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Online Colleges in Georgia

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The state of Georgia is celebrating record college enrollments in the 2018-19 academic year, thanks in part to an increasingly robust number of online programs in The Peach State. This is great news for students considering online colleges in Georgia, who may be seeking the flexibility and convenience that distance education offers.

Here's an overview of the online college options available in Georgia:

  • Of the 67 postsecondary institutions in Georgia that offer online programs, 44 are public schools and 23 are private.
  • 9 of the online colleges in Georgia are faith-based schools.
  • Online associate degree programs are offered at 52 Georgia colleges; online bachelor's degree programs can be completed at 43 of them; online master's degree programs are available at 37 schools.
  • The University System of Georgia offers 286 fully online programs that may culminate in a certificate, associate degree, bachelor's degree, or master's degree.

By 2020, 65 percent of jobs in Georgia are expected to require the completion of at least some education after high school, according to a Georgetown University report. One way Georgia aims to meet this projected demand is through their College 2025 initiative. Key goals of this effort include developing more ways to help more students earn a college degree -- by expanding the number of entry points for admission and developing or adopting new degree formats, for example.

In this guide, we've provided several rankings to help you see the best online colleges in Georgia as well as the most affordable ones. You can also find information on state-specific scholarships.

What Makes a Good Online College

In order to make an informed decision about the future of your education, it is helpful to know how your prospective school performs in comparison to its competition. Below, you will find multiple comprehensive rankings of the best online colleges in Georgia, selected through a methodology of carefully chosen criteria. Every college displayed in our rankings is accredited by at least one appropriate governing body, such as:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology Engineering Accreditation Commission (ABET)
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
  • Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC)

Learn about why accreditation matters at our page "What is College Accreditation?" Alternately, learn more about the accreditation agencies that are considered valid in Georgia at the Georgia Department of Education website.

Our rankings are based on a number of factors related to the online college experience, including but not limited to number of online programs, the percent of students who are awarded financial aid and the academic and career services offered. The data we use and display in our rankings can provide context to help you make the best decision for your future. For more information about the factors we chose and how they pertain to online education, please read the "What Makes a Good Online College?" section of our "About Us" page.

Best Online Colleges in Georgia for 2018-19

Even if you don't live in Georgia, you can take advantage of the distance-based learning opportunities in the state. However, how can you tell which school would be best for you, especially if you don't live in the same city (or even the same state) as these institutes?

To help with your search, we compared a range of data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) — including net cost and acceptance rate — to devise a list of the 10 best online universities in Georgia. Read about these top schools and their online programs here, and feel free to check out our methodology at the bottom of this page or to create your own rankings using our Top Colleges Tool.

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Albany Technical 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.
$2,712
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.
27
School Type
2-year

Albany Technical College was once two schools: Monroe Area Vocational-Technical School, and Albany Area Vocational-Technical School. These merged in 1972, and the resulting technical school came under the direction of the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE) in 1988. DTAE assigned the school the responsibility of supplying technical education opportunities to a seven-county service delivery area; in the years since, ATC has expanded far beyond that thanks to a focus on distance learning.

ATC's online programs include associate programs in operations management and business management, as well as diploma programs in fire science technology and accounting technology. In addition to the school's many fully online programs, ATC offers online courses in a plethora of different subjects, giving students many choices of how they want to pursue their education.

 
2

Georgia Piedmont Technical 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.
$2,920
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.
54%
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.
52
School Type
2-year

Georgia Piedmont Technical College is part of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), and it boasts an array of programs for earning associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates. Several of these programs are available online and can be completed via Blackboard, the learning management system used by the school.

While GPTC serves students of all ages, they especially cater to self-paced adult learners and employed individuals who want to boost their skills. The college's online courses include subjects such as criminal justice, accounting and physiology, along with various computer- and technology-related topics. Courses in cosmetology, barbering and history are also available online.

Students who choose GPTC can find ample support if they need it, from email, chat and class discussion boards to resources offered through Blackboard Learn. The school also offers online technical support via a support form, email, or phone.

 
3

Central Georgia Technical 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.
$2,774
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%
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.
52
School Type
2-year

Central Georgia Technical College is a two-year nonprofit school with a focus on helping adult learners work toward associate degrees or certificates. The school has various campus locations throughout Georgia, along with a robust distance learning portfolio.

Online students at CGTC can choose to pursue certificate, diploma or associate degree programs in various areas of study. A few of the notable subjects that can be pursued online at this school are accounting, business technology, computer programming and hotel/ restaurant/ tourism management.

CGTC offers its online courses through Blackboard Learn. The college also offers helpful technical support measures, an online help desk, and dedicated online education specialists who can help students personalize their degree paths to suit their goals.

 
4

Kennesaw State 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.
$6,347
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.
25%
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.
44
School Type
4-year

Kennesaw State University is a public, coeducational, research-oriented member of the University System of Georgia. This university is proud of its emphasis on "innovative learning," and one of the many ways it lives up to this goal is through the proliferation of online programs it offers.

KSU students can pursue online undergraduate degrees in subjects such as computer and software engineering, integrative studies and social sciences. Graduate students looking to earn an online master's degree also have many options to choose from, such as business, nursing, and computer education. The school also features continuing education certificate programs, as well as an enormous number of individual online courses.

Students looking for a bit of extra help with their studies can find plenty at KSU; in addition to online technical assistance, the school hosts online support groups and tutoring for various academic programs.

 
5

University of West Georgia

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.
$6,226
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.
24
School Type
4-year

The University of West Georgia has changed dramatically over the years. Starting as a modest district agricultural and mechanical school in 1906, the university transitioned to a two-year institute, then a four-year college by 1957. As of 2017, the University of West Georgia is both a SACS Level VI University -- the highest possible level -- and a Doctoral Research University R3 -- making it one of only eight institutions of higher learning in the state to qualify for doctoral university status.

While some of the school's programs are available only partially online, others have the option of being taken in a fully-online format, such as the Bachelor of Science in criminology degree program or the RN-to-BSN nursing degree program. The university also offers credit by prior learning, which can be an enormous help to nontraditional adult learners.

 
6

Brenau 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.
$28,510
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.
36
School Type
4-year

Brenau University has a long history of "radical innovation" -- as The Atlanta Constitution called it in the early 1900s -- which manifests in the school's development of a robust selection of online programs, as well as night and weekend classes.

The school offers multiple undergraduate and graduate degree programs completely online in the fields of business, education, nursing, psychology and communications. Students also have the option of blending their online coursework with weekly evening classes at one of the university's several campuses in Georgia and Florida. Resources for online students include the Online Writing Center, which allows students to seamlessly submit papers to online tutors for detailed feedback.

Students transferring to Brenau University should find that their credits from other regionally accredited institutions transfer easily, including credits from all liberal education courses regardless of date of completion, and many major courses taken in the last 15 years.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • Collegiate Commission for Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • Georgia Professional Standards Commission for Teacher Education Programs (GaPSC)
  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
  • Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC)

Location:

500 Washington Street SE,
Gainesville,
GA 30501
 
7

Georgia Northwestern Technical 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.
$2,774
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.
48%
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.
33
School Type
2-year

While Georgia Northwestern Technical College itself has only existed since 2009, it is the result of a merger between two long-established colleges: Coosa Valley Technical College and Northwestern Technical College. In this incarnation, Georgia Northwestern Technical College is a nonprofit institute that concerns itself with the workforce needs of the northwest Georgia service area. Through their various certificate, diploma and associate degree programs, the college strives to support individuals and communities with adult education and personal enrichment.

Both online and on-campus programs can be pursued at GNTC, with online courses being administered via the online classroom management system Blackboard. Available subjects to study online include accounting, business technology, and an array of computer- and technology-related programs. Both on- and off-campus GNTC students have access to tutoring, counseling, and career planning services.

 
8

Georgia Southern 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.
$6,356
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.
29%
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.
28
School Type
4-year

Before football games at Georgia Southern University, a male American bald eagle named "Freedom" takes flight across the stadium to cheers from the crowd. The school also takes pride in the freedom it offers students to complete business, education and health care degree programs, online or blended with on-campus coursework at one of its three locations throughout the state.

GSU's online offerings range from bachelor's programs, to graduate programs, to a handful of certificate programs, including those in enterprise resources planning and public & nonprofit management. Prospective students residing outside the state of Georgia should note, however, that not all of the university's online programs may be available in their particular state.

To support online learners' studies, Georgia Southern University hosts a streamlined learning management system that encourages ease of access to online coursework and features instructional tools and services as well.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GPC)
  • Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (EAC/ABET)

Location:

Brannen Hall, Room 2015,
2670 Southern Drive, Statesboro,
GA 30460
 
9

Georgia Southwestern State 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.
$5,341
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.
56%
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.
13
School Type
4-year

A comprehensive four-year institution that is part of the University System of Georgia, Georgia Southwestern State University offers an impressive number of programs, several of which are available online. As part of the University System of Georgia, GSU is also part of the eMajor and eCore collaborations. eMajor is a partnership that focuses on career-oriented degree programs for online students. Meanwhile, eCore is a system that allows students to complete undergraduate core education requirements online through other public colleges and universities in the University System.

GSW offers online degree programs of its own as well, such as the online MBA program through its School of Business Administration or the Master of Nursing from its School of Nursing. If they run into trouble during their programs, online GSW students can find assistance in the form of online troubleshooting and technical support and online library resources created specifically for web-based students.

 
10

University of Georgia

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.
$11,818
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.
8%
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.
19
School Type
4-year

Often touted as a "Public Ivy," the University of Georgia is a public research university that offers online degree programs in the fields of education, business, computers, medicine, and more.

The university boasts undergraduate and graduate degree programs in many common fields, but the list also includes some unique options like narrative media writing, avian health and medicine and food technology. They also offer a number of graduate certificate programs, including those for international biomedical regulatory sciences and dyslexia.

Despite the size of the university's student body, the student-teacher ratio of UGA's online courses is kept low for the sake of educational quality, helping online students to get the instructional attention they need. Online learners can find more assistance if needed through the Office of Online Learning, academic advisors, career consultants and tutors to assist them in their educational journey.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation (APA)
  • National Association of Schools of Music Commission on Accreditation (NASM)

Location:

Administration Building,
Athens, GA 30602
 

Affordable Online Colleges in Georgia for 2018-19

Georgia presents a rich offering of online colleges and programs for students from all backgrounds. The list below describes a few of Georgia's more affordable schools for students who are looking for a college experience that won't break the bank.

The tuition costs of the schools below were sourced from IPEDS. To see Georgia schools ranked by quality and other factors you can choose, use our Top Colleges Tool.

  • School Type - 2 Years
  • School Type - 4 Years
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & 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.
    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.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE 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..
    SCHOOL WEBSITE
    Oconee Fall Line Technical College$2,67440%15oftc.edu
    Columbus Technical College$2,70440%8columbustech.edu
    Southern Regional Technical College$2,70439%10southernregional.edu
    Albany Technical College$2,71260%27albanytech.edu
    Coastal Pines Technical College$2,71426%19coastalpines.edu
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & 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.
    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.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE 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..
    SCHOOL WEBSITE
    East Georgia State College$3,11037%1ega.edu
    Georgia Highlands College$3,28836%3highlands.edu
    Atlanta Metropolitan State College$3,41636%1atlm.edu
    Middle Georgia State University$3,92444%4mga.edu
    Dalton State College$4,2122%1daltonstate.edu

 

Financial Aid Resources in Georgia

Georgia is home to dozens of college and universities, most of whom are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The Peach State supports its students in their pursuit of higher education through the HOPE Scholarship program and various grants and loans.

Read on for information on financial aid options available to students in Georgia.

What Grants and Scholarships are Available in Georgia?

Take a look at some of the financial aid available to Georgia students using our tables below. To learn more about how to apply for grants and scholarships, as well as details on different types of financial aid, read the Ultimate Guide to Grants and the Ultimate Guide to Scholarships.

1.HOPE Scholarship Program
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a resident of Georgia who is enrolled in a degree program at an eligible public or private college, university, or public technical college demonstrating academic achievement. Award at an approved private college or university is $3,500 per academic year for full-time students and $1,750 for part-time students.
Award Amount
N/A
Application Deadline
None
Renewable
Renewable if recipient maintains minimum 3.0 GPA and continues to demonstrate satsifactory academic progress.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
2.HOPE Grant Program
Type : Grant
Criteria:
Applicant must be a resident of Georgia who is enrolled in a certificate or diploma program at an eligible public college, university, or public technical college. GPA is not considered.
Award Amount
N/A
Application Deadline
None
Renewable
Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrates satisfactory academic progress.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
3.Peyton Anderson Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a high school senior graduating from a Bibb County high school, who will attend one of nine specified Middle Georgia colleges and universities. Selection is based upon academic initiative and a commitment to making a positive difference in the community. Letter of recommendation and essay responses (for everyone), and interview (finalists only) are required.
Award Amount
$7,500
Application Deadline
April 1
Renewable
Renewable if recipient demonstrates satisfactory academic progress and is able to document 20 hours of community service annually.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
4.Emerge 2012 Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a woman who has demonstrated a deep commitment to both reaching their educational goals and giving back to their communities. Applicant must be accepted into a program of study at an educational institution, as evidenced by a proof of acceptance. Selection is based upon financial need, other funding received, career/life goals, essay content, leadership and participation in community activities, and honors/awards received.
Award Amount
$5,000
Application Deadline
January 6
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL

Student Loans in Georgia

When funding your higher education, scholarships and grants should be your first option since you don't need to pay that money back. However if you need additional funds to pay your tuition beyond what you earned from grants and scholarships, you can also take out student loans.

Before you can qualify for a Student Access Loan, you must apply for and exhaust all other federal and state financial aid. To qualify for federal financial aid, you'll need to fill out a FAFSA with information on you and your family's financial situation.

Here are two loan programs available specifically to students in Georgia.

SAL is a need-based, low-interest student loan program for students in Georgia. It's administered by the Georgia Student Financial Commission.

 

  • Application deadline: Not specified
  • Award amount: Up to $8,000
Under this program, recipients receive loan forgiveness. They agree to work in an engineering related field in the State of Georgia after graduation with a grace period of one year immediately after graduation. Each calendar year worked at a Georgia work site equates to $3,500 awarded, with a maximum of six years.

 

  • Application deadline: Not specified
  • Award amount: Up to $17,500 over ten semesters

If you want to learn more about student loans, read the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Georgia

  • The Georgia Student Finance Commission provides free financial aid consultations and administers scholarships, grants and service-cancellable loan programs.
  • GAftures provides free online resources to help Georgia students and families plan for college.

Costs for Out-of-State Students in Georgia

Non-resident students have to pay a higher out-of-state tuition rate at Georgia colleges and universities, but that doesn't stop them from enrolling in these institutions. The University of Georgia, for example, has enrolled nearly 7,000 international and out-of-state students annually in recent years. Even smaller, regional institutions such as Southern Georgia University pull in a significant number of non-resident students.

To avoid out-of-state tuition, you could move to Georgia 12 months before enrolling in classes, or you could receive reduced tuition through one of the following means:

  • Academic Common Market: This program allows students in 15 participating states to receive in-state tuition rates for programs not offered by their home state.
  • Out-of-State Tuition Differential Waivers: These waivers allow students in bordering states to pay in-state tuition rates at institutions within The University of Georgia System.
  • Military members: Out-of-state tuition is waived for active duty military members, spouses of military members and dependents of military members stationed in Georgia.

What's more, there may be scholarships available to offset non-resident rates, and some schools allow their employees and families to pay in-state tuition even if they haven't lived in Georgia for 12 months.

Talk to your school's admissions office to learn more about their policies for out-of-state students. You may also find the following links helpful.

 
 
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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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