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Online Colleges in Vermont

Most Affordable Online Colleges

Introduction

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 your family while working on your degree. 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.

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.

Vermont is a well-educated state. The U.S. Census Bureau reported in 2014 that among the state's more than 430,000 residents over the age of 25, more than 20 percent have earned an undergraduate degree. Nearly 14 percent have a graduate or professional degree, and 8.5 percent have an associate degree. Among those between 18 and 24 years old, more than 50 percent have some college education or an associate degree.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that Vermont has just over 300,000 workers, and those workers earned an annual mean wage of $44,500, or about $17.39 an hour, in 2014. Figures from the Census Bureau show that it pays to have a degree in Vermont; in 2014, those with a bachelor's degree in Vermont earned 45 percent more annually than those with just a high school diploma. Also, holding a graduate degree in Vermont can mean a 24 percent higher salary than those with just a bachelor's 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.

Most Affordable 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 online colleges in Vermont, including a list of schools ranked by affordability.

1

Community College of Vermont

Tuition/Year
$5,736
Graduation Rate
17%
# of Online Degrees
13
Accredited
 
School Type
2-Year

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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Johnson State College

Tuition/Year
$9,600
Graduation Rate
36%
# of Online Degrees
0
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

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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Vermont Technical College

Tuition/Year
$11,856
Graduation Rate
55%
# of Online Degrees
0
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

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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University of Vermont

Tuition/Year
$14,184
Graduation Rate
76%
# of Online Degrees
2
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

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

Tuition/Year
$23,546
Graduation Rate
45%
# of Online Degrees
26
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

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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6

Champlain College

Tuition/Year
$32,800
Graduation Rate
57%
# of Online Degrees
58
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

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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Norwich University

Tuition/Year
$32,812
Graduation Rate
58%
# of Online Degrees
11
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

About

Norwich University has been operating since 1819. It continues to adapt to the changing needs of its students through established and expanding online degree programs. Norwich offers online bachelor's degree programs in interdisciplinary studies, criminal justice, cybersecurity, management studies and strategic studies. Online master's degree programs are offered in diplomacy, history, international relations, military history, business administration, civil engineering, public administration, information security, leadership and nursing.
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Top Cities For Students In Vermont

Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont

Mean Wage

$47,620

Average Cost of a House

$253,300

# of Employed People

117,700

Total Population

211,261

Avg Salary with a Bachelor's Degree

$35,853

Economics

The cities of Burlington and South Burlington are home to 117,720 workers, about a third of the state’s entire workforce of 300,000. Workers there earn a mean average of $22.89 an hour and a mean annual wage of $47,620, according to 2014 BLS data.

Demographics

Chittenden County in Vermont, where both Burlington and South Burlington are located, is home to nearly 160,000 residents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2014, and 102,889 of that population is 25 or older. Among these adults, 29 percent have a bachelor’s degree, and nearly 19 percent have a graduate or professional degree.

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.

Southern Vermont, Vermont

Mean Wage

NA

Average Cost of a House

$214,800

# of Employed People

104,300

Total Population

199,985

Avg Salary with a Bachelor's Degree

$34,735

Economics

The largely rural area of southern Vermont, which includes the towns of Brattleboro, Bennington, Manchester and Londonderry, is home to 104,300 workers. Although the BLS has not calculated an average annual or hourly wage for these workers, average hourly wages here range from $119.59 for surgeons to $11.76 for lifeguards and ski patrollers in 2014.

Demographics

The southern Vermont counties of Bennington, Rutland, Windham and Windsor are home to just under 200,000 people. About 140,000 of those residents are 25 or older. In Bennington, 20 percent of those 25 and older hold a bachelor’s degree, while in Windsor and Windham, the rate is a 19.2 percent and 19.5 percent respectively. In Rutland County, 18 percent of those 25 or older have a bachelor’s degree.

Fun Facts

Southern Vermont is home to Mount Snow ski resort as well as Bromley, Vermont's Summer Adventure Park. The area is a popular attraction in the fall, when "leaf-peepers" arrive to tour the country roads and take pictures of the astonishing fall colors.

Northern Vermont, Vermont

Mean Wage

$42,440

Average Cost of a House

$204,400

# of Employed People

74,010

Total Population

111,500

Avg Salary with a Bachelor's Degree

$45,142

Economics

There are 74,010 workers in northern Vermont’s rural areas. These workers earned a mean hourly wage of $20.40 and a mean annual income of $42,440 in 2014, according to the BLS.

Demographics

There are about 215,000 residents in the seven counties that constitute northern Vermont’s nonmetropolitan area, which includes the counties of Addison, Caledonia, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Essex and Washington. About 150,000 of those residents are 25 and older, and the education level varies widely from county to county. The best-educated county may be Washington, the home of Montpelier, the state capital, where nearly 23 percent of those 25 or older have a bachelor’s degree. The lowest rate of residents holding a bachelor’s degree is in Essex County where 10 percent of those 25 and older have a bachelor’s, as well as in Orleans County where 13.5 percent have a bachelor’s.

Fun Facts

The "Northeast Kingdom" of Vermont is a land of skiing as well as culture. Summertime activities include fishing and hiking as well as visits to the Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury and the Shelburne Museum.

 
Other Vermont Resources

  1. American Factfinder, U.S. Census Bureau, accessed November 2015, http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=CF
  2. Center for Online Learning, Community College of Vermont, http://ccv.edu/find/center-for-online-learning/
  3. College Navigator, National Center For Education Statistics, accessed November 2015, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?s=VT&l=93&ct=1
  4. Consortium of Vermont Colleges, https://vtcolleges.org/
  5. Distance Education Programs, University of Vermont, https://learn.uvm.edu/online/online-programs/
  6. Distance Learning, Burlington College, https://burlington.edu/academics/academic-programs/distance-learning/
  7. External Degree Program, Johnson State College, http://www.jsc.edu/external-degree-program
  8. Great Things to Do in Vermont, VisitNewEngland.com, http://www.visit-vermont.com/state/30-great-things-to-do-in-vermont/
  9. May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Vermont, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, accessed November 2015, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?s=VT&l=93&ct=1
  10. Online Degree and Certificate Programs, Champlain College, http://www.champlain.edu/masters-degrees
  11. Online Degree Programs, Norwich University, http://online.norwich.edu/
  12. Online Learning, Vermont Technical College, http://www.vtc.edu/academics/continuing-education-workforce-development/online-learning
  13. University of Vermont Distance Education Programs, http://learn.uvm.edu/online/online-programs/