2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges Offering Associate Degrees

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This list of 25 schools comprises SR Education Group’s 2017 most affordable colleges offering online associate degrees. Each school offers an annual tuition rate of less than $5,000, and the lowest tuition amount, offered by Allen County Community College, is $2,070. ACCC also has one of the largest catalogs to choose from, with 38 online associate degrees. At #10, Truckee Meadows Community College offers the most online associate degrees on this list with 40 different programs. All schools on this list have at least 10 online associate degree programs.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Online Associate Degrees
#1 #1 Allen County Community College Annual Tuition $2,070 Online Associate Degrees 38
#2 #2 Penn Foster College Annual Tuition $2,528 Online Associate Degrees 40
#3 #3 Washtenaw Community College Annual Tuition $3,300 Online Associate Degrees 12
#4 #4 Southeast Community College Annual Tuition $3,397 Online Associate Degrees 14
#5 #5 Southeast Technical Institute Annual Tuition $3,543 Online Associate Degrees 13
#6 #6 McHenry County College Annual Tuition $3,570 Online Associate Degrees 11
#7 #7 Northeast Community College Annual Tuition $3,780 Online Associate Degrees 11
#8 #8 Cochise College Annual Tuition $3,808 Online Associate Degrees 17
#9 #9 Georgia State University-Perimeter College Annual Tuition $4,050 Online Associate Degrees 29
#10 (tie) #10 (tie) Great Basin College Annual Tuition $4,117 Online Associate Degrees 14
#10 (tie) #10 (tie) Truckee Meadows Community College Annual Tuition $4,117 Online Associate Degrees 40
#12 #12 College of Southern Nevada Annual Tuition $4,217 Online Associate Degrees 19
#13 #13 Cowley County Community College Annual Tuition $4,247 Online Associate Degrees 35
#14 #14 Metropolitan Community College Annual Tuition $4,248 Online Associate Degrees 25
#15 #15 Navarro College Annual Tuition $4,260 Online Associate Degrees 10
#16 #16 Hutchinson Community College Annual Tuition $4,288 Online Associate Degrees 14
#17 #17 Northcentral Technical College Annual Tuition $4,307 Online Associate Degrees 8
#18 #18 College of DuPage Annual Tuition $4,320 Online Associate Degrees 7
#19 #19 Dakota College at Bottineau Annual Tuition $4,371 Online Associate Degrees 12
#20 #20 Atlantic Cape Community College Annual Tuition $4,470 Online Associate Degrees 18
#21 #21 Lone Star College System Annual Tuition $4,474 Online Associate Degrees 16
#22 #22 Shoreline Community College Annual Tuition $4,580 Online Associate Degrees 14
#23 #23 Illinois Central College Annual Tuition $4,650 Online Associate Degrees 11
#24 (tie) #24 (tie) Barton County Community College Annual Tuition $4,800 Online Associate Degrees 48
#24 (tie) #24 (tie) Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Annual Tuition $4,800 Online Associate Degrees 8
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  • Annual Tuition: $2,070
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 38
  • Allen County Community College provides students with a range of cost-effective associate degree options starting at per year. Online students get the same benefits as students pursuing their education on campus, such as access to the college’s online writing lab and library. Allen County Community College offers general education courses in a broad range of fields such as art, sociology, and accounting, as well as career and technical courses designed to prepare students for the workplace.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,528
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 40
  • Penn Foster College offers an exciting array of online associate degree programs for students with demanding lifestyles. The college’s associate degrees are self-paced, which makes it possible for busy students to complete their degrees on the go. Penn Foster College's associate degree offerings include interior design, graphic design, computer information systems, criminal justice, health care management, and paralegal studies. Students can earn their degrees completely online at the affordable rate of $79 per credit.

  • Annual Tuition: $3,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 12
  • Washtenaw Community College offers several affordable choices for students seeking to earn their associate degree online. The college offers online associate degrees in liberal arts, secondary education, and general studies with an emphasis in math and natural science, among others. Washtenaw Community College’s degrees provide students with the foundation for successful transition to bachelor’s degree program. With an affordable tuition cost of just $3,300 annually, students can enroll in courses with flexible start dates that make it possible to finish their first year of college ahead of schedule.

  • Annual Tuition: $3,397
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 14
  • Southeast Community College provides a variety of associate degree options to its online students. An associate degree can be earned in the field of business administration, human services, fire and emergency services management, computer information technology, and long-term care administration, among others. While classwork can be done entirely online, many of the programs require some kind of internship or other hands-on experience which can be completed at a location near the student. Online courses are delivered using the learning management system Moodle. Students in online classes will benefit from the ability to engage in discussions and work on collaborative projects with their classmates the same way they would if they were enrolled in a face-to-face class.

  • Annual Tuition: $3,543
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 13
  • Fully online associate degree programs are available in the areas of business administration, entrepreneurship, accounting, marketing, healthcare leadership, and many others through Southeast Technical Institute. Students enrolled in an online program through this school will have access to technical support as well as all of the same online resources that campus-based students have, such as the library, career guidance, counseling, and tutoring. At $3,543 per year, Southeast Technical Institute is a very affordable option for online learning.

  • Annual Tuition: $3,570
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 11
  • McHenry County College offers several affordable, fully online associate degree programs. Students can pursue an Associate in General Education, which can be customized to fit students’ education goals. There are also online associate programs available in more specific subject areas, such as administrative office management, network security, criminal justice, and accounting. Online courses are delivered through the learning system Canvas. All online students are charged in-state tuition, with annual tuition starting at $3,570.

  • Annual Tuition: $3,780
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 11
  • Northeast Community College offers 11 affordable online associate degree programs. Program specializations are available in the areas of business, agriculture, criminal justice, behavioral science, and others. Some of the online degrees are intended primarily as transfer degrees so that graduates can move fluidly to a bachelor's program upon completion of the associate program. Students have access to a variety of online support services, such as advising, tutoring, career guidance, and the library.

  • Annual Tuition: $3,808
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 17
  • Cochise College offers 17 online associate degree programs at an affordable rate of $3,808 per year. Distance learners can earn an Associate of Arts in General Studies designed for fulfilling general education requirements in order to transfer to a bachelor's degree program. Those who wish to study specific subject area can choose from a variety of specialties. Areas of study include business administration, English, psychology, social work, computer programming, and economics. Online classes are delivered through the learning management system Moodle. The Cochise College Virtual Campus has a YouTube channel where students can view sample online lectures.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,050
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 29
  • There are a wide variety of affordable online associate degrees available through Georgia State University-Perimeter College, which is part of the larger University of Georgia system of colleges. Subjects of study include American Sign Language, biology, criminal justice, English, business administration, kinesiology and health, speech communication, and many others. Classes are taught through iCollege Georgia State University. The college works to facilitate various networking opportunities with its online students, so students don't miss out on making connections with their classmates just because they are not attending campus-based classes. Online students also have access to tutoring services specifically for distance learners.

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,117
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Online Associate Degrees: 14
  • Great Basin College offers an array of affordable options for students interested in earning their associate degrees completely online. With an annual tuition of just $4,117, students can earn an associate of arts or associate of science, which provide a foundation for further academic study. The college also offers an associate of applied science degree, which prepares students for entry-level careers upon completion. Great Basin College's associate degree program offerings include early childhood education, computer programming, land surveying, human services, accounting, and office technology.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,117
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Online Associate Degrees: 40
  • Online students at Truckee Meadows Community College can earn an associate of arts, associate of science, or associate of applied Science. Individuals can choose to complete a general transfer degree that prepares them specifically for moving on to a bachelor's program. Those who wish to study a concentration can choose from anthropology, Spanish, dietetics, logistics management, and computer information technology, among others. Online courses are delivered through the learning management system Canvas. Annual online tuition is affordable, starting at $4,117.

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,217
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Online Associate Degrees: 19
  • College of Southern Nevada's wide variety of online associate degree programs are taught by the same professors who teach the campus-based programs. Available degree options include an Associate of Business, Associate of General Studies, Associate of Applied Science, and Associate of Arts. Students can choose from concentrations such as English, psychology, accounting, criminal justice, sociology, elementary education, and international languages. Online students have access to resources such as academic advising, 24-hour access to online help, and tech support.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,247
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 35
  • Cowley County Community College offers affordable online associate degree programs in a wide range of subjects such as liberal arts, psychology, religion, creative writing, and computer science. There are associate of arts and associate of science degrees available, both of which can be transferred to a four-year university. Online classes are delivered via the Blackboard learning management system. Distance-learning students have access to various support services such as tutoring, a 24/7 help desk, and E-Library resources. Tuition for an online associate degree starts at $4,247 a year.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,248
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 25
  • Metropolitan Community College has a number of affordable online associate degrees available, with tuition starting at $4,248. Students can choose from a variety of subjects to fit their interests and goals, such as criminal justice, healthcare information and administration, information technology, business, and computer science. There are also more generalized associate degrees available in general studies or liberal arts, allowing students to earn general education requirements before transferring to a four-year school.

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,260
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 10
  • Navarro College offers online Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science degrees in a variety of subjects. Specialization areas include business administration, speech, criminal justice, sociology, and general studies. Navarro College is a member of the Virtual College of Texas, which is an organization made up of every two-year school in the state. This means that students enrolled in one of Navarro College's programs can take classes from other schools that are also members of the Virtual College, giving students access to courses they otherwise may not have been able to take.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,288
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 14
  • Students enrolled at Hutchinson Community College who want to complete a fully online associate degree can earn an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of Applied Science at an affordable tuition rate. Degrees can be earned in specific subject areas including criminal justice, early childhood education, business, as well as general education. Online courses are delivered through Canvas, where students are able to communicate and interact with one another via messaging and discussion boards. Online students are also given plenty of access to their professors, so they don't need to worry about missing out by not attending on-campus classes. Annual tuition starts at $4,288 per year.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,307
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 8
  • Northcentral Technical College has many affordable online options for earning an associate degree. Fields of study include applied engineering technology, software development, marketing, video production, small business entrepreneurship, and others. One notable feature of Northcentral Technical College's online programs is that students have the ability to begin their classes when they want, even if it is not at the beginning of the traditional campus term. Classes are self-paced, meaning that students who wish to complete a class in a shorter amount of time can, while others may choose to use the entire 16-week term. Students also have the option to set their own due dates. This added flexibility may make Northcentral Technical College a good fit for someone who needs the utmost flexibility in their schedule.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,320
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 7
  • The College of DuPage gives online students the opportunity to earn an Associate of Arts, Associate of General Studies, or an Associate of Applied Science. Those who are enrolled in the online Associate of Applied Science program have a few different tracks they can choose from including accounting, library information technology, fire science, and marketing. The school advertises small class sizes for its online students, as well as teachers who are all experienced in their field. The College of DuPage strives to offer online degrees that meet the same standards as their campus-based programs. Online students can take advantage of a variety of resources such as tutoring, career guidance, and library access.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,371
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 12
  • Online associate degree options at Dakota College at Bottineau include programs in photography, paraprofessional education, urban forest management, and caregiver services. Students who want a more generalized education or who intend to transfer to a four-year program may be interested in the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science in Liberal Arts. Online students also have the opportunity to take classes from other North Dakota colleges, as Dakota College at Bottineau is part of the North Dakota University System, a collaboration between higher education school in North Dakota.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,470
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Online Associate Degrees: 18
  • Atlantic Cape Community Collegehas affordable, fully online associate degrees available in the form of an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and an Associate of Applied Science. Each of these degrees has several concentration options available such as business administration, English, history, computer programming, computer applications, and psychology. Students will take their online classes using the learning management system Blackboard. Atlantic Cape Community College is a member of the New Jersey Distance Education Affinity Group, which is a organization composed of 19 community colleges throughout the state of New Jersey. Annual tuition for the online programs starts at $4,470.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,474
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 16
  • Lone Star College System

    offers an array of fully online associate degrees, all at a low tuition rate. Subjects include business, teaching, criminal justice, medical administrative services, accounting, and speech communications. Students also have the ability to earn a general Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree online. Courses are delivered through the Brightspace online learning system, which allows students to communicate with each other through discussion boards, chat groups, and email. Distance-learning students can take advantage of online resources such as tutoring, course orientation, and advising through live online chats. Tuition for the online programs starts at $4,474 per year.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,580
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Online Associate Degrees: 14
  • Shoreline Community College has two online paths for associate degrees: the Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences degree and the Associate in Arts for University Transfer degree. The university transfer degree is designed to prepare students for studying at a four-year school by allowing them to complete general education requirements. Both degrees have specialization tracks that can also be completed online. Subjects include business technology, economics, elementary education, criminal justice, and purchasing and supply chain management, among many others. Courses are delivered via Canvas.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,650
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 11
  • Illinois Central College offers several fully online associate degree programs through its virtual campus at an affordable rate of $4,650 per year. Students can earn a subject-specific associate degree in areas such as family and consumer science, international business, web systems, and criminal justice, among others. Students interested in earning a more general associate degree to prepare for transfer to a four-year program can do so online as well. Online courses are delivered through Blackboard.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 48
  • Online students can earn associate degrees through BARTonline, Barton County Community College’s virtual campus. BARTonline courses are offered in two different formats: nine-week and seventeen-week. Both online course schedules enable students to select the best times of day to attend virtual classes and submit assignments, making the online learning process adaptable to students’ busy schedules. BARTonline also has no minimum enrollment required for courses; thus, online students do not have to worry about their courses being cancelled due to lack of interest from other students.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Associate Degrees: 8
  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College's focus on offering different “ways of learning” caters to all types of online students. Students interested in pursuing an online associate degree can opt for traditional online courses or courses offered in a web conference format. In addition to those two flexible options, online students can select between accelerated courses, self-paced courses, full semester courses, and partial semester courses. Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s department of Corporate Training and Educational Development also offers not-for-credit seminars, many of which are offered in an online format.

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