2020 Most Affordable Online Computer Science Degrees

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This list highlights 24 schools, all of which offer affordable online bachelor's in computer science degrees. Fort Hays State University is the #1 school on the list, offering a tuition rate of $6,560 annually. Ranked #2, Western Governors University offers an annual tuition rate of just $6,750 for its B.S. in Computer Science. Courses include Data Management - Applications, Operating Systems for Programmers, and Scripting and Programming - Applications.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our rankings of the most affordable online master's in computer science degrees. View our methodology or learn more about OnlineU.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 $6,560
# 2 #2 $6,750
# 3 #3 $7,440
# 4 #4 $7,492
# 5 #5 $7,800
# 6 #6 $8,340
# 7 #7 $8,850
# 8 #8 $9,600
# 9 #9 $9,856
# 10 #10 $10,140
# 11 #11 $10,376
# 12 #12 $10,500
# 13 #13 $10,943
# 14 #14 $11,100
# 15 #15 $11,340
# 16 #16 $11,850
# 17 #17 $12,090
# 18 #18 $12,105
# 19 #19 $12,210
# 20 #20 $12,338
# 21 #21 $12,450
# 22 #22 $12,555
# 23 #23 $12,834
# 24 #24 $13,230
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  • Annual Tuition: $6,560
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Example Classes: Data Structures; Object-Oriented Programming; Operating Systems; Programming Languages; Survey of Computer Science

Fort Hays State University (FHSU) offers a fully-online Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. The program focuses on software, digital storage and retrieval, information security, and more. To graduate, students must complete 120 credit hours, including 55 credit hours of general education requirements and 65 credit hours of major requirements. Upper-division courses include topics in object-oriented programming, foundations of computing, operating systems, programming languages, and a three-credit seminar.

Online courses are offered on the Blackboard learning management system, where students have access to discussion boards, videos, presentations, projects, labs, and exams. The class format is dependent on the instructor and can include both synchronous and asynchronous elements. FHSU's Credit for Prior Learning program allows students to earn college credits by completing either an examination, submitting a portfolio, or providing documentation for prior work, certifications, volunteering, community service, or military experience. Many resources are available to online students, including online tutoring, the writing center, counseling, career services, and the Forsyth Library.

To apply, students must complete an online application (with fee) and submit official transcripts from previously attended schools. Prospective students 21 years of age or older do not need to submit ACT or SAT scores.

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Annual Tuition: $6,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes: Business of IT - Project Management; Data Management - Applications; Operating Systems for Programmers; Scripting and Programming - Applications; Software Quality Assurance; Structured Query Language

Western Governors University (WGU) offers an online Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree. WGU offers competency-based education, so students are awarded a degree once they complete their personalized degree plan rather than credit hours. The majority of students finish the program in twelve months and gain skills in logic, architecture and systems, data structures, AI, and computer theory. Online courses cover topics in IT fundamentals, scripting and program, network and security, and data manipulation. At the end of the program, students will complete a capstone project where they provide a solution to a real-world issue. Students have the option to concurrently earn industry certifications along with their degree at no cost, including ITIL® Foundation Certification, CompTIA Project+, and Oracle Database SQL.

Unlike traditional universities that charge per credit, WGU offers flat-rate tuition and course material fees for each 6-month term. Since units are self-paced, students have no limit in terms of the number of competency units they can complete per term. Additionally, students with previous college coursework and certifications may be able to waive some course requirements. Each student is paired with a program mentor during their course of study and has access to e-textbooks, library services, web-based tutorials, simulations, and online learning communities. Students in the computer science program have access to the Skillsoft library where they can complete modules.

Start dates are available on the first day of every month. Interested candidates can submit an online application, transcripts, and apply for financial aid. Prospective students must take part in an interview with an enrollment counselor and complete an orientation.

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • B.S. Computer Science
  • B.S. Cloud Computing
  • B.S. Software Development - C#
  • Annual Tuition: $7,440
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • Example Classes: Computer Law & Ethics; Computer Org & Assembly; Data Base Design; Design & Analysis of Algorithm; Thinking, Speaking, Writing

Lamar University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Computer Science through the College of Arts and Sciences. This 120-credit program can be completed in four years, and students can select a concentration in Bioinformatics. The program emphasizes programming languages, data structures, information systems, the theory of programming languages, computer architecture, and more. Students are required to complete 48 credit hours in computer science, covering topics in computer networks and architecture, database design and structures, and programming languages. In addition to the general education requirements, 20 credit hours are needed in mathematics, 12 hours in laboratory science, and 6 hours in free electives. Seniors are required to take the ETS computer science field exam to graduate.

Online coursework is asynchronous and hosted through the Blackboard learning management system, where students can access recorded lectures, discussion boards, simulations, submit assignments, and complete exams and quizzes. LU offers transfer credits for previous work, life, and military experiences. No application fee is required. Online students have access to various resources, including Smarthinking tutoring services, college advising, the writing center, career services, and online health tools.

Lamar University's computer science program starts in January or May of each year. Students can submit an online application and official transcripts with a minimum 2.0 GPA to be considered.

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Annual Tuition: $7,492
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Example Classes: Database Design and Programming; Design and Analysis of Algorithms; Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science; Logic Circuits; Operating Systems; Programming Language Concepts

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Annual Tuition: $7,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Example Classes: .NET 1; Concepts of MIS; Database Systems and SQL; Networking; Scientific Computer Programming; Web Page Design

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Annual Tuition: $8,340
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes: Client Side Web Development; Computer Architecture/Organization; Network Fundamentals and Design; Object-Oriented Programming

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Integrated Studies - Computer Science
  • Annual Tuition: $8,850
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes: .NET Concepts and Principles; Database Applications; Programming in C++; Programming in Java; Software Engineering; System Analysis and Design

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS in Computer Science
  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Example Classes: Collaboration and Team Projects; Emerging Systems Architectures & Technologies; Fundamentals of Data Mining; Object Oriented Analysis and Design; Operating Environments; Software Testing, Automation, and Quality Assurance

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS Computer Science
  • BS Computer Science - Information Security
  • BS Computer Science - Project Management for STEM
  • BS Computer Science - Data Analytics
  • BS Computer Science - Software Engineering
  • BS Cyber Security
  • Annual Tuition: $9,856
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes: Computer Simulation; Computer Statistical Techniques; Operations Research; Problem Analysis and Solution; Programming Languages; Switching Theory and Automata

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity
  • Bachelor of Science in Technical Studies
  • Annual Tuition: $10,140
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 88%
  • Example Classes: Advanced Programming; Applied Discrete Mathematics; Applied Networking; Computer Science I; Computer Security; Data Structures and Algorithms

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS in Applied Computer Science
  • Annual Tuition: $10,376
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Example Classes: Computer Design; Discrete Mathematics; Ethical Hacking & Countermeasures; Integrated Circuits and Systems; Programming Embedded Systems; Telecommunication Networks

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science
  • Annual Tuition: $10,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes: Artificial Intelligence; Data Structures and Algorithms; Database Management; Operating Systems and Architecture; Platform Based Development; Technology, Ethics, and Global Community

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS - Computer Science
  • BS - Computer Science - Intelligence and Homeland Security
  • Annual Tuition: $10,943
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes: Artificial Intelligence; Computer Architecture; Database Systems; Social/Professional Issues in IT/IS; Unix Programming Environment

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA Science, Mathematics and Technology
  • BS Science, Mathematics and Technology
  • Annual Tuition: $11,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Example Classes: Database Concepts and Programming; Artificial Intelligence; Network Theory and Design; Programming in C/C++; Programming in JAVA; Software Engineering

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • B.S. in Computer Science
  • B.S. in Computer Science: Information Assurance
  • Annual Tuition: $11,340
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 98%
  • Example Classes: Algorithm Analysis; Applied 3D Graphics and Animation; Authoring Environment Programming; Interactive Software Design; Mobile Application Development; Unix Programming

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA in Computer Science
  • BS in Computer Science
  • Annual Tuition: $11,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Example Classes: Database Fundamentals; Ethics for Computer Science; Linear Algebra; Mobile and Smart Computing; Network and Telecommunication Concepts; Software Engineering

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • B.S. in Computer Science
  • B.S. in Computer Engineering
  • Annual Tuition: $12,090
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 30%
  • Example Classes: Algorithms & Data Structures; Computer Architecture & Organization; Modern Cryptography; Network Architecture & Protocols; Software Engineering; Technical Aspects of Computer Security

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS: Computer Science: Cyber-Security
  • Annual Tuition: $12,105
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 52%
  • Example Classes: Applied Statistics; Business Calculus; Computer Organization; Data Structures & Algorithms; Discrete Structures; Programming Languages

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Annual Tuition: $12,210
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Example Classes: Computational Methods & Software; Computers in Society; Human Behavior; Human Creativity; Operating Systems; Professional Workforce Development

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Degree Completion)
  • Annual Tuition: $12,338
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes: Enterprise Software Architecture; Human Computer Interaction; Information Systems Architecture & Technology; Mobile Programming; Object-Oriented Analysis And Design; Object-Oriented Data Structures & Algorithms

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS in Computer Science
  • Annual Tuition: $12,450
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Example Classes: Computer Architecture; Data Management Concepts; Data Structures; Linear Algebra; Managing Information Systems; Programming Fundamentals

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Information and Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Information and Computer Science - Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Information and Computer Science - Cybersecurity
  • Bachelor of Science in Information and Computer Science - Data Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Information and Computer Science - Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Information and Computer Science - Networking and Security
  • Annual Tuition: $12,555
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes: Computer Architecture; Net-centric Computing; Object Oriented Programming With C++; Programming for Mobile Devices; Trends in Computer Science; Unit Testing and Interfaces

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Computer Science - Bachelor
  • Computer Science - Computer Programming - Bachelor
  • Computer Science - Database Technology - Bachelor
  • Information Systems - Web Development - Bachelor
  • Annual Tuition: $12,834
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 99%
  • Example Classes: Computer Organization and Design; Concepts of Database Systems; Data Structures; Object-Oriented Programming; Programming Language Survey and Concepts; Programming Principles; Software Engineering; Web Programming

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BAS in Computer Science
  • Annual Tuition: $13,230
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Example Classes: Database Management; Information Systems Analysis and Design; Internet Graphics; Internet Programming; Microcomputer Applications; Web Page Development

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science - Computer and Information System Security
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science - Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science - Programming