2019 Most Affordable Online Bachelor's Degrees

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All 25 of the schools on this list offer affordable options for online bachelor's degrees, with tuition rates under $9,000 per year. Each school offers at least 10 online bachelor's degrees, and prospective students can choose from a wide range of subjects including business, criminal justice, information technology, and psychology. Aspen University is ranked first, offering 11 affordable online bachelor's degrees. Tuition at Aspen University is $150 per credit hour and $4,500 annually. Western Carolina University is the second most affordable school, with an annual tuition rate of only $5,670, and offers a BS in Criminal Justice, a BS in Nursing, and a BS in Business Administration and Law, among others.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Online Bachelor's Degrees
#1 #1 Aspen University Annual Tuition $4,500 Online Bachelor's Degrees 11
#2 #2 Western Carolina University Annual Tuition $5,670 Online Bachelor's Degrees 11
#3 #3 Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $5,763 Online Bachelor's Degrees 37
#4 #4 Clayton State University Annual Tuition $6,060 Online Bachelor's Degrees 22
#5 #5 Western Governors University Annual Tuition $6,380 Online Bachelor's Degrees 26
#6 #6 University of North Carolina at Pembroke Annual Tuition $6,684 Online Bachelor's Degrees 21
#7 #7 Columbia Southern University Annual Tuition $6,750 Online Bachelor's Degrees 29
#8 #8 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $6,778 Online Bachelor's Degrees 60
#9 #9 Valdosta State University Annual Tuition $6,780 Online Bachelor's Degrees 12
#10 #10 Mississippi University for Women Annual Tuition $6,840 Online Bachelor's Degrees 13
#11 #11 Kennesaw State University Annual Tuition $7,192 Online Bachelor's Degrees 15
#12 #12 Lamar University Annual Tuition $7,440 Online Bachelor's Degrees 13
#13 #13 Central Methodist University Annual Tuition $7,500 Online Bachelor's Degrees 21
#14 #14 Fayetteville State University Annual Tuition $7,556 Online Bachelor's Degrees 10
#15 #15 University of Iowa Annual Tuition $7,770 Online Bachelor's Degrees 15
#16 (tie) #16 (tie) American Public University System Annual Tuition $8,100 Online Bachelor's Degrees 131
#16 (tie) #16 (tie) Weber State University Annual Tuition $8,100 Online Bachelor's Degrees 13
#18 #18 Grantham University Annual Tuition $8,215 Online Bachelor's Degrees 20
#19 #19 University of Southern Mississippi Annual Tuition $8,218 Online Bachelor's Degrees 12
#20 #20 University of North Alabama Annual Tuition $8,310 Online Bachelor's Degrees 18
#21 #21 Clarion University Annual Tuition $8,334 Online Bachelor's Degrees 18
#22 #22 Chadron State College Annual Tuition $8,370 Online Bachelor's Degrees 13
#23 #23 Minot State University Annual Tuition $8,453 Online Bachelor's Degrees 15
#24 #24 Southeast Missouri State University Annual Tuition $8,520 Online Bachelor's Degrees 21
#25 #25 University of Maine at Augusta Annual Tuition $8,730 Online Bachelor's Degrees 39
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,500
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 11
  • Aspen University is a Denver-based institution offering affordable online bachelor s degrees to individuals who need flexibility in their studies. Students can major in business administration, criminal justice, psychology and addiction counseling, health care administration, or early childhood education. For students who have already completed some college courses, AU works to transfer the earned credits and apply them toward a student s degree when possible. The school is accredited through the nationally recognized Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). With credit hours priced at $150, students can earn their full undergraduate degree from AU for only $18,000.

  • Annual Tuition: $5,670
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 11
  • Western Carolina University is a public institution providing affordable distance learning programs for students all over the country. Students can earn a bachelor s degree with majors in birth kindergarten education, business administration and law, criminal justice, emergency and disaster management, emergency medical care, innovation leadership in entrepreneurship, or RN to BSN. For programs that culminate in state licensure exams, students are prepared for North Carolina exams, so out-of-state students are encouraged to confirm local requirements for licensure before selecting a program at WCU. The school provides online tutoring support for distance learning students through a service called Brainfuse HelpNow. Cost per credit hour for online students is $53.88 in-state and $189.02 out-of-state.

  • Annual Tuition: $5,763
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 37
  • Eastern New Mexico University in Portales is fully accredited through the Higher Learning Commission and offers online bachelor s degrees to students all over the world. Students can choose from 37 different degree options in a wide range of fields, including accounting, business, IT, nursing, religion, and more. All programs aim to give students marketable skills to help them advance in their chosen career. Online students are supported through the Office of Distance Learning, benefiting from a wide range of services provided through the university, such as online library services, writing help, and counseling. In-state tuition per semester is $1,830.48. After a recent decrease of 38.92%, out-of-state tuition is now $2,881.68 per semester, making it one of the most affordable colleges in New Mexico.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,060
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 22
  • Clayton State University is a Georgia-based public institution that offers affordable online bachelor s degrees. Students can enjoy the flexibility of studying from anywhere in the world while earning one of 22 different undergraduate degrees available in the fields of applied science, arts, business administration, science, dental hygiene, and nursing. CSU provides online advising and tutoring support to ensure the academic success of their distance learning students. The school is accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Online-only students also benefit from the eTuition rate, which exempts them from paying for on-campus services they will not use, such as parking and health. Students pay $202 per credit hour plus institutional fees; the cost for a 12-credit semester is $2,731.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,380
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and DEAC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 26
  • Western Governors University is a non-profit university founded by 19 U.S. governors who wanted to provide working adults with flexible, affordable opportunities to pursue higher education. The school is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and offers 25 fully-online bachelor s degrees in business, IT, nursing, and teaching. Faculty create their curriculum with the help of industry professionals to ensure students gain the most relevant skills and knowledge for their respective fields. Students can begin a six-month term on the first of any month. For most programs, tuition is about $6,500 per year; students can take as few or as many courses as they want per term, so those who take more classes graduate faster and save money.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,684
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 21
  • University of North Carolina at Pembroke is a public institution offering online bachelor s degrees for working adults or students who seek the flexibility of an online college. Earn a BA in criminal justice or sociology, a BS in business administration, or a BIS in interdisciplinary studies, which is a broad degree program created specifically for adult learners who have already completed an AAS or AAA. The school is accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Tuition per credit hour is just $52.70 in-state and $222.83 out-of-state.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,750
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 29
  • Columbia Southern University is an online school with over 20 years of expertise. In addition to low tuition, it offers students online tools such as a student aid calculator and web-based financial aid assistance, as well as a number of different scholarship opportunities. Columbia Southern's bachelor degree offerings include psychology, information technology, homeland security and organizational leadership. Its B.S. in Business Administration (General) program has nine different concentrations in areas such as hospitality & tourism, marketing, and sport management. A variety of distance learning options allow CSU students to pursue their studies in the manner that is most effective for them. They also offer a unique option for students using VA educational benefits.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,778
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 61
  • Fort Hays State University has an enrollment of 15,000 students, of which almost one-third are online attendees. Through its virtual college, FHSU offers over 50 fully-accredited online degrees in subjects including accounting, international business & economics, management with multiple concentrations, and technology leadership. Programs are approximately 120 credits in length. Tuition is low, with financial aid assistance available online. FHSU is a recognized military-friendly college and extends special services and assistance to its military students. Both degree and non-degree-seeking students are encouraged to embark upon the online application process and transfer students are welcomed.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,780
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 12
  • Valdosta State University offers traditional on-campus and hybrid classes, as well as cutting-edge options for online education. Its Center for eLearning offers faculty and staff extensive training via workshops to create their online curriculum, while its Quality Matters peer-review process ensures the quality of the online classes. Undergraduate distance students can choose from a diverse selection of degrees in business, health, education and other disciplines. They also have the option of personalizing their online learning experience through the YOUSucceed program, or of utilizing the SmartPath Core program to attain a bachelor's degree in as little as three semesters.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,840
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 13
  • Mississippi University for Women is a public coed institution in Columbus offering online bachelor s completion programs. Their 2 + 2 online programs are designed to give individuals who have earned an associate degree from a community college the opportunity to complete a bachelor s online through MUW. Students can major in public health, nursing, or one of 10 concentrations within the field of business administration. MUW has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Tuition is $285 per credit hour or $3,420 per semester for full-time students. The three-semester nursing RN-to-BSN program costs a flat rate of $10,000.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,192
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 15
  • One of the 50 largest public institutions in the United States, Kennesaw State University has an enrollment of over 35,000. Online students will find that low tuition combined with degrees in such diverse disciplines as computing & software engineering, logistics & engineering and social sciences, make KSU an attractive distance option. A comprehensive online student resource guide provides general contact information, an online course catalog, and extensive resources for tutoring, testing and student services. KSU is a member of the Southern Regional Education Board's Electronic Campus (SREB). Please note that KSU offers different programs for in-state and out-of-state online students.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,440
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 15
  • With over 150,000 students, regionally accredited Lamar University is one of the fastest growing colleges in Texas. Through their LU Online program, they offer distance students degrees in such diverse specialties as sociology, industrial technology, and business management. Web-based classes are offered in accelerated eight-week semester sessions, or traditional 15-week semester sessions in order to accommodate students' schedules. Degree programs are typically 120 credit hours in length, with three start dates per year. Out-of-state online students can consult the school web portal to determine which degree options are available in their respective state.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 21
  • Central Methodist University s campus is located in Fayette, Missouri, but their online programs offer students the flexibility for affordable distance learning. They have 21 different online bachelor's degrees in fields such as business, computer science, criminal justice, education, health, and the humanities. Students can choose between classes that run for eight or 16 weeks. CMU also offers online students flexibility in the number of credit hours they take per semester. Many CMU online students are non-traditional working adults with family commitments that need the flexibility of an online degree program. Online students work with advisors who provide the same level of support that on-campus students receive. Tuition for undergraduate classes is $250 per credit hour.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,556
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 10
  • Fayetteville State University, a public institution in North Carolina, offers online bachelor s completion programs. Before enrolling in FSU s online program, students must complete all core classes required by the university for their chosen major. They may also register as dual-enrolled through a community college that partners with FSU. The university s 10 online majors include sociology, business administration, accounting, criminal justice, and nursing (RN-BSN). The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Tuition per credit hour is $100.75 in-state and $251.88 out-of-state.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,770
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 15
  • The University of Iowa is a public research institution based in Iowa City that offers distance learning for undergraduates. Earn one of eight available bachelor s degrees online with majors including enterprise leadership, political science, and sport and recreation management. Their Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) and Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) degrees are interdisciplinary programs that allow students to choose from a range of concentrations, such as creative writing (for the former) or global studies (for the latter). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Hourly tuition fees range from $324 $429 depending on the program, but U of I does not charge out-of-state tuition for distance learners.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC and DEAC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 131
  • The American Public University System is an institution providing online-only degrees through American Public University and American Military University. APU caters to adults working in a public service field, and AMU has been ranked the top education provider for active-duty military service members, but both schools have open enrollment. The organizations are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offer 47 different bachelor s degree programs in a broad range of disciplines. Students can engage with their peers by participating in a wide variety of student clubs, organizations, and honor societies. Undergraduate credit hours are priced at $270.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 13
  • Weber State University in Utah has been providing students with online education opportunities since 1998. They offer 13 different bachelor's degrees that are fully online, including health information management, professional sales, and radiological sciences. WSU has an instructional design and technology team that is dedicated to helping the professors improve the quality of their online courses. The university offers both semester-based and independent study classes. The former run on a regular academic schedule, whereas the latter can be completed on the student s own time within a six-month time frame. In-state students pay the same tuition as they would at WSU s Ogden campus for semester-based online classes. Tuition for all independent study classes and for non-Utah residents is $270 per credit hour.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,215
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 20
  • Grantham University is a Kansas-based institution offering fully online degree programs accredited through the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. They offer 20 different bachelor s degrees across the fields of arts, sciences, engineering, computer science, nursing, allied health, and business. Frequent start dates for their eight-week long courses give students the ultimate flexibility in their studies. They also help students transfer credits from previous institutions and have a Prior Learning Assessment program, which evaluates experiences that occurred outside of a traditional classroom for potential credit at Grantham. Tuition per credit hour is $265 for undergraduates.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,218
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 12
  • The University of Southern Mississippi is a public research institute based in Hattiesburg offering online bachelor s degrees. These programs have attracted students from all 50 states and many foreign countries. USM has 12 majors that are fully-online and two that require minimal on-campus attendance. Earn an online bachelor's degree in fields like business administration, industrial engineering, nursing, and more from a university accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. USM waives out-of-state tuition for online students, meaning everyone pays the same rate: $379.59 per credit hour or $4,552 per semester for 12 19 credits.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,310
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 18
  • The University of North Alabama offers flexible, affordable distance learning programs. Their fully online programs include 18 different bachelor's degrees in the fields of business, criminal justice, nursing, and the humanities. UNA is affiliated with the Southern Regional Education Board s Electronic Campus. They also participate in the Quality Matters Initiative, a globally-renowned program that helps faculty improve their online courses through rigorous peer-review and professional development opportunities. Online tuition for undergraduates is $277 per credit hour with a flat rate of $4,155 for full-time students taking 12 18 credits per semester.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,334
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 18
  • Clarion University offers a variety of online undergraduate, graduate and doctorate degree programs. Students enrolled in online programs at Clarion receive access to many of the same support services as on-campus students, including an online writing center, tutoring services and career and networking resources. Undergraduate students can choose from 18 bachelor's degree programs including a BA in Sociology and Psychology, a Bachelor of Liberal Studies and a BS in Allied Health Leadership. Graduate degrees offered include a MS in Library Science, a MS in Nursing, a Doctor of Nursing Practice, a MS in Accounting and a Master of Education with multiple specialization options.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,370
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 13
  • Chadron State College offers a number of programs featuring an eight-week format, which gives students the ability to complete their degree at an accelerated pace. Chadron State also offers flat-rate tuition to all online students and 24/7 support for individuals who need help using the student-user interface. Undergraduate degrees available at CSC include a BAS in Technical Occupations, a BA in Business Administration, a BS in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education, a BS in Mathematics and a BA in Psychological Sciences. Some of the graduate programs offered online include an MBA, a MS in Mathematics and a MS in Organization Management with focus areas in human services, sports management, and natural resources.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,453
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 15
  • Minot State University in North Dakota is a public institution that has been offering online degree programs since the turn of the century. They are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and students can choose from nine different bachelor s degrees that can be earned entirely online. Available majors include management, international business, and human services. They also have a nursing completion program designed for registered nurses wishing to complete their baccalaureate studies. Students taking online classes pay $281.78 per credit hour with no tuition caps for full-time students.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,520
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 21
  • Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau is a public university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission that offers affordable online bachelor s degrees to non-traditional students. Earn one of 21 bachelor s degrees online, which include a BS in healthcare management and a BA in social science. Online classes are asynchronous, meaning students do not have to log on for class at a certain time but instead can work whenever is convenient for them. In lieu of live class discussions, students respond to comments on a forum. SMSU does not charge out-of-state tuition for online students, so the cost per credit hour is $284 regardless of residency.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,730
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 39
  • The University of Maine at Augusta is a public institution offering 39 different online bachelor s degrees. Their most popular online programs include business administration, information and library science, computer information systems, and justice studies. Some classes may take place over live video conferencing, while others can be completed on the student s own time. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Cost per credit hour for online classes is $233 in-state and $291 out-of-state, which is significantly more affordable than the cost for out-of-state students on-campus.

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