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10 Affordable Online Colleges for Out-of-State Students - Yahoo Finance

10 Affordable Online Colleges for Out-of-State Students - Yahoo Finance

10 Affordable Online Colleges for Out-of-State Students - Yahoo Finance

Posted: 14 Jan 2020 06:00 AM PST

The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. Be sure to explore The Short List: College, The Short List: Grad School and The Short List: Online Programs to find data that matter to you in your college or grad school search.

Online programs can offer students the flexibility to learn from any location with a reliable internet connection, even if the institution is hundreds of miles away. Many public colleges that offer an online bachelor's degree charge out-of-state tuition to nonresidents, but tuition can be as low as $115 per credit for out-of-state students, according to U.S. News data.

As more public universities begin offering online learning options, students interested in studying at an out-of-state college may consider this path to save costs. The Babson Survey Research Group's 2018 report, Grade Increase: Tracking Distance Education in the United States, found that the number of distance learning students taking at least one course grew to more than 6 million, increasing by 5.6% from fall 2015 to fall 2016.

More than half of the students who took only online courses reside in the same state as the institution at which they are enrolled, the report found.

Those students who are looking to earn a degree from an institution located in another state have options.

[Read: What You'll Pay for an Online Bachelor's Degree.]

Of the 181 ranked colleges offering online bachelor's degrees that submitted this data to U.S. News in an annual survey, about a third offer 2019-2020 out-of-state total program tuition estimated to cost under $50,000 for their entire programs. The average per credit cost for out-of-state students among all ranked schools is $464.

The 10 colleges topping the list of least expensive online bachelor's degrees for out-of-state students offer an average per credit cost of $238, amounting to an average $26,488 total tuition cost.

Most online bachelor's programs require students to complete 120 credits to graduate, but one on this list, Asbury University in Kentucky, requires just 64 credits. These online colleges are located in states like Georgia, Kentucky and New York, but students across the country can take advantage of these low tuition prices.

Two of the colleges making this list are ranked in the top 50 Best Online Bachelor's Programs: the CUNY School of Professional Studies and the University of Arkansas.

[Read: 7 Ways to Reduce the Cost of an Online Degree.]

Costs for out-of-state students vary widely among all ranked programs, ranging from $115 per credit at the College of Coastal Georgia, which tops this list, to $1,138 per credit at Coastal Carolina University.

The cost of an online bachelor's degree can depend on a number of factors, like whether students already have some college transfer credits that may shorten their time to degree completion, which online college students choose to attend and how many credits are required at that institution to graduate.

Below is a list of the undergraduate online programs where out-of-state students are charged the lowest total program cost during the 2019-2020 school year. Unranked schools, which did not meet certain criteria required by U.S. News to be ranked, were not considered for this report.

School (state) Out-of-state cost per credit Credits needed to graduate Out-of-state total program cost U.S. News rank
College of Coastal Georgia $115 120 $13,800 166 (tie)
University of North Carolina--Pembroke $188 120 $22,560 66 (tie)
Valdosta State University (GA) $202 120 $24,240 143 (tie)
Asbury University (KY) $399 64 $25,536 223 (tie)
Georgia Southern University $204 126 $25,704 152 (tie)
Fort Hays State University (KS) $219 124 $27,156 80 (tie)
Ohio University $243 120 $29,160 99 (tie)
University of Arkansas $252 120 $30,240 29 (tie)
Lee University (TN) $259 120 $31,080 66 (tie)
CUNY School of Professional Studies $295 120 $35,400 16 (tie)

School officials can access historical data and rankings, including of peer institutions, via U.S. News Academic Insights.

U.S. News surveyed more than 350 colleges and universities for our 2020 Best Online Bachelor's Programs rankings. Schools self-reported myriad data regarding their academic programs and the makeup of their student body, among other areas, making U.S. News' data the most accurate and detailed collection of college facts and figures of its kind. While U.S. News uses much of this survey data to rank schools for our annual Best Online Programs rankings, the data can also be useful when examined on a smaller scale. U.S. News will now produce lists of data, separate from the overall rankings, meant to provide students and parents a means to find which schools excel, or have room to grow, in specific areas that are important to them. While the data comes from the schools themselves, these lists are not related to, and have no influence over, U.S. News' rankings of Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schools or Best Online Programs. The tuition data above is correct as of Jan. 14, 2020.

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UIC climbs to No. 3 in U.S. News Best Online Programs rankings - Newswise

Posted: 15 Jan 2020 10:05 AM PST

Newswise — The University of Illinois at Chicago's online bachelor's degree programs rose to the No. 3 spot in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings.

For the second straight year, UIC's online programs — in health information management, business administration and nursing — have moved up in the rankings, from 15th in 2018 to 5th in 2019. UIC's climb in the rankings is, in part, a reflection of its commitment to providing access to quality education and ensuring students' success, whether in the classroom or online.

"For the eighth consecutive year, UIC has ranked among the nation's top institutions for online bachelor's programs by U.S. News and World Report," said Susan Poser, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at UIC. "UIC is committed to increasing access to quality online options for working professionals who cannot get to campus. Our faculty and staff's dedication to student success is reflected in UIC's number three ranking."

U.S. News & World Report ranked 353 schools with online programs based on criteria including engagement, student services and technologies, faculty credentials and training, and expert opinion.

"In today's ever-changing labor market, working professionals look to UIC for a wide range of innovative educational opportunities to continuously up-skill and re-skill," said TJ Augustine, interim vice chancellor for innovation at UIC. "This ranking reinforces UIC's position as a leader in advancing online education that meets the demands of the 21st century workforce."

The Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management Degree Completion Program prepares students for a vast array of health information positions, from analytical roles to project management to health care system management, while applying real-world experiences to make a seamless transition from degree to profession.

"Health information management is a great career choice for those who want to work in health care, but not directly with patients, incorporating skills from medicine, business and technology," said Karen Patena, UIC clinical associate professor and director of health information management programs. "Our online degree offers an alternative path toward eligibility for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam."

UIC's Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Degree Completion Program provides students with a well-rounded business education, while establishing a foundation for lifelong learning.

"BBA Online students study a top-ranked, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)-accredited business curriculum that mirrors the campus-based bachelor of science degrees, " said Angela Prazza Winters, assistant dean of UIC Business student services. "The courses are taught by faculty who are top researchers in their fields. Our program offers students the convenience of studying online, which allows them to attend to other life commitments while pursuing their professional and career goals."

The UIC RN to BSN Online Degree Completion Program is designed for students who are already practicing registered nurses seeking to continue their education. The online nature of the program and strong engagement from faculty and advisors creates an environment in which students can successfully manage their studies, career and personal life. Since students are nurses already working in the profession, there is a great opportunity for them to bring work experience to the classroom and take back knowledge to the worksite.

These working students get access to a high-quality BSN completion program and are able to sustain their enrollment because of their personal commitment and the support of faculty and staff, said Catherine Tredway, program director and clinical instructor in the UIC College of Nursing.

"It's gratifying our evidence-based curriculum, problem-based course design, dedicated, expert faculty, and committed students are once again being recognized by such a high ranking from U.S. News & World Report," Tredway said.

According to the U.S. News website, the vast majority of students enrolled in these ranked programs have earned at least some college credit. Rather than first-time college students, they are more likely to be working professionals in their 20s to 40s looking to advance in or change their careers.

To learn more about UIC's online bachelor's degree programs, visit UIC Extended Campus.

CUNY SPS Ranks In Top 5% For Online Bachelors Degrees Once Again -

Posted: 15 Jan 2020 06:41 AM PST

The City University of New York School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) has been ranked in the top 5 percent in U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Degree Programs for 2020, marking the sixth year in a row that the School has been highly ranked by the publisher. CUNY SPS now ranks 16th in the nation and is 12th on the list of Best Online Bachelor's Degree Programs for Veterans, according to the report published today. With this ranking, CUNY SPS continues to be the highest listed program in New York State and New York City.

"This good news further confirms the rigor of CUNY School of Professional Studies' academic offerings as well as the school's commitment to provide exceptional online educational opportunities to New Yorkers from all backgrounds, including many working adults who would otherwise find it difficult to obtain a degree," said CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez. "We are proud of the reputation CUNY SPS has gained for its online programs, which help the University fulfill its historic mission to provide a top-quality, affordable education for all who seek one."

The U.S. News & World Report's continued high ranking of CUNY SPS offers validation of the educational programs the School has been providing since 2006 to meet the needs of adults who are looking to finish a bachelor's degree, advance in the workplace, or change careers. CUNY SPS, which has the distinction of being the first CUNY School to offer fully online bachelor's degree programs, was founded to specifically address the demands of evolving workplaces and disciplines by providing customized and flexible programs of study for working adults.

John Mogulescu, dean of CUNY SPS, said, "To be recognized so highly by U.S. News & World Report again is a true honor, and acknowledges the hard work and dedication of CUNY SPS faculty and staff to ensure working adults receive an exemplary education that will enable them to obtain their diplomas, excel in the workplace, and enrich themselves and their communities."

In keeping with this mission, CUNY SPS also offers low in-state tuition to all and opportunities that make attending school more accessible, including Zero Textbook Cost courses, Credit for Prior Learning, and credit for work experience and training, in order to help adult students on their path to college completion and career advancement.

Through all these efforts, CUNY SPS has emerged as the University's leader in online learning, a flexible, low-cost, and empowering pedagogical tool that has provided thousands of working New Yorkers—as well as students around the world—with access to educational opportunities they may not have otherwise.

U.S. News & World Report assessed CUNY SPS and over 350 other institutions using a methodology based on four weighted categories, including engagement, services and technologies, faculty credentials and training, and expert opinion among peers.

About the CUNY School of Professional Studies

Home to the first fully online degree programs at the City University of New York, the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) provides online and on campus programs that meet the needs of adults who are looking to finish a bachelor's degree, earn a master's degree or certificate in a specialized field, advance in the workplace, or change careers.

The School's growth has been remarkable, with twenty-three degrees launched since 2006. Enrollment has risen by more than 30% in the last four years to over 3,700 students in the credit-bearing programs and thousands more who are enrolled in non-degree and grant-funded workforce development programs. In addition, the School has an active Alumni network and has established the CUNY SPS Foundation, which offers multiple scholarship opportunities to current students.

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