2020 Best Online Community Colleges in Kansas

By OnlineU Staff | Updated 5/7/2020
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These are the 12 community colleges in Kansas that give students the opportunity to earn an associate degree entirely online. The school with the greatest number of available online degrees by far is #4-ranked Barton County Community College, which offers 53 different online AA, AAS, and AS degrees in subjects ranging from Political Science, Sociology, and Chemistry to Hazardous Materials Management, Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry. Tuition at Barton County Community College is a very affordable $4,800 per year.

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RankSchool Annual Tuition Locations
# 1 #1 $3,565 Arkansas City
# 2 #2 $3,840 Coffeyville
# 3 #3 $4,416 Emporia
# 4 #4 $4,800 Great Bend
# 5 #5 $4,045 Colby
# 6 #6 $3,008 Overland Park
# 7 #7 $2,250 Chanute
# 8 #8 $3,456 Liberal
# 9 #9 $3,420 Hutchinson (and 2 others)
# 10 #10 $4,500 Garden City
# 11 #11 $4,800 Pratt
# 12 #12 $2,624 Highland

2020 Online Community Colleges in Kansas - 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 Cowley County Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,565
  • Locations: Arkansas City
  • Accreditation: HLC

Headquartered in Arkansas City, Kansas, Cowley County Community College offers more than 30 online programs leading to Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science and Associate of General Studies degrees. The fully accredited degrees are available in such areas as agribusiness, creative writing, hotel and restaurant management, medical coding, milling technician, religion, sports management/administration, and many more. Several online certificate programs are available as well. Cowley uses the Blackboard online management system to deliver course work; students are required to complete a Blackboard orientation course. Coursework is not self-paced, as students are expected to meet deadlines for assignments and projects during the semester. Cowley County Community College is authorized to provide online courses in all 50 states.

#2 Coffeyville Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,840
  • Locations: Coffeyville
  • Accreditation: HLC

Serving the educational needs of Kansans since 1923, Coffeyville Community College offers an online Associate in Arts degree program. The program can be taken entirely online. A total of 64 credit hours are required to complete the degree, 28 of which are electives. The electives provide flexibility and also satisfy general education requirements so students can pursue a four-year degree after completing the program. GCC uses the Moodle learning management system to deliver coursework, and instructions for Moodle are provided on the college’s website.

#3 Flint Hills Technical College

  • Annual Tuition: $4,416
  • Locations: Emporia
  • Accreditation: HLC

Several online programs are available at Flint Hills Technical College, located in Emporia, Kansas. Associate of Applied Science degree programs are offered in business technology, computer program design and development, healthcare administration/management, interactive multimedia design, and power plant technology. Students can also earn an online technical certificate in business technology, interactive multimedia design, and power plant technology. Hybrid program offerings include emergency services technology, industrial engineering technology, and interactive multimedia design. More than ten online general education courses are also available. The Moodle learning management system is used to deliver coursework.

#4 Barton County Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $4,800
  • Locations: Great Bend
  • Accreditation: HLC

Located in Grand Bend, Kansas, Barton County Community College offers nearly 50 associate degrees online. They are available as Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate of Applied Arts. Distance learners can choose from such disciplines as anthropology cultural studies, English, history, law, emergency management/homeland security, dentistry, dietary management, pharmacy, psychology, and wildlife science. Additionally, about ten certificate programs are available online. Students have access to coursework 24/7 and can work at their own pace to complete weekly assignments. BCCC charges a flat rate of $150 per semester credit hour. Tuition assistance and veteran’s benefits are available for current/former members of the military.

#5 Colby Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $4,045
  • Locations: Colby
  • Accreditation: HLC

Located in Colby, Kansas, Colby Community College offers several online programs. General Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees are available, as well as three Associate of Applied Science degrees in Sustainable/Renewable Energy, Veterinary Nursing and Equine Science. Also, four technical certificate programs are available: wind technology, solar photovoltaic, virtual office assistant, and veterinary nurse office assistant. Additional online certificate of completion programs include massage therapy, wind technology, solar photovoltaic, and veterinary office assistant. For exams, students can go to CCG’s campus, choose their own proctor, or take exams online. Technical assistance for distance learners is available 24/7, 365 days a year.

#6 Johnson County Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,008
  • Locations: Overland Park
  • Accreditation: HLC

Johnson County Community College offers eight associate degrees and eight certificates that can be completed online. Degree programs include Associate of Arts degrees in Administration of Justice, Fire Services Administration, General Studies, and Liberal Arts. Associate of Science degrees include Early Childhood Education, Health Information Systems, Business, and Marketing Management. Online certificates include CNA, Computer Support Specialist A+, and Digital Marketing. JCCC uses the Canvas educational platform, which simplifies the teaching and learning experience. Online coursework is not self-paced; students are expected to adhere to deadlines. 

#7 Neosho County Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $2,250
  • Locations: Chanute
  • Accreditation: HLC

Neosho County Community College offers hundreds of fully online and hybrid programs, including Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of General Studies degrees. Students at Neosho can also enroll in online certificate programs. Options include certificates in business, computer science, and medical/health fields. Online coursework is delivered through the ed2go eLearning platform. The school publishes an online questionnaire to help students assess their readiness for online learning. Online access to the Chapman Learning Center is available 24/7. 

#8 Seward County Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,456
  • Locations: Liberal
  • Accreditation: HLC

Located in Liberal, Kansas, Seward County Community College offers several associate degrees: an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts, an Associate of General Studies, and Associate of Science degrees in Biology, Business Administration, and Chemistry. SCCC partners with online course provider Ed2Go, which offers hundreds of online, instructor-led courses in six- and eight-week formats. Courses are offered in such categories as accounting and finance, computer applications, design and composition, healthcare and medical, language and arts, law and legal, personal development, and writing and publishing.

#9 Hutchinson Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,420
  • Locations: Hutchinson (and 2 others)
  • Accreditation: HLC

At Hutchinson Community College, located in Hutchinson, Kansas, students can choose from 11 online associate degree programs. Students can earn a general Associate in Science; Associate of Arts in Accounting, Business, and Early Childhood; and Associate of Applied Science in Business Administrative Technology, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Health Information Management, and Paralegal. In addition, nine online certificate programs are available. Some programs require that papers or exams be proctored; students who cannot go to HCC’s campus need to find an approved proctor and location. The college offers more than 160 additional courses online as well. HCC uses the Canvas online learning system to deliver course material. Most learning can be done asynchronously.

#10 Garden City Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $4,500
  • Locations: Garden City
  • Accreditation: HLC

Garden City Community College, which has served Kansas residents for 100 years, offers three online associate degrees: Associate in Science, Associate in Arts, and Associate in General Studies. All require 64 credit hours to complete. These degrees are designed to provide students with two years of college education that can be transferred to a four-year institution toward a bachelor’s degree. GCCC uses the Canvas Online Learning Management System to deliver coursework. Students can log in to the GCCC network from any computer and are free to use the computers at the GCCC campus library.

#11 Pratt Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $4,800
  • Locations: Pratt
  • Accreditation: HLC

Pratt Community College in Pratt, Kansas, is part of the EDUKAN cooperative effort among six western Kansas community colleges to provide online educational opportunities. Through this arrangement, several online associate degrees are available. Associate of Arts degree programs are offered in liberal arts, elementary education, and secondary education. Associate of Applied Science degree programs are available in medical laboratory technology, electrical power technology, and sustainable/renewable energy. Several online certificate programs are offered as well. Complete online programs are not available at Pratt Community College.

#12 Highland Community College - KS

  • Annual Tuition: $2,624
  • Locations: Highland
  • Accreditation: HLC

Nine online associate degrees are available at Highland Community College in Highland, Kansas. An Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in General Studies – all transfer degrees – are available. HCC also offers five Associate in Applied Science degree programs: accounting, business administration, criminal justice, medical coding, and personal fitness trainer. Course material is delivered via the Moodle learning management system, and coursework can be done asynchronously. Technical support for online students is available 24/7.

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