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Online Colleges in Indiana

Most Affordable Online Colleges
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Wabash, Indiana, became the first electrically lit city in the world in 1880. Community colleges and universities throughout the Hoosier state have been illuminating the dreams of Indiana students for much longer.

Founded in 1820, Indiana University serves more than 114,000 students each year, including more than 94,000 undergraduate students in fall of 2015. There are eight campuses in the university system.

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest institution of higher learning with more than 170,000 annual students. The statewide community college system has 32 campus locations. The Independent Colleges of Indiana university system serves students from 31 private, nonprofit campuses across all parts of the state. The ICI system was the first cooperative statewide association of independent colleges in the U.S. It serves more than 90,000 students each year and awards 35 percent of all bachelor's degrees in the state.

The following chart shows the total number of degree-granting institutions in the Hoosier State for students who wish to pursue online education or online degree programs:

Degree LevelNumber of Online ProgramsNumber of Colleges
Associate12021
Bachelor's17432
Master's14827

Indiana was home to more than 6.61 million people in 2015, the U.S. Census Bureau reports. In 2014, just under 24 percent of the state's population had obtained a minimum education of a bachelor's degree, the bureau adds. Indiana residents with bachelor's degrees earned median annual wages of $45,363 in 2014, the Census Bureau reports, while residents with professional or advanced degrees earned median annual wages of $60,342. More than 2.94 million people were employed in Indiana in May of 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports. During that time, the median annual earning for all workers in Indiana was $32,905, according to the BLS.

Affordable Online Colleges in Indiana

The lists below highlight some of the most affordable online colleges in Indiana, with the data for their tuition provided by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

For Indiana schools ranked by quality and other factors, use our Top Colleges tool.

Affordable Two-Year Online Colleges in Indiana

Students often prefer to begin their educational journey at a community college before transferring to a four-year university. Below are a few of the most affordable two-year online colleges in Indiana.

1

Ivy Tech Community College

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
$3,995
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.
41.76%
Institution Type
Public

About

The state-wide Ivy Tech Community College system offers more than 150 degree programs. There are more than 1,000 online classes offered each year through the ITCC system. Indiana students can pursue 16 different fully online degree programs through Ivy Tech, including study in entrepreneurship, business administration, informatics, supply chain management and logistics, manufacturing production and operations, and other areas that are key to Indiana's economy. Ivy Tech also offers distance learning options featuring a mix of online and video instruction. Though the majority of education is online, students also must attend on-campus classes or fulfill other on-campus requirements. Distance learning options include study in early childhood education, human services and paralegal studies. Ivy Tech uses Blackboard as its online content management system.

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College of Court Reporting Inc

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
$12,600
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.
N/A
Institution Type
Private

About

College of Court Reporting in Hobart was founded in 1984. It was granted approval by the National Court Reporters Association in 1987, and in 2006 CCR became the association's first institution to offer a fully online certified program. Educational programs culminate in a diploma of court reporting (voice), which generally takes five semesters, or an associate degree in court reporting (stenography) that usually takes seven semesters to complete. Students who complete these programs demonstrate competency in keyboarding, computerized shorthand technology and court reporting/office procedures. Students also can pursue an online voice captioning certificate to work as voice captioners or communication access realtime translation (CART) reporters.

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Ancilla College

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
$14,100
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.
41.27%
Institution Type
Private

About

Ancilla College is a small, private Roman Catholic college in Donaldson, but its doors are open to students of any faith. Ancilla College partnered with The Learning House to deliver online coursework, and the college uses Moodle as its content management platform. Online courses at Ancilla are developed by Ancilla College faculty members. Online courses typically include a mix of online and text-based readings, learning activities, multimedia productions and online group collaboration and discussions. Students at Ancilla College can choose from 22 different academic programs that prepare them to transfer to four-year universities. Associate degree options include study in hospitality and tourism, sports management, computer information systems, culinary arts management and many more options.

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Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in Indiana

For many students, earning a bachelor's degree from a four-year university is the culmination of their formal educational journey -- and the beginning of their journey in the workplace. These are several of the most affordable four-year online colleges and universities in Indiana.

1

Vincennes 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
$4,937
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.
11.28%
Institution Type
Public

About

Vincennes University is Indiana's first university. It was founded in 1801 by former U.S. President William Henry Harrision. Vincennes University has campus locations in Vincennes, Jasper, Indianapolis and Gibson. It offers more than 20 different fully online degree programs, including online bachelor's degrees in homeland security and public safety, agribusiness technology and information technology. Online associate degree programs include behavioral sciences, law enforcement, pharmacy technician, family and consumer sciences, supply chain logistics and management, among others. Students who live in Knox County or take classes at the main VU campus will have to take any math exams at on-site locations, the university notes.

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Purdue University-Northwest

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
$6,217
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.
36.35%
Institution Type
Public

About

Purdue, one of Indiana's more well-known universities, served more than 41,000 students in fall of 2016. Online students at Purdue study the same curriculum as on-campus students. Purdue offers an online associate degree program in veterinary technology education. It also has 18 online master's degree programs, including study in electrical computing engineering, economics, construction management, communications, education, technology, leadership and innovation, business administration, special education and many more. Many master's degree programs are fully online, the university notes, while others are hybrid programs that require students to attend some regular on-campus classes.

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University of Southern Indiana

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
$6,838
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.
41.09%
Institution Type
Public

About

USI in Evansville enrolls more than 10,000 dual credit students annually and offers more than 80 degree programs. The university serves students from 90 counties in Indiana, as well as students from 37 U.S. states. University of Southern Indiana offers a robust selection of online degree programs, including master's degrees in business administration, nursing and health administration. The school offers bachelor's degree programs in nursing, health services and radiologic technology. USI also is developing online bachelor's programs in professional studies and core completion programs. Courses are either fully online or in a hybrid/blended format that requires some on-campus participation.

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Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

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
$7,052
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.
32.16%
Institution Type
Public

About

IPFW, the largest university in northeast Indiana, serves more than 12,000 students annually. Student can pursue more than 200 degree paths from Indiana University or Purdue University. Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne offers more than 220 unique online courses each semester in an either fully online or hybrid format with some on-campus meetings. Fully online bachelor's degree paths include general studies, nursing and information systems. It also has a master's of science in nursing program that has received national recognition from U.S. News and World Report.

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Indiana University Online

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
$9,087
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.
9.11%
Institution Type
Public

About

The Indiana University system offers more than 100 online graduate and undergraduate degree programs and certificates, as well as hundreds more online classes for students attending on-campus locations. Many students in the IU system pursue online education. In fall of 2015, a total of 23,026 students enrolled in online undergraduate and graduate classes. Indiana University offers 12 fully online bachelor's degree programs featuring study in business administration, communications, mathematics, political science, psychology, nursing, English and more. IU also offers online graduate certificate programs in compositional studies, mathematics, and online teaching and assessment.

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College Accreditation in Indiana

Students should pay as much attention to picking a properly accredited college as they do to choosing their major. Accreditation means that an institution's educational programs adhere to predetermined quality standards and have been peer reviewed. It's important to know that degrees earned at any given institution are valid.

Most colleges and universities in Indiana are accredited through one nationally recognized accrediting body:

  • The Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Some smaller colleges in Indiana, such as the College of Court Reporting, are accredited by:

  • Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)

Before enrolling in an online college in Indiana, students can check with the Department of Education to see how the institution they are interested in attending is accredited.

School Interviews

In the interviews below, leading educators in Indiana share their insights into the rich and varied experiences of earning an online degree in Indiana.

Philip T. Powell
I predict online MBA programs will replace residential MBA programs as the default in the next three to five years.

Philip T. Powell

Chair of the Kelley Direct Online MBA program

Indiana University Kelley School of Business

Q. Can you give us an overview of your top degree program(s)?

Our MBA program is completely asynchronous. We have class every week, but students do not have to attend. We emphasize flexibility, so a student can finish the program in two years or five years if they want. Learning is not just about the class every week. There is a 24/7 interaction with faculty members.

Instead of modeling on the past (the brick and mortar classroom) we model the program based on the virtual workplace. There are case discussions going on, teamwork, impromptu and scheduled chats. Students are always interacting with multiple people at multiple times, not about sitting at the screen watching the talking head of a faculty member.

There are about 1,000 students, and it's the first Top 20 program to be taught online. Most of our students are middle managers in Fortune 500 companies, with big clusters of students from California and the Northeast. Only 15 percent are from Indiana.

Our students want to get into the executive suite, so the whole curriculum is around executive development.

Q. What advice do you have for prospective students about choosing an online program?

A good online program is going to have a good face-to-face component and use action-based learning. Other questions to ask:

  • Does the school allow online MBAs to interview shoulder to shoulder with the residential MBAs?
  • Is the faculty comprised of scholar teachers or adjunct instructors?
  • Does the program outsource services? No business school would outsource their full-time MBA program, so they shouldn't do that with the online program.
  • Are online students treated the same way as residential MBAs?

Q. What are your thoughts on the future of online learning?

I predict online MBA programs will replace residential MBA programs as the default in the next three to five years. Anytime there is new technology, it displaces the old and defines the new normal.


Dr. Allison Barber
Online education will continue to grow rapidly throughout the state of Indiana because of that level of flexibility …

Dr. Allison Barber

Chancellor

Western Governors University Indiana

Q. Can you overview your top degree program(s)?

Nursing is our top degree program. WGU Indiana equips our registered nurses and other medical professionals with the comprehensive education they will need to succeed in a competitive field. The competency-based model works wonderfully within our healthcare college, encouraging students to combine their acquired knowledge with empathy to become effective professionals. Specifically, we offer a pre-licensure program for those looking to earn their RN to BSN, as well as a BSN to MSN program. WGU Indiana also offer bachelor's and master's degrees in IT, business and education.

Q. What advice do you have for prospective students about choosing an online program?

There are certainly a few essential items to consider when choosing an online degree program.

  1. Is the university accredited and does it have my best interests in mind?
  2. What is the return on investment (ROI)?
  3. Is the program flexible enough to fit my lifestyle?

Q. What are your thoughts on the future of online learning?

It's often our busy lifestyles that prevent Hoosiers from following a traditional four-year college degree track or from pursuing additional educational opportunities later in life. However, the statistics show that there is a need for a skilled workforce here in Indiana, both now and in the decade to come. Whether you are a young person who has attempted but never completed a college degree or a mid-career professional juggling family and work obligations, there are a wide variety of options with online universities to help you get the education and training you need for the jobs of the future.

Online education will continue to grow rapidly throughout the state of Indiana because of that level of flexibility and because there are excellent careers on the market in business, healthcare, education, and information technology that require a college degree.

Financial Aid in Indiana

If you plan to attend a college or university in Indiana, you've got lots of Hoosier support on your side. Indiana ranks seventh in the country for the most need-based grant aid per full-time undergraduate student. Add to that the opportunities for scholarships and the state's Commission for Higher Education eStudent system, which simplifies the whole financial process, and you can see why students in Indiana are confident college-bounders.

Although the average student loan debt in Indiana is $29,222 as reported by the Institute for College Access and Success, state financial aid programs are available to help students make college more affordable.

To get your financial aid research started, we've compiled some of the most popular state scholarships and grants for students attending college in Indiana.

Indiana Scholarships

Indiana students who work hard in high school and plan to stay in-state for college put themselves at an advantage to earn a substantial scholarship toward college. Here are three programs that are helping to make Hoosier education dreams come true.

If you are considering an Indiana public college or university, the 21st Century Scholarship Program could be perfect for you. It provides students with up to four years of undergraduate tuition (dependent upon available funds and student need) at any participating institution. For students who choose to attend a private college, the state will award an amount comparable to that of a public college. To be eligible, students must complete certain criteria over the course of their high school career, including participation in an extracurricular activity, going on a college visit, taking the ACT or SAT, filing the FAFSA, and graduating with at least a Core 40 diploma.

  • Application deadline:  N/A
  • Award amount:  Up to four years of undergraduate tuition
  • Number of scholarships awarded:  N/A
  • Renewable:  Yes (must meet certain requirements to continue to receive)
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • Merit vs. need-based:  Both
  • Ethnicity: All
  • Academic status:  High school senior
  • Residency required: Yes
Indiana students who plan to work toward a career in education may be eligible for the Next Generation Hoosiers Educators Scholarship. The key requirements are that students must graduate in the top 20 percent of their graduating class at an Indiana high school or score in the top 20th percentile of the SAT or ACT. Recipients agree to teach for five years at an eligible Indiana school after degree completion. Current college students are eligible to apply, but priority will be given to graduating high school seniors.

  • Application deadline:  December 31
  • Award amount:  Up to $7,500
  • Number of scholarships awarded: 200
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Merit vs. need-based: Merit
  • Ethnicity: All
  • Academic status:  High school senior or current college student
  • Residency required:  Yes
For current college students, this award from the Indiana Federation of Republican Women is open to both female and male Indiana residents. The scholarship supports students attending an in-state college who are pursuing degrees in the fields of political science, government, journalism, radio, television media and education. College sophomores, juniors, seniors and students enrolled in a master's program are all eligible to apply.

  • Application deadline:  July
  • Award amount: $1,000
  • Number of scholarships awarded: 2
  • Renewable:  No
  • Minimum GPA:  N/A
  • Merit vs. need-based:  Merit
  • Ethnicity: All
  • Academic status:  Undergraduate or graduate student
  • Residency required:  Yes

To gain an edge when it comes to finding and scoring scholarships, don't miss our Ultimate Guide to Scholarships.

Indiana Grants

Filling out the FAFSA is definitely in every college student's best interest, and these Indiana state grants, which are based on financial need and other criteria, are just another great example as to why.

Indiana residents who are full-time students pursuing an associate or bachelor's degree may apply for this grant by filing the FAFSA. Grant money must be used toward tuition and fees at an eligible public or private postsecondary institution in the state of Indiana.

  • Application deadline:  Must file the FAFSA by March 10 prior to the academic year of intended enrollment
  • Award amount:  Varies based on funding and student need
Indiana's need-based financial aid program is designed to meet the needs of working adults who are seeking an associate, a first bachelor's degree or a certificate at select institutions. Applicable students must be Indiana residents who are financially independent and demonstrate financial need through the FAFSA.

  • Application deadline:  N/A, but March 2017 is FAFSA priority date, so earlier is best
  • Award amount: $1,000
Indiana students who graduate from a publicly supported high school at least one year early may be eligible for this one-time grant to be applied to tuition and fees. Students must have earned a Core 40 diploma by the end of grade 11, must apply for the FAFSA, and must enroll as a full-time student at an eligible postsecondary institution no later than the fall semester immediately following their graduation.

  • Application deadline:  September
  • Award amount: $4,000

Don't miss our Ultimate Guide to Grants for insider advice and strategies on finding grants.

Indiana Loans

Finding a quality student loan program will make post-graduate payoff all the more manageable. Indiana's loan program is designed to not only help students pay for college, but to also help them maximize their financial aid.

The ISM helps families find free financial aid money before supplying loans to close the gap. They offer fixed and variable rate options with several repayment types to suit different borrowers.

  • Application deadline:  N/A
  • Award amount:  Varies

Learn more about student loans in the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Indiana

Featured Cities in Indiana

Indiana is a diverse state. Automobile manufacturing has long anchored the state's economy, but it's also got a very strong presence in life sciences, transportation and information technology. The cities below are places where students who earn degrees from online colleges in Indiana can potentially land a good job with good working and living conditions, and the data on them is from the 2015 American Community Survey (census.gov).

Fun Facts

Indianapolis is home to "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" -- the Indianapolis 500. The first full 500-mile race was held in 1911. Indianapolis is the capital of Indiana.

Fort Wayne, IN Metro Area

Total Population

424,579

Median salary for high school grads

$29,346

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$43,285

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

24.4%

Median rent

$678

Fun Facts

Fort Wayne is named after General Anthony Wayne. He earned the nickname "Mad" Anthony Wayne after leading a nighttime bayonet raid against British forces during the American Revolution. Fort Wayne also is called the "City of Churches" since there are more than 360 churches in the city.

Evansville, IN-KY Metro Area

Total Population

314,263

Median salary for high school grads

$28,072

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$42,349

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

26.3%

Median rent

$697

Fun Facts

The South Bend Chocolate company makes more than 3,000 pounds of chocolate every day. Also, University of Notre Dame football is a way of life for many residents of South Bend.

 
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