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Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  • Level of institution is either "Four or more years" or "At least 2 but less than 4 years"
  • Data is reported for all 11 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
  • At least 1% of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • "Number of programs offered via distance education" was an integer greater than 0

We ranked the resulting 1,813 colleges on 11 criteria, using 2016-17 data from IPEDS:

  1. Number of programs offered via distance education
  2. Ratio of students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
  3. Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
  4. Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases, and media
  5. Graduation rate
  6. Retention rate
  7. The availability of any tuition plans (Payment, Guaranteed, Other)
  8. Services (Academic/Career, Placement for Completers)
  9. Credit offerings (Dual, Life, AP, Military)
  10. Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
  11. Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional, or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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Are you considering an online college in Arizona? Good news: A variety of options are available in the Grand Canyon State. Keep in mind that attending an online college in Arizona can give you the flexibility to continue to work and/or raise your family — you can take classes when and where it's convenient for you. Here's an overview of online college options in Arizona:

  • Associate degree programs are available at 33 schools while bachelor's degrees and master's degrees can be found at 20 schools.
  • University of Arizona-Phoenix, Grand Canyon University, and Northern Arizona University offer the most online degree programs in the state.
  • Of the online colleges in Arizona, 24 schools are public and 22 are private, including two seminaries. Four of the private schools focus on healthcare careers, and others target subjects like creative and design work, HVAC and refrigeration, paralegal training, and culinary arts.

If you've already earned some college credits and you're looking to restart a degree program, you might like to know that the public schools in Arizona have transfer agreements with certain community colleges. For instance, Arizona State University in Phoenix has created a Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) program with several public community colleges in the Phoenix area.

For more information on online colleges in Arizona, read on. This page can educate you on the scholarships and loan opportunities available so you can save money on your education. It can also help you select an accredited online degree program.

What Makes a Good Online College?

This page focuses on schools of higher learning in the Grand Canyon State. Our comprehensive list of schools is filled with only those that have achieved accreditation from an Arizona-relevant accrediting body, such as the Higher Learning Commission. Those interested in learning more about why accreditation is so valuable can check out our "Accreditation" page. Information on accreditation specific to Arizona can be found at the Arizona State Board of Education or the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education.

Even when looking only at accredited online colleges, there are many different options for higher education. That's what we're here for. Our rankings take what matters most to students, evaluate schools based on that criteria and break down the results into a meaningful list. To create our rankings, we looked at a variety of factors, including the number of online programs offered, what percentage of students were awarded financial aid to help pay for those programs, and resources for online students, such as total electronic library collections available at each school. To learn more about the criteria for our rankings, check out the "What Makes a Good Online College?" section on our "About Us" page.

Best Online Colleges in Arizona for 2018-19

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This list of the 10 best colleges in Arizona was ranked using data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), taking into account factors such as net price, number of online programs offered and acceptance rate. More details on the methodology we used to create the list are at the bottom of the page. You can also use our Top Colleges Tool to create a ranking narrowed down by the criteria that are most important to you.

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Northern Arizona University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$10,764
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%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
77
School Type
4-year

A public university with a tradition of driving innovative learning experiences for its students, it should come as no surprise that Northern Arizona University has embraced online education. And embrace it NAU certainly has. Not only do they offer an enormous number of online bachelor's and master's degree programs, several featuring different specializations, but they host a particularly special type of program: Personalized Learning programs.

NAU's Personalized Learning programs are competency-based degree programs that are completely self-paced. Instead of courses, each Personalized Learning program consists of multiple "competencies" related to the subject of the degree. Over a six-month period, students complete lessons and interact with dedicated Personalized Learning mentors, learning the competencies of their subject at their own pace. Completely asynchronous and available to start at anytime, NAU's Personalized Learning is well worth looking into for any student interested in distance learning.

 
2

Grand Canyon University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$17,050
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.
90%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
78
School Type
4-year

Grand Canyon University is a private Christian university located in Phoenix. Founded as a Baptist university in 1949, GCU has become an interdenominational university that welcomes students, faculty and staff of many faiths to its doors, whether they attend GCU on-campus or online. Transfer specialists are available to help students who are interested in transferring to the school, including from nearby Maricopa Community College.

Online learners at GCU can select from a variety of online bachelor's and master's degree programs across seven different colleges of study. GCU also has a particular specialty in online doctoral degree programs, dedicating an entire College of Doctoral Studies to programs in psychology, organizational leadership and business administration.

 
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University of Arizona

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$11,769
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%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
42
School Type
4-year

From cyber-operations to mining production and information technology, the University of Arizona offers a wide number of disciplines with the Internet as the backdrop. Through UA Online, students can engage in degree programs such as accounting, cybersecurity, entrepreneurship and pediatric nursing. Regardless of major, online students can also accentuate their degree programs by joining UA's Blue Chip Leadership program -- three hands-on upper-division courses focused on leadership, inclusivity and professional development.

For those who are unsure about completing coursework online, a preview of the distance learning platform — offered through the UA Online Launchpad — is available before even enrolling. On the other side of the coin, students who have taken classes at UA in the past and are looking to return to the school after an absence of three or more years may find help through the school's Second Start Readmission Program.

 
4

University of Phoenix - Arizona

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$9,690
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.
98%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
125
School Type
4-year

Online associate through doctoral degree programs are accessible through the University of Phoenix-Arizona, in subjects ranging from education to criminal justice. The university even lets you try before you buy -- its Risk-Free Period Program lets first-time UOPX students try out up to three weeks of online courses (in selected subjects) without charging for tuition.

Student services in the service of online learners at UOPX-Arizona truly run the gamut. A student portal, online library, life resource center and alumni association all offer benefits and networking, whether on- or off-campus. Online students can connect through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the university's own social connection network. The university's mobile app, downloadable for either the iPhone or Android, gives students access to learning right from their phone. And, once an alumnus, always an alumnus at UOPX. Career services are available to alumni right after graduation and also whenever needed down the road.

 
5

Prescott College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$28,943
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.
50%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
62
School Type
4-year

The nonprofit Prescott College offers online bachelor's and master's degree programs and even a PhD program — which happens to be in environmental sustainability. And the list of Prescott distance learning opportunities doesn't stop there. Students can opt to pursue online teaching programs or one of several unique post-master's online certificates, like equine-assisted mental health or eco-psychology.

Students at Prescott have the opportunity to be granted credit for prior learning by taking specific content assessments. The college also offers transcript evaluations at no cost to students interested in a transfer. Transfer students who are up for the challenge can look into the college's accelerated master's programs, which present the opportunity to complete a bachelor's and master's degree in a combined, shortened timeframe.

 
6

Arizona State University - Tempe

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$10,370
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.
60%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
14
School Type
4-year

A comprehensive, public research university that emphasizes diversity and community health, Arizona State University-Tempe doesn't just utilize online technology for degree programs -- although it certainly does do that. Available online degree programs at ASU-Tempe range from global leadership to industrial engineering to advanced analytics in higher education, and there are many online graduate certificate programs to choose from as well.

However, ASU-Tempe may stand out even more for the resources it makes available online. Students can use ASU's eAdvisor system to identify potential majors they might be well-suited for, or the me3(R) app to make educated guesses about potential career paths. Tutorials are available to assist students in using the "ASU Online" platform, and real-life advisors can be spoken to in person if preferred. The university even offers Starbucks employees a special opportunity to earn credit and complete their degree through the Starbucks College Achievement Plan.

 
7

Arizona Western College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$2,600
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.
49%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
24
School Type
2-year

Arizona Western College (AWC), located in Yuma, offers numerous types of distance learning, including Web-based, televised, hybrid and even Web conferencing studies. The college's online education uses Blackboard as a platform, coupled with Adobe Connect as the Web-based interface. Many of the college's online programs are available through the continuing education department, which features learning in fields such as health and fitness, information technology and computer programming. Meanwhile, the school's televised courses and programs are organized by the Interactive Television Network (ITN), which supplies interactive video learning services to Yuma and La Paz Counties, as well as Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona.

 
8

Yavapai College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$2,280
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.
40%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
23
School Type
2-year

Prospective students to Yavapai College, in Prescott, can look forward to pursuing either fully or partially online degrees and certificates at their selected school. Yavapai's online certificate programs touch on fields such as creative writing, bookkeeping and video game development, while the college's online associate degree programs come in subjects such as accounting, business and paralegal studies.

Distance learners at Yavapai can enroll in the 90-minute Student Orientation to Online Learning to learn how to use online tools and the Canvas Learning Management System. A Research for Students site, available through the library, features details about finding sources for assignments, making citations and more. And regardless of distance, Yavapai students should consider heading to campus at least once to check out a performance at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, which has even featured George Thorogood & The Destroyers.

 
9

Rio Salado College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$2,094
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.
61%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
42
School Type
2-year

Prospective students interested in online certificate and online associate degrees through Rio Salado College can find around-the-clock support. In fact, tutoring services and online library access are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And while students use the college's RioLearn learning platform to access their materials, they can try out a demo of the platform on the college's website before ever enrolling for any online degree program.

The school's online certificate and degree programs are available in disciplines such as adult learning and development, mobile apps programming, web design and many others. Online and on-campus students also can find other helpful opportunities through the school's adult education, dual enrollment and English-language learning programs.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

2323 W. 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
 
10

National Paralegal College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,995
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.
100%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
7
School Type
4-year

If a student is looking for education in the legal field, either at the graduate or undergraduate level, then the National Paralegal College could be a solid choice. The school, founded in 2003, offers online law-based degree programs that can lead to associate, bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as certificates. Online courses for these programs feature live interaction between teachers and students, but also make additional materials available for download or for later offline use.

NPC's distance-based programs range from a bachelor's in business administration to a Master's of Science in compliance law, with several other legal-related choices as well. A virtual tour accessible from the college's website supplies details about attending NPC as a distance-based student and the additional resources that students can use. A career services branch is another benefit available to online college students, giving them the opportunity to polish their cover letters and resumes.

Accreditation:

  • Distance Education Accrediting Commission

Location:

717 E. Maryland Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85014
 

Affordable Online Colleges in Arizona for 2018-19

Most students are concerned about the overall cost of college. To help these students, below are the five two-year and five four-year colleges in Arizona that offer the lowest tuition. The tuition data used to create this list was reported to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System by each of the respective schools.

The schools below are listed solely due to their in-state affordability. Check out our Top Colleges Tool if you would like to see Arizona schools ranked with other factors of your choice.

 

Financial Aid Resources in Arizona

Financial aid for college-bound Arizonans is offered in the form of scholarships, grants and loans. The state even helps parents to plan for their child's future college education with a tax-deferred college savings plan called the AZ Family College Savings Program. Those heading off to college should first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This helps state aid-granting institutions determine a student's eligibility.

Arizona Gift Aid: Grants & Scholarships

The state of Arizona offers a wide variety of financial aid options for its student residents, from the general to the very niche. In particular, Arizona State University -- the largest university in the state -- offers several scholarships for its students. Not attending ASU? No worries, there is still plenty of financial aid on offer from Arizona organizations.

1.PepsiCo Cesar Chavez Latino Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicants must be of Latino descent accepted for enrollment or enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program in Arizona or California. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. Selection is primarily based on demonstration of academic achievement, leadership potential, community service, extracurricular involvement and financial need.
Award Amount
N/A
Application Deadline
May 25
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
2.Baird Foundation Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be an Arizona resident, U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and demonstrate academic excellence.
Award Amount
$10,000
Application Deadline
October 15
Renewable
Recipient must maintain a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA and full-time enrollment are required to retain scholarship.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
3.National Guard Association of Arizona Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a current enlisted member of the Arizona National Guard, a dependent child or spouse of a member of the NGAAZ, or a current officer member of the Arizona National Guard that is also a member of the NGAAZ. Applicant must be a full-time student and be in good standing. Selection is based upon financial need, GPA, community service, letters of recommendation, and National Guard philosophy/knowledge.
Award Amount
N/A
Application Deadline
April 1
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
4.CU Succeed Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be an Arizona Central Credit Union member with a minimum 3.0 GPA who has been accepted to, and is planning to attend an accredited college, university, community college or trade school located in Arizona as a full-time student.
Award Amount
$8,000
Application Deadline
May 16
Renewable
Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA (and semester 2.5 GPA) and continues to attend their school as a full time student for both fall and spring semesters. Renewable for a maximum term of four consecutive years.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL

For more on aid in Arizona, be sure to browse our Ultimate Guide to Grants and our Ultimate Guide to Scholarships.

Arizona Loans

There are a few different options for forgivable loans for Arizona students who meet certain financial or academic criteria. Note that the Arizona Higher Education Loan Authority (AHELA), which was once the nonprofit provider of federal student loans for the state of Arizona, was replaced by the U.S. Department of Education's Direct Loan program in 2010.

This loan is a need-based, forgivable loan offered for up to three years. If you qualify, you must commit to teaching in an Arizona public school for a certain amount of time; otherwise, you have to pay the loan back, with interest.

  • Application deadline:  Not specified. Inquire upon completion of the FAFSA.
  • Award amount: $7,000
The Arizona Central Credit Union offers loans with interest rates starting at 3.5 percent APR (depending on the student's credit qualifications) through this program. Their online application system calculates total cost and monthly payment amounts.

 

  • Application deadline: Not specified
  • Award amount: $3,000-$15,000

Read our Ultimate Guide to Student Loans for more resources on loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Arizona

Costs for Out-of-State Students in Arizona

Arizona is a popular place for both residents and non-residents to go to college. Students from across the country enroll in Arizona State University, the University of Arizona and other public and private institutions. The state is particularly popular in California, with more than 5,000 freshman from there enrolling in Arizona schools in 2016, according to the latest government figures.

Out-of-state students get the same education as Arizona residents, but they may pay more for it. In order to be eligible for lower in-state tuition rates, people need to live in the state for 12 continuous months. And don't think you can simply take classes for a year and be eligible. The Arizona Board of Regents says it looks at whether a student has cut ties to a former state when determining whether someone is a resident.

However, Arizona colleges and universities often provide scholarships to help offset the cost of out-of-state tuition. Some programs, like the New American University National Scholar Award from Arizona State University, cover out-of-state tuition entirely while others, such as the regional Western Undergraduate Exchange Program, aim to reduce costs by nearly half.

To learn more about non-resident tuition rates in Arizona and available financial assistance, talk to an admissions counselor at your college. You can also visit these links to learn more:

 

 
 
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