16 online colleges with tuition starting at $3,600 a year for anyone looking to take their career to the next level

mediaphotos/Getty ImagesPenn State, University of Central Florida, and the University of New Mexico all made the list.
  • Pursuing a college degree or taking a college course online could be a great way to boost your résumé right now.
  • Personal finance blog Money Crashers compiled a list of some of the top accredited colleges offering four-year bachelor’s programs based on a variety of factors including accreditation, graduation rate, and cost.
  • Business Insider compiled a ranked list of the colleges by cost based on in-state tuition where applicable.
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If you’re considering a new career path or looking to get a bachelor’s degree while also working, pursuing an online college degree can be a great option. Taking one or two college courses for professional development could also help boost your chances of getting hired.

Personal finance blog Money Crashers compiled a list of some of the top accredited colleges offering four-year bachelor’s programs based on a variety of factors including accreditation, graduation rate, and cost.

Here are 16 online colleges ranked from least to most expensive based on in-state tuition.


Thomas Edison State University

Thomas Edison University

Annual tuition (30 credit hours):$US3,579 for in-state residents, $US4,639 for out-of-state residents

Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

Location: Trenton, New Jersey

Sample majors: Psychology, sociology, accounting


Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University

Annual tuition (30 credit hours):$US4,891 for in-state residents, $US19,906 for out-of-state residents

Accreditation: SACSCOC

Location: Boone, North Carolina

Sample majors: Child development, communications studies, workforce leadership and development


University of Central Florida

University of Central Florida

Annual tuition (30 credit hours):$US5,376 for in-state residents, and $US21,474 for out-of-state residents

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)Location: Orlando, Florida

Sample majors: Psychology, political science, hospitality management


Florida International University

Florida International University

Annual tuition (30 credit hours):$US7,185 for in-state residents, $US10,697 for out-of-state residents

Accreditation: SACSCOC

Location: Miami, Florida

Sample majors: History, english, marketing


Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University

Annual tuition (30 credit hours):$US7,898 for in-state residents, $US23,455 for out-of-state residents

Accreditation: SACSCOC

Location: Boca Raton, Florida

Sample majors: Computer science, hospitality management, geoscience


Oregon State University’s Ecampus

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Annual tuition (30 credit hours):
$US9,540

Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Location: Corvallis, Oregon

Sample majors: Political science, psychology, sociology


Southern New Hampshire University

Southern New Hampshire University

Annual tuition (30 credit hours):
$US9,600

Accreditation: New England Commission of Higher Education Location: Manchester, New Hampshire

Sample majors: Accounting, software engineering, global health, forensic psychology


Dakota State University Online

Dakota State University

Annual tuition (30 credit hours):
$US10,536

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Location: Madison, South Dakota

Sample majors: Health information technology, business technology, elementary education


University of New Mexico

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Annual tuition (30 credit hours):
$US11,070

Accreditation: HLC

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Sample majors: Strategic communication, business administration, Native American studies


Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Annual tuition (30 credit hours):$US12,258 for in-state residents, $US14,532 for out-of-state residents

Accreditation: HLCLocation: Tempe, Arizona

Sample majors: Economics, educational studies, computer information systems, political science


Bellevue University

Bellevue University

Annual tuition (30 credit hours):
$US12,750

Accreditation: HLCLocation: Bellevue, Nebraska

Sample majors: Computer information systems, maths, biology, legal studies


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: Worldwide & Online

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Annual tuition (30 credit hours):
$US12,870

Accreditation: SACSCOC

Location: There are multiple campuses nation-wide

Sample majors: Aviation, aeronautics, aviation maintenance, and aviation business management


University of Memphis

University of Memphis

Annual tuition (30 credit hours):
$US13,890

Accreditation: SACSCOC

Location: Memphis, Tennessee

Sample majors: Accounting, finance, public relations


Penn State

Penn State

Annual tuition (30 credit hours):
$US17,280

Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education Location: Centre County, Pennsylvania

Sample majors: Accounting, psychology, software engineering


Ohio State University

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Annual tuition (30 credit hours):$US20,579 for in-state residents, $US21,379 for out-of-state residents

Accreditation: HLC

Location: Columbus, Ohio

Sample majors: Health sciences and dental hygiene


Oklahoma State University

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Annual tuition (30 credit hours):
$US20,877

Accreditation: HLCLocation: Stillwater, Oklahoma

Sample majors: Computer science, psychology, marketing, management

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