Here's a high-level look at online colleges in Vermont:
Vermont offers dual enrollment programs to allow high schoolers to earn community college credit at some of the four-year colleges in the state.
To help you select an online degree program that meets your needs, we've compiled a list of the best online colleges in Vermont as well as the most affordable ones. In addition, you can see information about scholarships specific to the state as well as loan programs available through the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation.
OnlineColleges.com's rankings of the best schools in Vermont can be a useful tool for aspiring students. We gather comprehensive information on each school into one place, so students can assess and compare the factors that matter most to them. All schools in our rankings hold official accreditation that is valid in Vermont. Most of the schools you'll see are accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NEASC), though some might be accredited by other national agencies. To learn why we only review accredited schools, see our "What is College Accreditation?" page. To check which accrediting agencies are valid in the state of Vermont, review the State of Vermont Agency of Education.
When creating our rankings, we looked at a wide variety of factors to find the ones that matter most to online students. Our rankings are built on data points for each school such as the ratio of students participating in distance education, average in-state tuition, and graduation rate, among many others. Students can use the information we analyzed to help them make their decision on which Vermont school to attend. To learn specifics about why we chose these points for our rankings, visit the "What Makes a Good Online College?" section of our "About Us" page.
Choosing the correct college is a tremendously important decision. As a result, we have compiled this ranking of the 10 best online universities in Vermont, using data gathered from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and our own unique methodology.
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.
Applicant must be a graduate from one of the following Orange County or Windsor County high schools: Black River, Blue Mountain Union, Chelsea Public, Green Mountain Union, Hartford, Mid Vermont Christian, Oxbow, Randolph Union, Rochester, Sharon, South Royalton, Springfield, Thetford, Whitcomb, Williamstown, Windsor, or Woodstock. Financial need and school/community involvement must be demonstrated.
Applicant must be a resident of Winham County, VT who can demonstrate financial need and academic achievement.
Applicant must be a resident of Norwich, VT who will attend an accredited school approved for federal Title IV funding. Financial need must be demonstrated.
Applicant must be a resident of Windham County, VT or Reasboro or Searsburg, VT. Financial need and school/community involvement must be demonstrated.
Applicant must be a resident of the Upper Valley of Vermont who will attend an accredited school approved for federal Title IV funding. Financial need and community involvement/service must be demonstrated.
Applicant must be a resident of Windham County, VT who is pursuing graduate education. Financial need and academic achievement must be demonstrated.
Applicant must be a graduating high school senior from Essex, VT who demonstrates financial need.
Applicant must be a resident of Vermont who has been or is being served by King Street Center and will attend an accredited school approved for federal Title IV funding. Financial need must be demonstrated.
Applicant must be a resident of Addison County, VT who will pursue a bachelor's degree at a competitive accredited school approved for federal Title IV funding. Academic achievement, financial need and community involvement must be demonstrated.
Applicant must be a graduating senior from Montpelier or Spaulding High School in Vermont who has shown commitment to the well-being and care of the elderly.
Applicant must be a resident of Bolton, Bolton Valley, Huntington, Jericho, Richmond, or Underhill, VT who will attend an accredited school approved for federal Title IV funding. Academic achievement, financial need, and community service must be demonstrated.
Applicant must be a resident of Charlotte, Hinesburg, or Shelburne, VT who will attend an accredited school approved for federal Title IV funding. Community involvement/service must be demonstrated.
Applicant must be a resident of Vermont who, through significant personal growth, public commitment, and activism, has demonstrated a dedication to the interests of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning community.
Applicant must be a member or employee, or the spouse or dependent of a member or employee of the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery who will attend an accredited school approved for federal Title IV funding. Financial need must be demonstrated.
Applicant must be a resident of Vermont who is a single parent with primary custody of at least one child 12 years of age or younger, and will attend an accredited school approved for federal Title IV funding. Financial need must be demonstrated.
Applicant must be a resident of Vermont who will attend a two-year accredited vocational or technical school. Financial need must be demonstrated.
Applicant must be a resident of Vermont who will attend an accredited school in Vermont approved for federal Title IV funding. Financial need, school/community involvement and minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA required.
Applicant must be an active member, or the spouse or child or an active member, of a Vermont-licensed ambulance or first response squad in Addison or Chittenden County. Academic achievement, financial need, and community involvement/service must be demonstrated.
Applicant must be a graduating from Randolph Area Vocational Center, Whitcomb, Windsor, or Woodstock Union High School who will attend an accredited school approved for federal Title IV funding. Financial need, community involvement and minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA required.
Applicant must be a resident of Vermont with a documented disability (school 504 of IEP Plan) who will attend an accredited school approved for federal Title IV funding. Financial need must be demonstrated.
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.
Get more insight into how student loans work in the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.
Vermont's largest school, the University of Vermont (UVM), recently appeared on a list of the most expensive colleges for out-of-state students. You can qualify for resident tuition if you move to the state for a reason other than attending school and live there for at least one year, but there are a few other approaches you can try as well:
Prospective students hoping to study certain specific subjects may have an easier time getting help with out-of-state tuition than others. UVM offers annual $3,000 awards to high-achieving first-year students planning to pursue degrees in business, engineering, mathematics or the liberal arts.
Students enrolling in online colleges in Vermont have hundreds of options for what to study. With so many choices, how do you decide what to major in? Since most students are pursuing their education in order to further their career, it can be helpful to start with a different question: what jobs are in demand in Vermont?
The data in this section details statewide employment, job projections and average salaries for the best jobs in Vermont. Students can use this data to help them make more informed decisions about which major to pursue in college.
|Employment||Employment Growth||Median High School Salary||Median Bachelor's Salary|
*Industry rankings determined by annual mean wage, employment, projected growth and location quotient. Data is sourced from the BLS, 2019 dataset.
|Top Industries||Employment||Projected Growth||Average Salary|
|Ambulatory healthcare services||218,600||4%||$60,929|
|Lessors of nonfinancial intangible assets (except copyrighted works)||75,400||3%||$67,649|
|Hospitals; state, local, and private||236,530||4%||$59,411|
|Funds, trusts, and other financial vehicles||51,900||2%||$65,423|
|Data processing, hosting, and related services||102,040||2%||$65,209|
|Credit intermediation and related activities||128,650||2%||$60,714|
|Securities, commodity contracts, and other financial investments and related activities||102,370||2%||$63,069|
Vermont's leading industries include emerging sectors such as technology and energy and more traditional industries such as manufacturing and agriculture. Healthcare, however, is at the top of the most needed jobs in Vermont. A report for the State of Vermont Agency of Administration predicts a 13 percent increase in demand for physicians by 2030 as the population grows older and medical professionals continue to retire. Doctors, nurses, surgeons and other healthcare professionals are needed across the state in hospitals, physician's offices, outpatient care centers, medical and diagnostic labs or home health services.
Other Vermont industries, such as the technology sector, are on the rise for more positive reasons as well. Led by industry stalwarts such GlobalFoundries, Dealer.com, MyWebGrocer, Frame Interactive and many others, Vermont's technology sector accounts for roughly 30 percent of statewide employment. This is driving demand for telecommunications, data processing, data hosting and related services.
Finally, Vermont has a notable presence in the captive insurance industry. The state's financial industry spans a wide range, from small regional credit unions to national investment firms such as Morgan Stanley and Edward Jones. Among the many top jobs in Vermont in the financial sector are financial managers, loan interviewers and loan officers, personal financial advisers and commodities brokers. And as Vermont grows its statewide infrastructure, opportunities may continue to rise for related occupations, such as accountants, auditors, management analysts and financial analysts.
In the section below, we'll take a closer look at some of the high demand jobs in Burlington, Vermont's largest city, and its surrounding metro area.
Companies in the Burlington region form the main engine for Vermont's economy. Snow sports manufacturer Burton is headquartered at Burlington, while IBM has operated a semiconductor manufacturing center at nearby Essex Junction since 1957. As such, it's no wonder that some of the high demand jobs in Burlington include systems software developers, compliance officers and industrial engineering technicians.
|Best Careers||Minimum Education||Average Salary||Employment|
|Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers||Bachelor's degree||$105,300||1,050|
|Marketing Managers||Bachelor's degree||$116,450||400|
|Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists||Doctoral or professional degree||N/A||60|
|Compliance Officers||Bachelor's degree||$72,530||1,470|
*Career rankings determined by annual mean wage, employment, projected growth and location quotient. Data sourced from the BLS, 2019 dataset.