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Online Colleges in Delaware

Most Affordable Online Colleges
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Delaware is known as a business-friendly state, and many businesses will be looking to add college graduates to their ranks in the coming future. According to the Delaware Department of Labor, 37 percent of new jobs between 2010 and 2020 will require more than a high school education. In order to encourage an increase in educational attainment, online colleges in Delaware are working to provide accessible and affordable degree programs for students who need flexible schedules.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the following careers are expected to see the most growth in the state of Delaware between 2012 and 2022: special education teachers (42.3 percent growth), engineers (41.4 percent growth) and financial clerks (35 percent growth). All of these fields require at least an associate degree. Fortunately, colleges in Delaware are working to ensure there are educated residents able to fill these in-demand positions.

In fact, Delaware has 19 colleges that offer 2,080 associate degree programs, 6,338 bachelor's degree programs and 2,842 master's degree programs.

Online colleges in Delaware aim to take accessibility a step further by offering a range of distance learning opportunities. Not only do these colleges offer a wider selection of classes and programs than could be offered by traditional brick-and-mortar schools alone, but they also offer the enhanced flexibility of the online delivery method. Typically delivered in an asynchronous format, online colleges in Delaware give busy parents and working adults the freedom to take self-paced courses at times that don't interfere with family or professional obligations.

There are 424,330 employed people in the state of Delaware, and they make an annual mean wage of $49,520, according to the BLS in 2014. Of residents 25 years old and older, 17.2 percent have earned a bachelor's degree and 11.7 percent have earned a graduate or professional degree.

Affordable Online Colleges in Delaware

Affordable Two-Year Online Colleges in Delaware

The following list of two-year colleges features institutions with particularly affordable tuition.

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Delaware Technical Community College-Terry

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$2,841
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
21.53%
Institution Type
Public

About

The Terry campus of Delaware Technical Community College is situated in Dover, the state's capital. Associate degree programs are available through the Terry campus in the following subject areas: agriculture, business, computer technology, culinary arts, education, energy and engineering technologies, health and science, public service, visual communications, developmental education and general education.

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Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in Delaware

This list features a handful of four-year Delaware colleges with some of the lower tuition costs in the state.

1

Wilmington University

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$10,380
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
84.96%
Institution Type
Private

About

Wilmington University provides students with over 90 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, concentrations and certificates offered entirely online. Bachelor's degree programs range from allied health to human resource management to criminal justice. Graduate degree programs include such subject areas as accounting, administration of justice and an MBA. Online courses are delivered in 7- or 15-week formats.

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University of Delaware

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$11,230
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
7.13%
Institution Type
Public

About

With more than 200 courses and degree programs offered in a flexible, web-based format, the University of Delaware is committed to providing distance learning options for their students. Undergraduate degree programs that can be completed entirely online include an Associate of Arts and an RN-BSN program. Online master's degree programs include engineering, public administration, social studies in world history, and teacher leadership, as well as an MBA and a Master of Science in nursing.

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Widener University-Delaware

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$13,800
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
19.91%
Institution Type
Private

About

All of Widener University's campuses offer online degree programs, including an RN-BSN and master's programs in allied health education, business, educational foundations, instructional technology and social work. The Continuing Studies Division also offers a wide range of online programs for working adults, from an associate in radiologic technology to a bachelor's in English.

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College Accreditation in Delaware

Delaware students should make sure whatever college or university they select is properly accredited. Each state has a regional body that is responsible for reviewing the programs from participating schools to ensure their quality. Although the accreditation process is voluntary, most colleges and universities participate.

For colleges in Delaware, look for accreditation from the following:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

The MSCHE accredits postsecondary education programs, including distance education and online degrees, in seven states as well as the District of Columbia. If a school isn't regionally accredited, students should check whether the institution has accreditation from another body and whether that organization is recognized by the Department of Education. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation lists recognized accrediting bodies on its website.

Featured Cities In Delaware

Information on these featured cities is provided by the 2015 American Community Survey (census.gov).

Fun Facts

Seaford started out as an agricultural area devoted especially to the production of tobacco, and today it features over 500 retail stores and service-related businesses. With access to the Nanticoke River, Seaford is also a recreational focal point of the region.

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area

Total Population

6,035,680

Median salary for high school grads

$31,606

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$55,339

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

29.4%

Median rent

$1,018

Fun Facts

Over half of Fortune 500 companies call Wilmington their corporate home. The city is also home to the Brandywine Zoo, the Grand Opera House and the Delaware Theater Company.

Dover, DE Metro Area

Total Population

169,509

Median salary for high school grads

$29,017

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$45,008

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

31.7%

Median rent

$985

Fun Facts

The city of Dover was founded in 1683 by William Penn. It wasn't until 1934 that the city's first non-agricultural business opened its doors. The International Laytex Corporation is still a major source of employment in the area.

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