You have the world of online college at your fingertips. Here’s how to pick the right school.
Consider Your Future Goals
To choose the right college for you, you need a clear understanding of your goals. First, consider your desired career and identify a relevant major. Prioritize online community colleges that offer degrees in your area of interest.
You should consider whether you want to enter the workforce after finishing your community college program or transfer to a four-year school to earn a bachelor’s degree. If you know you want to attend a specific four-year school, consider nearby community colleges that may offer transfer pathways to your choice school.
Understand Your Expenses and Financing Options
With the exception of Cañada College, which offers free tuition to San Mateo County residents, the colleges on our list charge per-credit tuition rates ranging from $76 to $217. Extrapolated over a 60-credit associate degree, this translates to approximately $4,500 to $13,000 for an entire degree. If you are an out-of-state learner, you may pay higher tuition rates.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, as of the 2021–22 academic year, the average two-year institution charged $3,859 in annual tuition. Extrapolated over a two-year associate program, this translates to total tuition costs of around $7,700, which aligns with our top-ranked schools.