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The 30 Most Affordable Bachelor’s Degrees Online for 2019

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By GVC Staff
Online Bachelor's DegreesAffordable online bachelor’s degrees have made attaining an undergraduate education a reality for many who would otherwise not be able to afford postsecondary school and for others who thought they couldn’t fit a four-year degree into their busy lifestyles. These programs are not only convenient and economical, though; they’re often as academically rigorous as their on-campus counterparts, and many are taught by the same faculty members as well.

In this ranking, we explore the 30 most affordable online bachelor’s degree programs available today.

Rating and Ranking Methodology
Tuition Points:

  • Under $300—1 point
  • Under $250—2 points
  • Under $200—3 points

U.S. News & World Report’s Ranking

  • Top 10—9 points
  • Top 25—8 points
  • Top 50—7 points
  • Top 100—6 points
  • Top 150 –5 points
  • Top 200—4 points
  • Top 250—3 points
  • Top 300—2 points
  • Top 350—1 point

Number of Bachelor’s Degree Programs

  • 1-4—1 point
  • 5-9—2 points
  • 10-14—3 points
  • 15-19—4 points
  • 20 or more—5 points

Ranking the 30 Top Affordable Bachelor’s Programs Online

In ranking the 30 most affordable online bachelor’s programs, our editors considered only those schools with tuition costs below $300 per credit hour. We also used tuition to break any ties, awarding the higher ranking to the more affordable schools.

#30 –Minot State University

Minot, North Dakota

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Number of Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: 9

Minot State University offers most of its nine affordable online bachelor’s programs in the area of business, but the school also offers bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice, nursing, and human services. Students who want to customize their degree can do so by working closely with their advisor and department to select a minor and/or concentration that meets their needs. All of these programs can be completed entirely online, with no visits to campus for orientations or labs. These online affordable bachelor’s degrees are also delivered in an asynchronous format.

Points: 7

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $225

#29 –Arkansas State University

Jonesboro, Arkansas

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Number of Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: 11

Students interested in earning one of Arkansas State University’s affordable bachelor’s programs online have a wide variety of majors to choose from. Notable programs include a BS in Creative Media, a BS in Digital Innovation, and an RN to BSN program. Customization options vary from program to program, but many allow students to double major with another online program or choose an area of emphasis. All of these top affordable online bachelor’s programs are delivered in an accelerated format with seven-week terms and six start dates each year.

Points: 7

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $210

#28 –Missouri State University

Springfield, Missouri

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Number of Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: 9

missouri-state-universityMissouri State University offers nine different affordable bachelor’s online degrees, including BS degrees in finance, communication studies, and professional writing, as well as a BAS in hospitality leadership. Several minors are available to allow students to customize their degree to their needs. These programs are designed to accommodate both students just starting a degree and those completing a degree that they started at another school. It is possible for students to complete their entire degree online, but pre-credit math courses are not always available online, and general education science labs are limited.

Points: 8

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $285

#27 –Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw, Georgia

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Number of Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: 16

Kennesaw State University boasts 16 affordable online bachelor’s degrees as well as several online minors. Most majors and minors can be completed entirely online. However, distance courses come in a variety of formats, including hybrid, 100% online and 95% online, so depending on their major and specific courses taken, students may have to make a few short visits to campus. Similarly, most courses are asynchronous, but some professors provide opportunities for online students to interact with classroom-based students in synchronous sessions.

Points: 8

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $257

#26 –University of Maine- Fort Kent

Fort Kent, Maine

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Number of Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: 8

The University of Main – Fort Kent offers affordable bachelor’s online programs in nursing, rural public safety administration, cybersecurity, business management, and arts and sciences. Concentrations are available for some fields of study. A self-designed option is also available for students who can’t find an already established online track that meets their needs. Most degrees can be completed entirely online, but students are welcome to combine distance education with on-campus classes. Coursework and materials are delivered primarily asynchronously, but some professors do include some synchronous activities.

Points: 8

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $228

#25 –University of Alaska- Fairbanks

Fairbanks, Alaska

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Number of Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: 7

Students who want to earn an affordable bachelor’s online from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks enjoy a varied selection of degrees that are designed to be flexible enough to accommodate both first time students and working adults looking to complete their degree. One notable program is the highly customizable interdisciplinary general studies degree that allows students to build a custom major with the help of an advisor. Other online affordable bachelor’s programs include a BA in justice, a BA in psychology, and a Bachelor of Security and Emergency management.

Points: 8

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $223

#24 –Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, Georgia

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Number of Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: 3

While Georgia Southern University only offers three of its affordable bachelor’s degrees online, students who choose to earn their degree with GSU enjoy a high-quality and flexible education. Most courses are completely online and asynchronous for maximum flexibility. However, some courses, particularly in the nursing program, include some live sessions that may or may not have asynchronous alternatives. Students are free to combine online and on-campus courses to create a hybrid program, and all programs include both part-time and full-time options.

Points: 8

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $204

#23 –University of West Georgia

Carrollton, Georgia

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Number of Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: 5

Five of the University of West Georgia’s affordable online bachelor’s programs can be completed entirely online with no visits to campus. Students looking for a hybrid degree program have even more degrees to choose from. For all programs except the BS in Organizational Leadership, students have the option to take a combination of online and on-campus classes. Online courses are asynchronous and intended to accommodate students with busy schedules. No matter what ratio of online and in-person courses students choose, they can expect a high-quality education and a low teacher-to-student ratio.

Points: 8

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $199

#22 –University of North Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

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Number of Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: 1

The University of North Florida is a fantastic choice for nursing students who want to earn an affordable bachelor’s online. UNF’s RN to BSN program provides students with both the flexibility of the online format and the hands-on experience needed to be successful after graduation. Students do not have to travel to campus. Instead, they complete their experiential learning requirements in their own communities. There is no expiration on transfer credit for students who have started their BSN degree at another accredited institution and want to complete it at UNF. Students can complete the affordable online program in as little as 12 months.

Points: 9

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $285

#21 –Texas Tech University (TIE)

Lubbock, Texas

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Number of Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: 10

Texas Tech University offers 10 affordable online bachelor’s programs, including degree programs in plant and soil science, wind energy, and early child care. Most of these programs can be completed with no visits to campus, though some may require an orientation or summer session. The university makes a point to accommodate students from a variety of backgrounds and circumstances, including military students, disabled students, and working adults. Depending on the program, students can take advantage of the regional sites located across Texas to take some courses in-person even if they cannot make it to the main campus in Lubbock.

Points: 9

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $250

#21 –Valdosta State University (TIE)

Valdosta, Georgia

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Number of Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: 12

The 12 affordable bachelor’s online programs available at Valdosta State University cover a wide range of fields, including human capital performance, French, office administration and technology, and criminal justice. Students who want to start their degree but aren’t sure which specific program they want to pursue also have the option of starting with a broad focus area that can lead to a range of majors. VSU’s “SmartPath Core” program gives online bachelor’s students in non-science majors the choice to complete their major core courses at an accelerated rate.

Points: 9

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $250

#20 –University of Texas at the Permian Basin

Odessa, Texas

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Number of Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: 16

The University of Texas at the Permian Basin offers its distance students 16 different affordable bachelor’s online programs, including political science, industrial technology, child and family studies, and nursing. Most of these programs are accelerated, though some include standard-pace options or are standard-pace only. All distance programs and courses are delivered through the university’s REACH Program Center, which partners with several different organizations to provide students and faculty with the support they need to thrive in the online environment.

Points: 9

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $224

#19 –Western Illinois University (TIE)

Macomb, Illinois

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Number of Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: 11

Distance students at Western Illinois University can choose from 11 affordable online bachelor’s programs across a wide range of subjects. Notable programs include a BS in Fire Protection Services, a BS in Geography and Geographic Information Science, and a BS in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration. Flexibility in scheduling is a priority, and most of these degrees require no visits to campus. Coursework is primarily delivered in an asynchronous format, but some professors may include some live discussions and other synchronous activities.

Points: 10

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $285

#19 –University of Maine- Augusta (TIE)

Augusta, Maine

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Number of Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: 11

The University of Maine – Augusta’s affordable bachelor’s online programs are flexible not only in terms of scheduling but also content. Many of these offerings feature different concentrations for students to choose from, and even those without separate concentration tracks include other opportunities for customization, such as open electives. Courses are delivered in a wide range of formats, including hybrid, synchronous, and asynchronous formats. Students outside of Maine can complete their degrees anywhere they have access to a computer and internet connection, but students living in Maine also have the option to attend synchronous courses and take exams at one of over 30 off-campus sites throughout the state.

Points: 10

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $285

#18 –Lamar University

Beaumont, Texas

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Number of Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: 9

Lamar University offers nine affordable bachelor’s programs online across six different areas of study, including education, nursing, business, and political science. All programs can be completed without any visits to campus. Convenience and flexibility are a priority. A primarily asynchronous format makes it easy for busy adults to earn their degree without compromising their other responsibilities. However, these benefits do not come at the cost of quality. All courses are taught by the same faculty who teach on-campus, and students are held to the same high academic standards.

Points: 10

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $248

#17 –Lee University

Cleveland, Tennessee

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Number of Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: 6

Lee University’s affordable bachelor’s online degrees are offered through its Division of Adult Learning and are developed specifically for busy adult workers. While first-time college students are allowed to apply, admissions requirements include three years of experience beyond high school. Coursework is completely asynchronous, and students need only meet weekly deadlines. Tests are not proctored, and students are not required to make any visits to campus. Courses use an accelerated pace to allow students to earn their degree efficiently even while juggling other responsibilities.

Points: 10

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $214

#16 –University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota

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Number of Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: 22

The University of North Dakota offers an impressive 22 different affordable online bachelor’s degrees in fields such as chemical engineering, computer science, petroleum engineering, and social work. Several programs are combined bachelor’s and master’s programs that allow students to earn both an undergraduate and a graduate degree in just five years. Most coursework is completed online, but depending on their specific degree program, students will likely need to make some visits to campus for activities such as labs and simulations.

Points: 11

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $300

#15 –Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

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Number of Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: 13

Students earning their affordable bachelor’s online at Southeast Missouri State University can choose from 11 degrees in subject areas such as healthcare administration, technology management, and criminal justice. All of these degrees vary in terms of customization options and specific requirements, but all of them are designed to be both rigorous and flexible. Courses are delivered in either eight or sixteen-week periods. All course activities are asynchronous, so students with busy or unusual schedules don’t have to worry about logging on at specific times for lectures or discussions.

Points: 11

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $273

#14 –New England Institute of Technology

East Greenwich, Rhode Island

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Number of Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: 4

The New England Institute of Technology is the only school in Rhode Island to be ranked in the top 20 schools for affordable online bachelor’s degrees by U.S. News and World Report, and its individual programs are also highly ranked by other publications. Courses are delivered in a variety of formats, including asynchronous, synchronous, and blended delivery. Some visits to campus may be required, but the programs are still primarily online and designed to accommodate students with full-time jobs or family obligations.

Points: 11

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $230

#13 –Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas

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Number of Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: 9

Sam Houston State University offers affordable online bachelor’s programs in fields such as sociology, business administration, and criminal justice. All programs are delivered primarily online and asynchronously in order to accommodate busy and working students. However, some courses may require minimal visits to campus for labs or other activities. There are no separate concentration tracks, but students have plenty of opportunities to customize their education through their electives and the many minors available online. Some programs also include opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience by working with organizations in their own city.

Points: 11

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $228

#12 –Valley City State University—Edwardsville

Edwardsville, North Dakota

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Number of Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: 11

Valley City State University – Edwardsville offers 11 affordable online bachelor’s programs, including offerings in music, technology education, business integration management, and social science. These programs are designed to accommodate students who have full-time jobs or live far from campus. For most programs, students are not required to make any trips to campus unless they want to, and the majority of coursework is asynchronous, so students don’t have to worry about logging on at specific times. VCSU does not have a limit on how old previously-earned credits can be, making it easy for older students to complete their degree even if they started it years ago.

Points: 11

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $177

#11 –College of Coastal Georgia

Brunswick, Georgia

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Number of Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: 5

Students who choose to earn their affordable bachelor’s online at the College of Coastal Georgia enjoy a balance of flexibility and interactivity. Courses use both synchronous and asynchronous formats to give students the opportunity to engage in discussions and collaboration, similar to their on-campus counterparts. Online degrees offered include workforce management and leadership, French language and literature, and non-profit management. Most of these top affordable online bachelor’s programs allow students to customize the content of their degree through separate concentration tracks or a wide range of electives.

Points: 11

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $136

#10 –CUNY School of Professional Studies

New York, New York

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Number of Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: 14

The CUNY School of Professional Studies provides affordable bachelor’s programs online to students who have already earned at least 24 credits at another accredited institution. Available degree completion programs include bachelor’s offerings in disability studies, information systems, and liberal studies. CUNY SPS is extremely transfer-friendly. Not only can students transfer in college credits, but they can also earn credit for work and life experience through subject-area exams and portfolio evaluation. In total, students can transfer up to 90 credits towards their affordable online bachelor’s degrees.

Points: 12

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $285

#9 –American Public University

Charles Town, West Virginia

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Number of Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: 47

American Public University offers almost 50 different affordable bachelor’s online programs across a wide range of disciplines. Unique offerings include degree programs in space studies, fire science management, Middle Eastern studies, and reverse logistics management. All programs, with the exception of the BS in electrical engineering, require 120 credits to complete. Up to 90 credits can be transferred towards the online bachelor’s degree, and there are many options to maximize transfer credits, such as community college agreements and credit for life and work experience.

Points: 12

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $270

#8 –University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, Arkansas

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Number of Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: 6
As the state’s flagship institution of higher education, the University of Arkansas is committed to providing affordable online bachelor’s programs that are not only convenient, but also high-quality. Courses are designed and taught by the same faculty who teach on campus, and the U of A is an active participant in the nationally-recognized Quality Matters Program. All programs offered can be completed entirely online in two to four years. Students also have the option to take some self-paced courses, which provide even more flexibility compared to the university’s traditional online courses.

Points: 12

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $246

#7 –Eastern Oregon University

La Grande, Oregon

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Number of Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: 17

Eastern Oregon University offers 17 affordable bachelor’s degrees online, including offerings in emergency medical services administration, communications, and early childhood education. Students who find that none of the available majors meet their need can build their own major through the three available integrative studies plans. Students may even choose to create a major that involves partnering with another university. Most programs require no visits to campus and are primarily asynchronous, making them great options for busy and faraway students who cannot make it to campus.

Points: 12

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $232

#6 –University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, Kentucky

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Number of Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: 13

The University of the Cumberlands offers its distance students several affordable bachelor’s online programs in fields such as technology, religious studies, business, and education. All programs can be completed entirely online with no visits to campus for labs or orientations. Courses that include an experiential learning component allow students to complete that component at locations in their own communities. Coursework and materials are typically delivered asynchronously, though some instructors may require students to participate in some live activities such as discussions.

Points: 12

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $199

#5 –University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida

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Number of Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: 20

The University of Central Florida’s affordable bachelor’s online degrees are designed to accommodate students from a variety of educational backgrounds, whether they’re first-time freshmen or returning adult students. There are 20 different available majors for distance students to choose from, including anthropology, health informatics and information management, and social sciences, for example. There are also a wide variety of minors for students to choose from. Courses come in a variety of formats, so students can expect to participate in both synchronous and asynchronous activities.

Points: 13

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $300

#4 –West Texas A&M University

Canyon, Texas

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Number of Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: 13

Students earning their affordable bachelor’s online at West Texas A&M University benefit from programs that are designed to be adjustable to their needs. Courses can be synchronous or asynchronous, allowing students to achieve a balance between flexibility and meaningful interaction with instructors or peers. While students are welcome to visit campus, it is not required. Programs that include a practicum or other experiential learning component allow students to select a location in their own town instead of traveling to campus.

Points: 13

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $295

#3 –Florida International University

Miami, Florida

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Number of Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: 42

florida-international-universityDistance students at Florida International University can choose from over 40 affordable online bachelor’s degrees. Notable majors include Internet of Things, Sustainability and the Environment, and Public Administration. This wide range of degrees ensures that almost all students can find a major that closely relates to their desired career. FIU makes accommodating adults with full-time jobs and other responsibilities a priority, so students never have to come to campus, and most activities and assignments are asynchronous. Interaction with other students and faculty occurs primarily through message boards and email.

Points: 13

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $247

#2 –Fort Hays State University

Hays, Kansas

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Number of Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: 36

Fort Hays State University offers 36 different affordable bachelor’s degrees online, including options in agricultural business, technology leadership, and medical diagnostic imaging. Most majors don’t include many opportunities for content customization, but each program is specialized enough that students often don’t need to worry about focus areas and further specialization. The ratio of asynchronous and synchronous activities depends heavily on the instructor, but most professors structure their class so that it is primarily asynchronous in order to accommodate students who work full-time.

Points: 14

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $213

#1 –Oregon State University

Corvallis, Oregon

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Number of Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: 23

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Oregon State University’s E-Campus offers affordable bachelor’s online programs in a wide variety of fields, including rangeland science, sustainability, horticulture, and economics. An Exploratory Studies Program is also available to students who are not sure of which major they wish to pursue when they start their degree. Most degrees can be completed entirely online. However, some programs require one or two science or education courses that must be completed at a physical location. The majority of course activities are asynchronous, so students with busy or unusual schedules do not have to worry about logging on at specific times.

Points: 16

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $208

This concludes the list of the top 20 cheap online bachelor’s degrees 2018-2019

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