Community colleges offer the best deals in online associate degrees if cost concerns you. Online community colleges, which are funded by your tax dollars, are dedicated to providing work training, continuing education and online certificates in hot careers such as health care, medical coding and records, legal assisting, and computer programming.
State residents typically pay the lowest tuition for online courses, though some states also allow non-residents to enroll in classes online at a reduced rate.
Cost can be as low as $75 per credit -- often two to three times cheaper than online associate degrees and certificates offered by private two-year college systems.
If you can’t find the online course, certificate or associate degree you need in the Get Educated directory check the list below to see if your state offers online courses or online associate degrees via a public online community college system.
Arizona – Rio Salado Community College Online
One of the largest online community college certificate and degree programs
California Virtual Campus
Guide to online associate degrees and courses from California colleges
Colorado Community Colleges Online
List of 13 community colleges in Colorado that offer online classes, degrees, and certificates
Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium
Online courses and degrees from Connecticut's accredited colleges and universities
Florida Distance Learning Consortium
List of Florida community colleges online
Illinois Community Colleges Online (ILCCO)
Consortium of Illinois Community Colleges sharing online courses and degree programs
Indiana - Ivy Tech Community College Online
Indiana’s two-year public college system with 350 online classes and 12 online degrees
Iowa Community College Online Consortium
List of e-learning courses and degrees from state colleges in Iowa
Kansas Online Community Colleges Consortium
Public community colleges and two-year online degree programs in Kansas
Kansas City Regional Access Consortium for Higher Education (KC REACHE)
Distance education courses and degrees in Kansas
Distance education and e-learning courses in Maryland
Massachusetts Colleges Online (MCO)
List of 15 community colleges and 9 state online colleges in Massachusetts
Michigan Virtual Learning
Online courses and distance degrees from Michigan’s community colleges
Mississippi Virtual Community College
Online courses and degrees from Mississippi community colleges
Nevada Higher Education Distance Education Online Course Catalog