2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges Offering Bachelor's Degrees

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These 25 schools represent offer the most affordable online bachelor’s degrees, based on SR Education Group's 2018 research. Each school has an annual tuition rate under $9,000 and at least 10 fully online bachelor’s degrees. God's Bible School and College, ranked #1, has the lowest tuition rate at $6,300 per year. Students can choose from degrees such as a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies, a B.A. in Intercultural Studies & World Missions, or a B.A. in Ministerial Education. Western Governors University, ranked #2, offers 23 online bachelor’s degrees at an affordable tuition rate of $6,380.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or see our Overall Most Affordable Colleges. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Online Bachelor's Degrees
#1 #1 God's Bible School and College Annual Tuition $6,300 Online Bachelor's Degrees 12
#2 #2 Western Governors University Annual Tuition $6,380 Online Bachelor's Degrees 25
#3 #3 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $6,399 Online Bachelor's Degrees 61
#4 #4 Lee University Annual Tuition $6,420 Online Bachelor's Degrees 34
#5 #5 Clayton State University Annual Tuition $6,600 Online Bachelor's Degrees 22
#6 #6 ECPI University Online Annual Tuition $6,648 Online Bachelor's Degrees 26
#7 #7 Arkansas State University Annual Tuition $7,080 Online Bachelor's Degrees 23
#8 (tie) #8 (tie) The Baptist College of Florida Annual Tuition $7,200 Online Bachelor's Degrees 25
#8 (tie) #8 (tie) University of the Potomac Online Annual Tuition $7,200 Online Bachelor's Degrees 44
#10 #10 Kennesaw State University Annual Tuition $7,719 Online Bachelor's Degrees 15
#11 #11 Southeastern University Annual Tuition $7,750 Online Bachelor's Degrees 12
#12 #12 Central Methodist University Annual Tuition $7,850 Online Bachelor's Degrees 21
#13 #13 SUNY College of Technology at Canton Annual Tuition $8,000 Online Bachelor's Degrees 10
#14 #14 Clarion University Annual Tuition $8,092 Online Bachelor's Degrees 18
#15 #15 American Public University System Annual Tuition $8,100 Online Bachelor's Degrees 131
#16 (tie) #16 (tie) Chadron State College Annual Tuition $8,370 Online Bachelor's Degrees 13
#16 (tie) #16 (tie) Peru State College Annual Tuition $8,370 Online Bachelor's Degrees 13
#18 #18 University of Maine at Augusta Annual Tuition $8,550 Online Bachelor's Degrees 39
#19 #19 Waldorf University Annual Tuition $8,700 Online Bachelor's Degrees 58
#20 #20 Southeast Missouri State University Annual Tuition $8,752 Online Bachelor's Degrees 21
#21 #21 Athens State University Annual Tuition $8,804 Online Bachelor's Degrees 12
#22 #22 Missouri State University Annual Tuition $8,835 Online Bachelor's Degrees 10
#23 #23 Bemidji State University Annual Tuition $8,893 Online Bachelor's Degrees 18
#24 #24 Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Annual Tuition $8,910 Online Bachelor's Degrees 27
#25 #25 The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Annual Tuition $8,912 Online Bachelor's Degrees 12
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  • Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and ABHE
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 12
  • Settled in the city of Cincinnati, God's Bible School and College is a non-denominational Christian university that offers principally religious programs. Some of its bachelor's degree options include programs in biblical and theological studies, ministerial education, church and family ministry, and intercultural studies and world missions. Tuition for online bachelor’s programs at GBSC is the most affordable on this list at $6,300.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,380
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and DEAC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 25
  • Western Governors University is a non-profit institution and offers exclusively online programs. The school uses what it calls a 'competency-based education' approach, which consists of measuring a student's performance based off of the student’s ability to prove that he or she has mastered the coursework, rather than how many credit hours the student has accumulated. Tuition fees at WGU vary, with the base cost being $6,380 per term for undergraduate degrees. There are four online colleges available, namely a teacher's college, a business college, an information technology college, and a health professionals college.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,399
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 61
  • Fort Hays State University offers an affordable and comprehensive catalog of online bachelor’s programs including degrees in criminal justice, computer science, health studies, and organizational leadership. Bachelor’s degree students are charged $213.33 per credit hour, regardless of whether they do their schooling online or on campus. Students who are new to online learning at Fort Hays State are encouraged to try a demonstration course which is available on the university’s website.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,420
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 34
  • Lee University is a private, comprehensive institution located in Cleveland, Tennessee. An evangelical Christian school, Lee University offers a diverse selection of liberal arts studies, including colleges of religion, music, and of arts and sciences. Lee University also offers an adult school, which provides online bachelor’s degrees that students can complete on their own time. The undergraduate options for the online courses are divided into six departments: business administration, Christian studies, Bible and theology, liberal studies, criminal justice, and ministry leadership. Tuition costs for online bachelor’s students is affordable at $6,420 per year.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 22
  • Established in 1969 as Clayton Junior College, Clayton State was given university status in 1996. Low tuition costs are a hallmark of Clayton State, as undergraduates have to pay just $220 per credit hour. There's a strong diversity of academic programs offered by Clayton State, with 22 undergraduate majors. Students can study homeland security, technology management, history, accounting, marketing, political science, nursing, and many more subjects.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,648
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC, ABHES, ACCET, and ACCSC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 26
  • ECPI University Online provides affordable online bachelor’s degrees in technology, health science, nursing, business, and criminal justice. The curriculum, standards of learning, and requirements for graduation are the same as they would be for a traditional, or on-campus, program. Courses in the online bachelor’s programs include discussion forums, social media interactions, and chat messaging so that students may engage with faculty and their peers. Progress is tested with papers, projects, and open-book exams. Annual tuition for online bachelor’s programs is $6,648.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,080
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 30
  • Founded as an agriculture school in 1909, Arkansas State University now offers a variety of online bachelor’s degrees, including business administration, criminology, disaster preparedness, nursing, and sociology. Arkansas State offers ample flexibility to distance students, with six start dates throughout the year. Tuition for online bachelor’s degree students is affordable at $7,080 per year.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,200
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 25
  • The Baptist College of Florida, a Christian college, offers 25 online bachelor’s degrees. These degrees include biblical studies, Christian studies, ministry, music worship leadership, and Christian education. Online coursework is provided through the college’s unique learning management system called MyBCF, and students can access their coursework from anywhere at any time. Online coursework follows the same semester schedule as on-campus courses and costs the same. Tuition for online bachelor’s degrees is $7,200.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,200
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 44
  • The University of the Potomac offers several degree programs, which are primarily focused on business, management, and information systems. The university’s programs can be completed entirely online, as well as on either of their two campuses, which are located in Washington, D.C. and Vienna, Virginia. Online tuition for undergraduate degrees costs $240 per credit hour or $7,200 per year.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,719
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 15
  • A member of the Georgia university system since 1963, Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in the state. Kennesaw State also has an extensive list of online degree offerings, including 15 fully online bachelor's degrees. Some of these include a Bachelor of Science in Integrative Studies, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity, among others. Tuition for online students is a flat $257.33 per credit hour.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 12
  • Southeastern University is a Christ-centered institution of higher learning. Southeastern offers 12 fully online bachelor’s programs, and undergraduate courses are typically offered in eight-week online sessions. All programs are designed to prepare students to immediately begin working in the field. Tuition for these bachelor’s programs starts at $250 per credit hour. SEU has an exceptional financial aid department and more than 97% of students receive financial aid.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 21
  • Founded in 1854, Central Methodist University is a school that uses its religious foundation to create academic excellence for all its students. With its main campus located in Fayette, Missouri, CMU is currently home to 1,100 students. Although the school specializes in the humanities and prides itself on its strong liberal arts traditions, there are altogether 21 different bachelor’s degree programs, with everything from computer science to psychology. Tuition is highly affordable at $7,850 annually.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 10
  • SUNY College of Technology at Canton offers 10 online bachelor's degrees along with opportunities to build networks with other students around the world. Typically, courses are offered in eight-week sessions and follow the traditional start and end dates of the university semester. SUNY also offers shorter four-week sessions in the winter and summer for accelerated semester options. Tuition for online bachelor’s degrees starts at $8,000 per year.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,092
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 18
  • From beginnings as a seminary in western Pennsylvania, Clarion University has expanded its reach to thousands of students through its traditional campus and online divisions. Clarion offers an array of online degree programs designed to meet continuing education needs for adults. Bachelor's level students can choose from majors in accounting, management, real estate, allied health, and nursing, among others. Tuition for Clarion University's bachelor's degrees starts at $8,092 per year.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and DEAC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 131
  • Founded in 1991 by a retired Marine Corps officer, American Public University System offers career-relevant online education to meet the unique needs of working adults with military and civilian backgrounds. APUS offers over 100 bachelor's degrees in liberal arts, sciences, social sciences, education and technical fields. Some of the more unusual bachelor's degrees offered at APUS include middle eastern studies, reverse logistics management, and intelligence studies. Annual tuition for bachelor's degree starts at $8,100.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,370
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 13
  • Chadron State College has a longstanding track record as a distance education leader. Initially the school specialized in teacher education, but today offers fully online degrees in a range of fields. Prospective students can choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration which offers multiple concentrations including accounting, finance, management, and marketing. Bachelor's degrees are also available in psychology and mathematics. Undergraduate students with associate degrees in science, applied science, or occupational sciences can obtain their bachelor's degree through the school's online Bachelor of Science degree completion program.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,370
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 13
  • Peru State College offers 13 affordable online bachelor’s degrees, including a Bachelor of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Criminal Justice, and a Bachelor of Psychology. Peru State allows students to test drive an online course for those hoping for a preview to online learning. Sessions are offered in eight-week and 16-week blocks throughout the year to allow for more flexibility. Online undergraduate tuition is a consistent and affordable $279 per credit hour.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,550
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 39
  • The University of Maine at Augusta is the third-largest public university in Maine. There are a wide range of bachelor’s programs available online including business administration, computer information systems, information and library science, justice studies, liberal studies, and social science. Distance courses at UMA are provided in a variety of formats including fully online through a learning management system, hybrid, video conferencing, or through a regional university center. Tuition is assessed by credit hour and the cost for out-of-state online students is $285.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,700
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 58
  • Established in 1903, Waldorf University is a private educational institution rooted in the Lutheran tradition. Degrees can be completed both on-campus and online. For those enrolled in an online program, the university provides all textbooks, either new or used, free of charge through the Loan-a-Book and Waldorf Book Grant programs. Online bachelor’s programs are available in a wide variety of fields including communications, criminal justice, fire science, organizational leadership, psychology, and more. Tuition ranges between $290 per credit hour for a bachelor’s degree.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,752
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 21
  • Southeast Missouri State University offers 20 low-cost bachelor’s degree programs that are available fully online. Southeast offers an online demo course to help get prospective students familiar with the format of the classes. All courses have set start and end dates that align with the university semester schedule. The courses are asynchronous, meaning students are not required to be online at the same time as the professor. Online students have full access to the writing center, tech support, extracurricular events, etc. Online tuition is the same for both residents and non-residents at $272.25 per credit hour.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,804
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 12
  • Founded in 1822, Athens State University is Alabama's oldest, continuously operating state university. The school offers 12 online bachelor's degrees with a starting tuition rate of $8,804. Prospective students interested in business degrees can specialize in areas such as accounting, global logistics and supply chain management, or human resource management. Athens State University also offers bachelor's degrees in religion and technical education.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,835
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 10
  • Missouri State University offers 10 fully online bachelor degrees. Most of the bachelor's programs include an internship in the industry. Some of the programs take the traditional four years to complete, but there are opportunities to finish the bachelor's degree in three years. Depending on the program of study, students may be required to maintain a certain GPA in order to be accepted to the program. Tuition for online bachelor’s programs starts at $285 per credit hour.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,893
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 18
  • Bemidji State University was founded in 1919 to train professional teachers in northern Minnesota. Today, however, the school extends far beyond its original reach through its many online degree programs. Bemidji State's online bachelor's degree programs are geared towards working adults who have completed two years of college courses. Online students can major in fields such as accounting, applied engineering, criminal justice, management, and marketing communications. Tuition for bachelor's degrees starts at $8,893 per year.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,910
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 27
  • With over 40 years of experience offering distance degrees, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College makes the online degree process easy and affordable for today's distance learners. Applicants can apply online and will need to submit test scores as well as high school transcripts. Financial aid, scholarships, and military benefits are made available to qualified students and veterans. Students can choose from 27 online bachelor's degree programs including accounting, theology, RN to BSN, and paralegal studies. Credit requirements vary by program, and annual tuition starts at $8,910.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,912
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees: 12
  • The University of Texas of the Permian Basin offers over 20 online programs, including 12 online bachelor's degrees. Prospective students can choose from many areas of study including child and family studies, industrial technology, criminology and criminal justice, and psychology. The majority of online programs are offered in accelerated, eight-week formats and require 120 semester credits for completion. Multiple start dates per year, combined with high academic standards and an affordable tuition rate of $297.07 per credit hour, allow distance students flexibility in achieving their academic goals.

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