2018 Most Affordable LGBTQ-Friendly Online Colleges

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These 25 schools are SR Education Group's most affordable, LGBTQ-friendly online colleges and universities for 2018. SR Education Group has generated this list of affordable online colleges that have LGBTQ-friendly institutional policies and practices, using data from the Campus Pride Index. Schools on this list offer various online degree programs that cost less than $12,000 per year. Kennesaw State University tops the list with a low tuition of $5,970. This university offers 15 bachelor’s degrees and 30 master’s degrees. Ohio University-Main Campus, which is ranked #2, offers 5 online associate’s programs, 9 bachelor’s degrees, and 28 online master’s degrees, including various different MBA programs for $7,290.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Campus Pride Index Score
#1 #1 Kennesaw State University Annual Tuition $5,970 Campus Pride Index Score 4.5
#2 #2 Ohio University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $7,290 Campus Pride Index Score 4.0
#3 #3 University of Iowa Annual Tuition $7,486 Campus Pride Index Score 4.0
#4 #4 Clarion University Annual Tuition $8,092 Campus Pride Index Score 4.0
#5 #5 University of North Florida Annual Tuition $8,550 Campus Pride Index Score 4.0
#6 #6 Texas Tech University Annual Tuition $8,700 Campus Pride Index Score 4.0
#7 #7 Indiana University - Bloomington Annual Tuition $9,460 Campus Pride Index Score 5.0
#8 #8 Northern Illinois University Annual Tuition $9,466 Campus Pride Index Score 4.0
#9 #9 Eastern Michigan University Annual Tuition $9,840 Campus Pride Index Score 4.5
#10 #10 University of Houston Annual Tuition $10,170 Campus Pride Index Score 4.0
#11 #11 University of New Mexico Annual Tuition $10,215 Campus Pride Index Score 4.0
#12 #12 Northern Kentucky University Annual Tuition $10,380 Campus Pride Index Score 4.5
#13 #13 University of Washington - Seattle Annual Tuition $10,395 Campus Pride Index Score 5.0
#14 (tie) #14 (tie) Colorado State University-Global Campus Annual Tuition $10,500 Campus Pride Index Score 4.0
#14 (tie) #14 (tie) Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville Annual Tuition $10,500 Campus Pride Index Score 4.0
#16 #16 University of Southern Maine Annual Tuition $10,640 Campus Pride Index Score 4.0
#17 #17 University of Northern Colorado Annual Tuition $10,800 Campus Pride Index Score 4.5
#18 #18 University of Central Florida Annual Tuition $10,866 Campus Pride Index Score 4.5
#19 #19 Washington State University Annual Tuition $11,335 Campus Pride Index Score 5.0
#20 #20 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Annual Tuition $11,670 Campus Pride Index Score 4.0
#21 #21 University of Massachusetts - Amherst Annual Tuition $11,700 Campus Pride Index Score 5.0
#22 #22 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Annual Tuition $11,760 Campus Pride Index Score 4.5
#23 #23 Portland State University Annual Tuition $11,787 Campus Pride Index Score 5.0
#24 #24 University of Nebraska at Omaha Annual Tuition $11,850 Campus Pride Index Score 4.0
#25 #25 University of Phoenix Annual Tuition $11,940 Campus Pride Index Score 4.0
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  • Annual Tuition: $5,970
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 4.5
  • Kennesaw State University offers advanced distance education options including fully online degree programs and certificate programs, hybrid online programs, and a large number of courses in online and mixed-format versions. It also offers an online orientation, an online application process and online tutoring, writing assistance and testing. Its LGBTQ resources include the anonymous InQUEERies Q&A portal, online educational pamphlets, and the Safe Space Endowed Scholarship, which offers up to $1,000 per year to a student who shows exemplary involvement in on- or off-campus LGBT organizations. KSU offers online undergraduate and graduate programs of study in such subjects as business, logistics & operations, nursing, and computing and software engineering.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,290
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 4.0
  • Equality and inclusiveness are taken seriously at Ohio University - Main Campus, by on-campus and online students alike. Due to its commitment to fostering a supportive environment, the university has a Preferred Pronoun Policy which provides definitions and guides about names and gender pronouns recorded for students. Its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center also sends out an LGBTQ newsletter regularly. On its web-based eCAMPUS, distance students have access to an online readiness survey, free online tutoring services, learning and technical support, and a testing center. The online Master of Arts program consists of eight 7-week courses and is designed to be completed in just 16 months. Students can take courses such as Introduction to English Studies and Culminating Master s Essay, choosing their electives in between.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,486
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 4.0
  • Inclusiveness is a priority at University of Iowa, which provides distance students with excellent access to LGBTQ-friendly resources and services via its Women's Resource and Action Center, Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, and LGBT Resource Center. Student organizations such as Spectrum UI, MEDIQS, and UI Trans Alliance also extend their reach to all students, on-campus and off. In addition, UI offers 31 different online degree and certificate programs. Bachelor's degrees are available in business administration, liberal studies, enterprise studies and other areas of study, and Master's degrees cover such fields as STEM education, social work programs, and learning sciences. A Doctor of Nursing Practice is also offered.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,092
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 4.0
  • Clarion University's Commission on LGBT+ Concerns, the Office of Social Equity, and Wellness Services ensure that school policy is equitable and supportive to all. Additional resources for distance students include organizations such as Allies and the LGBTQ alumni group, CUtalk Online, which offers consultation via computer or phone to off-campus students who require assistance with goal-planning, and Telehealth, which offers veterans web-based access to trained professional counselors. Clarion University offers numerous associate, bachelor's and doctoral degrees, including graduate business and nursing programs.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,550
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 4.0
  • Resources for University of North Florida online students include access to Preferred Name and Pronoun Use forms, applications for the LGBTQ-friendly UNF Building Bridges, Creating Community Full-Time and Part-Time Scholarships, and online sign-up for the LGBT Resource Center's bi-weekly email newsletter. In addition, counseling, tutoring, and advising are extended to distance students, as is an online orientation. Fully online programs include 11 master's degrees, a RN-BSN Bridge Track, three doctorates, as well as several certificates. The Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics is 43 credit hours in length, and has thesis and non-thesis options.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 4.0
  • In an effort to facilitate and strengthen Texas Tech University's LGBTQ community, its Office of LGBTQIA facilitates university-wide programming and advocacy efforts, including distance resources for student counseling, legal assistance, and chosen name and identity registration. TTU also offers online students support services such as an online tuition estimator, comparable out-of-state tuition, and an online course catalog. Its various online degree programs include bachelor's degrees in subjects such as general studies and plant & soil sciences. Master's degrees also include subjects ranging from strategic communication and innovation to agricultural education. An online portal gives students access to self-help technical support articles and also allows them to submit support tickets.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,460
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 5.0
  • The LGBTQ+ Culture Center at Indiana University - Bloomington celebrates diversity and multiculturalism and exists to help students safely reach their graduation goals. It provides mentorship to incoming online freshman, as well as free counseling sessions and Ally training to all. It also serves as a resource board for student groups such as Gender Warriors, Grad Queers, and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Organization. Indiana University offers distance students over 120 degrees in areas as diverse as applied science, labor studies, and philanthropy. Its bachelor's programs are 120 credit hours in length, while its Master's programs vary between 30 and 60 credit hours. The university makes every effort to assist transfer students and to help with the admissions process.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,466
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 4.0
  • Northern Illinois University offers a wide catalog of online and blended courses and degree programs. These include Bachelor of General Studies, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Arts degrees, as well as Master's degrees in subjects ranging from educational research & evaluation to industrial management. The university's Gender and Sexuality Resource Center presents both the annual Eychaner Awards, which are given to NIU community members who make notable contributions to the LGBTQ community, and the Joseph Harry Endowed Scholarship, which is presented to undergraduate students who have participated in LGBTQ organizations or activities. Sample lessons and technology support are offered to distance students via the student online portal.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,840
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 4.5
  • Eastern Michigan University's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center strives to create a supportive and open environment for all students. While it is located on campus, it does its best to accommodate distance students with online resources such as support groups, peer mentoring, and an online FAQ page. 16 fully online degree and certificates are offered through the GO Online portal. Students can complete bachelor's programs in dietetics and technology management or master's programs in dietetics, quality management, and integrated marketing communications. Academic advising, electronic bill-paying options and online registration all streamline the academic experience for distance students.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,170
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 4.0
  • University of Houston's reputation for inclusiveness and empowerment extends to its online students. Prospective distance students will find that the campus-based LGBTQ Resource Center offers them access to the Campus Pride index and the Visibility Project. While enrolled, distance students will find they have access to Pride-specific scholarships, grants and internships, crisis hotlines and web-based health resources. University of Houston offers over 1,250 courses and over 25 graduate and undergraduate online programs, allowing students to "attend" classes according to their own busy, working schedules. Undergraduate degree programs are offered in nursing, psychology, and retailing & consumer sciences, and a graduate student can find degrees covering subjects including mathematics, petroleum engineering, and nutrition.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,215
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 4.0
  • LGBTQ distance students at University of New Mexico can take online classes on subjects such as transnational feminisms, Chicana cultural studies, and introduction to gender studies. The LGBTQ Resource Center also offers students an online application to PRIDE scholarships, a list of Awareness events, counseling services and a weekly email newsletter. Students can choose from a variety of degrees. Bachelor's degrees offered include business administration, radiologic science, and strategic communication. Master's degrees include elementary education, educational leadership and space systems engineering. Student resources include career services, health and counseling services, and technical and academic support.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,380
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 4.5
  • Northern Kentucky University's Office of LGBTQ Programs and Services goes the extra distance to cultivate inclusion among the student body. Online students benefit from many of the resources that are offered, including the Name Change Form and the P.R.I.D.E Mentor Program. Online programs include bachelor's degrees in business information systems, communication studies, history, and organizational leadership. Online master's degrees are offered in business informatics and education - teacher as leader. In addition, accelerated programs are offered in year-round, 7-week sessions.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,395
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 5.0
  • While most of its LGBTQ-friendly services are on-campus, many of the University of Washington - Seattle's resources can still apply to distance students, including the Qmunnity Quarterly Newsletter, the Queer Mentoring Program, and UW Name Change, in addition to others. Areas of study for online programs are exhaustive and include computing & IT, humanities & social sciences, business and engineering. Bachelor's programs vary in length from 2-4 years, while Master's programs are from 1-6 years, depending on whether students attend full- or part-time. An online help center assists distance students with forms and policies and allows them access to online services.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 4.0
  • Colorado State University - Global Campus offers 14 accredited online Bachelor's degrees and 12 accredited Master's degrees. Programs such as its Bachelor's degree in healthcare administration and management allow qualified students dual enrollment status, permitting them early acceptance into the associated Master's program. The Master's degree in criminal justice and law enforcement administration, in typical form, provides prospective students with a video description of the class, as well as a downloadable program sheet and information on related jobs. The university's Pride Resource Center provides online students with extensive resources such as hotline phone numbers and links for assistance with research and financial aid and LGBT-specific scholarship applications. A counseling center liaison is also available for phone consultation.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 4.0
  • In addition to offering hyperlinked LGBTQ film and book lists, an online Ally, and on- and off-campus resource lists, Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville also offers students online guides for degree planning and preparation, and online tutoring, technical and library services. The full spread of web-based degree options includes a Nursing - Accelerated RN-to-BS Option and a Bachelor's in leadership in organizations, plus six Masters degrees, and a Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice. Master's degrees cover topics such as healthcare informatics, instructional technology, and criminal justice policy.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,640
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 4.0
  • LGBT students at the University of Southern Maine can turn to the Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity for an array support services in person and online. The Center collaborates with faculty, staff, and the broader community to promote an inclusive campus. Students who need to report bias incidents on campus can do so on the Center's website. Undergraduate students at USM can earn degrees in fields like business administration, applied technology, liberal studies and social and behavioral studies. The university's online graduate degrees are in the field of education. Some degrees that graduate students can earn include masters in adult and higher education, instructional technology, special education and teaching English to speakers of other languages.

  • Annual Tuition: $10,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 4.5
  • The Gender & Sexuality Resource Center at the University of Northern Colorado advocates for and supports all individuals in the gender and sexual spectrum. The Center offers education, training, and resources for LGBTQ students. Online students can easily access the Center's resource directory online. Online UNCO students can choose from several specialized degree programs. Some unusual degrees the university offers include a BA degree in American Sign Language English interpretation with an emphasis in educational or community interpreting and a BS in Dietetics. Other online undergraduate degrees available at UNO include BA in Communication Studies, RN to BSN, and BA in Psychology.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,866
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 4.5
  • The LGBTQ+ Services center at the University of Central Florida connects students with resources and opportunities to help them succeed in their education and future careers. The center also sponsors events that promote awareness and visibility in the UCF community such as the Lavender Celebration, a graduation ceremony where LGBTQ and ally students celebrate academic and personal achievements. UCF offers 20 online undergraduate degrees in an array of fields. Students who want to earn an arts degree can choose majors such as anthropology, creative writing, history, sociology, and communication and conflict. Students interested in the sciences can earn a degree in fields like health services administration, health informatics, psychology, technical education, and nursing.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,335
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 5.0
  • The Gender Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center (GIESORC) at Washington State University promotes education and empowerment for LGBTQ students. The university also offers financial aid and support including several scholarships for qualifying LGBTQ students. Undergraduate students can choose from an array of online degrees at WSU. Some online bachelor's degree majors at WSU include criminal justice, data analytics, economics human development, integrated strategic communication, accounting, marketing and information systems. Students can also enroll in online master's degrees in fields such as food science, plant health, engineering and technology managemnet, software engineering, or business administration.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,670
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 4.0
  • The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to an academic community that values and nurtures diversity. The Diversity center maintains an extensive collection of resource links that promote an inclusive culture for all students including members of the LGBT spectrum. IMPACT, the university's LGBT student organization also maintains an active web presence and Facebook page where online students can stay informed about campus events and opportunities. Online undergraduate students at UW-Whitewater can major in liberal studies, business, marketing, political science, or early childhood education. The university also offers a law enforcement bachelor's degree completion program for officers who have associate's degrees.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 5.0
  • University of Massachusetts - Amherst's Stonewall Center helps cement the university as an LGBTQ-positive institution. Online students will find that the Stonewall Center, in addition to being responsible for such innovations as the LGBTQIA+ Mentorship Program, also supports individuals who experience harassment and discrimination and advocates on behalf of all LGBTQ students at the university. UMass provides over a hundred different online degree programs. Its exhaustive offerings include 43 bachelor's degrees, 44 master's degrees, four doctoral degrees and dozens of certificates. Prospective students also have the option to complete an online course demo that allows them to test the waters before enrolling in the program.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,760
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 4.5
  • The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee offers programs, services and support for students across gender and sexuality spectrums. The Center also works with departments across the university to maintain a welcoming environment for all students. LGBT individuals in need of financial support can refer to the Center's website to find information about scholarships and financial aid. UWM-Milwaukee offers an array of specialized degrees in an online format. Some undergraduate degrees available online include bachelors in applied computing, biomedical sciences, diagnostic imaging, community engagement and education, Jewish studies, and sociology. Online graduate studies include deaf and hard of hearing education, healthcare informatics, and adult continuing and higher education administration.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,787
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 5.0
  • The Queer Resource Center at Portland State University offers resources and services that support LGBTQ students. Online students can stay informed about QRC events by following the center's social media accounts and signing up for the center's newsletter. Portland State University Online offers an array of undergraduate degree completion options designed for working adults. Students can choose degrees in specialized majors such as criminology and criminal justice, human resources management, supply and logistics management, or urban and public affairs. PSU also offers interdisciplinary majors in arts and letters, liberal studies, and social science.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 4.0
  • The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center at the University of Nebraska - Omaha promotes unity and offers resources and services that support LGBTQ students in the university community. Online students can connect and communicate with the center through several active social media sites. UNO-Omaha offers online undergraduate degrees in criminology and criminal justice, sociology, emergency management, library science, management information systems, and religious studies. Students can also choose the online bachelor of multidisciplinary studies which allows individuals to customize their degree by choosing courses from over 50 available areas of study.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,940
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Campus Pride Index Score: 4.0
  • The University of Phoenix has an established history of promoting an inclusive community for students, faculty, and staff. The school partners with organizations in LGBT and other minority communities to recruit and maintain a diverse faculty pool. Undergraduate students can learn about gender, ethnicity and race issues in courses such as Diversity and Special Populations, and Cultural Diversity. Some of the online degrees offered by the University of Phoenix include BS in Business, BS in Management, BS in Information Technology, BS in Applied Psychology and BS in Environmental Sciences.

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