
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Average SATs: 950 -1190
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,579
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 759
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (501) 569-3000

Example Classes: Accounting for Governments, Not-For-Profits, and Other Financial Issues, Accounting Informations Systems, Accounting Issues, Advanced Financial Accounting, Auditing Theory and Practice, Federal Taxation

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BBA in Accounting
#16
#16

SUNY College at Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh (NY)
Annual Tuition: $8,480
Annual Tuition: $8,480
Annual Tuition: $8,480
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 68%
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Average SATs: 1050 -1230
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 343
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 62
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (518) 564-2000

Example Classes: Business Applications and Information Systems, Business Ethics and Professionalism in a Global Society, Business Law for Accounting Majors, Cost Accounting, Government and Nonprofit Accounting, Legal Environment of Business

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
#17
#17
Annual Tuition: $8,758
Annual Tuition: $8,758
Annual Tuition: $8,758
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 46%
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,022
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 349
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 475-2001

Example Classes: Accounting Systems, Auditing I, Cost Accounting, Financial Management, Government Accounting, Senior Seminar: Accounting, Strategy Management

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS in Accounting
#18
#18

Grantham University

Kansas City (KS)
Annual Tuition: $8,850
Annual Tuition: $8,850
Annual Tuition: $8,850
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 29%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 6,707
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,352
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Phone #: (800) 955-2527

Example Classes: Auditing and Assurance, Cost Accounting, Forensic Accounting, Governmental and Non-Profit Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Taxation - Corporate

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS in Accounting
#19
#19
Annual Tuition: $8,883
Annual Tuition: $8,883
Annual Tuition: $8,883
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 46%
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1110
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 542
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 417
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (309) 295-1414

Example Classes: Accounting for Managers and Management Decisions, Accounting Systems and Control, Advanced Federal Taxation, Estate Planning and Taxation, Financial Modeling and Statement Analysis, Fraud Examination

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Business in Accountancy
  • Bachelor of Business in Accountancy - Management Accounting
  • Bachelor of Business in Accountancy - Taxation
#20
#20

Peru State College

Peru (NE)
Annual Tuition: $8,895
Annual Tuition: $8,895
Annual Tuition: $8,895
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 35%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 650
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 262
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (402) 872-3815

Example Classes: Accounting Information Systems Analysis & Design, Advanced Accounting, Auditing, Cost/Managerial Accounting, Federal Income Taxes – Individual, Governmental & Not-for-Profit Accounting

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration - Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
#21
#21
Annual Tuition: $9,172
Annual Tuition: $9,172
Annual Tuition: $9,172
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 33%
  • Acceptance Rate: 95%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,063
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 10
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (417) 625-9300

Example Classes: Advanced Cost Accounting, Tax Accounting II, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) II

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
#22
#22
Annual Tuition: $9,240
Annual Tuition: $9,240
Annual Tuition: $9,240
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 61%
  • Acceptance Rate: 80%
  • Average SATs: 1000 -1150
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 152
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,097
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (978) 345-2151

Example Classes: Auditing, Cost Accounting, Federal Taxation

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
#23
#23
Annual Tuition: $9,269
Annual Tuition: $9,269
Annual Tuition: $9,269
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 17%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,103
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (207) 621-3000

Example Classes: Accounting Information Systems, Advanced Taxation, Auditing, Assurance & Consulting Services, Fraud Examination, Governmental and Not for Profit Accounting, Investment Management

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS in Business Administration: Accounting
  • BS in Business Administration: Accounting - Financial Accounting
  • BS in Business Administration: Accounting - Governmental Accounting
  • BS in Business Administration: Accounting - Management Accounting
#24
#24
Annual Tuition: $9,480
Annual Tuition: $9,480
Annual Tuition: $9,480
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 87%
  • Graduation Rate: 29%
  • Acceptance Rate: 98%
  • Average SATs: 880 -1040
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 393
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 5
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (304) 766-3000

Example Classes: Business Law, Federal Taxation, Human Resource Management, Math Analysis for Business Decisions, Organization and Management

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Accounting