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Online Colleges in Michigan

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  • Online Degree Programs, University of Michigan-Dearborn, http://umdearborn.edu/academics/graduate-studies/online-learning
  • Online Instruction Center, Glen Oaks Community College, http://www.ed2go.com/gocc/
  • Online Learning, Henry Ford College, https://www.hfcc.edu/online-learning
  • Online Learning, Lake Michigan College, https://www.lakemichigancollege.edu/home/programs-majors/browse-all-programs/online-learning
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  • Wayne State University, https://wayne.edu/
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An online college in Michigan can provide you with the chance to jump start or further your career without ever having to step foot outside during the cold winters in the Mitten or UP. In addition, it can allow you to take classes at times that are convenient for you — around your current work schedule or family responsibilities.

Here's a brief overview of the online college options in Michigan:

  • Associate, bachelor's, and master's degree programs are currently available at 57 online colleges in Michigan, including more than a dozen faith-based schools.
  • 37 online colleges in Michigan offer associate degree programs while 39 give students the opportunity to earn bachelor's degrees; 37 feature master's degree programs.
  • Almost 60 percent of Michigan's online colleges are public while 25 are private, including two seminaries, two law schools, two schools that focus on accounting and business administration, and one school dedicated to STEM majors.
  • The most online degree programs can be found at Davenport University, Jackson College, and Cleary University.

In order to grow educational attainment in the state — the goal is 60 percent of residents holding a degree by 2025 — Michigan has implemented the Michigan College Access Network. One aspect of the program strives to assist low-income students and first-generation college students in earning a degree.

Read on to see which online colleges are the best overall in Michigan and which ones are the most affordable. You can also find information about financial aid resources, including Michigan-specific grants and scholarships.

What Makes a Good Online College?

When combing through all the opportunities offered by online education, it's easy to get a little lost. That's why many students turn to rankings as their starting point to narrow down the wide variety of options. Our rankings list only includes schools that have been accredited by a legitimate accrediting agency, such as the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the regional agency for the central U.S. Attending an accredited school is vitally important; to learn why, visit our "What is College Accreditation" page or check out the Michigan State Board of Education.

Why do rankings matter so much? They provide a good starting point for students who want to compare many colleges side-by-side based on a number of factors that matter to them. Some of the factors we used to create our rankings list include academic and career services offered at each school, the average in-state tuition and the ratio of students participating in distance education, and we display several data points so students can see how various schools stacked up. To learn more about why we chose these factors for our list, check out the "What Makes a Good Online College" section of our "About Us" page.

Best Online Colleges in Michigan for 2018-19

This list of 10 best online colleges in Michigan was created using data accessed from the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Our list provides numerous data points, including in-state tuition and the percentage of distance learners at each school; if you'd like to use these data points to create your own ranking of online colleges, take a look at our Top Colleges Tool. Details on the methodology used to compile this list appear at the bottom of the page.

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1

Davenport 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.
$17,558
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.
69%
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.
56
School Type
4-year

Started in 1866 with 16 students who were learning from a former Union officer, Davenport University is a nonprofit school in Grand Rapids that has been offering online education since 1999. Its online programs include undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs in subjects as diverse as sports management, health services administration and data analytics.

Online students make use of Blackboard Learn to access classwork and assignments. In some courses, they may participate in real-time virtual learning, using a Blackboard Collaborate Online Classroom. DU's "Free Brush-Up Policy" is also well worth considering; it allows alumni to "brush up" on their learning by coming back and retaking classes at no cost.

2

Central Michigan 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.
$12,510
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.
28%
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.
46
School Type
4-year

Central Michigan University hosts 100 percent online programs through its "CMU Online" platform, using courses that are delivered over 8, 12, or 16-week timeframes. Students who need help making their way through the online world can turn to the Online Student Ally program, which offers personal assistance and help.

Students complete their coursework through the learning platform Blackboard and can order their textbooks through CMU's library. Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs are available through the university in a diverse number of fields, as are undergraduate certificates in disciplines such as technical and professional writing or deaf-blind intervener.

3

Jackson 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.
$8,288
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.
24%
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.
11
School Type
4-year

About 20 percent of the students enrolled at Jackson College in the 2016-17 school year were taking their courses online. This community college offers multiple fully online associate degree programs, in subjects such as:

  • General studies
  • Business administration
  • Management
  • Accounting

Jackson students can also pursue sonography degrees mostly online, with a hands-on element that can be completed at a healthcare provider close to the student's location. Numerous resources are available to help students at every phase of their education at Jackson College, including academic advising, veteran services, the Center for Student Success and the American Honors Program.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

2111 Emmons Rd, Jackson,
MI 49201
 
4

Siena Heights 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.
$25,932
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.
45%
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.
60
School Type
4-year

Siena Heights University is no newcomer to online education; it has supplied online coursework from its campus in Adrian for over a dozen years. The university has online degree completion programs in a number of fields, including accounting, management and nursing. Online minors are also available, especially in religious studies, suiting the university's Dominican tradition.

Many of Siena Height's online undergraduate courses are delivered in an eight-week format, while hybrid classes may extend up to 10 weeks. Just like on-campus students, online students have access to numerous types of services, including academic advising, financial aid, technical support and an online library database. Potential students who are considering this Roman Catholic university may be impressed by the GPAs of its student athletes: that cumulative GPA was 3.09 in the fall of 2016.

5

Ferris 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.
$11,628
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.
27
School Type
4-year

Whether students opt for online learning or campus-based classes, they are all "Bulldogs" once enrolled at Ferris State University. This university boasts both fully online degree programs and also hybrid-format programs — the Heating, Ventilation, Air Condition and Refrigeration program is just one example that takes advantage of hybrid delivery. And if you're not sure what program format might work best for you, anybody is welcome to take the university's "Is Online Learning Right for Me?" quiz and find out!

Distance-education students are expected to complete a New Student Orientation. A New Student Guide is also available to offer further assistance, helping online learners learn how to navigate the Ferris website and stay connected and informed. Transfer students and veterans may be particularly interested in online learning at Ferris State University, since so many of its online bachelor's degrees are degree completion programs.

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Cleary 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.
$19,700
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.
28
School Type
4-year

In 1883, Cleary University began as the Cleary School of Penmanship — a nod to the vital business skill. The institution has diversified quite a lot since then, offering certificate, associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs for students seeking to pursue the study of business, or related fields such as hospitality management, accounting or leadership. This dedication to business, as well as a cozy 11-to-1 student-faculty ratio, helps students to find the instruction they need for a strong career foundation. Students can choose between campuses in Livingston and Washtenaw counties, as well as online options delivered through the Moodle learning system.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

3750 Cleary Dr, Howell,
MI 48843
 
7

Michigan 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.
$14,460
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%
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

Within its selection of online and hybrid programs, Michigan State University boasts many interesting options. MSU students can choose to pursue online programs in marketing research, supply chain management or integrative pharmacology, to name just a few. The university also strives to be accessible to transfer students; the "Transfer MSU" page allows students to search for MSU course equivalencies by course name and code, helping them to plan their transfer. Students also can check out the "Ask Sparty" blog on the school website, which features a topic search function as well as "Top 10" questions submitted by visitors.

8

Wayne 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.
$12,729
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.
32
School Type
4-year

At their large campus in the heart of Detroit, Wayne State University is home to more than 400 student organizations, 18 varsity athletic teams and students representing every state of the Union and over 70 countries. Dozens of degree programs are available across 13 colleges and schools, encompassing everything from the bachelor's to the PhD, with a few certificate programs thrown in for good measure. In addition to a handful of fully online programs in social work, education and more, students can also opt to take many courses of various subjects online through the Blackboard learning management system.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

656 W Kirby St, Detroit,
MI 48202
 
9

University of Michigan-Dearborn

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.
$12,472
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.
21%
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.
15
School Type
4-year

The University of Michigan-Dearborn offers more than 100 online courses at the undergraduate level, in disciplines such as anthropology, history, sociology and even prehistoric archaeology. There are also more than a dozen online degree programs available at the graduate level, in fields such as finance, software engineering and educational technology. Multiple other graduate programs at UM-Dearborn utilize hybrid learning to varying degrees, presenting options for students who are not comfortable with 100 percent online courses. Distance learning at the university takes place through the Canvas learning platform, whether the course in question is fully online or a hybrid class.

10

Madonna 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.
$20,700
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.
38%
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.
22
School Type
4-year

The catchphrase banded about at Madonna University is "100% online. On your time," meaning no visits are necessary to the school for their online degree programs. Online programs at Madonna U include, but are not limited to, a Master of Art in Teaching in educational technology, a Master of Science in humane studies and a graduate certificate in bereavement.

As a Felician school, the university is built upon Christian principles and intellectual pursuit. And as part of this principle, Madonna U has spearheaded several notably progressive online programs, including the first online bachelor's in sign language studies in the country. Accessibility is a key point for the university as well; it has articulation agreements with more than a dozen nearby community colleges, easing the process of transferring from those colleges to Madonna University.

Affordable Online Colleges in Michigan for 2018-19

The following chart lists schools in Michigan with low in-state tuition costs. Data was compiled using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, part of the National Center for Education Statistics.

To see Michigan's schools ranked in order of quality by any number of different criteria, please try out 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
    Bay Mills Community College$3,04061%3bmcc.edu
    Washtenaw Community College$3,96028%13wccnet.edu
    Oakland Community College$4,3765%1oaklandcc.edu
    Glen Oaks Community College$4,89623%1glenoaks.edu
    Mott Community College$5,0989%3mcc.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
    Henry Ford College$4,69424%12hfcc.edu
    Schoolcraft College$4,94237%11schoolcraft.edu
    Northwestern Michigan College$7,46327%6nmc.edu
    Jackson College$8,28824%11jccmi.edu
    Baker College$9,36042%38baker.edu

Financial Aid Resources in Michigan

The Student Financial Services Bureau (SFSB), which is part of the Michigan Department of Treasury, works to educate college students about the financial assistance they might need. They offer podcasts on how to save for college, plus other vital resources for students. There are also several nonprofit organizations working towards a state-wide initiative to improve access to higher education. The Mission College Access Network has a goal to increase the number of Michigan residents with college degrees to 60 percent by the year 2025. It supports grant programming throughout the state, as well as programs targeted to FAFSA completion and other important milestones for prospective students.

But what financial aid do these initiatives promote for students? Find specific information below for Michigan residents looking for financial assistance through scholarships, grants and loans.

What Grants and Scholarships are available in Michigan? 

There is a vast network of scholarship support for Michigan college students, especially at the state level. The state government department that is responsible for grants and scholarships, known as Student Scholarship and Grants (SSG), reports that it has provided more than $5 billion in scholarship and grant funding between 1964 and 2016, serving over four million Michigan students. Read on to learn about some of these scholarship opportunities:

1.Fred & Lena Meijer Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a Meijer Team Member or child (natural, legally adopted, or step-child) of a Meijer Team Member who has been employed for a minimum of one year at the time of the application deadline. Children of Team members must be full-time students to apply, while Meijer team member applicants may be part-time students.
Award Amount
$10,000
Application Deadline
April 1
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
2.Grand Rapids Foundation Local Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and have been a resident of Kent County, Mich. for at least three years. Selection is based upon academic achievement, extracurricular activities, personal statement, and financial need.
Award Amount
$500
Application Deadline
April 1
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
3.President's Honor Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be an outstanding in-district senior who will graduate this year from a public high school in Washtenaw County. Applicant must have a minimum 3.2 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale.
Award Amount
N/A
Application Deadline
May 15
Renewable
Recipient must maintain a 3.0 GPA and have completed 24 credit hours in order to renew their award.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
4.Gerber Foundation Merit Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a resident and graduate from an accredited high school in Muskegon or Newaygo County, Michigan.
Award Amount
$2,000
Application Deadline
February 28
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL

Our Ultimate Guide to Grants and Ultimate Guide to Scholarships can offer more information on ways to apply for grant and scholarship opportunities such as these.

Student Loans in Michigan

Previously, two programs within the state of Michigan worked in collaboration with federal agencies and commercial lenders to provide loans to Michigan students: The Michigan Finance Authority - Student Loan Program and The Michigan Guaranty Agency (MGA). MGA has guaranteed over $14 billion in loans to Michigan students over its 45-year history, according to the state government website.

Though these agencies still have outstanding loans that are being processed, new lending stopped in 2010. Currently all federal loans for Michigan students are being issued directly by the U.S. Department of Education. However private lenders exist on a national scale. Michigan's government website recommends that students consult the financial aid office at their college or university for a list of reputable lenders.

MGA will continue to provide information and resources to borrowers in the form of borrower information programs and financial literacy training.

For more general information on student loans, check out our Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Costs for Out-of-State Students in Michigan

Michigan is part of the Midwest Student Exchange program, a program of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact that allows students from its 10 member states to attend college in another state for no more than 150 percent of the in-state resident tuition rate. The MSE program even includes private institutions, which offer a 10 percent discount on their tuition rates. If you are a resident of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio or Wisconsin, be sure to visit the MSEP's handy school search tool.

For students from other states, individual universities may offer some ways to obtain in-state tuition. For instance, the University of Michigan offers in-state tuition to current and former members of the United States armed forces as well as their families. The University of Michigan-Flint offers resident tuition status to a number of student groups, including those whose spouse, partner or parent is a medical resident, fellow or on a military assignment.

If you really want to attend college in Michigan, don't let the potential cost of out-of-state tuition deter you and schedule a meeting with an admissions counselor.

 
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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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