2020 Best Online Community Colleges in Missouri

By OnlineU Staff | Updated 5/7/2020
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These six community colleges in Missouri provide opportunities to earn an associate degree or certificate entirely online. All but one of the community colleges listed here have annual tuitions under $5,000, and four even cost less than $4,000 per year. Jefferson College comes in first place and offers an online Associate of Arts in General Studies for just $3,472. At #4-ranked Saint Louis Community College, students can select one of 12 different online associate degrees, including an Associate of Arts in General Transfer Studies, with concentrations available in Music, Film, Life Sciences, Theater, Public Relations, and more.

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RankSchool Annual Tuition Locations
# 1 #1 $3,472 Hillsboro
# 2 #2 $4,860 Trenton
# 3 #3 $5,920 Sedalia
# 4 #4 $2,880 St. Louis
# 5 #5 $2,852 Neosho (and 9 others)
# 6 #6 $3,660 Moberly

2020 Online Community Colleges in Missouri - 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 Jefferson College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,472
  • Locations: Hillsboro
  • Accreditation: HLC

Jefferson College offers an online Associate of Arts in General Studies degree program specifically for students who will be pursuing a four-year degree and need to fulfill general education requirements. Students are required to complete 62 credit hours that cover subjects such as mathematics, social sciences, natural sciences, arts and humanities and communications. Required courses include an introductory college class, a computer literacy class, and 20 credit hours in electives. Any courses with a MOTR CORE42 designation are guaranteed to transfer to any public college or university in the state of Missouri.

#2 North Central Missouri College

  • Annual Tuition: $4,860
  • Locations: Trenton
  • Accreditation: HLC

The degree and certificate programs available at North Central Missouri College offer the convenience and flexibility of online programs that appeal to parents and those working full-time. Some examples of online degrees they offer include an Associate of Applied Science in Behavioral Health Support, Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice, and Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Development. This community college also offers online certificate programs in accounting and business technology and business management essentials. Online students at North Central Missouri College have access to online tutoring, career counseling, libraries and a number of other services that students on-campus receive.

#3 State Fair Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $5,920
  • Locations: Sedalia
  • Accreditation: HLC

State Fair Community College offers both online and hybrid classes that combine online coursework with on-campus visits. Online degree options include an Associate of Applied Science across several focuses including business management, diagnostic medical sonography, and health information technology. While all coursework can be completed remotely, some degrees require clinical rotations including clinicals held at the Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton. Certificate programs are also available online at State Fair Community College; options include a Professional Certificate in Pharmacy Technician, a Skills Certificate in Nurse Aide and a Skills Certificate in Pharmacy Technician.

#4 Saint Louis Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $2,880
  • Locations: St. Louis
  • Accreditation: HLC

At Saint Louis Community College in Missouri, students can take courses toward an associate degree or certificate online; they also have the option of attending full-time or part-time. Coursework requires that students log in to their account several times a week to address assignments, and communicate with professors and classmates. Exams are either offered online, at a local testing center, or in the form of final papers depending on the course. Saint Louis Community College offers a variety of online Associate of Arts in General Transfer Studies degree programs with concentrations in areas such as film, business administration, life sciences, mathematics, media communications, music, public relations and theatre. Additionally, they offer a number of online certificate programs that cover areas of criminal justice, funeral directing, and business.

#5 Crowder College

  • Annual Tuition: $2,852
  • Locations: Neosho (and 9 others)
  • Accreditation: HLC

Crowder College’s online degree programs are delivered through their virtual classrooms where students will find their assignments, study aids, and instructor feedback. Crowder offers an Associate of Arts in Business Administration. Students have the option to enroll in this program either full-time or part-time. The program requires a total of 61 credit hours and is designed for students who plan on transferring to a four-year business program at another college or university. Courses cover introductory topics in accounting and economics.

#6 Moberly Area Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,660
  • Locations: Moberly
  • Accreditation: HLC

Moberly Area Community College offers an online Associate of Arts degree program in general studies that focuses on giving students a well-rounded education in mathematics, communications, humanities and fine arts, social and behavioral sciences, and natural sciences. The degree is structured to meet most requirements for entrance into bachelor’s degree programs at a four-year school. Online programs require students to complete assigned readings, post in thread discussions, listen to lectures, and submit assignments online. While courses are all offered online, some may require that students take proctored exams.

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