How Much Does Online Degree Tuition Typically Cost?
Tuition for an online degree program varies according to the type of degree and length of the course. Universities that charge higher tuition for nonresident students often also charge higher tuition for out-of-state students in the online programs. An application fee is required, and some universities charge the student for access to tools and applications needed to take an online course.
Online degree tuition varies from school to school, and is typically assessed per credit hour. Some universities, such as Michigan State University, www.msu.edu, charge higher fees for out-of-state students who are enrolled in some of the university's online programs.
Tuition and Fees For Online Degree Programs
Tuition and fees are determined by type of degree and length of program. Degrees in specialized disciplines such as astrophysics cost more than a 2-year associate's degree in English. For example, a Bachelor of English degree taken online through the University of Illinois, www.online.uillinois.edu, has tuition of $235.25 per credit hour, while tuition for a Master of Education and Curriculum and Instruction costs $430 per credit hour for the university's online program.
Degree Tuition by Colleges
Northeastern University, located in Boston, Massachusetts, www.cps.neu.edu, offers associate's degrees, Bachelor of Science degrees, master's degrees and doctoral degrees through distance education. Tuition for an associate's degree in accounting costs $310 per quarter hour. A 12-month fast-track master's degree program at Northeastern University costs $514 per quarter hour.
The University of Wisconsin, online.uwc.edu, offers associate's degree and bachelor's degree programs that are taken entirely online. Tuition costs for these online courses are $205 per credit for summer classes and $215 per credit for classes starting in fall of 2009.
Financial Aid for Online Programs
Almost every university offering online courses charge a higher rate for nonresident students, even though the student will not be attending college on-campus. There is also an application fee. Financial aid is available to help students finance their education.