2020 Most Affordable Online Bachelor's Degrees

We've compiled a list of schools offering the most affordable online bachelor's programs for prospective students to explore during their school search. The 25 schools on this list have tuition rates under $8,000 per year and each school offers at least 10 online bachelor's degrees. Tennessee State University, ranked #1, offers 23 online bachelor's programs. Tuition at TSU is $140 per credit hour and $4,200 annually. Aspen University is the second most affordable school, with an annual tuition rate of only $4,500, and offers a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Addiction Counseling, a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN), among others. In addition to our rankings, we've included answers to frequently asked questions about affordable bachelor's degrees.

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Rank School Annual Tuition Online Bachelor's Degrees
# 1 #1 $4,200 23
# 2 #2 $4,500 8
# 3 #3 $5,490 20
# 4 #4 $5,670 12
# 5 #5 $5,766 16
# 6 #6 $6,006 14
# 7 #7 $6,044 17
# 8 #8 $6,060 11
# 9 #9 $6,087 16
# 10 #10 $6,368 32
# 11 #11 $6,450 37
# 12 #12 $6,560 83
# 13 #13 $6,752 28
# 14 #14 $6,900 32
# 15 #15 $6,947 11
# 16 #16 $7,050 12
# 17 #17 $7,290 12
# 18 #18 $7,424 15
# 19 #19 $7,440 15
# 20 #20 $7,492 47
# 21 #21 $7,556 10
# 22 #22 $7,626 26
# 23 #23 $7,740 25
# 24 #24 $7,785 61
# 25 #25 $7,800 41

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,200
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 23

Founded in 1912, Tennessee State University is the largest and only state-funded historically black university in Tennessee. The university, located in Nashville, offers 18 affordable online bachelor’s degree programs. Subjects include interdisciplinary studies, sociology, urban studies, and professional studies with multiple concentrations. Distance learners are expected to complete courses during the semester, and proctored exams may be required. A special e-rate is offered for out-of-state students who are learning exclusively online; it is as much as 60 percent lower than the standard out-of-state tuition rate. Coursework is delivered via eLearn@Tnstate, TSU’s course management system. Online students have access to tech support, online library resources, support counselors, and more.

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies - Communication
  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies - Cultural Diversity
  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies - English
  • Annual Tuition: $4,500
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 8

Located in Denver, Colorado, Aspen University is a private, for-profit, nationally accredited, distance-learning university that was established in 1987. A total of 12 online bachelor’s degrees are offered in the areas of business, criminal justice, health, nursing, and education. Courses start twice per month and are offered in eight-week sessions. An academic advisor conducts a one-on-one orientation with each student to walk them through the online learning environment, and the advisor continues to provide support throughout the duration of the program. AU’s tuition is affordable, and a monthly payment plan is available. Students can reduce costs by transferring credits from previous college or university experience.

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • B.S. in Business Administration
  • B.S. in Business Administration - Completion Program
  • B.S. in Early Childhood Education
  • B.S. in Early Childhood Education - Completion Program
  • B.S. in Health Care Administration
  • B.S. in Nursing - Pre-Licensure (Hybrid)
  • Annual Tuition: $5,490
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 20

Clayton State University, founded in 1969, is a public university located in Morrow, Georgia. More than 20 online bachelor’s degrees are available at CSU. Students can earn a degree in disciplines like English, film production, and nursing. CSU uses the Brightspace online learning management system to deliver coursework, and the university’s Online New Student Orientation program helps students navigate and acclimate to the online learning environment. Distance learning at CSU is affordable, as the university’s eTuition rate excludes fees for on-campus services that online students don’t use. Distance learners have access to support services such as one-on-one tutoring, the writer’s studio, and the help of a personal advisor.

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Administrative Management
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Administrative Management - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Administrative Management - General Studies
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Administrative Management - Organizational Leadership
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Homeland Security/Emergency Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Annual Tuition: $5,670
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 12

Founded in 1889 to educate the people of the western North Carolina mountains, Western Carolina University, located in Cullowhee, now provides education to students from 48 states and 35 countries. Eleven affordable online bachelor’s degrees are offered in such varied subjects as birth-kindergarten, business administration and law, emergency medical care, and nursing. The Blackboard online learning management system is used to deliver coursework, and the university’s website contains comprehensive orientation material for prospective distance learners. Online students can download software such as Microsoft Office Suite, Audacity, Gimp, and Linux for free. Credits from other colleges and universities can be transferred in, and students may be eligible for financial aid as well as scholarships.

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Birth-Kindergarten
  • Bachelor of Science in Birth-Kindergarten - Early Childhood
  • Bachelor of Science in Birth-Kindergarten - Professional Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Business Administration and Law
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Innovation Leadership and Entrepreneurship
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Annual Tuition: $5,766
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 16

Founded in 1906 as a land grant college, Georgia Southern University is a public research institution with its main campus located in Statesboro. It is part of the University System of Georgia. An online RN to BSN is available as well as a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary studies is available with 11 different concentrations. Distance learning at GSU is both affordable and flexible; learning is asynchronous and students have access to course material 24/7, a perfect fit for those who are balancing their academic goals with other obligations.

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Information Technology - CyberSecurity
  • Bachelor of Information Technology - Data Science
  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies - Business
  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies - French
  • Annual Tuition: $6,006
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 14

Founded in 1897, Southern Utah University is a public university located in Cedar City, Utah. The institution graduates over 1,800 students each year. Ten online bachelor’s degrees are offered at SUU in accounting, business management, general studies, communication, interdisciplinary studies, and nursing (RN to BSN). Courses are delivered via the Canvas online learning management system; a mobile app for both iOS and Android makes it easy and convenient to access coursework anywhere and at any time. Tutorials, tech support, and other resources are available to online students. It was recently decided that the online-only undergraduate tuition at SUU will be cut for the average student by 23%. The reduction will go into effect in January 2020. Additionally, grants, loans, and scholarships are available.

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in General Studies
  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Communication
  • Bachelor of Science in Communication - Communication Studies
  • Annual Tuition: $6,044
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 17

Located just outside the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex in Stephenville, Texas, Tarleton State University is a public university and part of the Texas A&M University System. A total of 15 online bachelor’s degrees are offered, and popular subjects of study include general business, psychology, information technology, veterinary technology, and criminal justice. Coursework is available 24/7 through the Canvas online learning management system, which allows students to submit assignments, check grades and schedules, and much more. Many students at TSU work full- or part-time, and the convenient and affordable online option enables them to complete their degree while not neglecting family, work, and other responsibilities. Student support services include academic advising, financial assistance, career services, and library access.

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BAAS in Business
  • BAAS in Criminal Justice Administration
  • BAAS in Information Technology
  • BAAS in Manufacturing and Industrial Management
  • BAS in Veterinary Technology
  • BAS in Veterinary Technology - Companion Animal
  • Annual Tuition: $6,060
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 11

One of four comprehensive universities in the University System of Georgia, Valdosta State University serves students from all 50 states, various US territories, and over 75 different countries. The university offers 11 online bachelor’s degrees in such subjects as emergent media and communication, French, Spanish, human capital performance, psychology, and organizational leadership. VSU offers an Online Readiness Tool for students who aren’t sure if distance learning is right for them. Additionally, online orientation is provided so students can get acquainted with features of the online learning environment. Students who study 100 percent online are exempt from certain fees associated with on-campus learning, and the affordable eTuition rate is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in French - Language and Culture
  • Bachelor of Arts in French - World Languages and Cultures
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish - Language and Culture
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish - World Languages and Cultures
  • Bachelor of Business Administration - Management
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Emergent Media and Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $6,087
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 16

Minot State University is a public university located in Minot, North Dakota. Founded in 1913, it is the third-largest university in the state. The university offers 16 online bachelor’s degree programs in such subjects as criminal justice, marketing, and nursing. Coursework is delivered via the Blackboard online learning management system, and an online tutorial is provided so students can get familiar with the online learning environment. Learning is asynchronous; online courses can be completed anywhere (with computer and internet access) and at any time, making the programs a good option for students who are balancing their coursework with other responsibilities. MSU’s tuition is competitive and affordable, and both financial aid and payment plans are available.

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Business Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Business Information Technology - IT Manager
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Business Information Technology - Systems Analyst
  • Bachelor of General Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - CCAF AU-ABC
  • Annual Tuition: $6,368
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 32

Founded by Baptist ministers in 1888, University of the Cumberlands is a private, nonprofit college located in Williamsburg, Kentucky. The university’s broad-based liberal arts program is imbued with Christian values. The institution offers 25 online bachelor’s degrees in missions & ministries, criminal justice (BS & BAS), psychology, and information technology (BS & BAS). There are six eight-week terms per year: two in the spring, two in the fall, and two in the summer. Those with previous college or university experience can transfer up to 90 hours of college credit.

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Allied Health
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Coaching
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice
  • Annual Tuition: $6,450
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 37

Western Governors University was created by a group of 19 US governors in answer to their states’ need for high-quality, outcomes-oriented higher education. Four online colleges comprise WGU: College of Business, Teachers College, College of Information and Technology, and College of Health Professionals. More than 20 online bachelor’s degrees are offered; popular programs include business management, elementary education, special education, cloud and systems administration, and nursing. All degree programs at WGU are competency-based, where learning, not class time, is measured. Students advance by demonstrating that they’ve mastered the course subject matter — whether they learned it at the university or through years of work experience. It’s an ideal, convenient, and affordable approach for busy students balancing other obligations.
 

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • B.A. Elementary Ed
  • B.A. in Special Education (Mild to Moderate)
  • B.A. in Special Education and Elementary Education (Dual Licensure)
  • B.A. Special Education (K-12)
  • B.S. Accounting
  • B.S. Business - Healthcare Management
  • Annual Tuition: $6,560
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 83

Located on the grounds of Fort Hays, a frontier military outpost that was closed in 1889, Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, was established in 1904 to serve the needs of early settlers to the region. Today, the institution’s robust online program includes nearly 90 bachelor’s degrees, and several are available with multiple concentrations. Popular degree fields include agricultural business, finance, marketing, foreign languages, nursing, philosophy, sociology, psychology, and tourism and hospitality management. Tuition at FHSU, among the lowest in the U.S., is both competitive and affordable, and financial aid is available. Transfer students are welcome, and a guide to online learning — available on the university’s website — has been specially prepared for online students.
 

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Geosciences
  • Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Language - Spanish
  • Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Language - Spanish for Specific Purposes
  • Bachelor of Arts in Information Networking and Telecommunications
  • Bachelor of Arts in Information Networking and Telecommunications - Computer Networking and Telecommunications
  • Annual Tuition: $6,752
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 28

Established in 1887 as the Croatan Normal School, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke is a public, historically liberal arts university in the town of Pembroke, North Carolina. Thirteen affordable online bachelor’s completion programs are offered in sociology, criminal justice, interdisciplinary studies, and business administration. Online tutoring, academic advising, and library services are available, and selected freshmen can participate in the Writing, Interacting and Networking program; English instructors work with students to understand their individual writing strengths and weaknesses, and students receive graded assignments and helpful feedback, tutoring, and counseling. UNCP uses the Canvas online learning management system to deliver coursework, and a mobile-friendly app makes it convenient to study anywhere and at any time.
 

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Applied Education Studies
  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Applied Education Studies - Learning and Development
  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Applied Professional Studies
  • Annual Tuition: $6,900
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 32

Located in Orange Beach, Alabama, Columbia Southern University is a private, for-profit, family-owned institution that specializes in online education. CSU offers nearly 30 online bachelor’s degrees in such subjects as business administration, homeland security, environmental management, and psychology. Multiple concentrations are available for some degrees. CSU is implementing Quality Matters, a nationally recognized peer-review process that certifies the quality of online courses. Tuition rates are affordable and competitive, and the university has partnered with over 2,500 companies and organizations to provide a 10 percent discount to their employees and members. Financial aid, scholarships, and military benefits are available as well.
 

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • B.S. Business Administration
  • B.S. Business Administration-Finance
  • B.S. Business Administration-Hospitality and Tourism
  • B.S. Business Administration-Human Resource Management
  • B.S. Business Administration-Information Technology
  • B.S. Business Administration-International Management
  • Annual Tuition: $6,947
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 11

Founded in 1918 as Dickinson State Normal School, Dickinson State University is a public university located in Dickinson, North Dakota. It is part of the North Dakota University System. The institution offers 10 online bachelor’s degrees in disciplines like accounting, administration, finance, and nursing. The Bachelor of University Studies allows students to plan their own curriculum by selecting the courses that are most interesting to them. Coursework is delivered via the Blackboard online learning management system. Distance learners have access to helpful software, the university’s tutoring center, a point-of-contact person to answer questions, and a faculty advisor in their chosen field of study. DSU’s online bachelor’s degrees are affordable and convenient, allowing busy students to reach their academic goals.
 

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Administration
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management
  • Annual Tuition: $7,050
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 12

In response to the difficulties brought on the nation by the Civil War, William Woods University was founded in 1870 as the Female Orphan School. Today, it is a co-educational, independent, private university located in Fulton, Missouri. The institution offers ten online bachelor's degrees in subjects such as business administration, cybersecurity, deaf human services, entrepreneurial management, leadership, paralegal studies, and workforce development. An additional 10 online transfer programs are available, allowing those with some college experience to complete their degree. Courses at WWU are affordable and provide maximum flexibility for busy people who do not want to disrupt their career or family responsibilities while pursuing a degree.

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS in Business Administration
  • BS in Business Administration - Entrepreneurial Management
  • BS in Business Administration - Leadership
  • BS in Cybersecurity
  • BS in Deaf Human Services
  • BS in Management and Leadership
  • Annual Tuition: $7,290
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 12

Established in 1804, Ohio University was the first university in the nation to be chartered by an Act of Congress. The school, located in Athens, is the oldest university in Ohio and the eighth oldest public university in the United States. Ten online bachelor’s programs are offered at OU. Options for study include applied management, criminal justice, psychology, nursing, and technical operations management. Coursework is available 24/7 through the Blackboard online learning management system. Online students have access to tech support, libraries, academic advising, tutoring and writing services, counseling and psychological services, and the university’s eCampus Success Center. OU’s tuition rates are affordable, and its online learning program provides busy students with the flexibility they need to complete their degree while continuing to care for work, family, and other responsibilities.

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Human and Consumer Sciences - Customer Service Leadership
  • Bachelor of Applied Human and Consumer Sciences - Human Services
  • Bachelor of Applied Human and Consumer Sciences in Human Services - Diversity and Communication
  • Bachelor of Applied Human and Consumer Sciences in Human Services - Leadership and Organization
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Criminal Justice
  • Annual Tuition: $7,424
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 15

Established in 1884 as a college for women, Mississippi University for Women, located in Columbus, has been a coeducational institution since 1982. The university offers 14 affordable online bachelor’s degrees in its 2+2 Program which allows students who have completed two years of study at a community college to complete their bachelor’s degree at MUW in two years. Subjects of study include business administration (ten different concentrations), nursing, and public health education. Online students can download Office 365 on five devices for free. Coursework is delivered via the Canvas online learning management system, and guides, as well as a video “student tour”, are available so prospective distance learners can become acquainted with the system. Peer tutoring, a writing center, and a student success center are also available.
 

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Administration - Culinary Management
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Administration - General Business
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Administration - Health Care Management
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Administration - Human Resource Management
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Administration - Legal Administration
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Administration - Management
  • Annual Tuition: $7,440
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 15

Established in 1923, Lamar University is a public university and a member of the Texas State University System. It is located in Beaumont, Texas. The university offers 15 affordable online bachelor’s degree programs in such areas as sociology, communication, nursing, criminal justice, and industrial engineering. Some degrees are available with an accelerated schedule that offers a variety of start dates. Most classes are offered in eight-week sessions, or students can follow a traditional 15-week semester session. Online orientation for distance learners is provided. Students may be eligible for financial aid or scholarships.
 

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Management
  • Bachelor of General Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Communication - Communication Studies
  • Annual Tuition: $7,492
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 47

Eastern New Mexico University’s main campus is in Portales, New Mexico. It is New Mexico's largest regional comprehensive university and is a federally designated Hispanic-serving institution. The strong online program includes almost 43 affordable bachelor’s degree programs in such disciplines as aviation science, computer science, criminal justice, history, hospitality management, religion, social work, and Spanish. Coursework is available 24/7 through the Blackboard online learning management system and Mediasite. Learning is generally asynchronous, but some courses require students to be online at a specific time. Resources for distance learners include financial aid, online tutoring, and library and bookstore services. Students can complete their degree 100 percent online or combine online learning with face-to-face classes at the university’s campus.
 

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science in Aviation Science
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science in Business
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science in Career and Technical Education
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science in Criminal Justice/Sociology
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science in Electronics Engineering Technology
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science in Electronics Engineering Technology (Analog)
  • Annual Tuition: $7,556
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 10

Established in 1867, Fayetteville State University is a public, regional historically black university in Fayetteville, North Carolina and part of the University of North Carolina System. The university offers 10 online bachelor’s degree completion programs in such areas as sociology, intelligence studies, business administration, accounting, birth through kindergarten, nursing, and psychology. All upper-division courses can be completed online. Coursework is delivered via the Canvas online learning management system. Online education at FSU is convenient and affordable. The university has partnered with many community colleges in North Carolina to offer a $10k Pathway Plan, which provides their associate degree holders the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree for a maximum cost of $10,000. 
 

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Intelligence Studies (Degree Completion)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (Degree Completion)
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting (Degree Completion)
  • Bachelor of Science in Birth through Kindergarten (Non-Teaching) (Degree Completion)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Degree Completion)
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (Degree Completion)
  • Annual Tuition: $7,626
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 26

Athens State University, located in Athens, Alabama, is a public upper-level university comprised of three colleges: Education, Arts and Sciences, and Business. Thirteen online bachelor’s degree programs are offered in subjects such as religion, educational studies, technical education (with four different concentrations), accounting, human resource management, and supply chain management. The Bachelor of Science in Management and the Bachelor of Science in Management of Technology are both available with or without a minor. ASU uses the Blackboard online learning management system to deliver coursework. Online degrees at ASU are among the most affordable in the nation, and students who are distance learners are eligible for financial aid and scholarships.
 

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • B.A. in Religion
  • B.S. in Accounting with Minor
  • B.S. in Accounting Without Minor
  • B.S. in Acquisition and Contract Management
  • B.S. in Human Resource Management
  • B.S. in Information Assurance
  • Annual Tuition: $7,740
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 25

Founded in 1909, Arkansas State University is a public research institution located in Jonesboro, Arkansas. It is the flagship campus of the Arkansas State University System and the second-largest university in Arkansas. A total of 21 online bachelor’s degree programs are offered at ASU. Criminology, political science, sociology, nursing, and digital innovations are some of the degrees available. All coursework is done online; there is never a need to attend classes or orientation on campus. Each student is assigned a teaching assistant, and distance learners have access to the university library and technical support. Tuition at ASU is competitive and affordable, and financial aid is available.

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA in Communication Studies
  • BA in Criminology
  • BA in Political Science
  • BA in Psychology
  • BA in Sociology
  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Annual Tuition: $7,785
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 61

Established in 1991, the University of the Potomac is a for-profit higher education institution located in Washington, D.C., and Vienna, Virginia. Nearly 60 online bachelor’s degrees are offered at UP. Undergraduate students can select from such subjects as accounting, computer science, cybersecurity, hospitality and tourism management, and early childhood development. Students with prior college experience can transfer credits. Programs at UP are convenient and affordable; multiple financing and scholarship options are available. Additionally, tuition rates have recently been lowered up to 40 percent, and monthly payment plans are offered. The online degree programs at UP are an ideal fit for busy adults who are trying to complete their degree while managing work and family responsibilities.
 

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
  • Annual Tuition: $7,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 41

Established in 1854, Central Methodist University is a private university located in Fayette, Missouri, and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. A number of online bachelor’s degrees are offered. Popular subjects for study include accounting, child development, English, psychology, nursing, sociology, and sports management. The university’s website contains an online orientation program, an online student manual, and a readiness quiz so prospective online students can determine if distance learning is a good fit for them. Some features of the university’s online learning platform may not work on mobile devices, so students must have access to a desktop or laptop to ensure program accessibility. CMU offers high-quality education at affordable tuition rates, and financial aid is available.
 

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Accountancy
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Frequently Asked Questions About Affordable Online Bachelor's Degrees

How much does it cost to earn an online bachelor’s degree?

In general, online tuition is lower than tuition for on-campus programs at both private and public institutions, as our sister site has reported in its magazine. The average cost of a bachelor’s degree at the accredited schools listed on our site is $14,170, but individual degree programs vary widely. During a school search, prospective students can estimate the total price by calculating the tuition cost per credit hour at a given school and extending this over four years (the average period of full-time study needed to complete a bachelor's degree). They should also add any fees noted on a school’s website, such as technology fees, e-books, or equipment rental. Financial aid can help alleviate some of these costs.


What factors make an online bachelor’s degree more affordable?

Tuition is the biggest factor to consider when searching for an affordable online college. Out-of-state online students at public schools can benefit from the fact that many state schools charge online students at the lower in-state tuition rate. A generous credit-transfer or credit for prior learning policy can also lower costs for college students by reducing the time needed to complete a degree. Most students receive some form of financial aid. In addition, students may consider any available needs- or merit-based scholarships or grants, which usually don’t need to be repaid. Some grants are only available for in-state residents, whether they attend an online or on campus program. Our sister site's Guide to Financial Aid for Online Students breaks down the different types of financial aid and includes helpful resources for students navigating the process.


Will an online program confer all the benefits of earning a bachelor’s degree?

Accreditation is the key factor in higher education at any degree level. Prospective employers (and their HR representatives) respect degrees from regionally and nationally accredited schools that have met standardized quality criteria. The stigma attached to online education is also fading as more students enroll in these programs: in fall 2018, 34% of U.S. undergraduates were taking at least one online class, compared to 20% in 2008. Further, employers usually won’t know whether a candidate earned their degree online, on campus, or in some combination. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a bachelor’s degree helps workers earn an average of $461 more a week and decreases the chance of unemployment compared to employees with a high school education. Any degree is an investment in a student’s future. Our sister site provides school rankings that are based on return on investment data to help prospective students make informed decisions about their education.