10 Online Bachelor’s Programs with Lowest Tuition for In State Students

Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts tops the list, charging $40 per credit, U.S. News data show.

6-9-2016 9-16-02 AM

Students who are deciding the school that they wish to pursue an online bachelor’s degree, and tuition is typically a key factor for their decision.

It is sure that online education can help reduce costs for students because they aren’t paying for room and board and they usually don’t need to spend money traveling to and from campus. Therefore, students can save money by pursuing an online bachelor’s degree at a public institution in their state.

According to 133 ranked public online bachelor’s degree programs that submitted data to U.S. News in an annual survey, the average expense for in state students was about $286 per credit during the 2015-2016 school year. And the average in state total program cost was $34,892.

Regarding to U.S. News data, Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts topped the list of cheapest public online bachelor’s degree programs, costing only $40 per credit. With 120 credits required for graduation, the total tuition for its bachelor’s programs comes to $4,800. That tuition does not include other student fees.

There are 10 online bachelor’s degree programs charged an average of $111 per credit with an average total cost of about $13,420, that are the lowest in-state tuition.

So online students should note that per-credit costs for bachelor’s degree programs because it can change each year.

For example, students living in Florida and North Carolina had multiple options for the online bachelor’s programs with the lowest in state tuition because there are three schools in each state made the list, as did two in Oklahoma.

Meanwhile, Temple University in Pennsylvania fell on the other end of the spectrum. It charged $752 per credit hour for its online bachelor’s programs, according to the data to U.S. News, it is the highest tuition in all schools reporting that. Students have to complete 124 credits to graduate, it costs more than $93,000 for total tuition.

Followings is a list of 10 online bachelor’s degree programs where in state students had the lowest tuition for the 2015-2016 school year. Unranked schools, which did not meet our certain criteria required by U.S. News to be numerically ranked, were not considered for this report. Total program cost does not take into account any forms of financial aid, scholarships or extra student fees.

School (state) Credits needed to graduate In-state, per-credit cost In-state, total cost U.S. News rank
Fitchburg State University (MA) 120 $40 $4,800 135 (tie)
Daytona State College (FL) 120 $92 $11,040 7 (tie)
College of Coastal Georgia 120 $102 $12,240 RNP*
University of Central Florida 120 $105 $12,600 20 (tie)
University of Florida 120 $112 $13,440 11 (tie)
University of North Carolina—Pembroke 120 $126 $15,120 212 (tie)
Western Carolina University (NC) 120 $128 $15,360 72 (tie)
Appalachian State University (NC) 120 $134 $16,080 212 (tie)
Cameron University (OK) 124 $132 $16,368 RNP
University of Oklahoma 120 $143 $17,160 30 (tie)

*RNP indicates an institution that is ranked in the bottom one-fourth of its ranking category. U.S. News calculates a rank for the school but it has decided not to publish it.

U.S. News surveyed 300 public, private and for-profit schools for our 2016 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs rankings. Schools reported myriad data regarding their academic programs and the makeup of their student body, among other areas, making U.S. News’ data the most accurate and detailed collection of college facts and figures of its kind. While U.S. News uses much of these survey data to rank schools for our annual Best Online Bachelor’s Programs rankings, the data can also be useful when examined on a smaller scale. U.S. News will now produce lists of data, separate from the overall rankings, meant to provide students and parents a means to find which schools excel, or have room to grow, in specific areas that are important to them. These data are specific to schools’ online bachelor’s degree program offerings and have no influence over U.S. News’ Best Colleges rankings assessing traditional bachelor’s programs. The tuition data above are correct in Feb. 2, 2016.

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