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The 29 Most Affordable Online Programming Certificates

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An online programming certificate can cost less than $500 or more than $11,500. Here at GetEducated we do the hard work for you. We rank on just one objective factor—affordability—so that you can factually compare all of your options.

Our editors compared 65 programming certificates from 33 regionally accredited online schools to create this ‘Best Buy’ list. Our rankings reveal the most affordable options in the United States—29 online programming certificates for under the national average cost.

Average Cost (In-state): $3,085.28
Least Expensive: Mt. San Antonio College ~$414
Most Expensive: Champlain College ~$11,688

Our data-driven research creates a truly reliable system of scientific rankings. There’s 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 online programming certificates. The online programs listed above the gray dividing line are official 2017 “Best Buys” and cost less than the national average.

Most Affordable Online Programming Certificate Programs

RankSchool / DegreeStatePriceNote
1
Mt. San Antonio College
(CA)
$414.00
$2,457.00
In-State
Out-of-State
2
Mt. San Antonio College
(CA)
$552.00
$3,276.00
In-State
Out-of-State
3
Kentucky Community and Technical College System
(KY)
$692.00
$2,216.00
In-State
Out-of-State
4
Mt. San Antonio College
(CA)
$782.00
$4,641.00
In-State
Out-of-State
5
Mt. San Antonio College
(CA)
$920.00
$5,460.00
In-State
Out-of-State
6
Guilford Technical Community College
(NC)
$928.00
$3,232.00
In-State
Out-of-State
7
Wake Technical Community College
(NC)
$983.00
$3,287.00
In-State
Out-of-State
8
Wayne Community College
(NC)
$1,002.00
$3,306.00
In-State
Out-of-State
9
Wake Technical Community College
(NC)
$1,062.00
$3,558.00
In-State
Out-of-State
10
Fayetteville Technical Community College
(NC)
$1,188.00
$4,068.00
In-State
Out-of-State
11
Wake Technical Community College
(NC)
$1,220.00
$4,100.00
In-State
Out-of-State
12
Lone Star College System
(TX)
$1,284.00
$1,419.00
In-State
Out-of-State
13
Wake Technical Community College
(NC)
$1,299.00
$4,371.00
In-State
Out-of-State
14
Stark State College
(OH)
$1,382.40
$2,543.40
In-State
Out-of-State
15
Washtenaw Community College
(MI)
$1,392.00
$1,404.00
In-State
Out-of-State
16
Yavapai College
(AZ)
$1,501.00
$2,356.00
In-State
Out-of-State
17
John C Calhoun State Community College
(AL)
$1,786.00
$3,190.00
In-State
Out-of-State
18
Washtenaw Community College
(MI)
$1,856.00
$1,872.00
In-State
Out-of-State
19
St. Petersburg College
(FL)
$2,011.50
$6,964.20
In-State
Out-of-State
20
Kentucky Community and Technical College System
(KY)
$2,076.00
$6,648.00
In-State
Out-of-State
21
Cochise County Community College District
(AZ)
$2,261.00
All Students
22
North Hennepin Community College
(MN)
$2,298.36
All Students
23
Seminole State College of Florida
(FL)
$2,317.68
$7,803.00
In-State
Out-of-State
24
Fort Hays State University
(KS)
$2,486.88
All Students
25
North Hennepin Community College
(MN)
$2,489.89
All Students
26
Lone Star College System
(TX)
$2,568.00
$2,838.00
In-State
Out-of-State
27
Rochester Community and Technical College
Undergraduate Certificate in Software Application Specialist
(MN)
$2,626.00
All Students
28
Bristol Community College
(MA)
$2,759.00
$5,849.00
In-State
Out-of-State
29
Ivy Tech Community College
(IN)
$2,912.70
$3,333.00
$2,480.70
In-State
Out-of-State
Military
NOTE: The following schools did not make our Best Buy ranking but are also great online options.
School / DegreeStatePriceNote
Minnesota West Community and Technical College
(MN)
$3,206.56
All Students
Daytona State College
(FL)
$3,208.92
$11,350.68
In-State
Out-of-State
St. Petersburg College
(FL)
$3,687.75
$12,767.70
In-State
Out-of-State
Lansing Community College
(MI)
$4,171.00
$6,052.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Seminole State College of Florida
(FL)
$4,249.08
$14,305.50
In-State
Out-of-State
Lone Star College System
(TX)
$4,280.00
$4,730.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Rio Salado College
(AZ)
$4,545.00
All Students
Front Range Community College
(CO)
$4,865.00
$7,404.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Minot State University
(ND)
$4,926.06
All Students
Ivy Tech Community College
(IN)
$5,084.80
$5,832.00
$4,316.80
In-State
Out-of-State
Military
Saint Joseph’s College of Maine
(ME)
$5,685.00
$3,825.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
(NC)
$5,797.00
$16,197.00
In-State
Out-of-State
University of Toledo
(OH)
$5,889.35
All Students
Colorado State University-Global Campus
(CO)
$6,300.00
$5,670.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Community College of Allegheny County
(PA)
$6,535.00
$9,228.75
$3,841.25
In-State
Out-of-State
Military
University of Massachusetts-Lowell
(MA)
$6,810.00
All Students
Liberty University
(VA)
$7,120.00
$4,600.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
University of Toledo
(OH)
$7,144.62
All Students
Champlain College
(VT)
$7,842.00
All Students
Champlain College
(VT)
$11,688.00
All Students

Rankings Note: These online college rankings are based on a GetEducated Spring 2017 review of regionally accredited online programming certificates. 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 certificate 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 program 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.

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