Average Net Price for Online Colleges 2014

Below you will find the top 133 online universities in America sorted by average net price. This price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of government, institutional grant, or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. The total cost of attendance is the sum of tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

Why we like average net price?

Average net price represents the real normal cost of attending a college each year. Some schools seem to publish low tuition amounts while making up for it with other fees. Others have higher tuition but great financial aid programs. So average net price helps you look at schools on a more even playing ground.

Please see additional notes below the rankings.



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Best Online Colleges of 2014

Rank University Average Net Price
109$5480

School Type:2-year, Public
Student-to-Faculty Ratio:24
Average Net Price: $5,480
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 58%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 38%
Acceptance Rate: 100%
Retention Rate: 57%
Cohort Default Rate: 15.90%

83$6356

School Type:4-year, Public
Student-to-Faculty Ratio:19
Average Net Price: $6,356
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 82%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 52%
Acceptance Rate: 79%
Retention Rate: 59%
Cohort Default Rate: 16.10%

108$7047

School Type:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Student-to-Faculty Ratio:39
Average Net Price: $7,047
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 27%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 36%
Acceptance Rate: 100%
Retention Rate: 50%
Cohort Default Rate: 8.60%

58$7736

School Type: 4-year, Public
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 22
Average Net Price: $7,736
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 55%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 52%
Acceptance Rate: 87%
Retention Rate: 73%
Cohort Default Rate: 10.80%

67$7773

School Type:4-year, Public
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 18
Average Net Price: $7,773
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 75%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 50%
Acceptance Rate: 73%
Retention Rate: 73%
Cohort Default Rate: 16.10%

44$8234

School Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 11
Average Net Price: $8,234
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 95%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 74%
Acceptance Rate: 100%
Retention Rate: 75%
Cohort Default Rate: 10.70%

62$8620

School Type:4-year, Public
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 23
Average Net Price: $8,620
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 51%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 49%
Acceptance Rate: 52%
Retention Rate: 79%
Cohort Default Rate: 9.90%

8$8710

School Type: 4-year, Public
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 17
Average Net Price: $8710
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 49%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 44%
Acceptance Rate: 68%
Retention Rate: 88%
Cohort Default Rate: 3.0%

73$8782

School Type:4-year, Private for-profit
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 22
Average Net Price: $8,782
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 24%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 17%
Acceptance Rate: 100%
Retention Rate: 92%
Cohort Default Rate: 7.20%

79$9076

School Type:4-year, Public
Student-to-Faculty Ratio:10
Average Net Price: $9,076
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 39%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 55%
Acceptance Rate: 100%
Retention Rate: 60%
Cohort Default Rate: 11.50%

98$9218

School Type:4-year, Private for-profit
Student-to-Faculty Ratio:14
Average Net Price: $9,218
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 75%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 87%
Acceptance Rate: 78%
Retention Rate: 53%
Cohort Default Rate: 24.10%
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21$9225

School Type: 4-year, Public
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 27
Average Net Price: $9,225
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 74%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 75%
Acceptance Rate: 61%
Retention Rate: 82%
Cohort Default Rate: 9.10%

9$9414

School Type: 4-year, Public
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 20
Average Net Price: $9,414
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 69%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 59%
Acceptance Rate: 65%
Retention Rate: 74%
Cohort Default Rate: 8.31%

86$9813

School Type:4-year, Public
Student-to-Faculty Ratio:19
Average Net Price: $9,813
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 54%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 62%
Acceptance Rate: 71%
Retention Rate: 74%
Cohort Default Rate: 15.10%

28$9863

School Type: 4-year, Public
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15
Average Net Price: $9,863
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 74%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 58%
Acceptance Rate: 50%
Retention Rate: 70%
Cohort Default Rate: 5.80%

76$10549

School Type:4-year, Public
Student-to-Faculty Ratio:18
Average Net Price: $10,549
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 48%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 37%
Acceptance Rate: 68%
Retention Rate: 63%
Cohort Default Rate: 7.30%

55$10579

School Type:4-year, Public
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 16
Average Net Price: $10,579
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 63%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 66%
Acceptance Rate: 89%
Retention Rate: 68%
Cohort Default Rate: 9.19%

23$10599

School Type: 4-year, Public
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 25
Average Net Price: $10,599
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 67%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 49%
Acceptance Rate: 87%
Retention Rate: 84%
Cohort Default Rate: 5.90%

90$10611

School Type:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Student-to-Faculty Ratio:36
Average Net Price: $10,611
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 56%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 56%
Acceptance Rate: 100%
Retention Rate: 57%
Cohort Default Rate: 11.60%

104$10638

School Type:4-year, primarily associate’s, Public
Student-to-Faculty Ratio:23
Average Net Price: $10,638
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 68%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 45%
Acceptance Rate: 54%
Retention Rate: 12%
Cohort Default Rate: 18.20%

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Interested in seeing who made the list in 2012 – here were the Best Online Colleges of 2012.

Additional notes about the average net prices

The average net price represents full-time beginning undergraduate students who received grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or from the college. If you do not think you will be eligible for any loans or grants, your net price will be likely higher.

Some of the colleges above have multiple campuses across the country. Often the tuition varies slightly by campus. In these instances, we used the average net price from what we felt was a representative location for the institution.

Average net price is from the 2010-2011 school year and can be found at the U.S. Department of Education IES National Center for Education Statistics website.

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