The continued rise in tuition and fees has many parents and students carefully analyzing the cost of college. Every family preparing to take the postsecondary plunge should make sure all college options, especially most affordable ones, have the proper accreditation. The price of an online college depends on the institution and the degree program, although it can be a low-cost opportunity. Many traditional universities and colleges for example now have full-time and full-length degree online programs at multiple academic levels. Often community colleges have dozens of relatively short-term online programs ending in a specialized certificate, associate’s degree or diploma. Whether public or private, four-year schools routinely offer hybrid or online programs for students working toward a bachelor’s or master’s degree. All these learning options online come with price tags comparable to those of a traditional face-to-face program. This means the cheaper the school, the cheaper the program online. However, many of the least expensive online colleges, which specialize in distance learning can possess completely different cons and pros. Many of these schools for instance are a business and because of this they do not receive any tape of federal or state funding like public universities or colleges.

 

Least expensive online colleges

It is very difficult to not let price factor into your decision when looking for a college education. Probably the least expensive online colleges are those that are local community colleges. Many of them have now programs online of some sort. You can extend how long it takes to get your degree in case costs are an issue. A college degree will be beneficial for you although it may take longer. Public colleges and universities have another benefit of their programs online. The degree that is granted for a program online in most cases is no different than the degree, granted to an on-campus student. There is nothing on the degree indicating it was achieved online in these instances. Look at the cost of tuition first when searching for a school. How much does the school charge per credit hour. Then check to see whether the school is on the quarter or semester hour system. Divide by 0.67 to change tuition rates from quarter hour to semester hour. One school for example charges 310 dollars per quarter credit hour which is equal to 462.68 per semester credit hour. Very important factor when you look for least expensive colleges is the accreditation. The accreditation can be regional or national. The second type is not always such accreditation but because agencies granting it are regionalized, it is called that. An institution can get some additional accreditations. These are program accreditations. The business program at an institution can achieve AACSB accreditation. The best accreditation possible is such a school, college or university that has a program accreditation for the program in which you are interested. Although many of the colleges have no accreditation and must be avoided at all cost, it is very important even in cases when you want to enroll in some of the least expensive online colleges.