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Online Colleges in Minnesota

Most Affordable Online Colleges
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Minnesota could be an attractive place for anyone looking to enroll in an online college in a state that has a low unemployment rate — lower than the national average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) — and an annual mean wage of $49,740 as of May 2015. Residents in the state likely already know that although Minnesota is located in the Midwest, it is flush with outdoors activities upon or along the water. In fact, it is home to 10,000 lakes as well as Lake Itasca, which is located at the start of the Mississippi River. Additionally, Minnesota houses the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, both which offer many opportunities in terms of schooling, cultural events, healthcare and even retail and dining.

Across the state, Minnesota public colleges and universities provide degree programs to more than 400,000 students. Indeed, the state system is considered the fifth largest in the country, according to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities website. The system includes 30 colleges and seven universities, with more 50 campuses located across Minnesota. Anyone looking to enroll in one of the online colleges in Minnesota may find that these schools and universities provide needed opportunities.

Minnesota's workforce is highly educated, according to the nonprofit Lumina Foundation. Overall, an impressive 48.9 percent of working-age Minnesotans held college degrees in 2014, (the latest date for information available, according to the Foundation) including associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Not only did this figure represent faster-than-average growth over the previous year's rate, but also eclipsed the national average of 45.3 percent. Still, Lumina warns even these impressive trends may not be enough.

In the chart below, information is listed about the number of schools offering associate, bachelor's and master's degrees in Minnesota as well as the number of online programs these institutions offer. Since Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce projects that by 2025 a full 60 percent of U.S. jobs will require a college degree, this chart can give provide a better picture of available opportunities within the state.

Degree LevelNumber of Online ProgramsNumber of Colleges
Associate26341
Bachelor's23730
Master's22830

Affordable Online Colleges in Minnesota

Students interested in attending Minnesota schools may look at affordability as a key factor before applying. They also may want to know what kinds of programs affordable online colleges in Minnesota can offer, as well as the types of courses or degree programs that can be completed through a distance-based platform. In this section, prospective students, including veterans, single parents and career changers, will find 10 of the most affordable online schools in Minnesota, as well as details about their online programming.

To see Minnesota schools ranked by quality and other factors, use our Top Colleges tool.

Affordable Two-Year Online Colleges in Minnesota

The list below names five of the most affordable two-year schools in Minnesota.

1

White Earth Tribal and 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
$2,424
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

White Earth Tribal and Community College, in Mahnomen, offers online coursework, but also a unique school culture based on prominent Native American values, such as living from the heart, speaking honestly and being loyal in relationships. Students at this school not only take their heritage seriously, but they take their education seriously, too. This can be true for anybody headed back to college, as well.

This liberal arts school offers curriculum in a vast number of fields, such as business, environmental science and Native American studies, and it is just beginning to dip its toes into the online world. According to a local online newspaper, D-L Online, the school is offering hybrid learning in a few classes, giving students the opportunity to complete learning both in the classroom and through distance learning. One of these two classes was creating writing. The school plans to expand its hybrid offerings slowly, according to the 2014 online paper report.

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Pine Technical & 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
$3,676
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.
24.05%
Institution Type
Public

About

Pine Technical & Community College offers everything that a returning or new student might need, including counseling services, career services, an academic skills center and even a veterans center and onsite childcare. The Pine City-based school also offers an assessment on its website to help students determine whether online education might be right for them.

Online programs include four certificate programs specifically in the areas of production technologies, machine technologies, automation technologies and welding technology. Many of the credits earned in these certificate programs can be used later to count toward full degree programs, and the school makes use of the D2L Brightspace platform to facilitate online learning.

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3

Leech Lake Tribal 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
$3,696
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.
4.89%
Institution Type
Public

About

Leech Lake Tribal College offers a broad variety of programs, ranging from early childhood education to earth systems science, forest ecology, indigenous leadership and more. A library, athletics and even a drum room comprise part of the culture of this school, but so does distance education.

Online programs at the school are available in fully online and partially online format, and they make use of a learning system called Jenzabar. Students who do enroll in online classes are expected to log into the student portal regularly and to respond to email through their school email address. Freshmen students must seek special permission to register for online courses.

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North Hennepin 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
$3,962
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.
39.62%
Institution Type
Public

About

North Hennepin Community College was founded in 1966, and it is considered one of the most diverse community colleges in the state, according to its website. The school, located in North Brooklyn Park, offers fully and partially online learning as well as learning through live streaming, all using the D2L Brightspace platform.

Indeed, online education has been offered at the school since 1997. The school offers degree programs in areas like accounting, business, computer science, criminal justice and more, many of which also are available online. The school offers more than 60 programs in all, many of which can be used to continue toward earning a bachelor’s degree.

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5

Anoka-Ramsey 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
$4,348
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.
32.00%
Institution Type
Public

About

Anoka-Ramsey Community College has two campus sites, one in Cambridge and one in Coon Rapids. The school offers programs both fully online and through hybrid learning. In fact, of all the community colleges within the state systems, Anoka-Ramsey Community College offers the most course credits online, according to its website.

These online programs vary, but include associate degrees in accounting, business and creative writing, as well as certificates in business computer applications and the business generalist field. As with other Minnesota state schools, the community college uses the D2L Brightspace platform to offer its online courses.

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Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in Minnesota

Look directly below to find information on five of the most affordable four-year colleges in Minnesota.

1

Metropolitan 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
$6,563
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.
43.01%
Institution Type
Public

About

Metropolitan State University offers undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs and has four different locations. Its online offerings are vast and include full degree programs available entirely online, not just a few online courses. Online choices include nearly a dozen degree programs at the undergraduate level and a half-dozen graduate degree programs or graduate-level certifications.

More specifically, online bachelor’s programs are available in business administration, finance, industrial management, marketing and more, while graduate level education is focused on the business, management, and IT fields, including a graduate certificate program in healthcare information technology management. A searchable database of classes from the school allows students to more clearly identify online classes based on their delivery method, including over the internet, web-enhanced or web-supplemented.

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Saint Cloud 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
$6,820
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.
22.25%
Institution Type
Public

About

Saint Cloud State University has more than 200 courses offered online every semester, including many courses found in major areas of study, like criminal justice. There are several degrees that also can be completed fully online, like a bachelor's of elective studies (BES) and a nursing RN-to-BSN degree.

Saint Cloud additionally offers a variety of graduate education degree programs also available online. These range from an MBA to Master of Science degrees in public safety, executive leadership and regulatory affairs and services, as well as Master of Arts degree programs to teach English as a second language or social studies. There are numerous online graduate certificate programs available, too.

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Minnesota State University-Mankato

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
$6,904
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.
30.65%
Institution Type
Public

About

Minnesota State University-Mankato offers online courses for both degree seeking and non-degree seeking students. Options range from bachelor’s degree completion programs to graduate degree programs and even certificate programs, all in a wide variety of disciplines. At the undergraduate level, there are bachelor's degree completion programs in fields like dental hygiene, international business, applied organizational studies as well as online undergraduate minors and certificates.

Education offered online at the graduate level includes nearly two dozen certificate programs, master's degree programs in areas like education technology, elementary education, and development disabilities, as well as a master's of science in nursing degree program. Also, the state university has a professional science master's program in the field of information security and risk management online.

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Winona 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
$7,103
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.
19.93%
Institution Type
Public

About

Winona State University, founded in 1858, has a variety of online courses available to students as well as four online certification prep courses. These specifically fall in the areas of pharmacy technician, critical and progressive care nursing, advanced progressive care nursing and advanced emergency nursing.

The oldest member of the state's college and university system, Winona State University also makes a number of courses available online, all of which can be found through a searchable database. The discipline range of the university's online classes is vast, but includes courses such as Advanced Inbound Marketing, Introduction to Coding, Strategic Selling with Social Media, and many others.

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Minnesota State University Moorhead

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
$7,136
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.
33.85%
Institution Type
Public

About

Minnesota State University Moorhead, also known as MSU Moorhead, provides more than 100 courses online to its undergraduate and graduate students. A wide variety of degree programs are also offered through online education and include, at the undergraduate level, a Bachelor of Science in business administration, nursing, operations management and project management.

The online offerings available at the graduate level at Minnesota State University are even broader in scope. These include, but are not limited to, a Master of Science in educational leadership, nursing, and special education as well as a master's degree program in healthcare administration and a master's of business administration (MBA). Additionally, graduate certificates are available online in disciplines such as school counseling, professional counseling and nurse educator.

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College Accreditation in Minnesota

When researching prospective colleges in Minnesota, students should pay particular attention to whether their chosen institution is accredited through a recognized accrediting body. Accreditation is important for students because it means educational programs have been peer reviewed and are compliant with widely accepted quality standards. The degrees students earn at accredited colleges and universities, therefore, are considered valid in their home state and others as a result.

The primary accrediting body for community colleges, state universities, technical colleges and other institutions of higher learning in Minnesota is the following:

  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Students who wish to check how their prospective college in Minnesota is accredited can do so by checking online with the Department of Education.

School Interviews

To provide a better understanding of school options within Minnesota, and specifically at one of its public state schools, a Q&A with a distance learning director is included directly below. From this, prospective returning and new students can glean information pertinent to an online education and the kinds of programs that may be available within Minnesota's state college system.

 Lynn Johnson
I expect online programs will continue to evolve into blended programs when possible …

Lynn Johnson

Interim Director of Distance Learning

Bemijdi State University

Q. Can you tell us a little about the online programs offered at your school?

Bemidji State University currently has 11 undergraduate completion programs, 3 grad programs and 2 grad certificates that are offered entirely online.

BSU typically offers nearly 500 online courses each academic year. This spring, 260 courses were offered online, and 239 are scheduled to be offered online this fall.

Bachelor's degree completion programs are offered in accounting; applied engineering; biology; business administration; criminal justice; elementary education; marketing communication; nursing; psychology; social work and technology management. BSU refers to these programs as a 2+2 option; the first two years of an undergraduate program can be completed on campus at BSU or by transferring in with an Associate of Arts degree from a two-year college, and the final two years of the program can be completed entirely online or through a combination of online and on-campus courses.

BSU offers online graduate programs in business administration (MBA); a Master of Arts in teaching, which begins this fall; a Master Of Science in education; and a Master Of Special Education. It offers online licensures in FasTrack post-baccalaureate secondary teaching; health; special education: emotional behavioral disorders; and special education: specific learning disabilities. BSU also offers online certificates in camp nursing (and is one of the only programs in the nation offering camp nursing at the graduate level) and in online teaching.

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

I try to help students understand that online courses can take more discipline than on-campus courses, because it will be up to the student to make the time to log in each day and complete assignments, etc. There is not as much accountability to "go to class," so it does become a matter of scheduling time to be online.

Also, it's harder to "hide" in an online course. Discussions are posted so the instructor is able to see who is participating and who hasn't logged in for a few days. Online courses require active participation; this can surprise some students who think it might be an "easy" way to take a course.

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

I expect online programs will continue to evolve into blended programs when possible, where students and faculty have the chance to interact in person or via video/live chat/streaming media at least a couple of times during each class. Students indicate this interaction, even a couple of times each course, helps them connect to their faculty and other students. They do appreciate the opportunity to meet occasionally, even while they need the flexibility to complete most of their work online and asynchronously.

Financial Aid in Minnesota

For students who plan to attend college in their home state of Minnesota, there are a number of state-based financial aid programs that are designed to assist families. The Minnesota Office of Higher Education administers these programs and serves as a clearinghouse of information on all financial aid opportunities. For example, the Office of Higher Education's most popular grant awards up to $180 million to Minnesota residents attending eligible colleges in the state.

The average student loan debt is $31,579 in Minnesota, according to research by the Institute for College Access and Success. Despite that burden, savvy students take advantage of the state financial aid programs available to help offset the costs of college.

Below is a sampling of some of the financial aid programs that Minnesota offers to its college students.

Minnesota Scholarships

Scholarships are a fantastic way to help reduce the cost of college, and students in Minnesota have ample opportunities to earn them. Whether it's for academic achievements, leadership skills, or ethnic affiliations, there could be scholarship support for Minnesota students. Here are a few examples:

The Minnesota Academic Excellence Scholarship awards high-achieving students in the fields of English/creative writing, fine arts, science, mathematics, social science, or foreign language. Eligible institutions include the University of Minnesota, Minnesota state universities, and private colleges and universities within the state.

  • Application deadline:  Varies by institution
  • Award amount:  Up to the full price of tuition and fees for one year
  • Number of scholarships awarded: Not specified
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Minimum GPA:  Varies by institution
  • Merit vs. need-based: Merit
  • Ethnicity: All
  • Academic status:  Must be a high school senior enrolling full-time in a nonsectarian, baccalaureate degree-granting program at an eligible school
  • Residency required:  No
The Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program aims to assist Minnesota residents with at least one-quarter Native American ancestry. Eligible students may receive the award for up to 10 years: five years for undergraduate studies, and another five in a graduate program.

  • Application deadline:  July 1st (priority deadline)
  • Award amount:  Up to $4,000 for undergraduates and $6,000 for graduate students, per year
  • Number of scholarships awarded: Not specified
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Minimum GPA:  N/A
  • Merit vs. need-based:  Need
  • Ethnicity:  Native American
  • Academic status:  Be enrolled in an accredited college, university, or vocational school in Minnesota
  • Residency required:  Yes
Evelyn Lenander was an education teacher in Minnesota for 39 years and sought to support the future generations of youth educators with this award. Preference will go to residents of Central Minnesota, particularly Buffalo Lake, but all Minnesota residents are eligible.

  • Application deadline:  March 1
  • Award amount: $1,000 - $4,500
  • Number of scholarships awarded: Not specified
  • Renewable:  No
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Merit vs. need-based: Both
  • Ethnicity: All
  • Academic status:  Must have completed two full years of college and be enrolled in a program leading to an Elementary Education degree
  • Residency required:  Yes

For more information to help you discover scholarship opportunities, be sure to read the Ultimate Guide to Scholarships.

Minnesota Grants

Need-based financial aid, which includes grants, does not have to be repaid, and often is a big source of financial support for families. In Minnesota, there is a very generous state grant program for residents, as well as a more specific program for students who are also parents.

Minnesota residents enrolled in at least three credit hours at an in-state institution are eligible for this grant. State universities, public and community colleges, private colleges and career institutions, schools of nursing, and the University of Minnesota are all among the eligible institutions for this award.

  • Application deadline:  Must file the FAFSA (priority deadline is February 1)
  • Award amount:  Varies from $100 - $11,000+; average is $1,857
Low-income Minnesota residents with a child 12 years of age or younger may qualify for this grant to assist with childcare while the student is at school. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in 6-15 credit hours per term, while graduate students must be enrolled in 1-6 credit hours. Students should apply through the financial aid office at their school.

  • Application deadline:  Varies by school
  • Award amount:  Up to $5,125 per eligible child, per year

Learn more about how grants can help you finance your college education in our Ultimate Guide to Grants.

Minnesota Loans

Although most student loans come from the federal government, some states like Minnesota also have loan programs that are specific to students who attend college in that state. Many times, these additional loans help families bridge the gap between their financial aid offers and the total cost of attendance.

Eligible students include Minnesota residents attending an in-state or out-of-state postsecondary institution, as well as non-residents attending eligible postsecondary institutions in Minnesota. SELF Loans are not subsidized by the federal or state government, and they require a co-signer.

  • Application deadline:  Must file the FAFSA (priority deadline is February 1)
  • Award amount:  Up to $20,000 per year

For more about how student loans affect the college financial aid process, read the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Minnesota

Featured Cities in Minnesota

Students looking at attending school in Minnesota also will be interested in the affordability of some of the major cities or areas in the state, as well as different opportunities available there. Below, we have highlighted some of the major living areas and various factors important to deciding on a place to live, as sourced from the 2015 American Community Survey (census.gov).

Fun Facts

The City of St. Paul calls its city the "Most Livable City in America," thanks to its local economy and cultural vitality. It is also home to several Fortune 500 company headquarters, not to mention a number of historical and cultural landmarks. In 2016, Forbes Magazine ranked the area among its best places for business and careers, as well as ranking it 21st for best in education.

Duluth, MN-WI Metro Area

Total Population

279,748

Median salary for high school grads

$27,324

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$43,925

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

36.4%

Median rent

$689

Fun Facts

Duluth is situated on Lake Superior, which is the largest freshwater lake in the world. Duluth runs along the lake's shoreline for more than 27 miles, according to the Duluth Economic Development Authority. The city has 11,000 acres of green space, 129 parks and 150 miles of unpaved hiking trails. To top it off, many of its restaurants, parks and museums are accessible by an extensive, climate-controlled skywalk downtown.

Rochester, MN Metro Area

Total Population

211,250

Median salary for high school grads

$30,480

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$52,167

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

23.2%

Median rent

$789

Fun Facts

Rochester is a Midwestern mecca of arts and culture thanks to its Rochester Art Center, the Rochester Symphony, Chateau Theater and more. Perhaps Rochester's best known legacy, however, is its world-famous Mayo Clinic, which not only trains and supports surgeons and physicians from all across the world, but contributes thousands of dollars each year to medical research.

 
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