STUDENT LIFE / OCT. 22, 2014
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Top 10 Best Universities Offering Affordable Online Programs in 2014

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Online education provides a variety of benefits to students, and is becoming increasingly popular. One privilege to attend a college online is the freedom to pursue degree anywhere. Such programs cut back the classroom restriction because learning materials and lectures are delivered online. Throughout the 1990s, this mode of education evolved from basic corporate computer-based training programs.

The fees of an online continuing education vary widely depending on which type of course you’re taking and which is your school. For example, a ten credit course at one of the community colleges costs around $1300; however, there are several institutions that offer cheap courses. So, if you’re planning enrollment in an online degree, consider the following cost friendly institutes:

1. Keiser University

Keiser University has its campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, and Tampa. Its stimulating academic climate is fostered by its diversity. The university is ranked 54 by U.S. News & World Report 2014. The university’s online undergraduate and graduate programs in business, humanities, healthcare, information technology, and law cost around $17,164 per academic year.

2. Boston University

Boston University is ranked 61 by QS, and 13 by U.S. News & World Report. It offers more than 35 online bachelor and master degree programs in healthcare, bioinformatics, chemistry, and information technology. Tuition fee differs from course to course; however, it is usually around $44,000 for bachelor and up to $60,000 for master.

3. University of the Southwest

As a small Christian institution, University of the Southwest is offering a handful of online vocational and degree courses in a number of disciplines. It is ranked 7 by U.S. News & World Report, and tuition fee per credit hour is $270 for undergraduate and $500 for graduate programs.

4. Robert Morris University

Robert Morris University has more than 41,000 on-campus students; it also provides virtual learning programs to busy professionals and international students in disciplines like nursing, management, human resources, and linguistics. The university charges around $300 per credit hour.

5. Kaplan University

Kaplan University is ranked 89 by QS in behavioral sciences, 34 in social studies, and 67 in business administration. Besides its regular morning classes, the university programs are blended with distance learning programs and online tutorials. It has recently broken down tuition fee by $310 per undergraduate credit hour, and $441 per graduate credit hour.

6. Norwich University

Norwich is a leading provider of affordable online classes. Currently it has around 1300 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degrees in criminal justice, business administration, and strategic studies. The institute is ranked 41 by U.S News & World Report; its tuition fee is approximately $19,234 per academic year.

7. Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University’s distance learning school is ranked 18 by U.S. News & World Report. More recently, the university has become a pioneer institute offering a variety of programs. It charges around $470 per undergraduate credit hour, and $670 per graduate credit hour.

8. The George Washington University

One of the university’s campuses is just a few blocks from White House in Washington, DC. This private sector university has earned 52 rank by U.S. News & World Report, and enrolls more than 15,000 students in its online degree programs and certifications in healthcare, business administration, law, and linguistics. Tuition ranges from $500 to $900 per credit hour depending on the program you choose.

9. New York University

The 20 best institution in America, according to U.S. News & World Report, New York University enjoys a stellar reputation. It has a great collection of online learning options for its worldwide students. Tuition fee per credit hour for normal degree programs is $800, while for specialized courses it is up to $1200.

10. California University

Earning an online degree from California University yields serious financial rewards. It has around 26,000 on-campus, and 9000 online students. The university’s business courses and linguistic programs are ranked 67 by U.S. News & World Report. Its tuition fee is around $21,234 per academic year.

Online education fits well with busy professionals who are able find better jobs with improved salaries. The above institutions are highly advantageous because unlike lectures, their flexible online modules can be revisited again, and involve no extra burden of heavy costs.

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