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Online Colleges in Massachusetts

Most Affordable Online Colleges
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Massachusetts is home to many colleges that trace their roots back by decades; some even go back more than 100 years. Harvard University, founded in 1636, was the first college in the United States. Today's students have many options when it comes to choosing a college, from the grand old universities to newer but still well-respected schools.

Students considering an online degree program in Massachusetts should be aware of Massachusetts Colleges Online — a consortium of the state's 15 community colleges and nine state colleges. Students enrolled at any MCO institution can access online coursework with member colleges throughout the state. MCO offers dozens of fully online degree programs.

The two largest higher education networks in the state are the Massachusetts Community Colleges organization and the prestigious schools in the University of Massachusetts system. Combined, they serve more than 250,000 students annually. And, of course, Massachusetts is home to some of the most respected private universities in the country, such as Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts, Babson and Brandeis.

Affordable Online Colleges in Massachusetts

The lists below highlight some of the most affordable two- and four-year online colleges in Massachusetts.

Affordable Two-Year Online Colleges in Alabama

Many colleges and universities in Massachusetts offer a variety of options for distance learners. Students in Massachusetts can also get their educational careers started at two-year or technical schools. The list below highlights five of the most affordable two-year online colleges in Massachusetts, all five of which are members of Massachusetts Colleges Online.

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Bristol 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
$576
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.
38.15%
Institution Type
Public

About

BCC has campus locations in Fall River, New Bedford and Attleboro, with learning centers in Attleboro and Fall River. Bristol Community College offers nine different associate degree programs that can be completed through 100 percent online coursework, among them communications, management, computer information systems, humanities and behavioral/social sciences. The college also offers fully online certificate programs in computer programming and law enforcement. As a nice side benefit, students who take on-campus classes can also take dozens of different online classes as they work to complete degree requirements.

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Bunker Hill 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
$576
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.
18.15%
Institution Type
Public

About

Bunker Hill Community College served more than 14,000 students in the fall of 2015 from campus locations in Boston, Chelsea and Charlestown and six satellite locations. BHCC offers fully online associate degree programs in business, communications, English, general studies and psychology. It also offers fully online certificates on computed tomography, database support, magnetic resonance, mammography and world studies, which is quite the varied portfolio! Additionally, students who take classes at one of BCC's campus locations can choose from a wide variety of online offerings via web-based and hybrid courses. Online course content is the same as what's delivered in the classroom, the college notes.

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Massasoit 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
$576
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.
19.88%
Institution Type
Public

About

MCC serves students in eastern Massachusetts from campus locations in Brockton, Canton and Middleborough. MCC offers five fully online associate degree programs. Students can pursue online education in business administration with concentrations in management or marketing, as well as criminal justice and liberal arts. MCC also offers fully online certificate programs in law enforcement, private security and Microsoft office, as well as 19 other associate degree programs that can be completed mostly through online study. Students can pursue education in accounting, hospitality management, childcare and education, elementary education and many other options. On-campus requirements vary by program.

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Middlesex 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
$576
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.
26.56%
Institution Type
Public

About

Founded rather recently in 1970, Middlesex Community College has an annual enrollment of more than 12,000 students at campus locations in Bedford and Lowell. The college has provided online learning to students for more than 15 years. Middlesex offers hundreds of online classes for on-campus students, as well as 18 associate degree programs that can be completed via online and hybrid coursework. The college’s online classes use the same curriculum as its traditional campus-based classes and can lead to degrees in accounting, hospitality management, psychology, computer forensics and the fine arts, to name a few.

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Quinsigamond 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
$576
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.
24.93%
Institution Type
Public

About

Located in Worchester and boasting as their mascot the mythical Wyvern, Quinsigamond Community College serves more than 13,000 students annually. QCC offers hundreds of online courses for its campus-based students, some of which may require on-campus or proctored mid-term and final exams. Quinsigamond also offers fully online associate degree programs in business administration and general studies, and seven other associate programs that can be completed mostly online. Students at Quinsigamond Community College can pursue associate degrees in criminal justice, healthcare, computer science, psychology or liberal arts through mostly online classes, with varying degrees of on-campus attendance.

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Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in Massachusetts

Many students who earn associate degrees go on to complete their requirements for a bachelor's degree. The list below highlights a few of the most affordable four-year online colleges and universities in Massachusetts.

1

Bridgewater State 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
$910
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.
24.54%
Institution Type
Public

About

Founded in 1840, Bridgewater State University served more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students in fall of 2015. BSU offers both web-only and web-hybrid courses. The latter are between 50 and 80 percent online, with the rest of the work completed in the classroom or lab. Bridgewater State University's College of Continuing Education offers more than 500 night and online courses. The college's degree completion program allows students to pursue bachelor's degrees in art, psychology, communications, economics, special education, and more. All online coursework is taught by BSU faculty.

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Salem State 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
$910
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.
19.40%
Institution Type
Public

About

Located 15 miles north of Boston, Salem State University was founded in 1854. Total enrollment for fall of 2015 was 9,215 students. SSU offers fully online undergraduate, graduate and certificate-based programs. Fully online areas of study include bachelor's programs in fire science administration and intercultural communications, and a graduate program in library media studies. Students at SSU can enroll in dozens of different online classes, including in geography, mathematics, English, management, psychology and many more. Salem State University uses Canvas as its eLearning content management platform.

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Fitchburg State 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
$970
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.
34.68%
Institution Type
Public

About

FSU had a total enrollment of 6,598 students in fall of 2015, including 2,328 graduate students. The university offers online bachelor's degree programs in nursing and business administration, and it has a much wider variety of graduate programs. Students can pursue graduate degrees in special education with six different areas of concentration, or a master's degrees in forensic nursing. FSU also offers online MBA programs in management and human resources management. Additionally, the university has online certificate programs in forensic nursing, web development, business and behavior analysis, and reading specialization. FSU uses Blackboard as its online content management platform.

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Worcester State 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
$970
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.
26.69%
Institution Type
Public

About

WSU is a liberal arts and sciences university that serves students throughout central Massachusetts. Worcester State University offers 62 undergraduate majors and minors, as well as 31 different master's degree and certificate programs. WSU offers a mix of fully online and hybrid online courses that can remove some scheduling stress from your plate. Worcester State University uses Blackboard as its online content management platform.

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Westfield State 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
$970
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.
30.94%
Institution Type
Public

About

Westfield State University was founded in 1939 and offers six different online bachelor's degree completion programs for graduates of Massachusetts community colleges. Areas of online study include business, sociology, history, liberal studies and criminal justice. Students who have not completed undergraduate degree requirements may still be eligible to enroll in one of Westfield's online bachelor's degree programs. Westfield State University also offers dozens of online classes for on-campus students, including in art, biology, language, political science and other core areas required for degree completion. Enrollment tops 6,000 students annually.

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College Accreditation in Massachusetts

One of the most important decisions students can make regarding their education is to enroll in a college that's been properly accredited through a nationally recognized accrediting body.

Accreditation means that the school and its education programs have been peer-reviewed and found to conform to pre-determined quality standards, and therefore the degrees students earn from that school are valid because they comply with these standards.

Many online colleges in Massachusetts are accredited through the main regional accrediting body in New England:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

The NEASC has four commissions. The NEASC commission that accredits colleges and universities throughout New England is called:

  • The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE)

Certain technical and career schools in Massachusetts are accredited through a different nationally recognized accrediting body:

  • Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)

Students who wish to learn how their prospective college or university is accredited can check on the school's website or through the Department of Education's website.

School Interviews

Lisa Panagopoulos
As technology becomes more affordable and accessible, online instructional resources further develop and the ease and availability of rich media and social media increases, online education will continue to evolve and grow in the coming years.

Lisa Panagopoulos

Assistant Director of Faculty Development for Online Learning

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Q. Can you tell us a little about the online programs offered at the University of Massachusetts Lowell?

UMass Lowell's online program has received multiple international honors for quality, course development and teaching and annually attracts more than 20,000 enrollments in fully online and blended (combining web and classroom instruction) courses, certificate programs and degrees. Our online degrees include bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in a wide range of academic disciplines. Offered through the university's Division of Online and Continuing Education (OCE), the courses use the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS). In a typical semester, more than 400 fully online and more than 700 web-enhanced courses are taught by highly skilled faculty members, and all of those courses are ADA and FERPA compliant.

Q. What advice would you give students interested in an online degree program?

Anyone considering an online degree program should not be intimidated. At UMass Lowell, our online degree programs are overseen by the same academic departments as those that are offered on campus. Each of our online courses contains the personality of the instructor as reflected in lecture content and regular interaction with students. UMass Lowell's online students are from all around the country and the world, making for very rich, diverse and highly interactive courses with a significant amount of information-sharing and other interaction that enriches the learning experience. We have structured programs with convenience in mind, especially for working adults with busy schedules and anyone else who would find attending classes in person difficult. UMass Lowell also offers specially designed academic advising, tutoring and other support for our online students. They even have their own honor society. It really is the best of both worlds.

Q. How do you anticipate online learning might evolve in the coming years?

UMass Lowell was one of the first universities to offer online courses when the program was launched nearly 20 years ago. Over that time, UMass Lowell's online program has continued to be a leader in the field because of its commitment to keeping the program current and we believe that the same approach will be needed in the years to come. That means continuing to ensure that courses and programs keep pace with the needs of students, that instructors are trained and supported in the online environment and that we continue to develop and follow the latest in best practices for online teaching and learning. Although online learning has been available for two decades, it is still in its infancy. As technology becomes more affordable and accessible, online instructional resources further develop and the ease and availability of rich media and social media increases, online education will continue to evolve and grow in the coming years.


[S]tudents need to look for programs structured to provide services that specifically assist online students wishing to begin or return to college or earn a graduate degree.

Karen Rhoda, Ph.D.

Executive Director, University Extension

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Q. Can you tell us a little about the online programs offered at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth?

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth offers five online undergraduate, three online graduate degrees and seven online certificate programs. Online programs at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth are accredited following the same admissions requirements, program objectives, course competencies and student learning outcomes as our on-campus programs. Students enrolled in online programs receive personalized advising in their program and the resources essential to support the success of online learners such as online tutoring, a writing center and dedicated library staff ready to assist with student research needs. Online students also enjoy the advantage of an online orientation, small class sizes, networking with top league faculty who are recognized experts in their field and interacting with fellow students from various regions of the nation and around the world. Online courses are asynchronous meaning that students do not need to log on at the same time allowing for the flexibility and convenience needed by students with real-life responsibilities.

Q. What advice would you give to students interested in an online degree program?

Today's students should look for universities that provide the online program suited to their educational and career goals. Very importantly, students need to look for programs structured to provide services that specifically assist online students wishing to begin or return to college or earn a graduate degree. Savvy prospective online students understand that earning a degree requires a commitment of time and effort, and need to know that an institution's program and support services will ensure the quality of their student experience and provide a degree that is valued in the work arena. Many of today's online students are adult students who seek to earn the degree they've always wanted. They need to know that their counterparts are the fastest growing segment in higher education.

Q. How do you anticipate online learning might evolve in the coming years?

Online learning will utilize more technology over the next several years in order to bring more ways to adapt to students' learning styles to the virtual classroom. More people will be earning the degree they've been wanting by enrolling in online programs. Online degrees will bring the competitive advantage to more citizens needed for today's careers. The leaders in online education will continue to seek more nimble connection to the needs of the 21st century global economy and its work arena.

Financial Aid in Massachusetts

Students who wish to attend college in their home state of Massachusetts are in luck. Not only are some of the world's finest institutions of higher learning located here, but the state's Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) has a variety of merit- and need-based grant, scholarship, no-interest loan and tuition waiver programs that are designed to help students afford college. In many cases, these programs can be applied at public or private Massachusetts colleges and universities.

Although the Institute for College Access and Success reports an average student loan debt of $29,391 in Massachusetts, the numerous state financial aid programs can help students cover their college related expenses.

Take a look at some of the financial aid programs that are helping Massachusetts students secure their bright futures.

Scholarships

Whether students attend state universities, live in rural areas or just have excellent academic standing, there is a scholarship opportunity for you in Massachusetts. Here are a few highlights:

Recipients of the Paul Tsongas Scholarship have their tuition and mandatory fees waived when they attend one of nine Massachusetts state universities.

  • Application deadline: N/A
  • Award amount: Full tuition and fees
  • Number of scholarships awarded: 5 per school, per year
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Minimum GPA: 3.75 for most scholarships
  • Merit vs. need-based: Merit
  • Ethnicity: All
  • Academic status: Student with an SAT score of at least 1200 (or the ACT equivalent)
  • Residency required: Yes
Full-time students residing in rural areas of Massachusetts are eligible to receive financial assistance when they choose to attend any public college or university within the state (except University of Massachusetts at Amherst). Students are nominated by their individual institution on an annual basis.

  • Application deadline:  File FAFSA by August 1st
  • Award amount: Varies
  • Number of scholarships awarded: Up to 5 per school, per year
  • Renewable:  Yes
  • Minimum GPA:  N/A
  • Merit vs. need-based:  Need
  • Ethnicity: All
  • Academic status:  Be enrolled full-time
  • Residency required:  Yes

The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship aims to provide up to eight semesters of tuition to undergraduates attending Massachusetts state colleges and universities. The program hopes to reward student achievement as well as inspire high-performers to attend in-state public institutions.

  • Application deadline:  N/A
  • Award amount:  Full tuition for up to eight semesters
  • Number of scholarships awarded: N/A
  • Renewable:  Yes
  • Minimum GPA:  3.0
  • Merit vs. need-based:  Merit
  • Ethnicity: All
  • Academic status:  Academic status: Score in the Advanced category on one of three high school state assessment tests in English Language Arts, Mathematics or STE; Score in the Proficient or Advanced category on the remaining two high school state assessment tests; Have a combined MCAS score on these assessments that ranks in the top 25% in their school district.
  • Residency required:  No

For more information on how to research and find scholarships that apply to you, read the Ultimate Guide to Scholarships.

Grants

Those with financial need can get some tuition relief by qualifying for a Massachusetts grant program. This need-based type of assistance is earmarked for students with lower family incomes, and options are available for both full-time and part-time students.

MASSGrant
Funded by the state Legislature, the MASSGrant provides in-state residents with need-based assistance to attend an eligible educational institution for their undergraduate degree. Eligible students must also be enrolled full-time.

  • Application deadline: Must file the FAFSA by May 1, 2017 (priority deadline is February 1)
  • Award amount: Varies, covering the cost from two to eight semesters
Part-Time Grant Program
The Part-Time Grant Program aims to assist students who are enrolled in at least six (but less than twelve) undergraduate credits per academic term. Eligible students must demonstrate financial need and attend a fully-accredited educational institution.

  • Application deadline: Must file the FAFSA by May 1, 2017 (priority deadline is February 1)
  • Award amount: Varies; minimum $200
Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation Grant Program
Currently employed paraprofessionals in the Massachusetts public school system are eligible for this grant that hopes to aid the statewide shortage of teachers. Awards are not based on financial need; however, students must file the FAFSA in order to apply. They must also create a MASSAid Student Portal account, and fill out the Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation Grant application in the MASSAid Student Portal system.

  • Application deadline: Must file the FAFSA by May 1, 2017 (priority deadline is February 1)
  • Award amount: Up to $7,500 per academic year, depending on institution

For additional information on grants, check out the Ultimate Guide to Grants.

Loans

When scholarships and grant money aren't enough, student loans can help bridge the gap toward college affordability. Students are encouraged to apply for federal student loans via the FAFSA, but Massachusetts also offers a state-based program for additional zero interest funding.

Massachusetts No Interest Loan (NIL) Program
The NIL Program aims to assist students by providing a state-funded loan with zero interest. To be eligible, students must have one year of Massachusetts state residency, and must be attending an educational institution full-time. Students who receive this loan have up to 10 years to repay it.

  • Application deadline: Must file the FAFSA by May 1, 2017 (priority deadline is February 1)
  • Award amount: From $1,000 to $4,000 per academic year

For more information on the student loan process, don't miss the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Massachusetts

Featured Cities in Massachusetts

Data regarding these featured metropolitan areas is sourced from the 2015 American Community Survey (census.gov).

Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH Metro Area

Total Population

4,694,565

Median salary for high school grads

$32,572

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$60,058

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

34.9%

Median rent

$1,236

Fun Facts

Boston is rich in culture and history. People enjoy visiting the Old North Church, Fannueil Hall Market Place, Harvard and Cambridge, and the Paul Revere House. History buffs enjoy the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail, which visits 16 historical sites pertaining to the Revolutionary War. The Ted Williams Tunnel in Boston is the deepest tunnel in North America at nearly 90 feet below the surface. Boston is also home to some of the most well-known sports teams in America, including the Boston Red Sox (MLB), Boston Celtics (NBA), Boston Bruins (NHL) and New England Patriots (NFL).

Worcester, MA-CT Metro Area

Total Population

928,405

Median salary for high school grads

$32,978

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$56,116

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

29.7%

Median rent

$925

Fun Facts

Worcester is the busy heart of central Massachusetts and offers big city excitement as well as scenic rural vistas. There are many lakes and reservoirs in the area, many with long Native American names that are difficult to pronounce, and Old Sturbridge Village provides an authentic look at Colonial Massachusetts. The name Worcester means "War-Castle." Worcester was first settled in 1673 and was called Quinsigamond.

Springfield, MA Metro Area

Total Population

628,800

Median salary for high school grads

$31,094

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$48,617

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

39.1%

Median rent

$855

Fun Facts

The Basketball Hall of Fame is housed in Springfield, but that's just one of the many attractions in the area. The Springfield Museums is a complex of five different museums, and includes the famous Dr. Seuss Sculpture Garden honoring the birthplace of the beloved children's author. The Springfield Armory was one of the premier manufacturers of firearms in the U.S. for more than a century. It closed in 1968.

 
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