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The 69 Most Affordable IT Associate’s Degrees Online

Cost rankings of IT associate's degree onlineOpen numerous doors into information technology careers with an IT associate’s degree online. There are a number of reasons why an associate’s degree is a great option—the primary one being tuition cost. Generally, associate’s are much more affordable than a bachelor’s, but considering the difference in tuition between the least expensive and most expensive IT associate’s degree online can hit over $36,300, it pays to pay attention to which program and which price tag fits your personal means. In the associate degree game, there exists a plethora of options for specific needs. Someone who has worked in IT for more than a few years could apply their work experience to an online AAS in information technology, pushing them ahead in the professional game. Aspiring students may be using an IT associate’s degree online to move ahead academically, and may be interested in AA or AS transfer programs, setting them up for success at four-year universities. No matter which path you choose, GetEducated is here to help navigate the financial aspects of earning a degree.

GetEducated compared 137 IT associate’s degree online options from 103 regionally accredited schools to create this “Best Buy” list. Our rankings reveal the most affordable options in the United States—69 online IT associate’s degrees with reasonable price tags. Become an informed consumer before making a difficult financial decision with GetEducated.

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Average Cost (In-state): ~$14,300
Least Expensive: Cerro Coso Community College ~ $2,768
Most Expensive: Central Penn College ~ $39,094

Our data-driven research creates a truly reliable system of scientific rankings. There are no fancy formulas here. We meticulously calculate total full-time tuition—including any fees—for the most accurate total cost. Our rankings cannot be bought, and therefore factually showcase the cheapest IT associate’s degree online. The online IT degrees listed above the gray dividing line are official 2020 “Best Buys” and cost less than the national average.

Most Affordable IT Associate’s Degree Online

RankSchool / DegreeStatePriceNote
1
Cerro Coso Community College
(CA)
$2,768.00
$19,748.00
In-State
Out-of-State
2
Clovis Community College
(NM)
$3,840.00
$7,260.00
In-State
Out-of-State
3
Rio Salado College
(AZ)
$4,140.00
$11,060.00
In-State
Out-of-State
4
Trident Technical College
(SC)
$5,095.40
$21,497.60
In-State
Out-of-State
5
Guilford Technical Community College
(NC)
$5,185.00
$17,857.00
In-State
Out-of-State
6
Forsyth Technical Community College
(NC)
$5,196.00
$17,484.00
In-State
Out-of-State
7
Fayetteville Technical Community College
(NC)
$5,221.00
$17,893.00
In-State
Out-of-State
8
Bladen Community College
(NC)
$5,255.00
$17,735.00
In-State
Out-of-State
9
Western Piedmont Community College
(NC)
$5,310.80
$17,982.80
In-State
Out-of-State
10
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
(NC)
$5,632.00
$18,880.00
In-State
Out-of-State
11
Lenoir Community College
(NC)
$5,650.00
$19,090.00
In-State
Out-of-State
12
Nash Community College
(NC)
$5,796.00
$19,428.00
In-State
Out-of-State
13
New Mexico State University-Dona Ana
(NM)
$5,845.00
$12,853.00
In-State
Out-of-State
14
Southwestern Community College - NC
(NC)
$5,848.00
$18,904.00
In-State
Out-of-State
15
Central Piedmont Community College
(NC)
$5,887.00
$19,711.00
In-State
Out-of-State
16
Nash Community College
(NC)
$6,024.00
$20,232.00
In-State
Out-of-State
17
Haywood Community College
(NC)
$6,138.50
$20,730.50
In-State
Out-of-State
18
State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota
(FL)
$6,328.80
$23,371.20
In-State
Out-of-State
19
Indian River State College
(FL)
$6,529.80
$23,729.40
In-State
Out-of-State
20
Craven Community College
(NC)
$6,679.00
$20,887.00
In-State
Out-of-State
21
Central Community College
(NE)
$6,741.00
$9,639.00
In-State
Out-of-State
22
York County Community College
(ME)
$6,912.00
$9,792.00
In-State
Out-of-State
23
Metropolitan Community College Area
(NE)
$7,029.00
$10,296.00
In-State
Out-of-State
24
Allen County Community College
(KS)
$7,040.00
All Students
25
Central Texas College
(TX)
$7,140.00
$14,880.00
In-State
Out-of-State
26
Albany Technical College
(GA)
$7,192.00
$9,592.00
In-State
Out-of-State
27
Florida State College at Jacksonville
(FL)
$7,192.80
$14,013.00
In-State
Out-of-State
28
Western Nevada College
(NV)
$7,300.00
$10,510.00
In-State
Out-of-State
29
Broward College
(FL)
$7,374.00
$14,604.00
In-State
Out-of-State
30
Metropolitan Community College Area
(NE)
$7,384.00
$10,816.00
In-State
Out-of-State
31
St. Petersburg College
(FL)
$7,605.00
$24,114.00
In-State
Out-of-State
32
Hinds Community College
(MS)
$7,800.00
$13,900.00
In-State
Out-of-State
33
Tulsa Community College
(OK)
$7,973.00
$21,473.00
In-State
Out-of-State
34
Southeastern Technical College
(GA)
$8,050.00
$14,850.00
In-State
Out-of-State
35
Dallas College
(TX)
$8,100.00
$12,000.00
In-State
Out-of-State
36
Northwest Florida State College
(FL)
$8,315.40
$8,375.40
In-State
Out-of-State
37
Northern Wyoming Community College District
(WY)
$8,580.00
$20,460.00
In-State
Out-of-State
38
McHenry County College
(IL)
$8,623.00
All Students
39
Carl Albert State College
(OK)
$8,777.50
All Students
40
Volunteer State Community College
(TN)
$9,044.00
$15,680.00
In-State
Out-of-State
41
Barton Community College
(KS)
$9,600.00
All Students
42
Peninsula College
(WA)
$9,657.60
$10,579.20
In-State
Out-of-State
43
Northcentral Technical College
(WI)
$9,942.00
$14,109.00
In-State
Out-of-State
44
Milwaukee Area Technical College
(WI)
$10,075.00
$14,152.00
In-State
Out-of-State
45
St. Philip's College
(TX)
$10,380.00
$28,140.00
In-State
Out-of-State
46
Ivy Tech Community College
(IN)
$10,473.00
$12,022.80
In-State
Out-of-State
47
Genesee Community College
(NY)
$10,710.00
$11,910.00
In-State
Out-of-State
48
Kentucky Community and Technical College System
(KY)
$11,220.00
$38,100.00
In-State
Out-of-State
49
Northern Virginia Community College
(VA)
$11,315.50
$23,683.25
In-State/Military
Out-of-State
50
Bismarck State College
(ND)
$11,389.20
$16,205.40
In-State
Out-of-State
51
Jamestown Community College
(NY)
$11,463.00
$21,863.00
In-State
Out-of-State
52
Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology
(OK)
$11,739.45
All Students
53
Iowa Central Community College
(IA)
$11,760.00
$16,940.00
In-State
Out-of-State
54
Utah Valley University
(UT)
$11,812.00
$33,612.00
In-State
Out-of-State
55
Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology
(OK)
$12,124.35
All Students
56
University of the Cumberlands
(KY)
$12,340.00
All Students
57
Minnesota State College Southeast
(MN)
$12,438.00
All Students
58
Finger Lakes Community College
(NY)
$12,476.00
$17,340.00
In-State
Out-of-State
59
Lake Superior College
(MN)
$12,537.00
All Students
60
University of the Cumberlands
(KY)
$12,539.00
All Students
61
Tompkins Cortland Community College
(NY)
$12,566.00
All Students
62
Minnesota West Community and Technical College
(MN)
$12,622.80
All Students
63
Portland Community College
(OR)
$12,666.40
$25,086.40
In-State
Out-of-State
64
Minnesota State Community and Technical College
(MN)
$12,738.00
All Students
65
Central Lakes College
(MN)
$12,870.00
All Students
66
Northwest Iowa Community College
(IA)
$13,065.00
All Students
67
Ocean County College
(NJ)
$13,580.00
$18,200.00
In-State
Out-of-State
68
NUC University
(PR)
$13,800.00
$24,530.00
$21,200.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Military
69
Georgia Military College
(GA)
$14,220.00
All Students
NOTE: The following schools did not make our Best Buy ranking but are also great online options.
School / DegreeStatePriceNote
Thomas Edison State University
(NJ)
$14,614.00
$18,854.00
$15,298.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Military
Lake Superior College
(MN)
$15,044.40
All Students
Vincennes University
(IN)
$15,356.00
$17,754.80
In-State
Out-of-State
Northern Essex Community College
(MA)
$15,503.00
$30,686.00
In-State
Out-of-State
University of the Potomac
(DC)
$16,850.00
All Students
Community College of Allegheny County
(PA)
$17,249.00
$24,329.00
In-State
Out-of-State
University of Maine at Fort Kent
(ME)
$17,730.00
$26,550.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Indiana Wesleyan University
(IN)
$17,940.00
$15,000.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
University of Alaska Fairbanks
(AK)
$17,990.00
All Students
American Public University System
(WV)
$18,500.00
$15,100.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Kent State University
(OH)
$18,585.00
$19,215.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Southern New Hampshire University
(NH)
$19,350.00
$13,650.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Montgomery County Community College
(PA)
$21,045.00
$30,439.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Dakota State University
(SD)
$21,075.00
$24,582.20
$15,000.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Military
Bucks County Community College
(PA)
$21,102.00
$31,777.00
In-State
Out-of-State
University of Toledo
(OH)
$21,892.80
$21,992.80
In-State
Out-of-State
University of Massachusetts-Lowell
(MA)
$22,920.00
All Students
Saint Leo University
(FL)
$23,425.00
$15,625.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Indiana Institute of Technology
(IN)
$24,290.00
All Students
Ohio Christian University
(OH)
$24,400.00
$16,600.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
South College
(TN)
$25,100.00
All Students
Purdue University Global
(IN)
$25,200.00
$35,460.00
$14,850.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Military
Franklin University
(OH)
$25,537.00
$16,065.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Point University
(GA)
$25,600.00
All Students
Fisher College
(MA)
$25,900.00
All Students
Salem University
(WV)
$25,900.00
$33,400.00
In-State/Military
Out-of-State
Roger Williams University
(RI)
$26,536.00
All Students
Limestone College
(SC)
$27,467.00
$15,191.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Pennsylvania State University
(PA)
$27,976.00
All Students
Campbell University
(NC)
$28,020.00
$15,620.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
San Joaquin Valley College
(CA)
$29,674.00
All Students
Strayer University - Online
(DC)
$30,140.00
All Students
Colorado Christian University
(CO)
$31,020.00
$17,880.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
National American University
(SD)
$32,024.00
$15,574.40
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Florida Technical College
(FL)
$33,645.00
All Students
Florida National University
(FL)
$34,360.00
$16,360.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Bryant & Stratton College - Online
(NY)
$37,020.00
All Students
Peirce College
(PA)
$37,335.00
All Students
Central Penn College
(PA)
$39,094.00
All Students

14   Program is no longer accepting new students.

Accreditation Note

To qualify for a ranking, a program must be regionally accredited. Additional programmatic accreditation is noted in the rank table.

17   Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

Rankings Note

These online college rankings are based on a GetEducated Fall 2020 review of regionally accredited IT associate’s degree online options. Associate ranks include Associate of Science, Associate of Arts and Associate of Applied Science degrees from both 4 & 2 year schools. AS & AA are typically best for transfer, while the AAS degree is career-oriented. Total cost includes full-time tuition and fees and was valid at the time of collection and specific to the online learning program. School profiles for the online associate degree programs in our directory may reflect a slightly different cost based on different editorial update schedules.

The published cost is an estimated sticker price for the entire online degree including fees. Actual costs may vary by student. Factors such as transfer credits, prerequisite courses, professional licensing and financial aid availability will affect final cost.

Editorial Note

Online schools do NOT pay to be included in any GetEducated online degree ranking. These rankings are editorially independent, open to any regionally accredited or candidate college that offers an associate degree that is available at least 80 percent through online learning and that is open to enrollment by the public. If your online college is regionally accredited and not currently reviewed by GetEducated, please contact us for inclusion.

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Career Guide for an IT Associate’s Degree Grad

Want to launch an exciting career in the tech industry? Then an IT associate’s degree online may be perfect for you!

When you enroll in an associate’s program for IT, security, and network administration, you’ll be prepared for entry-level careers in some of the most exciting industries on the planet. You’ll learn skills that are important to all types of businesses, including data management, database design, and how to maintain the security for private technology systems. Depending on the program, you will likely graduate with skills in web design, as well as the use of hardware and software to achieve the specific goals for businesses and organizations.

Classes will range from highly technical to theoretical. You will take classes that focus on specific computer and information processing, as well as web programming, design, and development. You may also learn about database design using specific technologies like MySQL and XML.

The classes can also cover broad-range business related topics. You may learn about the basics of business communication, or take classes on the general use of technologies by organizations. All of these classes prepare you for real-world application of computers and networks.

Like most associate’s degrees, these programs generally take two years of academic study.

Best Careers in Information Technology, Security & Network Administration

With an IT associate’s degree online, you will be prepared for a wide range of careers. For the most part, an associate’s degree will prepare you for entry-level jobs, but as you gain experience and enhance your education, you can eventually move to more advanced positions.

Information Security Analyst

  • Salary: $99,730
  • Education: Bachelor’s
  • Training/Experience: None
  • Growth: 31%

Protecting information from cyber threats is one of the most important, evolving issues facing companies and organizations, which is why information security analysts enjoy such large incomes and massive expected growth. While a bachelor’s degree is often preferred by employers, people with an IT associate’s degree online may be able to find employment with certain companies.

These highly-trained professionals assist organizations by monitoring networks for security breaches and implementing changes that enhance overall security. Tasks may include installing software, preparing reports, developing security standards, and evaluating the extent of data violations.

Network & Computer Systems Administrator

  • Salary: $83,510
  • Education: Bachelor’s
  • Training/Experience: None
  • Growth: 4%

Computer networks have become a critical part of a modern company’s success. To ensure effective day-to-day operations of these systems, companies rely on the experience and knowledge of system administrators. Although generally requiring a bachelor’s degree, you may be able to find system administrator entry-level positions with only an associate’s degree.

Most computer, software, and IT jobs are expected to have rapid growth (31% for information security analysts, for example) but the expected growth for this career is only 4%. This is likely caused by cloud computing, which could automate many functions performed by administrators, reducing employment growth throughout multiple industries.

Computer Network Architect

  • Salary: $112,690
  • Education: Bachelor’s
  • Training/Experience: None
  • Growth: 5%

Computer networks are complex, requiring a vast assortment of hardware components and software applications. To keep everything running properly, companies turn to computer network architects. These professionals earn outstanding salaries, and the top 10% can expect annual earnings over $168,000.

Job growth is expected to be 5% between 2019 and 2029, which is higher than average but well below some of the numbers seen by other technology jobs. Many aspects could explain this, but the adoption of cloud computing, which means companies don’t have to build in-house networks, is expected to be the main cause.

Licensing & Exams After an IT Associate’s Degree Online

Technology careers often hold excellent pay and outstanding growth, but there is another advantage: there are usually no legally-required licenses or certifications; if you have the skills, regardless of education, you can work in the field.

However, ongoing education can be extremely useful for these positions. Technology is frequently changing, so staying up-to-date with the latest developments is crucial. Trade magazines, conferences, and informal classes can all help you stay at the top of your field.

Advancing your education after an IT associate’s degree online can also be useful. Many positions will prefer candidates with bachelor’s or master’s degrees, so building your education can expand your earning potential as well as your job options.