2020 Best Online Community Colleges in Arizona

By OnlineU Staff | Updated 5/7/2020
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Students in Arizona who plan to earn an associate degree or certificate online will find six excellent options on this list of the best online community colleges in Arizona. All of the schools have tuitions under $7,000, and three of them cost less than $3,000 per year. Prospective students will find the widest variety of online associate degrees at #6-ranked Rio Salado College, which offers 54 degrees such as an A.A.S. in Computer Technology and an A.A.S. in General Business.

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RankSchool Annual Tuition Locations
# 1 #1 Cochise College $3,616 Douglas
# 2 #2 Yavapai College $2,821 Prescott (and 4 others)
# 3 #3 Pima Community College $6,480 Tucson
# 4 #4 Phoenix College $2,550 Phoenix
# 5 #5 Eastern Arizona College $4,000 Thatcher
# 6 #6 Rio Salado College $2,635 Tempe

2020 Online Community Colleges in Arizona - 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 Cochise College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,616
  • Locations: Douglas
  • Accreditation: HLC

Cochise College in Sierra Vista, Arizona, offers multiple associate degrees that are available 100-percent online. Some of the most popular offerings include an Associate of Applied Science in Business Management, an Associate of Arts in Social and Behavioral Sciences with five concentration areas, and an Associate of Business in Computer Information Systems. There are also three certificates, including Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management. All online courses are completed using Moodle following a structured curriculum, and students are provided with online tutoring resources. The community college also has transfer agreements in place with Arizona-based and out-of-state universities, making it possible for students to pursue a bachelor's degree in the future.

#2 Yavapai College

  • Annual Tuition: $2,821
  • Locations: Prescott (and 4 others)
  • Accreditation: HLC

Based in Prescott, Arizona, Yavapai College offers online degrees and certificate programs to students across the U.S. The community college offers an Associate of Applied Science in six areas, including Accounting and Video Game Development, as well as certificates in 15 areas of study. Additionally, there is also a Post-Degree Certificate in Paralegal Studies available. Currently, tuition is broken into two categories: in-state and out-of-state. Arizona residents receive a rate of $87 per credit hour, while the out-of-state student cost is $131 per credit hour.

#3 Pima Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $6,480
  • Locations: Tucson
  • Accreditation: HLC

Located in Tuscan, Arizona, Pima Community College offers an online Associate of Arts degree and an online Associate of Applied Science degree in a variety of specialties. They also offer 10 traditional online certificates and four online post-degree certificates. Classes at the community college cover a wide range of session lengths, from five-week to traditional 16-week courses. Most online courses are arranged in the traditional synchronous format, but some options are available in a self-paced configuration. All remote class participation takes place in the Desire2Learn system.

#4 Phoenix College

  • Annual Tuition: $2,550
  • Locations: Phoenix
  • Accreditation: HLC

Founded in 1920, Phoenix College is one of the oldest two-year institutions in Arizona. The community college offers three online degrees: an Associate in Arts, an Associate of Applied Science in Administration of Justice, and an Associate of General Studies. There is also an Academic Certificate in American Indian Studies and an Arizona General Education Curriculum Certificate. Students complete online courses through the Canvas system. The school also offers online access to advisers, tutoring, and the bookstore, as well as representatives in the admissions and financial aid departments.

#5 Eastern Arizona College

  • Annual Tuition: $4,000
  • Locations: Thatcher
  • Accreditation: HLC

Based in Thatcher, Eastern Arizona College offers three online Associate of Applied Science degrees: an AAS in Administrative Professional, an AAS in Business, and an AAS in General Technical Studies. The community college also offers an Associate of Arts in Administration of Justice, Associate of General Studies, and seven certificate options. While the community college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, their online-class offerings are authorized by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement. All online courses are provided through the WebStudy system, and remote students have access to online support services, including the Khan Academy.

#6 Rio Salado College

  • Annual Tuition: $2,635
  • Locations: Tempe
  • Accreditation: HLC

Rio Salado College in Tempe, Arizona, provides students with a wide selection of online program offerings, including Associate in Applied Science degrees, academic certificates, certificates of completion, post-baccalaureate certificates, and teaching endorsements. All of the community college's online courses are taught through their in-house RioLearn system, with some classes requiring proctored exams. To promote networking, the school offers an online community for students called RioLounge. There is also around-the-clock access to online tutoring, counseling services, and library resources.

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