50 Most Affordable Nonprofit Online Colleges

Online education is rapidly rising in popularity as a way for individuals to advance their skills and credentials and move up in particular career paths. The flexibility of online education allows students to maintain more rigorous work schedules while being able to fulfill the requirements of their education. The first question that many prospective students ask when pursuing online degree programs, is “how much will this education cost me?” Indeed, the cost of any educational program is an important factor to consider when determining whether or not further education will pay off in the long run. We have thus compiled this ranking of the 50 most affordable public and private nonprofit colleges and universities offering online programs of study as a resource to help prospective online students find high quality online degree programs at among the lowest tuition rates available.

From a list of nearly 200 colleges and universities, which Nonprofit Colleges Online has identified as offering online degree programs at affordable tuition rates, this ranking was narrowed to the 50 most affordable institutions overall by per-credit tuition rates. To be included in the ranking, colleges must be regionally accredited, and not-for-profit institutions offering undergraduate and graduate level online degree programs in at least 10 disciplines. Tuition rates however were the sole criteria for compiling this ranking. For rankings that utilize a variety of other factors to determine the best schools for online education see our Best Colleges for Online Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral Degrees.

#1. Western Governors University

Located in Salt Lake City, Utah, Western Governors University, or WGU,was originally founded by 19 U.S. state governors in 1997. WGU is the first online university to be accredited by NCATE (for teacher preparation), and received $10M in funding from the U.S. Dept. of Education for a Teachers College. WGU is an online university offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees focusing on career oriented education in teaching, nursing, IT, and business, designed to allow working professionals the opportunity to fit a university education into their busy lives. Students at WGU work entirely online with mentors, except with a few exceptions for teaching and nursing programs. Courses are based on licensed modules from commercial providers, and tests are proctored via webcam and other means.

Accreditation: WGU is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Tuition Score 1-100: 100

#2. Fort Hays State University

Located in Hays, Kansas, Fort Hays State University is the third-largest public school in the state of Kansas with a student body of 11,200 students. FHSU provides accessible quality education to Kansas, the nation, and the world through an innovative community to teacher-scholars and professionals to develop engaged global citizen-leaders. Fort Hays State University is a true world leader in distance education, offering over 50 online degrees specifically designed for adult learners. Students can take a class or earn an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree through highly ranked online programs that are among the least expensive in the United States. Online master’s degrees are available in: Business Administration, School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Education, Educational Administration, Health and Human Performance, Higher Education, History, Instructional Technology, Liberal Studies, Professional Studies, Public History, Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, School Psychology, and Special Education.

Accreditation: Fort Hays State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 99

#3. Amberton University

Amberton University is a private, nonprofit university located in Garland, Texas. Amberton is a private university with a philosophy rooted in the Evangelical Christian tradition. Amberton’s programs are designed exclusively for working adults and thus offer flexibility and affordability for adult learners seeking to further their education and advance their careers. To that end, the vast majority of Amberton’s course catalogue is offered online as well as in person at the Amberton campus and thus just about any degree bachelor’s or master’s offered can be earned online. Amberton offers degrees in the broad areas of business and management, counseling, and more.

Accreditation: Amberton University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 97

#4. Valdosta State University

Valdosta State University is a public university located in Valdosta, Georgia. The university was founded in 1906 and has since grown to enroll over 11,000 students. Valdosta State University is a comprehensive university offering associate, bachelor, graduate, and doctoral degrees. VSU offers exceptional online program offerings at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels and has been continually recognized as one of the most innovative institutions in distance education with cutting edge technological learning opportunities. Programs are offered in the broad disciplines of business, communications, education, health professions, public administration, technology and engineering, and more.

Accreditation: Valdosta State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 96

#5. Columbus State University

Located in Columbus, Georgia, just 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, Columbus State University is part of the University System of Georgia, enrolling more than 8,200 students in a wide variety of degree programs. Columbus State University offers nationally distinctive programs in the arts, education, business, nursing, and more. Columbus State offers a wide variety of online program offerings leading to undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as Certificate and Endorsement options. Online offering include entirely online programs as well as partial online courses and hybrid online courses. CSU offers bachelor, master, and doctoral level online programs in disciplines including business, communication, education, information technology, nursing, and more.

Accreditation: Columbus State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 95

#6. William Woods University

Located in Fulton, Missouri, William Woods University is a private university enrolling more than 3,800 students. William Woods University believes in a service-learning model, where students learn best through hands-on experience, and through the giving of their hearts, minds and talents. In addition to its traditional programs WWU offers nationally ranked online degrees at the Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s levels. Online programs at WWU feature academic excellence, flexible scheduling for working professionals and great value. With both fully online programs, as well as transfer programs (for students who have completed approximately 60 credits of college coursework), William Woods’ online programs provide convenient opportunities for working adults to further their education without disrupting work and family commitments. Undergraduate and graduate programs are available online in business administration, paralegal studies, interpretation ASL, workforce leadership, nursing, healthcare administration, equestrian studies, education, and more.

Accreditation: William Woods University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition Score 1-100: 94

#7. Southeast Missouri State University

Southeast Missouri State University is a public institution located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. It is a comprehensive university enrolling approximately 12,000 students and offering over 200 different areas of study. The university provides student‐centered education and experiential learning with a foundation of liberal arts and sciences, embracing a tradition of access, exceptional teaching, and commitment to student success that significantly contributes to the development of the region and beyond. In addition to its traditional, campus-based programs, SMSU offers numerous online degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Programs are offered in business, computer information systems, criminal justice, healthcare management, psychology, social studies, education, public administration, and much more.

Accreditation: Southeast Missouri State University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Tuition Score 1-100: 93

#8. University of Central Missouri

Located in Warrensburg, Missouri, the University of Central Missouri is a public institution enrolling almost 15,000 students. UCM is dedicated to the transformation of students into lifelong learners, dedicated to service, with the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed and lead in the region, state, nation and world. With more than 150 programs of study, including 10 pre-professional programs, 27 areas of teacher certification, and 37 graduate programs UCM’s adult learners and other nontraditional students through online program offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Online programs are available in disciplines including criminal justice, crisis and disaster management nursing, occupational education, aviation, career and technical education leadership, communication education, industrial management, and much more.

Accreditation: University of Central Missouri is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Tuition Score 1-100: 92

#9. Marshall University

Originally founded as the Marshall academy, Marshall University is located in West Virginia in the town of Huntington. The school is home to nearly 14,000 students and is a public institution of higher learning. Marshall is committed to high quality teaching, research, and professional training and offers academic programs online for working adults. Online programs include undergraduate and graduate programs in disciplines such as geography, nursing, leadership, counseling, education, mathematics, journalism, and more.

Accreditation: Marshall University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Tuition Score 1-100: 91

#10. Western Carolina Univeristy

As the westernmost institution in the University of North Carolina system, Western Carolina University provides comprehensive educational opportunities to residents in the state’s western region and attracts students from around the globe to explore the region’s vast natural diversity. Founded in 1889 as a teaching college, Western Carolina is now located in the town of Cullowhee, North Carolina and provides an education to more than 10,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. WCU is home to top-ranked programs in fields from nursing to education to engineering and offers online programs at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Accreditation: Western Carolina University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Tuition Score 1-100: 91

#11. Peru State College

Located in Peru, Nebraska, Peru State College is a public institution of higher learning. The College offers a mix of innovative online and traditional classroom undergraduate and graduate programs, including online graduate degrees in education and organizational management. Nebraska’s first college, established in 1867 as a teacher training school with one building and 60 students, has transformed over the past century and a half into a state-of-the-art institution offering diverse, multifaceted educational programs to around 2,400 students. PSU offers online degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level in accounting, management, marketing, psychology, public administration, criminal justice, education, and more.

Accreditation: Peru State is regionally accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 91

#12. Fitchburg State University

Located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Fitchburg State University is a public institution enrolling nearly 7,000 students. FSU is dedicated to integrating high-quality professional programs with strong liberal arts and science studies. The university follows a career oriented curriculum and features small class sizes, hands-on professional education, and an accessible faculty dedicated to teaching. The university has more than 30 undergraduate and 22 master’s programs with a range of programs offered online in education, history, business, nursing, and more.

Accreditation: Fitchburg State University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition Score 1-100: 91

#13. Waldorf University

Located in Forest City, Iowa, Waldorf University is a private, coeducational, liberal arts based institution with ties to the Lutheran denomination. The university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees through both traditional and online courses. Waldorf values service to the community, academic excellence, freedom of inquiry, a liberating education, and learning through the exchange of ideas in open conversation. Waldorf offers online degrees at the Associate, Bachelor, and Masters level in a variety of disciplines including business, communication, criminal justice, health care, human resources, psychology, education, public administration, and more.

Accreditation: Waldorf University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Tuition Score 1-100: 89

#14. Delta State University

Located in Cleveland, Mississippi, Delta State University is a public institution enrolling just over 4,800 students. Delta State provides a comprehensive education at the undergraduate and graduate level. Delta State University emphasizes service to the Northern Delta counties and its campus centers in Clarksdale and Greenville in traditional and distance education formats and serves as an educational and cultural center for the Mississippi Delta region. DSU offers a variety of online programs at the Master’s level in business teaching, aviation, community development, nursing, social justice, and more.

Accreditation: Delta State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Tuition Score 1-100: 90

#15. University of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas is a public institution that was founded in 1871. The university is located in Fayetteville, Arkansas and enrolls over 27,000 students. U of A is consistently ranked among the nation’s top public research universities and works hard to ensure a low student-to-faculty ratio to promote personal attention and mentoring opportunities for all students. In addition to its traditional programs U of A offers online programs designed by academic departments on the Fayetteville campus to offer students another path to earning a degree from a top-tier university. Online programs are offered at bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels in a wide range of academic and professional disciplines including communication, business, nursing, mathematics, education, engineering, operations management, social work, and more.

Accreditation: The University of Arkansas is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 89

#16. University of Florida

The University of Florida is a major research institution located in the north Florida college town of Gainesville. This school is the oldest public university in the state and has a ranking of 17 on the U.S. News and World Report list of the top twenty national public universities. The Princeton Review finds the school the seventh best value in public education. There are 16 different colleges set on the main campus. Students can choose from a wide selection of online degrees from the bachelor’s to doctorates. Programs are offered in a variety of disciplines including engineering, agriculture, education, medicine, business, entomology, ecology, gerontology, and much more.

Accreditation: The University of Florida is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 88

#17. Emporia State University

Located in Emporia, Kansas, Emporia State University is a public university enrolling nearly 6,000 students and offering eighty different courses of study. Since 1863, Emporia State University has prepared teachers in nationally acclaimed teacher education programs. For the last 40 years, outstanding and highly accredited programs in Business, Library and Information Management, and Liberal Arts and Sciences have prepared our students to take their place in a competitive and increasingly global society. ESU offers online programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in a number of different education related degree.

Accreditation: Emporia State University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Tuition Score 1-100: 87

#18. Southern Oregon University

Located in Ashland, Oregon, Southern Oregon University is a public university providing career-focused, comprehensive educational experiences to over 6,200 students. Along with an emphasis on student success and intellectual growth, SOU is committed to diversity, inclusion and sustainability. Theoretical and experiential learning programs provide quality, innovative experiences for students. At SOU, students build strong community connections through internships, mentorships, field studies, capstone projects, volunteer opportunities and civic engagement. In addition to traditional programs SOU offers online degree programs at the bachelor’s and master’s levels in fields such as business, criminology, childhood development, leadership, and more.

Accreditation: Southern Oregon University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Tuition Score 1-100: 86

#19. Columbia College

Located in Columbia, Missouri, Columbia College is a private institution enrolling a student body of approximately 2,100 and offering seventy-five different programs of study. Columbia College works to improve lives by providing quality education to traditional and nontraditional students to help them achieve their potential. In addition to offering associate and bachelor’s degrees, the college also offers master’s degrees at the main campus, selected extended campuses and online. Online programs are offered from associate’s to master’s in a variety of professional disciplines including business, computer sciences, criminal justice, education, history, human services, language and communication, nursing, psychology, and more.

Accreditation: Columbia College is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Tuition Score 1-100: 86

#20. University of Alabama

Founded in 1831 as the state’s first public college, The University of Alabama is a public research university located in the town of Tuscaloosa. Dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and service, UA encompasses 13 colleges and schools. University of Alabama is a highly ranked school consistently named as one of the top 50 public universities in the nation. Through the school’s online division, “Bama by Distance,” students can earn online degrees and certificates in a wide variety of disciplines including Business Administration, Communication, Education, Engineering, Nursing, Social Work, and more. Through innovative and flexible formats, the Bama by Distance strives to provide diverse and convenient academic programs to learners pursuing educational goals and personal development.

Accreditation: University of Alabama is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100 86

#21. Jacksonville State University

Located in Jacksonville, Alabama, Jacksonville State University is a public university enrolling approximately 8,700 students. Founded in 1883, Jacksonville State offers programs of study in five academic units leading to Bachelor’s, Master’s, Education Specialist, and Doctorate in addition to continuing and distance education programs. JSU offers online degree programs leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a wide range of disciplines including engineering, business, computer science, criminal justice, education, geography, nursing, public administration, and more.

Accreditation: Jacksonville State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association on Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 85

#22. Stephens College

One of the oldest all female colleges that still remains to serve only women, Stephens College is a private institution with a rich history in empowering and educating women. Today, the student body has grown to just shy of nine-hundred students with over twenty different undergraduate degree programs to choose from. Stephens College has a long history of developing creative solutions to help graduate, adult and non-traditional students achieve their dreams. Online programs continue this legacy with affordable, convenient programs taught by qualified professional faculty focused on student success.

Accreditation: Stephens College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition Score 1-100: 84

#23. Bemidji State University

Named for its location in Bemidji, Minnesota, Bemidji State University is a public university enrolling a student body of over 6,300 students and offering a variety of different programs for students to enroll in. The university is dedicated to maintaining an interdisciplinary and accessible learning environment and promotes service to others, preservation of the earth, and respect and appreciation for the diverse peoples of the region and world. BSU is a leader in distance learning with a variety of convenient and affordable online programs offered in bachelor completion degrees and master’s degree programs in business, education, accounting, engineering, criminal justice, psychology, and more.

Accreditation: Bemidji State University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Tuition Score 1-100: 84

#24. Arkansas Tech University

Arkansas Tech University offers both baccalaureate and graduate degrees in a range of fields. Founded in 1909 as an agricultural school, Arkansas Tech has always been located in Russellville, Arkansas, and obtained university status in 1976. Arkansas Tech University is dedicated to student success, access, and excellence as a responsive campus community providing opportunities for progressive intellectual development and civic engagement.Many degrees can be completed entirely online. Online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs are offered in disciplines including nursing, applied science, business, history, informatics, education, and more.

Accreditation: Arkansas Tech University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 84

#25. Middle Georgia State University

Middle Georgia State University is a public, four-year, member of the University System of Georgia located in Macon. Middle Georgia State University educates and graduates inspired, lifelong learners whose scholarship and careers enhance the region through professional leadership, innovative partnerships, and community engagement. The University offers master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees, as well as certificates, to students across five campuses in Middle Georgia, and online. Online programs include associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in subjects including information technology, nursing, criminal justice, financial technology, and political science.

Accreditation: Middle Georgia State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Tuition Score 1-100: 83

#26. North Dakota State University

North Dakota State University is a public research university located in Fargo, North Dakota. It is distinctive as a student-focused, land-grant, research university, that provides affordable access to an excellent education at a top-ranked institution that combines teaching and research in a rich learning environment, educating future leaders who will create solutions to national and global challenges that will shape a better world. NDSU’s distance offerings online include more than 25 different degree options at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students can earn a degree online in fields including human development, sociology, construction management, health, engineering, transportation and urban systems, dietetics, merchandising, and more.

Accreditation: Dakota State University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Tuition Score 1-100: 83

#27. Southeastern University

Southeastern University is a private Christian liberal arts university located in Lakeland, Florida. It was established in 1935 in New Brockton, Alabama as Southeastern Bible Institute, relocated to Lakeland in 1946, and became a liberal arts college in 1970. Southeastern offers 55 bachelor’s degrees, 16 master’s degrees, and two doctoral degrees. The university also features 80 extension sites in 29 states including Florida, which has 19 sites. The degrees offered at the sites include a variety of associate, bachelor, and a master’s degree in ministry and leadership. In addition to traditional degree programs, Southeastern also offers online programs of study in business, criminal justice, ministry, education, behavioral science, design and communication, and nursing. USD offers online programs from associate through doctorate in disciplines including business, criminal justice, management, health sciences,

Accreditation: Southeastern University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 83

#28. University of South Dakota

The University of South Dakota is a public institution that was established in 1862. It is located in Vermillion, South Dakota and is home to almost 10,000 students and 270 programs of study. USD is the state’s flagship university and features outstanding campus academics, but the university is also committed to nontraditional students with its online and off-campus programs. USD Online and Off-Campus Education offers accredited, high-quality academic programs and courses with flexibility and convenience. USD offers online associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in academic and professional disciplines including business, accountancy, criminal justice, public administration, public health, physical therapy, dental hygiene, social work, education, music, and more.

Accreditation: The University of South Dakota is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition Score 1-100: 83

#29. Georgia Southwestern State University

Georgia Southwestern State University is a public university in Americus, Georgia. Georgia Southwestern State University is a comprehensive state university within the University System of Georgia that offers a full range of bachelor degree programs, along with selected master’s and specialist degree programs. is committed to serving the needs of its developing region with educational programs for high school, for professional and technical graduates; post-graduate professional training; research and business services; and cultural enrichment. As part of its mission to cultivate excellence in learning and teaching, Georgia Southwestern State University offers both courses and degree programs through online learning. Programs are offered in business administration, mathematics, nursing, and more.

Accreditation: Georgia Southwestern State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 82

#30. University of Colorado Denver

The University of Colorado in Denver is a public university with a student body of approximately 18,000 students. It is one of the nation’s top public urban research universities located on two campuses: one in downtown Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campus in the suburb of Aurora, Colorado. The university offers more than 140 programs in 13 schools and colleges at the undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and professional health levels. Online degree programs are offered through CU—Denver Online leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees in subjects including arts and media, business, education, engineering, liberal arts, nursing, pharmacy, public affairs, and public health.

Accreditation: University of Colorado Denver’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Tuition Score 1-100: 82

#31. University of Southern Indiana

Founded in 1965, the University of Southern Indiana is a public university now home to a student body of over 11,000 students. Located in Vanderburgh County the university offers a comprehensive selection of degree programs from associate through doctoral levels in more than 100 areas of study. USI’s Online Learning division is devoted to providing holistic online faculty development and student support services that embrace quality online education through teaching innovations and learning collaboration to improve the recruitment, enrollment, retention, and graduation rate at the University. To that end USI offers a wide variety of online degree options from bachelor’s through doctoral programs in nursing, sports management, business, health administration, informatics, radiologic technology, and more.

Accreditation: University of Southern Indiana is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Tuition Score 1-100: 82

#32. Bowling Green State University

A public university in Bowling Green, Ohio, Bowling Green State University was founded in 1910 as a teacher training school and today is named as one of the top public universities nationwide with a strong commitment to first-year programs that lead to success. Bowling Green State University provides educational experiences inside and outside the classroom that enhance the lives of students, faculty and staff. Through its eCampus, BGSU offers opportunities for students to advance their careers by earning the same accredited degrees as on campus students 100% online. Online programs are available at the bachelor’s and master’s levels in disciplines including health, business, management and technology, special education, criminal justice, food and nutrition, learning design, communications, and more.

Accreditation: Bowling Green State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 82

#33. Wilmington University

Wilmington University is a private, nonprofit research university founded in 1968. WU is located in Wilmington, Deleware and has affiliated campuses across the state of Deleware and in Maryland and New Jersey. The university enrolls over 19,200 students annually in career-focused degree programs that emphasize in-demand knowledge and skills that employers need, taught by faculty who are practitioners in their career fields. Wilmington University online degree programs combine the same quality, real-world academics of traditional degree programs with a flexible online format. Wilmington features a huge selection of online programs at the undergraduate and graduate level in nursing, business management, behavioral science, criminal justice, psychology, computer and network security, human services, school leadership, communication, information systems, and more.

Accreditation: Wilmington University is regionally accredited by the Middle State Comission on Higher Education.

Tuition Score 1-100: 80

#34. Troy University

Troy University is a comprehensive public university headquartered in Troy, Alabama and comprised of a network of campuses throughout the state and worldwide. International in scope, Troy University provides a variety of educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels for a diverse student body in traditional, nontraditional, and emerging electronic formats. Academic programs are supported by a variety of student services which promote the welfare of the individual student. Troy University’s dedicated faculty and staff promote discovery and exploration of knowledge and its applications to life-long success through effective teaching, service, creative partnerships, scholarship, and research. Troy University is known for providing high-quality, affordable academic programs in formats that make it convenient to balance college, work and family. Troy develops its students by providing quality programs, challenging research opportunities, superior teaching, scholarships, and public services through accessible degree programs administered online. Troy’s extensive online options include programs from the associate through doctoral levels in subjects including accounting, anthropology, computer science, criminal justice, history, hospitality management, human services, liberal studies, social work, sociology, sports management, education, communications, and much more.

Accreditation: Troy University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 80

#35. Stephen F. Austin State University

Located in Nacogdoches, Texas, Stephen F. Austin State University a public university and home to approximately 14,000 students. Stephen F. Austin State University is a comprehensive institution dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative work, and service. The university offers more than 120 areas of study, including more than 80 undergraduate majors, nearly 60 graduate degrees, and three doctoral programs through six colleges and one independent school. SFASU offers over 20 online degree programs to make education more accessible for students facing barriers to furthering their education whether geographic, employment schedules, or family obligations. The programs encompass undergraduate and graduate degree programs in disciplines including nursing, business, public administration, resource interpretation, education, and more.

Accreditation: Stephen F. Austin State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Tuition Score 1-100: 80

#36. Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University is a public, land-grant university whose mission is to provide access and opportunity to students from all sectors of the state’s diverse population, as well as from other states and countries, and to offer excellent programs of teaching, research, and service. Currently, over 21,000 students are enrolled at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi. MSU offers a wide variety of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs online as well as well as several certificate programs all designed to support the busy schedules of working adults. Distance programs include bachelor, master, and doctoral degree programs in topics including business administration, geosciences, industrial technology, agribusiness, education, engineering, forestry, biology, information systems, and more.

Accreditation: Mississippi State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 80

#37. University of West Florida

Just north of downtown Pensacola, the University of West Florida is a public university with its main campus is located in beautiful woodlands along the banks of the Escambia River. The University of West Florida is home to over 13,000 students enrolling in forty-five different undergraduate degrees as well as twenty-five different master’s programs. Featuring small class sizes, UWF is committed to providing a close-knit academic experience and to fostering success in the classroom. In addition to its campus-based programs the University of West Florida offers over 600 online course sections each semester that lead to undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as credit-earning certificates. Over 50 degree and certificate programs are offered online in subjects including career and technical education, engineering, exceptional student education, health sciences, maritime studies, nursing, business administration, computer science, english, healthcare administration, mathematics, political science, accountancy, public health, and more.

Accreditation: University of West Florida is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 79

#38. Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Currently enrolling over 9,000 students, Northwestern State University of Louisiana is a public university located in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Northwestern State University is a responsive, student-oriented institution that is committed to the creation, dissemination, and acquisition of knowledge through teaching, research, and service. NSUL’s online division—eNSU—is Louisiana’s first and largest electronic campus and is devoted to providing accommodating class schedules, personalized instruction, and financial aid to those who qualify. Online degree programs are offered at the associate through doctoral level in a wide range of disciplines including health, resource management, criminal justice, liberal arts, accounting, business, child and family studies, education, nursing, and more.

Accreditation: Northwestern State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 79

#39. University of Wyoming

Located in Laramie Wyoming, the University of Wyoming is a nationally recognized land-grant public research institution enrolling over 14,000 students in a wide array of undergraduate and graduate programs. The University of Wyoming is committed to meeting the educational needs of the people beyond those who can attend school on its physical campus and to that end delivers a range of courses and degree programs to students across the nation through online and combination deliveries. Degree programs range from bachelor’s through doctoral level programs and include disciplines such as business, family and consumer sciences, nursing, organizational leadership, psychology, criminal justice, social sciences, education, english, kinesiology and health, speech-language hearing, mental health counseling, and much more.

Accreditation: University of Wyoming is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Tuition Score 1-100: 79

#40. University of Wisconsin

Headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin is a public research university system with campuses across the state. UW–Madison is considered one of the Public Ivy universities and is a founding member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. It enrolls nearly 44,000 students and offers a comprehensive academic program with over 130 undergraduate majors along with nearly 150 master’s degree programs and 120 doctoral programs. UW’s eCampus features more than 150 online degrees and certificates administered by universities across the UW system. These programs range from associate’s through doctoral levels and disciplines including nursing, communications, computing, business administration, career and technical education, community engagement and education, criminal justice, family and consumer sciences, fire and emergency response management, integrative leadership studies, political science sociology, education, sustainable management, cartography, clinical nutrition, and much more.

Accreditation: The University of Wisconsin is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Tuition Score 1-100: 79

#41. Saint Joseph’s College

Located just outside of Portland, Maine, Saint Joseph’s College is a Roman Catholic liberal arts college for men and women of all faiths and ages. Saint Joseph’s College is the only Catholic school in the state. Offering students forty different degree programs, Saint Joseph’s College of Maine enrolls over 1,000 students. Saint Joseph’s College is a liberal arts college that nurtures intellectual, spiritual, and social growth in students of all ages and all faiths within a value-centered environment. In addition to traditional programs, Saint Joseph’s offers a wide variety of online programs from associate’s through doctoral levels. Online programs are offered in disciplines including accounting and finance, business administration, criminal justice, education, health administration, human services, interdisciplinary studies, marketing, nursing, psychology, social work, theology, and more.

Accreditation: Saint Joseph’s College is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition Score 1-100: 79

#42. Granite State College

One of the four schools in the University System of New Hampshire, Granite State College is a public institution established to offer flexible education options for adults. Established in 1972 in Concord, Granite State College still remains in its initial place of founding, but has expanded to nine other campuses, as well as its online campus. Part of Granite State College’s mission is to provide adults with excellent, entirely online degree programs, to allow adults and working professionals the necessary flexibility to pursue further education. The school offers over fifty different degree programs, many of which can be completed entirely online. Online degree programs are available at the associate’s through master’s level in fields including accounting and finance, business management, communication, criminal justice, digital media, early childhood education, English, health care management, history, human resources administration, information technology, instruction and leadership, marketing, operations management, psychology, social science, social studies, and more.

Accreditation: Granite State College is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition Score 1-100: 78

#43. Upper Iowa University

Located in Fayette, Iowa, Upper Iowa University is a private Methodist university enrolling a student body of approximately 6,000 students. UIU is frequently recognized as an innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced study. Upper Iowa is a nationally recognized leader in distance education offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. Students can study in an award-winning distance learning Online Program or a Self Paced Degree Program. Students have global access, with no need to be on campus for a residency requirement. The Upper Iowa University online program offers multiple majors for students looking to earn their associates, bachelors, masters, or certificate in disciplines including criminal justice, business, liberal arts, psychology, graphic design, sociology, accounting, business administration, communication, financial management, human services, information systems, marketing, nursing, engineering, and more.

Accreditation: Upper Iowa University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Tuition Score 1-100: 78

#44. University of Toledo

Located in northwest Ohio, the University of Toledo is a public research university founded in 1872 as the Toledo University of Arts and Trades. The university currently enrolls over 20,000 students at five different locations, including the flagship campus that has been situated in Toledo’s Ottawa neighborhood since 1931. In addition to on-campus programs, Toledo offers online programs at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. UT Online students benefit from the wide range of services provided by our fully-accredited University, including a talented faculty, comprehensive libraries and research tools, and a dedicated staff. Programs are available in subjects including accounting, business, computer network administration, information services, organizational technology, criminal justice, education, liberal studies, marketing, nursing, engineering, and more.

Accreditation: The University of Toledo is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 78

#45. Indiana State University

Located in Terre Haute, Indiana, Indiana State University is a public institution enrolling 10,200 students. ndiana State is dedicated to teaching and the creation of knowledge while maintaining its longstanding commitment to inclusiveness, community and public service, and access to higher education. We integrate teaching, research, and creative activity in an engaging, challenging, and supportive learning environment to prepare productive citizens of the world. Indiana State Online offers undergraduate and graduate programs to those interested in continuing their education or advancing their careers. ISU offer more than 60 programs that can be completed entirely online or with minimal on-campus visits. Also offered are a variety of online minors, doctoral and specialist programs, and certificates and licensures to those requiring additional education and training in their degree programs. Programs are available in subjects including biology, career and technical education, criminology, education, health sciences, history, human resource development, mathematics, nursing, public administration, technology management, and much more.

Accreditation: Indiana State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 76

#46. Ball State University

Enrolling over 22,000 students, Ball State University is a public institution of higher learning located in Muncie, Indiana. The University also encompasses two satellite campuses in Fishers and Indianapolis. Ball State is dedicated to the preparation of students as global citizens. The university equips students with knowledge of the diverse people with whom they share this world. Additionally, Ball State equips its students to acquire and critically evaluate the abudance of information that they encounter in our rapidly changing world. Ball State offers more than 70 online degrees, certificates, and educator licenses, taught by the same faculty who teach on campus. Ball Sate’s online programs routinely rank among the best in the nation. Their online programs include associate through doctoral degree programs in subjects including education, business administration, psychology, media and design, interior design, journalism, mathematics, nursing, public relations, urban design, and more.

Accreditation: Ball State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 76

#47. Florida International University

Located in Miami, Florida, Florida International University is the second-largest public university in the state of Florida, and the fourth-largest in the United States with a student body of over 54,000 students. Florida International University is a public research university and is designated as a top-tier research institution emphasizing research as a major component in the university’s mission. FIU also offers extensive online degree programs designed to bolster students success and advance their careers. Bachelor’s and master’s degree programs are available in a wide variety of disciplines including African and African diaspora studies, engineering, construction management, business administration, criminal justice, education, forensic sciences, health informatics and analytics, healthcare, human resource management, public administration, nursing, real estate, and more.

Accreditation: Florida International University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 75

#48. Southern New Hampshire University

Located at the border of Hooksett and Manchester, New Hampshire to Southern New Hampshire University is a private—primarily online—university enrolling 3,000 students on-campus and over 90,000 students online. SNHU provides unparalleled support and service to help students achieve their dreams and transform their lives and the lives of those around them. As a primarily online university students can choose from over 200 career-focused online degree programs from associate’s degrees through master’s degrees. In broad subjects of accounting, art and design, business, criminal justice, education, finance, healthcare, information technology, liberal arts, math and science, business administration, nursing, psychology and counseling, social sciences, and more.

Accreditation: Southern New Hampshire University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition Score 1-100: 75

#49. Park University

Based in Parkville, Missouri, Park University is a private, nonprofit university dedicated to transforming lives through accessible, student-centered, quality higher education. Park began offering online courses in 1996 and is now recognized as a distinguished institution for those pursuing both traditional and distance education. Online undergraduate and graduate programs are offered through Park University in a variety of disciplines including business administration, communication, education, healthcare administration, information systems, music public administration, social work, and more.

Accreditation: Park University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 75

#50. Liberty University

Located in Lynchburg, Virginia, Liberty University is a private evangelical Christian university with 17 colleges and schools, including a law school, medical school, and school of divinity. Enrolling 15,000 students across its campus and additional 100,000 online, Liberty has a strong online education emphasis. Liberty’s online offerings range from the associate through the doctoral level and include programs in a wide range of subjects including writing, history, addiction counseling, psychology, education, criminal justice, business, leadership, health and wellness, life coaching, business, cyber security, marketing, communication, and much more.

Accreditation: Liberty University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 74