2020 Best Online Community Colleges in Georgia

By OnlineU Staff | Updated 5/7/2020
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These 16 community colleges in Georgia allow students to earn an associate degree or certificate entirely online. With 14 schools having annual tuitions under $4,000 per year, they are all affordable options, and even the most expensive school on this list, #10-ranked Georgia Military College, costs just $7,584 annually. Students who are seeking a wide variety of options might consider #16-ranked Atlanta Technical College, which offers 15 online associate degrees, such as an Associate in Paralegal Studies, an Associate in Accounting, and an Associate in Business Management - Entrepreneurship.

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RankSchool Annual Tuition Locations
# 1 #1 Georgia State University-Perimeter College $4,050 Decatur
# 2 #2 Georgia Highlands College $2,850 Rome
# 3 #3 Albany Technical College $2,670 Albany
# 4 #4 Georgia Northwestern Technical College $2,848 Rome (and 3 others)
# 5 #5 Ogeechee Technical College $3,200 Statesboro
# 6 #6 Central Georgia Technical College $3,100 Macon (and 2 others)
# 7 #7 Georgia Piedmont Technical College $3,200 Clarkston
# 8 #8 Southern Crescent Technical College $3,000 Griffin (and 5 others)
# 9 #9 Lanier Technical College $2,600 Oakwood (and 2 others)
# 10 #10 Georgia Military College $7,584 Milledgeville
# 11 #11 West Georgia Technical College $3,100 Waco
# 12 #12 Southeastern Technical College $3,200 Vidalia (and 1 other)
# 13 #13 Columbus Technical College $2,670 Columbus
# 14 #14 Wiregrass Georgia Technical College $3,300 Valdosta (and 1 other)
# 15 #15 Augusta Technical College $2,848 Augusta (and 3 others)
# 16 #16 Atlanta Metropolitan State College $3,366 Atlanta

2020 Online Community Colleges in Georgia - 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 Georgia State University-Perimeter College

  • Annual Tuition: $4,050
  • Locations: Decatur
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Students looking for distance learning options can find several options through Georgia State University-Perimeter College. Programs leading to associate degrees in social work, homeland security and emergency management, business management, and criminal justice are available, among others. Many of these associate degrees are designed as pathways to transfer to Georgia State University for completion on the baccalaureate level. Online students should expect their coursework to be equally demanding as traditional, on-campus coursework. Resources for academic success are accessible in virtual formats and include tutoring through the Learning and Tutoring Center, student health and mental health support, and disability services. Students also have access to Georgia State University's expansive online library database.

#2 Georgia Highlands College

  • Annual Tuition: $2,850
  • Locations: Rome
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Georgia Highlands College, with five locations in northwest Georgia, offers an online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and two online bachelor’s completion degrees (dental hygiene and nursing). Online Associate of Science programs are available in business, general studies, and teacher education for middle grades (STEM and non-STEM). Also, GHC offers online Associate of Arts degree programs: criminal justice, English, foreign language, history, and political science. Some online courses require students to go to GHC or another testing center for midterms and/or final exams. Online learning at GHC is done in several ways: web-based courses (traditional start and end dates, 95 to 100 percent online), e-classrooms (meet at specific times and use the Blackboard learning system), and hybrid (a blend of traditional classroom learning and online work).

#3 Albany Technical College

  • Annual Tuition: $2,670
  • Locations: Albany
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Over 20 programs – associate degrees, certificates, and diplomas – are available at Albany Technical College in Albany, Georgia. Associate of Applied Science degrees and diploma programs are offered in accounting technology, business technology, business logistics management, business management, computer support specialist, criminal justice technology, cybersecurity, hotel restaurant and tourism management, and fire science technology. Additional AAS programs are available in health information technology and operations management. Also, ATC offers 19 online certificate programs. Other online courses are available, as well. Generally, the Blackboard online learning system is used to deliver asynchronous coursework.

#4 Georgia Northwestern Technical College

  • Annual Tuition: $2,848
  • Locations: Rome (and 3 others)
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Headquartered in Rock Spring, Georgia Northwestern Technical College offers six fully online Associate of Applied Science degree programs. These programs cover a range of subjects, such as accounting, business healthcare technology, and web site design and development. Additionally, this technical college offers a multitude of online diploma and certificate programs as well as some partially online programs. GNTC has partnered with online course provider Ed2Go, and more than 300 instructor-facilitated courses are available asynchronously. Other online courses are offered from Gatlin Educational Services. In addition, GNTC offers online licensing programs for real estate brokers, home appraisers, and home inspectors.

#5 Ogeechee Technical College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,200
  • Locations: Statesboro
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Located in Statesboro, Georgia, Ogeechee Technical College offers associate degree programs, certificate programs, and diploma programs online. Six Associate in Applied Science degrees are available: business management, accounting, applied technical management, business technology, criminal justice, and health information management technology. OTC also offers nearly 22 online certificate programs. All students at OTC must take a proctored assignment or major examination; students who live more than 75 miles from the main campus can request approval for an off-site proctor.

#6 Central Georgia Technical College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,100
  • Locations: Macon (and 2 others)
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Students interested in beginning an online educational program through Central Georgia Technical College are encouraged to take a personal assessment in order to determine whether distance learning is a good fit for them prior to enrolling. They may then select from a number of course and degree options, including associate degree programs in accounting, business management, criminal justice technology, computer programming, and website development, or they may select a professional certificate in medical coding, infant/toddler child care, or human resource management. Associate degree programs generally require 60-72 credits, and certificates range from 9-36 credits for completion. Central Georgia Technical College also offers diploma programs in overlapping fields of study that require 37-59 credits. Students must take part in an in-person or online orientation at the beginning of their studies in order to become familiar with the online course format.

#7 Georgia Piedmont Technical College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,200
  • Locations: Clarkston
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Georgia Piedmont Technical College offers its online programs and courses through Georgia Virtual Technical Connection (GVTC), which is hosted by the Technical College System of Georgia. More than 50 degree and certificate programs are available for students who choose to pursue their education online. These programs include diplomas in transit systems management, and accounting, certificates in mobile application development, payroll accounting, design and medial production, and degrees in information health information technology, and computer programming, among many others. While the coursework for these programs is fully online, students must participate in one in-person, proctored test. Georgia Piedmont Technical College is dedicated to accessibility, and all measures are taken to make sure that students with different needs are supported and that all individuals have equal access to a college education.

#8 Southern Crescent Technical College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,000
  • Locations: Griffin (and 5 others)
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Southern Crescent Technical College offers both hybrid and fully online programs through Georgia Virtual Technical Connection. Classes are taught using Blackboard as the learning management system, and students use the platform to engage in lesson plans, submit assignments, and take tests. Students can pursue a wide variety of online academic opportunities such as an Associate in Science in General Studies, a degree or diploma in criminal justice, accounting, business technology, or early childhood education. Enrolled students can receive a free version of Microsoft 365 in order to assist with their studies, and are supported by a dedicated Help Desk that can help with any Blackboard or technological issues. Work ethic is taught and valued highly, and each semester, online instructors nominate two students in their program who have exemplified a strong work ethic. These students are recognized and given a Certificate of Excellence that they may add to their resumes.

#9 Lanier Technical College

  • Annual Tuition: $2,600
  • Locations: Oakwood (and 2 others)
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

A technical college with multiple locations in Georgia, Lanier Technical College offers associate degree programs in business management (three different tracks), business technology, criminal justice technology, emergency management, and fire science technology, as well as an Associate of Applied Science in Applied Technical Management. A variety of online certificate programs and diploma degree programs are also available. LTC uses the Blackboard online learning system to deliver coursework so that students can study anytime and anywhere. A mobile app is available for both Apple and Android. Prospective students can take the SmartMeasure assessment – available through LTC’s website – to see if online learning is a good fit for them.

#10 Georgia Military College

  • Annual Tuition: $7,584
  • Locations: Milledgeville
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

A military-focused institution in Millidgeville, Georgia Military College offers Bachelor of Applied Science degree programs in three areas: business management, supervision and management, and supply chain management and logistics. Associate degree programs are available in 32 different disciplines, including biology, cybersecurity, middle grades education, pre-nursing, psychology, social work, sociology, and more. All programs are fully online; coursework is asynchronous, and students can log on and do classwork when it is convenient for them. GMC’s campus locations provide full support and services to distance learners.

#11 West Georgia Technical College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,100
  • Locations: Waco
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

West Georgia Technical College, located in La Grange, offers six programs that are available 100 percent online. Associate in Applied Science degree and diploma programs are available in five disciplines: accounting, fire science technology, business technology, marketing management, and business health technology. An AAS is also offered in cybersecurity. WGTC offers 21 online certificate programs as well. All of these programs are available 100 percent online. Coursework for WGTC’s online programs is delivered via the Backboard online learning system. An online orientation is available for students who have not used the system before.

#12 Southeastern Technical College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,200
  • Locations: Vidalia (and 1 other)
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

With its main campus in Vidalia, Southeastern Technical College offers online associate programs in business healthcare technology, business management, business technology, criminal justice technology, information technology professional, and web site design/development. In addition, STC offers online diplomas and certificates in 25 areas, including cyber crime specialist, early childhood care and education basics, early childhood program administration, help desk specialist, Microsoft Excel application professional, Microsoft network administrator, Microsoft Office applications professional, and Microsoft Word application professional. Coursework is delivered via the Blackboard online management system.

#13 Columbus Technical College

  • Annual Tuition: $2,670
  • Locations: Columbus
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Located in Columbus, Georgia, Columbus Technical College offers online Associate of Applied Science degree programs in five disciplines: business studies, health studies, management and supervisory development, personal/public service, and technical studies. Students can also enroll in an online diploma program in management and supervisory development. Online certificate programs are offered in certified Microsoft Office specialist and technical communications. CTC uses the Blackboard online management system to deliver coursework. Each online student has his/her own Student Information Portal which gives them access to email, library resources, and other material. Start and end dates for online courses are the same as GTC’s on-campus classes. Prospective students can take the SmarterMeasure assessment on the college’s website to determine if online learning is the best approach to education for them.

#14 Wiregrass Georgia Technical College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,300
  • Locations: Valdosta (and 1 other)
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Approximately 20 online programs are offered at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College in Valdosta, Georgia. Associate in Applied Science degree programs are available in accounting, business management (general or a choice of five tracks), business technology, and fire science technology. Online diploma programs are available in the same disciplines. In addition, online certificate programs are offered in child development specialist, early childhood program administration, fire officer, GaTAPP early childhood education precertification, quality assurance professional, quality assurance specialist, and technical specialist. WGTC delivers coursework for online programs via the Blackboard online learning system.

#15 Augusta Technical College

  • Annual Tuition: $2,848
  • Locations: Augusta (and 3 others)
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Based in Augusta, Georgia, Augusta Technical College offers online Associate of Applied Science degree programs in accounting and business technology. An online diploma program in business technology is available in two tracks: business administrative assistant and medical administrative assistant. And online certificate programs are offered in administrative support assistant and Microsoft Office applications professional. Course material is delivered via the Blackboard online learning system. ATC also offers hundreds of online courses through online course provider Ed2Go.

#16 Atlanta Metropolitan State College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,366
  • Locations: Atlanta
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Atlanta Metropolitan State College offers over 180 online courses to students who seek distance learning opportunities. The online programs are hosted through Desire2Learn, which is a learning management system that allows students to access their coursework when and where they want to. It is also the platform through which students submit assignments, communicate with professors, and take quizzes. Available class subjects include principles of accounting, marketing, computer science, economics, health and wellness, and politics. In addition, associate degree programs are available in either business administration or general studies. Online students can access technical support 24/7 for any issues that may come up in their courses.

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