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Online Colleges in Vermont

Most Affordable Online Colleges
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Vermont's tricky winter weather and rural environment make it a perfect place to pursue an online education. Earning a degree from one of the online colleges in Vermont means you won't have to make any early morning or after-dark trips to campus on snowy roads, and it also means you can continue to work and enjoy time with your family while working on your degree.

Students can earn a bachelor's degree from more than 20 colleges in Vermont. Five of those schools are public colleges, including the University of Vermont, and 14 are private, nonprofit schools. The only private, for-profit college in Vermont offering a bachelor's degree program is the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier.

According to the Consortium of Vermont Colleges, online colleges in Vermont offer 79 different types of online programs, including associate, bachelor's, master's and graduate certificate programs. Several online colleges in Vermont also offer professional certificates. The number of degree programs at each level is as follows:

  • Online associate degree: 15 programs from 3 schools
  • Online bachelor's degree: 19 programs from 5 schools
  • Online graduate degree: 11 programs from 7 schools
  • Graduate certificate: 9 programs from 3 schools
  • Professional certificate: 22 programs from 3 schools
  • Undergraduate certificate: 3 programs from 2 schools

In addition, the University of Vermont, which isn't part of the consortium, offers 12 online programs, ranging from a master's program in natural resources leadership for sustainability and public health to a variety of certificate programs.

What follows is a rundown of the most affordable online colleges in Vermont, what kind of degree programs they offer and the top metropolitan areas of the Green Mountain State.

Affordable Online Colleges in Vermont

The Green Mountain state presents a wide range of online colleges and programs for a broad spectrum of students from all backgrounds. Read the information below to learn more about some of the most affordable online colleges in Vermont.

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

Featured Two-Year Online College in Vermont

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Community College of Vermont

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
$5,904
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.
N/A
Institution Type
Public

About

Community College of Vermont's Center for Online Learning offers more than 300 courses online, and students can opt to take all or some of their classes online. The college offers many associate degree programs and certificates entirely online, including programs in art and design, computer information systems, biology, allied health, and other humanities and social science disciplines. Community College of Vermont's online classes stand out because they are small and led by faculty members who have real-world professional experience.

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Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in Vermont

1

Johnson State 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
$9,984
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.
27.21%
Institution Type
Public

About

Johnson State is well known for its external degree program, which allows students with 60 or more college credits to finish their bachelor's degree program online. The classes are offered in 15-week and 7-week options. Two of its six statewide liberal arts degree programs are offered entirely online.

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2

Vermont Technical 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
$12,456
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.
23.28%
Institution Type
Public

About

Vermont Tech offers online programs in computer technology, health care, business and manufacturing. Students can enroll and get started whenever it's convenient for them. There are also online programs for professionals who want to receive continuing education.

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3

University of Vermont

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
$14,664
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.
7.56%
Institution Type
Public

About

The University of Vermont offers online master's degree programs in natural resources leadership and public health, as well as an online bachelor's degree program in nursing. It also offers certificates in digital marketing, educational technology, public health, environmental health, school library media, campus sustainable innovation and advanced sustainable innovation.

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Burlington 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
$23,546
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.
17.11%
Institution Type
Private

About

Burlington College offers online classes to students who have earned at least 30 college credits and can verify that they have advanced writing and study skills. Online learners sign individualized learning agreements that specify the student's learning goals. The school offers five Bachelor of Fine Arts programs, 15 Bachelor of Arts programs and four Associate of Arts degree programs. It also offers eight different professional certificates in areas such as woodworking and paralegal studies.

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5

Champlain 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
$37,436
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.
44.21%
Institution Type
Private

About

Champlain has been offering online classes since 1993, making it a pioneer in distance learning. Today it offers more than 60 online bachelor's degree programs, master's degree programs and professional certificate programs. Online bachelor's degree programs are offered in subjects such as business, computer science, cybersecurity, health care and other areas. Master's degree programs are offered in areas such as business administration, early childhood education, digital forensic science, executive leadership, health care administration, law and mediation and applied conflict studies.

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College Accreditation in Vermont

Students in Vermont can check to verify that their school is accredited through a commission approved by the U.S. Department of Education. These commissions complete in-depth reviews of schools to assure they meet specific quality standards before approving them for accreditation.

In Vermont, the commission approved to regionally accredit community colleges, colleges and universities is the:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC-CIHE)

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education grants accreditation to schools in six states. Students who want to attend a college in Vermont that is not accredited through this commission can check with the U.S. Department of Education to see if it's accredited by another approved agency.

Financial Aid in Vermont

Vermont Loans

The state of Vermont provides students with educational loans through the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC). Before you go that route, you should exhaust all of your available options for scholarship and grant awards, since those forms of aid do not have to be repaid. If you find that you are still in need of financial assistance, you may apply for state-based, federal or private loans to assist you in paying for your education. In order to apply for federal aid, you will need to fill out the FAFSA and supply information about your family's financial situation.

To be eligible for this loan, the student must be a Vermont resident attending college in-state or out-of-state, or be an out-of-state student attending college in Vermont. The student must also be enrolled at least half-time in an undergraduate or graduate program of study at an eligible post-secondary school.

  • Application deadline:  Not specified
  • Award amount:  From $200 up to the total cost of education

Get more insight into how student loans work in the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Vermont

  • Paying for College provides information for Vermont students about various forms of student aid, how to apply for financial aid, loan repayment, and more.

Featured Cities in Vermont

Data for these featured cities is sourced from the 2015 American Community Survey (census.gov).

Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metro Area

Total Population

215,081

Median salary for high school grads

$31,132

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$45,597

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

39.9%

Median rent

$1,056

Fun Facts

Burlington, located along the shoreline of Lake Champlain, is the center of northern Vermont's cultural and recreational activities. Burlington is close to skiing and is also a short drive to Montreal.

 
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