Best Online Community Colleges in Alabama

By OnlineU Staff | Updated 5/7/2020
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These seven community colleges are all great options for Alabama students hoping to earn an online associate degree. All of the ranked schools have tuitions under $6,000. Snead State Community College, ranked #3, costs just $3,483 per year. Students at SSCC can choose among 12 different online associate degrees, including an AAS in Applied Business and an AAS in Child Development.

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RankSchool Annual Tuition Locations
# 1 #1 Wallace State Community College-Hanceville $3,930 Hanceville
# 2 #2 Calhoun Community College $4,061 Tanner (and 1 other)
# 3 #3 Snead State Community College $3,483 Boaz
# 4 #4 Bevill State Community College $4,454 Jasper (and 3 others)
# 5 #5 Northwest Shoals Community College-Muscle Shoals $3,930 Muscle Shoals (and 1 other)
# 6 #6 Jefferson State Community College $5,022 Birmingham
# 7 #7 Shelton State Community College $4,585 Tuscaloosa

2020 Online Community Colleges in Alabama - Ranking Details

For each school, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' online programs. Explore online degrees offered and accreditation information below.

#1 Wallace State Community College-Hanceville

  • Annual Tuition: $3,930
  • Locations: Hanceville
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama, offers 11 online Associate in Applied Science degrees in subjects such as Accounting, Computer Science, and Health Information Technician. There is also an Associate in Science in General Studies with a concentration in business administration, and certificates in Child Development and Medical Coding. Online courses are powered through Blackboard, allowing students to access course materials, participate in virtual discussions, and submit assignments. Some of the classes are self-paced, while others stick to a set schedule with regular, weekly deadlines.

#2 Calhoun Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $4,061
  • Locations: Tanner (and 1 other)
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Located in Tanner, Alabama, John C. Calhoun State Community College is home to an online Associate of Science in General Studies degree. Students may choose any one of 10 concentration areas, including criminal justice, English, and psychology. Additionally, the institution also offers three short-term certificate options: Business, Tax Professional and Accounting Essentials. Online students at Calhoun Community College have access to many of the same resources as on-campus students, including academic advisement. Students can communicate with advisors through email, on Instagram, and with scheduled online advising sessions.

#3 Snead State Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,483
  • Locations: Boaz
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Snead State Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Child Development, Nursing: Mobility LPN-to-Associate Degree Nursing, Office Administration, and Applied Business, with the latter offering 10 concentration areas. There are also two online Associate of Science degrees — in Business and in Elementary Education — as well as short- and long-term certificates. The majority of the Boaz, Alabama-based community college's online courses are asynchronous, but students are expected to complete assignments and discussions following regular deadlines. Some classes do require synchronous activities that involve live, interactive video or digital chats, but all requirements can be completed remotely.

#4 Bevill State Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $4,454
  • Locations: Jasper (and 3 others)
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Online students of Bevill State Community College in Sumiton, Alabama, have the choice of a variety of Associate in Applied Science degrees, including in Office Administration and Technology (four concentration options), and Management and Entrepreneurship. There are also seven certificates available in Accounting, Business Essentials, Entrepreneurship, Office Administration and Technology (three focuses), and Retail Management. Along with traditional, web-based courses, the community college also offers live-class streams with two-way voice and video capabilities to remote students through their Interactive Inter-Campus Television System.

#5 Northwest Shoals Community College-Muscle Shoals

  • Annual Tuition: $3,930
  • Locations: Muscle Shoals (and 1 other)
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Northwest Shoals Community College in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, offers an Associate in Science and Associate in Arts for part-time (seven semesters) and full-time (five semesters) online students. Both degree programs are designed for students wanting to earn general education requirements before pursuing a bachelor's degree at a four-year institution. The community college utilizes the platform Moodle for all online course activity. Currently, tuition costs are set around $156 per credit hour for Alabama residents and $285 per credit hour for out-of-state students.

#6 Jefferson State Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $5,022
  • Locations: Birmingham
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Based in Birmingham, Alabama, Jefferson State Community College offers two entirely online programs: Associate in Applied Science in Funeral Service Education and Veterinary Technology Program. The community college offers online career coaching services that involve career assessments, one-on-one advising, and a resume-building tool. The institution's Learning Success Center also provides online tutoring services through its Smarthinking program, along with a host of test-preparation and career-growth resources. All distance education courses revolve around Blackboard services, and each class follows the same curriculum as its on-campus counterpart.

#7 Shelton State Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $4,585
  • Locations: Tuscaloosa
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Shelton State offers a fully online Associate of Arts and an Associate of Science with plans to offer more fully online degrees. Most courses allow students to complete their work when it is most convenient for them, however some require synchronous web conferencing and all require at least two proctored activities. Many courses include group discussions in online forums and while students can post at any time throughout the day, students must complete discussion activities by deadlines that are set by the instructor. In order to stay on track, it is recommended that students spend between six and nine hours each week on online coursework. For students who are new to online learning, Shelton State offers an online readiness assessment as well as an eLearning orientation course. Tutoring services are available 24/7 through the Canvas learning platform.

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