Most Affordable Overall Online Colleges Methodology
To be considered for our Most Affordable Online Colleges list, schools must have regional or national accreditation and offer at least 10 fully online degrees at the specified degree level, with programs that cover three general subject areas.
Data for tuition and degree information was collected from official school websites, reflecting data for the 2021-2022 school year or their most recent available tuition if that year is unavailable.
Fully Online Status
Schools with programs that require some on-campus coursework were still considered for our rankings if the amount of in-person work required was limited to less than two weeks. We chose this length of time because some degrees require in-person commitments; however, a limit of two weeks or less still allows students to retain their current employment or other personal responsibilities.
IPEDS Data (not used to calculate rankings)
We utilize IPEDS data — a system of surveys conducted by the U.S. Dept of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics — to provide school locations and accreditation information.
Tuitions are manually collected and undergo quality assurance checks, but errors may still occur due to the complexity of tuition collection.
Questions? If you are a school representative and have resources to share with us or questions about how your school's tuition is calculated, please contact us.