2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges Offering Associate Degrees

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With annual tuition rates under $5,000, the colleges below offer the most affordable online associate degrees based on SR Education Group’s 2018 research. Clovis Community College, ranked #1, offers 11 online associate degrees at a low tuition rate of $3,164 per year. Students at CCC can study a range of subjects including criminal justice and early childhood education. Ranked #2 is Washtenaw Community College with an annual tuition rate of $3,480. To be considered for this list, schools must offer at least 10 fully online associate degrees.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Online Associate Degrees
#1 #1 Clovis Community College Annual Tuition $3,164 Online Associate Degrees 11
#2 #2 Washtenaw Community College Annual Tuition $3,480 Online Associate Degrees 16
#3 #3 McHenry County College Annual Tuition $3,570 Online Associate Degrees 11
#4 #4 Southeast Community College Annual Tuition $3,577 Online Associate Degrees 12
#5 #5 Cochise College Annual Tuition $3,936 Online Associate Degrees 17
#6 #6 Northeast Community College Annual Tuition $3,960 Online Associate Degrees 17
#7 #7 Georgia State University-Perimeter College Annual Tuition $4,050 Online Associate Degrees 32
#8 #8 Atlanta Technical College Annual Tuition $4,102 Online Associate Degrees 14
#9 #9 Cowley County Community College Annual Tuition $4,247 Online Associate Degrees 35
#10 #10 Shoreline Community College Annual Tuition $4,257 Online Associate Degrees 14
#11 #11 Peninsula College Annual Tuition $4,358 Online Associate Degrees 27
#12 #12 Hutchinson Community College Annual Tuition $4,384 Online Associate Degrees 13
#13 #13 Great Basin College Annual Tuition $4,417 Online Associate Degrees 17
#14 (tie) #14 (tie) Arkansas Northeastern College Annual Tuition $4,470 Online Associate Degrees 13
#14 (tie) #14 (tie) Lone Star College System Annual Tuition $4,470 Online Associate Degrees 15
#16 #16 Dakota College at Bottineau Annual Tuition $4,480 Online Associate Degrees 13
#17 #17 Fox Valley Technical College Annual Tuition $4,797 Online Associate Degrees 10
#18 (tie) #18 (tie) Barton County Community College Annual Tuition $4,800 Online Associate Degrees 49
#18 (tie) #18 (tie) Illinois Central College Annual Tuition $4,800 Online Associate Degrees 11
#20 (tie) #20 (tie) Big Sandy Community and Technical College Annual Tuition $4,860 Online Associate Degrees 59
#20 (tie) #20 (tie) Henderson Community College Annual Tuition $4,860 Online Associate Degrees 33
#20 (tie) #20 (tie) Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College Annual Tuition $4,860 Online Associate Degrees 48
#20 (tie) #20 (tie) West Kentucky Community and Technical College Annual Tuition $4,860 Online Associate Degrees 25
#24 #24 Genesee Community College Annual Tuition $4,960 Online Associate Degrees 10
#25 #25 Atlantic Cape Community College Annual Tuition $4,987 Online Associate Degrees 23
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  • Annual Tuition: $3,164
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and WASC ACCJC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 11
  • Located in Clovis, NM, Clovis Community College is a higher education institution established in 1991. It currently offers a wide range of online associate degree programs, in fields such as liberal arts, criminal justice, behavioral science, business administration, computer information systems, general studies, early childhood education, and legal assistant studies. Tuition for online students at Clovis Community College is highly affordable at $3,164 per year.

  • Annual Tuition: $3,480
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 16
  • Founded in 1965, Washtenaw Community College is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The college offers online courses in a wide range of areas including accounting, business, construction supervision, retail management, and supply chain management, among others. In order to be eligible for studying online, students must either take a special introductory course, or complete at least eight credit hours with a GPA of 2.0 or above. The tuition rate for online associate degrees is $116 per credit hour.

  • Annual Tuition: $3,570
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 11
  • Established in 1967, McHenry County College is located in Community College District 528, in McHenry County, IL. It offers online Associate of Applied Science degree programs in several areas of study, including accounting, computer information systems, criminal justice, network security, and administrative office management, as well as transferable Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees. For all of these programs, McHenry County College is committed to keeping classes small and affordable; online courses are capped at 25 students and tuition costs $104 per credit hour for all online students no matter where they live.

  • Annual Tuition: $3,577
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 12
  • With several campuses located across Nebraska, Southeast Community College offers 12 associate degrees for distance students in areas of study ranging from early childhood education to business administration. There are over 300 online courses available at SCC, and the curriculum for distance courses is the same as for on-campus courses. Online students also have access to many of the same services as on-campus students including advising and tutoring. The college also has multiple start dates, with online courses beginning each October, January, March, and July. Tuition for online associate degrees is $80 per credit or $3,577 per year for a full-time student.

  • Annual Tuition: $3,936
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 17
  • Founded in 1964, Cochise College is a public college located in Arizona. It offers 17 associate degree programs that can be completed online. Areas of study include economics, philosophy, English, computer programming, social and behavioral sciences, business management, and general studies. Online classes are asynchronous, allowing distance students to complete coursework on their own schedule. Tuition for online associate degrees at Cochise is $123 per credit hour.

  • Annual Tuition: $3,960
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 17
  • Established in 1973, the Northeast Community College has locations throughout the northeast of Nebraska, with its central campus found in Norfolk. It offers various associate degree programs which can be completed online, in areas such as social science, criminal justice, business, accounting, education, and more. Online students have access to the college's Advising & Academic Support Center, counseling, career services, and research assistance. Tuition for online associate degrees starts at $132 per credit hour.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,050
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 32
  • Founded in 1964 as DeKalb College by the citizens of DeKalb County, the school was acquired by the Board of Regents and the University System of Georgia in 1986. In 1997 it was renamed Georgia Perimeter College, and in 2016 it was consolidated into Georgia State University, making it the largest institution in the state. Georgia Perimeter College provides online Associate in Arts degrees, Associate in Science degrees, and Associate in Applied Science degrees in subjects such as English, political science, computer science, health studies, psychology, social work, and more. Annual tuition is $4,050.

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,102
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and COE
  • Online Associate Degrees: 14
  • Established in 1945, the Atlanta Technical College is part of the Technical College System of Georgia. The college offers several online associate degrees through its eCampus. Available online degree programs include associate degrees in accounting, business technology, and marketing management. Before starting classes, online students are encouraged to participate in Atlanta Technical College's online orientation to help prepare them for their degree programs. The school also gives all online students access to an online tutoring service and the Georgia Library Learning Online System, a library system with access to a wide variety of academic journals, magazines, and newspapers. Tuition for an online Associate in Marketing Management is an affordable cost of $4,102 per year.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,247
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 35
  • While its central campus is found in Arkansas City, Kansas, Cowley County Community College has several other locations across the state as well as an online college. Cowley County CC offers over 30 degrees that can be completed online, which include Associate of Arts degrees in everything from accounting to history, an Associate of Science in computer science, Associate of Applied Science degrees in fields such as medical transcription and business administration, and various Associate of General Studies programs. Most courses are asynchronous, meaning they don't require online attendance at specific times. Tuition for online associate programs is $112 per credit.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,257
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Online Associate Degrees: 14
  • Shoreline Community College was founded in 1964 and is located just north of Seattle, Washington. This college offers 14 online associate degrees in subjects such as business, accounting, criminal justice, health information technology, and psychology, among others. Those who live nearby can take advantage of in-person information sessions where students can learn tips for distance learning and get an overview of Canvas, SCC's learning management system. Distance students also have access to free online tutoring services through the Western eTutoring Consortium. The annual tuition cost for associate degrees starts at $4,257.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,358
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Online Associate Degrees: 27
  • Peninsula College was founded in 1961 in Port Angeles, Washington and offers online associate degrees in entrepreneurship, criminal justice, information technology, sustainable agriculture, business administration, cyber security and computer forensics, and more. All of these degrees are directly transferable to four-year programs and are highly flexible, allowing students to complete coursework at their own pace. The tuition cost for online associate degrees is $4,358 per year.

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,384
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 13
  • Hutchinson Community College is located in Hutchinson, Kansas, and has been in function since 1928. The college offers over 250 online courses, with the possibility to complete a full Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree online. The degrees can be earned in a variety of areas including accounting, business, education, nursing, health information management, and others. Tuition for online associate degrees costs $137 per credit hour, making it an affordable option for students pursuing online associate degrees.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,417
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Online Associate Degrees: 17
  • Opened in 1967, the Great Basin College is located in Elko, Nevada. The college offers 17 online associate degrees in subjects such as computer programming, early childhood education, human services, and graphic communications, among others. Online courses at GBC follow the same curriculum, standards, and schedule as the courses that are delivered on campus. Tuition for these programs is highly affordable at $142.50 per credit hour.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,470
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 13
  • Arkansas Northeastern College is located in Blytheville, Arkansas and has a student body of almost 2,000. There are several degree options for online students at the associate level. These programs include an Associate of Arts, an Associate of General Studies, an A.A.S in Criminal Justice, an A.S. in Business, an A.S. in Criminology, and an A.S in Early Childhood Education. Students in the A.S. in Early Childhood Education can choose to specialize either in elementary education (K-6) or mid-level education. Tuition for out-of-state students is an affordable rate of $127 per credit hour. 

  • Annual Tuition: $4,470
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 15
  • Established in 1973, the Lone Star College System is located in the northern portions of the Greater Houston area in Texas. The college offers several online degree programs, including 15 at the associate level. Students can earn either an Associate of Arts, an Associate of Science, or an Associate of Applied Science in fields including accounting, administrative services, business administration, computer programming, criminal justice, international studies, speech communication, and teaching. Annual tuition for these online programs starts at $4,470.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,480
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 13
  • Founded as a forestry school in 1906, Dakota College at Bottineau now serves as one of the eleven campuses in the North Dakota University System. The career and technical programs offered at this school are classified into six areas: business, computer technology, education and human development, health professions, natural resources, and photography. Through its Student Success Center, the college offers a variety of support services to online students including advising services and free tutoring. Annual tuition for Dakota College's online associate degrees is $4,480.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,797
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 10
  • Fox Valley Technical College’s main campus is located in Appleton, Wisconsin, and is the largest higher education system in the state, enrolling nearly 330,000 students each year. FVTC offers 10 online associate degrees in subjects such as accounting, forensic science, industrial engineering, marketing, supply chain management, and more. Tuition for online associate degree students is an affordable $4,797 per year.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 49
  • Established in 1965, and located in Great Bend, Kansas, Barton County Community College offers four types of associate degrees (Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in General Studies, and Associate in Applied Science) in a wide variety of subjects. Areas of study include accounting, business, marketing, management, economics, English, psychology, chemistry, and mathematics, among many others. Online students have access to free tutoring through Tutor.com as well as a host of other student services. Tuition for online students is $150 per credit hour.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 11
  • With its largest campus located in East Peoria, Illinois Central College is a large community college that offers 11 online associate degrees. Students can major in a variety of subjects such as accountancy, criminal justice, economics, liberal arts, web systems, and general studies, among others. ICC also offers a help desk to assist distance students who may experience technical issues. Online tuition for associate degrees starts at $4,800 per year.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,860
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 59
  • Founded in 2003 and located in Prestonsburg, KY, Big Sandy Community and Technical College is a two-year college part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. It offers online Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate of Applied Science degree programs. The fields of study include business administration systems, computer technology, criminal justice, nursing, electrical technology, welding technology, and health & wellness, among others. Online courses can be taken at student's own pace, making them highly flexible options. Tuition for distance students costs $162 per credit hour.

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,860
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 33
  • Established in 1960, Henderson Community College is a two-year college located in Henderson, KY. The college currently offers both online and on-campus degree programs. Students can earn an online Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree in general education, or they choose an Associate of Applied Science and specialize in one of the various fields offered, such as business administration systems, agricultural technology, or computer and information technologies. 

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,860
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and COE
  • Online Associate Degrees: 48
  • Established in 1939, the Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College is located in Bowling Green, KY. The college offers various associate degree programs that can be completed online. Some programs, in areas such as medical information technology, aim to prepare students to find work right after graduating. Other programs can prepare students to transfer to a four-year program upon completion. Associate degrees can also be earned in administrative office technology, business administration systems, criminal justice, human services, and many others. Tuition for online students costs $162 per credit hour.

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,860
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 25
  • West Kentucky Community and Technical College is part of the larger Kentucky Community and Technical College System and offers a variety of online associate degrees. Prospective students can choose from an associate degree in business administration systems, computer and information technologies, criminal justice, and marine technology among other subject options. Before deciding to enroll, students can take West Kentucky's online orientation to determine if they are prepared for an online degree program. No matter where you live, West Kentucky Community and Technical College charges an affordable rate of $162 per credit hour for online students.

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,960
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Online Associate Degrees: 10
  • Located in the town of Batavia, New York, Genesee Community College was founded in 1966 as part of SUNY, the State University of New York system of higher education. Today it offers 10 online associate degrees to distance learners. While most of these consist of Associate in Science or Associate of Applied Science degrees in fields such as business administration or criminal justice, there is also an Associate of Arts program in liberal arts and science with a focus on the humanities and social science. Tuition for GCC’s online associate degrees starts at $4,960 per year.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,987
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Online Associate Degrees: 23
  • Atlantic Cape Community College has an enrollment of over 8,000 students, many of whom are distance learners. The college offers students a range of online degree options, including Associate of Arts degrees, Associate of Applied Science degrees, and Associate of Science degrees. Prospective students can choose from a number of majors, such as business administration, criminal justice, hospitality management, office systems technology and education. Most of the courses within these programs are self-paced, allowing working adults to do schoolwork around their busy schedules. Tuition for online students is $154 per credit hour.

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