2020 Best Online Community Colleges in Mississippi

By OnlineU Staff | Updated 5/7/2020
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Mississippi is home to five community colleges that give their students the opportunity to earn an online associate degree or certificate. They all cost $5,000 or less per year. Holmes Community College is ranked #2 and is the most affordable school on this list, costing just $2,600 in annual tuition. Northwest Mississippi Community College, ranked #3, offers 16 online associate degrees, including 13 different AA degrees and four AAS degrees.

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RankSchool Annual Tuition Locations
# 1 #1 Hinds Community College $3,200 Raymond (and 1 other)
# 2 #2 Holmes Community College $2,600 Goodman
# 3 #3 Northwest Mississippi Community College $3,000 Senatobia
# 4 #4 Copiah-Lincoln Community College $4,480 Wesson
# 5 #5 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College $3,250 Perkinston

2020 Online Community Colleges in Mississippi - 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 Hinds Community College

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

Hinds Community College in Mississippi offers distance learners and students in need of a flexible learning alternative the option to obtain a two-year degree fully online. Available online degrees include an Associate of Arts in Paralegal Technology, an Associate of Arts in Nutrition and Food Science, and an Associate of Arts in Business Office Technology, which also offers concentrations in accounting technology, administrative office technology, business management technology, and medical data technology. Online students have access to academic resources including proctored testing, academic advisement, and technical support.

#2 Holmes Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $2,600
  • Locations: Goodman
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Students unable to travel to the Holmes Community College main campus can enroll in classes that follow 4-week, 8-week, and 15-week schedules through the school’s online learning program. Available online degrees include an Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Technology, an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice, an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Office Technology, and an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Billing & Coding Technology. Course material is accessed through the online learning management system (Canvas), and students have access to 24/7 online support via live chat.

#3 Northwest Mississippi Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,000
  • Locations: Senatobia
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Northwest Mississippi Community College offers multiple Associate of Arts degrees available to complete in an e-learning format. Online degrees include an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice, an Associate of Arts in Elementary Education, an Associate of Arts in Psychology, and an Associate of Arts in Business Administration. Students participate in classroom discussions online, submit assignments and tests electronically, and correspond with instructors via email and message boards. Online students should anticipate spending eight hours or more per course studying every week. Classes are asynchronous and students can access course materials via the online learning management system (Canvas).

#4 Copiah-Lincoln Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $4,480
  • Locations: Wesson
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Mississippi's Copiah-Lincoln Community College boasts 33 associate degree programs that reside completely online. These options include tracks for arts and humanities, social science, human services and public safety, health science, education, and business. Within these fields, students may choose majors in Spanish, Criminal Justice, Social Work, Political Science, Speech Pathology, Pre-Nursing Studies, Elementary and Secondary Education, Business Administration, and more. Additionally, online offerings at CLCC also include career technical programs for technological fields, such as accounting, office administration, business management, and health care data. This institution delivers robust support for distance learning students via an online portal, chat, and phone.

#5 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,250
  • Locations: Perkinston
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College offers distance learners over 350 courses taught by MGCCC instructors. Additionally, this institution's partnership with Mississippi Virtual Community College Consortium adds over 3,000 online community college courses to this number. These eLearning courses are comparable to those delivered on campus. Some of the online class options at MGCCC include Accounting, Art Appreciation, Business, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Economics, History, Biology, Chemistry, and Child Psychology. A variety of certificate, diploma, and degree programs are also offered either fully or partially (hybrid) online. Associate degrees in Education and Business and Office Cluster are among the programs offered online. Enrollment specialists and faculty advisors are available to help students find classes that suit their schedules and needs. Online coursework is delivered through the Canvas learning management system. Most courses don't require set log in times, though students will be required to adhere to due dates.

Overview of the Mississippi Community College System

The Mississippi community college system is made up of 15 colleges throughout the state, with a total enrollment of 49,319 students. The mission of Mississippi community colleges is to create an environment of excellence in learning to promote prosperity in the state of Mississippi. Five core values are embodied in the educational process: professionalism, integrity, partnerships, innovation and diversity.

A wide variety of programs are offered, including university-track academic courses, technical skills, training and education aimed at specific jobs and types of employment, high school equivalency courses, and adult education. Over 2,500 courses are taught by more than 1,300 instructors through the Mississippi Virtual Community College.

The state of Mississippi does not have a free community college program. The average funding per full-time Mississippi community college student for all schools in the state—including state appropriations, local appropriations, and government grants and contracts—is $9,957.13.

Admission requirements may vary, but students are generally required to submit transcripts from the last high school or college they attended. Those without high school transcripts and those who did not attend an accredited high school may submit their GED score or an ACT composite score. All incoming students under the age of 21 must take the ACT or SAT, or take the Accuplacer test. Prospective students may apply online.


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