2020 Best Online Community Colleges in Michigan

By OnlineU Staff | Updated May 7, 2020
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These are the best community colleges in Michigan for students who want to pursue an associate degree or certificate entirely online. Tuition for these community colleges ranges from $2,929 at Oakland Community College to $6,480 at Lansing Community College, but all of the schools are great options for prospective students. They will find the widest selection of online associate degrees at #3-ranked Washtenaw Community College, which offers 27 fully-online associate degrees, including an AA in Secondary Education, an AAS in Retail Management, and an AA in Liberal Arts.

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Rank School Annual Tuition Locations
# 1 #1 $3,872 Roscommon (and 1 other)
# 2 #2 $4,386 Harrison
# 3 #3 $3,240 Ann Arbor
# 4 #4 $3,844 Ironwood
# 5 #5 $3,450 Grand Rapids (and 1 other)
# 6 #6 $3,870 Escanaba
# 7 #7 $3,930 Port Huron
# 8 #8 $5,940 Traverse City
# 9 #9 $6,480 Lansing
# 10 #10 $2,945 Brimley
# 11 #11 $3,565 University Center
# 12 #12 $5,610 Centreville
# 13 #13 $4,594 Flint
# 14 #14 $6,127 Jackson
# 15 #15 $2,929 Bloomfield Hills (and 1 other)
# 16 #16 $5,130 Livonia

2020 Online Community Colleges in Michigan - 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 Kirtland Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,872
  • Locations: Roscommon(and 1 other)
  • Accreditation: HLC

Kirtland Community College offers students hybrid programs that include classes held on campus in Michigan as well as through Michigan College Online, or fully online programs that students can complete remotely. Online courses allow students to work at their own pace, repeat parts of the lecture until the concept is grasped, and complete coursework at times that are most convenient. This Michigan community college offers an online Associate in Accounting, Associate in Business Administration, Associate of Applied Science in Business Management, and Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology degree programs. Additional online options include a Certificate in Accounting Clerk Specialist and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship.

#2 Mid Michigan College

  • Annual Tuition: $4,386
  • Locations: Harrison
  • Accreditation: HLC

Mid Michigan College offers academic programs that are fully online, as well as programs that combine online and classroom learning. Coursework is delivered in a virtual format, either asynchronously or synchronously, using technology such as Zoom for the latter in order for lessons to occur in real time. The online programs are designed to be as challenging as traditional programs, but with the added benefit of flexible scheduling. Options for fully online degree paths include business management and marketing, AAP (administrative assistant professional), and liberal studies. Students can also complete an online Michigan Transfer Agreement track, which involves students earning 31 credits online that can transfer to any public four-year institution in the state of Michigan. Online students studying at Mid Michigan Community College can find technical support, academic advising, tutoring, and library resources online.

#3 Washtenaw Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,240
  • Locations: Ann Arbor
  • Accreditation: HLC

Washtenaw Community College offers a number of online associate degree programs designed to prepare students to transfer to a four-year school. Some of the degree programs they offer include an A.A. in Business, an A.A.S. in Accounting, an A.A. in Secondary Education, and an A.A.S. in Management. Additionally, Washtenaw Community College has a variety of online certificate programs designed for those who aren’t interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Online certificate programs include a Certificate in Accounting for Business, a Certificate in Administrative Assistant, a Certificate in Core Business Skills, and an Advanced Certificate- Program in Java. Students can take courses completely online or opt for their blended program, which combines online coursework with weekly class discussions on campus in Michigan.

#4 Gogebic Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,844
  • Locations: Ironwood
  • Accreditation: HLC

Gogebic Community College offers a variety of online Associate of Applied Business degree programs with focuses in accounting, general business, entrepreneurship, and computer programming, designed to prepare students for a career in the different fields of business. For students who plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree, this community college also offers an online Associate of Arts in Business Administration transfer program. Additionally, Gogebic Community College has a few online certificate programs to prepare students for entry-level positions, including a Certificate in Computer Programming, a Certificate in General Business and a Certificate in Medical Coding and Billing Specialist.

#5 Grand Rapids Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,450
  • Locations: Grand Rapids(and 1 other)
  • Accreditation: HLC

Grand Rapids Community College offers opportunities for distance learners that include individual online courses, as well as fully online degree and certificate programs. Options include a general studies degree, a certificate in retail management, and associate degrees in history, economics, business, and computer information systems. Most of the associate degrees are intended to be transfer degrees and can be easily transferred to four-year universities. Students are encouraged to log into the online course delivery system every day in order to stay on track with their programs and the scheduled workload. A number of student services are available for those earning online degrees, such as academic success advisors, counselors, tech support, and the college's bookstore for purchasing or renting required textbooks or materials.

#6 Bay de Noc Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,870
  • Locations: Escanaba
  • Accreditation: HLC

Bay de Noc Community College offers over 90 courses online, as well as three degree tracks. Students can earn an Associate in Arts in General Studies or Business Administration, or an Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration, all while distance learning. These degree tracks are intended to be easily transferred to four-year Michigan institutions for the completion of a bachelor's degree. Other online students may choose to take individual courses in fields such as anthropology, computer information systems, early childhood education, criminal justice, and geographical information systems. Online students are supported by attentive academic advisors, tutoring, accommodations for students working with disabilities, career services, and a program called TRIO that provides educational opportunities for low income and/or first generation students, as well as students with special needs.

#7 St Clair County Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,930
  • Locations: Port Huron
  • Accreditation: HLC

St. Clair County Community College offers online Associate in Arts and Associate in General Education degree programs. Their Associate in Arts degree program is intended for students who plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the social sciences. The Associate in General Education degree is designed for students looking for a solid education base. The curriculum contains courses required by four-year institutions but may not meet all of the general education requirements for transfer; students are encouraged to meet with an Academic Advisor before enrolling. Additionally, they offer an online Associate of Business transfer degree program that teaches students the basics in business and is designed for those who plan to further their education with a bachelor’s degree in business.

#8 Northwestern Michigan College

  • Annual Tuition: $5,940
  • Locations: Traverse City
  • Accreditation: HLC

Before students begin taking online courses at Northwestern Michigan College, they are required to complete an Online Learning Orientation course, which prepares them for the unique features of distance learning. Students can choose to pursue an online degree in general studies or business administration, or a certificate in computer information technology or digital administration and marketing. Students can also take courses at other community colleges in Michigan through Michigan Colleges Online. The online Associate in Science and Arts degree is designed to transfer to a four-year institution and requires 60 credit hours. Many of the student resources through Northwestern Michigan College are also available to online students, such as the writing center, bookstore, library, and tutoring.  

#9 Lansing Community College

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

Lansing Community College offers both online degrees and hybrid programs that allow students to take classes online while still getting some face-to-face time with their professors. Students can access course lectures online and participate in class discussions, take quizzes, and upload assignments. Online degree options include an Associate in Arts in Criminal Justice, an Associate in Arts in Psychology, an Associate in Arts in Sociology, and an Associate in Business in E-Business. Students can also opt for one of their online certificate programs, including a Certificate of Achievement in E-Business and a Certificate of Completion - Correctional Officer.

#10 Bay Mills Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $2,945
  • Locations: Brimley
  • Accreditation: HLC

Online classes at Bay Mills Community College require students to complete weekly coursework on their own time while also participating in scheduled online class discussions. Free tutoring is available to local students on campus as well as online. Bay Mills Community College offers two online degree programs, an Associate of Arts in Business Administration and an Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education. Both online degree programs are designed to prepare students for an advanced degree at a four-year college. Additionally, they offer an online Certificate of Completion in Early Childhood, which is designed to prepare students for the CDA competency exam.

#11 Delta College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,565
  • Locations: University Center
  • Accreditation: HLC

Delta College offers an online Associate in Business Studies degree program with a concentration in general management. Students will learn leadership, marketing, teamwork, customer service, and business ethics skills that will prepare them for a career managing daily operations at a chosen organization. The coursework is available entirely online. This is a cohort format, so students will start and finish their associate degree with the same group of students, allowing them to form a community and collaborate throughout the program.

#12 Glen Oaks Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $5,610
  • Locations: Centreville
  • Accreditation: HLC

Glen Oaks Community College partners with Michigan Colleges Online in order to bring distance learning opportunities to its students. Students can earn an Associate in General Studies, or a Certified Coding Specialist Certificate entirely online. Students can also take individual courses in cultural anthropology, business management, medical coding, nutrition, or comparative religions, among many others. Classes are delivered using a learning management system called Canvas, which students also use to complete coursework, participate in classroom discussions, and take tests. In order to help their online students succeed, Glen Oaks Community College offers free, live, online tutoring through NetTutor, as well as online library resources.

#13 Mott Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $4,594
  • Locations: Flint
  • Accreditation: HLC

Mott Community College offers degrees, certificates, and individual courses online. Students must successfully participate in the Distance Learning Evaluation Prep Class before they can enroll in distance learning courses, in order to ensure that online education is a good fit for them. Once they have completed this, they can pursue degrees such as an Associate of Applied Science with an accounting concentration, or AAS degrees in early childhood education, computer information systems, or business management. Professional certificates and certifications are also available in computer programming, computer science, child development, or web development. Mott Community College has an e-Learning office that is set up to assist students, providing tutoring and IT support. 

#14 Jackson College

  • Annual Tuition: $6,127
  • Locations: Jackson
  • Accreditation: HLC

Jackson Community College offers several online degree programs, including an Associate in Applied Science in Accounting, an Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration, an Associate in Arts, and an Associate in General Studies. These online programs are designed to advance students on their career paths and prepare them with credits that can transfer to a four-year school. Jackson Community College also offers a few online certificate programs for those interested in furthering their skills in a particular area. These include a Certificate in Accounting, a Certificate in Business Administration, and a Certificate in Management.

#15 Oakland Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $2,929
  • Locations: Bloomfield Hills(and 1 other)
  • Accreditation: HLC

Students at Oakland Community College can take classes or pursue an associate degree in criminal justice entirely online. The degree requires 62 credits, and can be completed in two or three years, and is designed to transfer to a four-year institution, where students can earn a bachelor's degree. Individual online courses range from English to accounting and can last anywhere from 7 to 15 weeks. Students must take an online readiness course prior to enrolling in online classes so that they are prepared for distance learning. Course material is available to students at all times so that students can complete coursework at opportunities that fit with their schedules. Online students at Oakland Community College can take advantage of career development resources, tutoring, academic counseling, and other support services offered by the school.

#16 Schoolcraft College

  • Annual Tuition: $5,130
  • Locations: Livonia
  • Accreditation: HLC

Schoolcraft College offers a wide variety of online associate degree and certificate programs within the business industry. Degree options that are offered completely online include an Associate of Applied Science in Business General, an Associate of Applied Science in Marketing & Applied Management, an Associate of Applied Science in Office Information Systems, and an Associate of Applied Science in Small Business for Entrepreneurs. Math courses do require several exams to be taken on campus. Schoolcraft College’s online certificate programs include a Basic Certificate in Business and an Office Specialist Certificate.

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