Online Colleges in Colorado

Most Affordable Online Colleges

COLLEGE FINDER

Article Sources

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/

Sources :

  • Colorado Department of Education, Accessed November 2018, http://www.cde.state.co.us/
  • Accreditation, University of Colorado-Boulder, Accessed November 2018, https://www.colorado.edu/accreditation/
  • Accreditation, University of Denver, Accessed November 2018, https://www.du.edu/ir/reporting/accreditation.html
  • Katharine Lee Bates, Biography.com, http://www.biography.com/people/katharine-lee-bates-21181439#synopsis
  • Colorado Community College Fact Sheet, https://www.cccs.edu/about-cccs/college-fact-sheets/colorado-community-college-system-fact-sheet/
  • History, Colorado State University System, http://www.csusystem.edu/about/history
  • About the system, Colorado State University System, http://www.csusystem.edu/about
  • CU Facts and Figures, University of Colorado System, http://www.cu.edu/cu-facts-and-figures
  • May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Colorado, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_co.htm
  • QuickFacts, Colorado, U.S. Census Bureau, http://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045215/08
  • Community Facts, Colorado, U.S. Census Bureau, https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/community_facts.xhtml#
  • Aims at a Glance, Aims Community College, http://www.aims.edu/about/at-a-glance/text#fast-facts
  • Associate of Arts Degree Online, Aims Community College, http://www.aims.edu/online/aaDegreeOnline
  • Online and Hybrid Learning, Community College of Denver, https://www.ccd.edu/future-students/getting-enrolled/steps-successful-enrollment
  • About Us, Colorado Community Colleges Online, http://www.ccconline.org/about-us/
  • MCC Online Courses, Morgan Community College, http://morgancc.smartcatalogiq.com/2016-2017/Academic-Catalog/Copy-of-Courses/Course-Delivery-Options/MCC-Online-Courses
  • Online Classes, Front Range Community College, https://www.frontrange.edu/programs-and-courses/online-learning
  • Online Learning, Pikes Peak Community College, https://www.ppcc.edu/elearning
  • Internet Courses, Pikes Peak Community College Online, https://www.ppcc.edu/elearning/internet-courses
  • The Taft University System, William Howard Taft University, https://www.taft.edu/about.htm
  • Online learning, Colorado Mountain College, http://coloradomtn.edu/classes/online_learning/
  • Degrees, Aspen University, https://www.aspen.edu/
  • Distance Learning, Adams State University, https://www.adams.edu/extended_studies/
  • Online Courses, Metropolitan State University of Denver, https://msudenver.edu/academic/extended/
  • New data points to growth in multiple industry clusters throughout Metro Denver and Northern Colorado, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, http://www.metrodenver.org/research-reports/industry-cluster-study/
  • May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_19740.htm
  • Community Facts, Denver City, U.S. Census Bureau, https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/community_facts.xhtml#
  • 10 Facts About Denver, Travel Denver, http://www.denver.org/travel-trade/explore-denver/denver-facts/
  • Community Facts, Colorado Springs, U.S. Census Bureau, https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/community_facts.xhtml
  • May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Colorado Springs, CO, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_17820.htm
  • Colorado Military Bases, Military.com, http://www.military.com/base-guide/colorado-springs-military-bases
  • Fast Facts-Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Visitor and Convention Bureau, http://www.visitcos.com/about-cvb
  • Community Facts, Fort Collins, U.S. Census Bureau, https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/community_facts.xhtml#
  • May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Fort Collins, CO, https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_22660.htm
  • Fort Collins Facts, City of Fort Collins, http://www.fcgov.com/visitor/fcfacts.php
  • Fort Collins Economy, Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, https://fortcollinschamber.com/business-advocacy/economic-development/fort-collins-economy/
  • Importance of Accreditation, Colorado State University, http://accreditation.colostate.edu/
  • Accreditation and Licensure, Colorado Technical University, http://www.coloradotech.edu/about/accreditations
  • About the Higher Learning Commission, https://www.hlcommission.org/About-the-Commission/about-hlc.html
  • The Institute for College Access and Success, Colorado, Accessed December 2016, http://ticas.org/posd/state-state-data-2015#overlay=posd/state_data/2015/co
  • The Boettcher Scholarship, Accessed December 2016, https://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?PageID=150http://boettcherfoundation.org/colorado-scholarships/
  • Colorado Masons' Benevolent Fund Scholarship, Accessed December 2016, http://www.coloradofreemasons.org/community/scholarships.shtml
  • Colorado Council Volunteerism & Community Service Scholarship, Accessed December 2016, http://www.coloradocouncil.org/scholarship
  • Colorado Student & Graduate Grants, Accessed December 2016, http://highered.colorado.gov/finance/financialaid/TypesofStateAidAvailable.html
  • State-Funded Student Financial Aid, Accessed December 2016, http://highered.colorado.gov/CCHE/Meetings/2009/sep/sep09iij-atta.pdf
  • Colorado Department of Higher Education, Accessed December 2016, http://highered.colorado.gov/Finance/FinancialAid/
  • Distance Learning, Adams State University, https://adams.edu/extended_studies/
  • Online and Mostly Online Programs, University of Northern Colorado, http://extended.unco.edu/search/locations/online.asp
  • Online Degree Programs, Colorado Technical University, https://www.coloradotech.edu/online-degree-programs
  • Complete College Colorado!, Colorado Department of Education, Accessed November 2018, https://highered.colorado.gov/academics/transfers/students.html
X

If you'd like to earn an associate, bachelor's, or master's degree through an online college, Colorado offers ample opportunities. Going to an online college in Colorado can give you the option to take classes around your work schedule or family responsibilities. Here's a high-level look at the range of programs, subjects, and types of online colleges available in Colorado.

  • 47 schools in Colorado offer online associate, bachelor's, and master's degree programs.
  • The schools with the most online degree programs in the state are Colorado State University-Fort Collins, Regis University, and University of Phoenix-Colorado.
  • There are 24 public and 23 private schools in Colorado, including several faith-based online colleges. Four of these online colleges focus specifically on healthcare degree programs like nursing.
  • The largest post-secondary education system in Colorado, which offers numerous online degree programs, is the Colorado Community College System.

Colorado has created Complete College Colorado!, an resource designed to help first-time and returning students earn a degree in the most efficient and affordable way possible. You'll find general information about credit transfers; you can also access a transfer directory that connects you to information about specific schools.

Read on for more details about online colleges in Colorado, such as which accredited online colleges are the best institutions in the Centennial State. And be sure to see our financial aid section as it outlines a number of state-specific scholarships that can help you fund your online degree.

What Makes a Good Online College?

Here at OnlineColleges.com, we have created multiple rankings on the best online schools in Colorado. Each school included in our rankings was chosen based on carefully selected criteria. In addition, it is accredited by an accreditation body such as the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Colorado Department of Higher Education. To learn more about the importance of accreditation, visit our "What is College Accreditation?" page. For accreditation information specific to Colorado, check out the Colorado Department of Education.

Using our rankings, students can be better informed about selecting online schools that are compatible with their budget, needs and personal preferences. We display certain relevant factors of each school such as average in-state tuition, percent of students awarded financial aid and ratio of students participating in distance education. We encourage students to visit the "What Makes a Good Online College?" section on our "About Us" page to find out why we believe these factors are vital to understand when selecting an online college experience.

Best Online Colleges in Colorado for 2018-19

Download Badge

Anyone who would like to enjoy the benefits of Colorado's online learning has so many options to choose from that it can be difficult to make a decision. To help guide your choice, review this list of our top 10 online colleges and universities in the state, made using data provided by the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Details on our methodology for this list are provided at the bottom of this page, and if you'd like to narrow down the list using your own factors, consider using our Top Colleges Tool.

1

Regis 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.
$34,450
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.
65%
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

Regis University is a Roman Catholic institution based in Denver. As part of its Jesuit tradition, Regis emphasizes teaching students the skills and knowledge necessary to improve society, especially in the realm of social justice.

Understanding that many students can benefit from the flexibility of online learning, the university offers an astounding number of online degree programs, on both the graduate and undergraduate level. Programs are available in many different areas such as criminology, computer networking, elementary education, finance and neonatal nursing.

All Regis students, including those taking courses online, are eligible to use the Learning Commons, a special network of academic success services. Students can receive this academic assistance in a variety of ways, including one-on-one writing assistance, online tutoring and academic success workshops.

2

Colorado State University-Fort Collins

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.
$11,052
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.
43
School Type
4-year

Colorado State University's online offerings span dozens of programs, allowing students to pursue bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, as well as graduate and professional certificates. Options include a bachelor's program in economics, a master's program in agriculture and a graduate certificate program in data analysis, to name but a few. CSU uses the Canvas platform to deliver audio, video and text course materials to students, as well as various testing methods, such as quizzes and multimedia assignments.

For students who are interested in learning for learning's sake rather than in pursuit of a degree, or students who are curious to try out online learning at Colorado State, the university also hosts multiple Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). You do not need to pay any additional costs to take these courses; in fact, you don't even need to be enrolled at the school!

3

Colorado Christian 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.
$29,360
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.
37
School Type
4-year

Founded over a hundred years ago, Colorado Christian University provides a liberal arts education in a Christian setting. The school is especially popular with adult students, who comprise over 5,000 seats in the overall student body of 7,000.

Online programs at CCU are delivered through the Blackboard learning platform and focus on just one course at time in order to maximize learning time for the material. A variety of subjects are available for study, such as an associate's degree program in biblical studies, a bachelor's program in business administration, a master's program in public administration, a certificate program in human resource management, or a post-baccalaureate program for educator licensing in elementary education.

4

Adams 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.
$9,153
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.
46%
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

Founded in 1921 as a small school to train teachers, Adams State University has since expanded its horizons to encompass a wealth of on-campus and online programs. Numerous undergraduate opportunities are available in a semester-based online format, including programs in sociology, interdisciplinary studies, women's studies and marketing. Online master's programs are also available in fields such as humanities, education and business. On-campus students can also choose to enrich their educational experience through ASU's numerous online and hybrid courses, delivered using the Blackboard learning management platform.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

208 Edgemont Blvd, Alamosa,
CO 81101
 
5

University of Colorado-Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus

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.
$9,228
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

Part of the University of Colorado System, the University of Colorado-Denver has its primary campus in Denver, but its medical programs take place at its Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. Meanwhile, CU's online courses and programs are available through the school's online portal — CU Online — and are delivered through the Canvas learning platform. For prospective students who aren't sure if online learning is right for them, CU Online offers a non-degree seeking online path — an option that allows students to try out an online course before formally applying to enroll.

Examples of programs that CU Online students can pursue include: a Doctor of Pharmacy degree program; a bachelor's program in sociology; a master's program in early childhood education; and an undergraduate certificate program in cultural diversity studies.

6

University of Colorado-Colorado Springs

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.
$8,042
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.
27%
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.
25
School Type
4-year

The University of Colorado-Colorado Springs was established in 1965 and is (as one might expect) part of the University of Colorado System. On-campus students benefit from a beautiful campus located in Colorado Springs, while online students benefit from the flexibility of Blackboard-delivered online course materials.

UCCS graduate students can pursue degree or certificate programs across six different broad subjects of study: business, criminal justice, education, engineering, nursing or public administration. Meanwhile, UCCS undergraduate students can select online degree programs such as communication or sociology, or hybrid programs in health care sciences or nursing.

7

Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs

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.
$11,689
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.
97%
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.
41
School Type
4-year

A for-profit university founded in 1965, Colorado Technical University is known for its wide array of online offerings. Students can choose program options ranging from the associate to the doctoral level. Though many of these programs are offered in a hybrid format, some of the options are 100 percent online, such as those in business administration, computer science, health care management, cybersecurity and nursing. Those who already have plenty of life or work experience may benefit from CTU's Fast Track option, which allows students to earn college credit based on prior learning.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

4435 N Chestnut St, Colorado Springs,
CO 80907
 
8

University of Northern Colorado

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.
$8,888
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.
18
School Type
4-year

In 1890, the Colorado State Normal School began with 96 aspiring teachers and four instructors. That school has evolved over the past century into the University of Northern Colorado and its online portal: UNC Online.

UNC Online's program options include some common degree choices, such as nursing, sociology and educational leadership. But the school really shines with offbeat programs, such as the certificate in brewing laboratory science, the bachelor's in American Sign Language and the master's in sports administration. (Keep in mind that some programs are entirely online, but others -- such as those in nursing -- may require a hands-on component.)

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

Carter Hall - Room 4000, Greely,
CO 80639
 
9

University of Denver

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.
$46,422
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.
15%
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

The University of Denver has a long tradition of serving the educational needs of the Rocky Mountain region — in fact, it's the oldest independent university in the area, founded as the Colorado Seminary in 1864. The campus is a designated arboretum located just outside of Denver, Colorado's state capital, and it hosts many DU traditions such as the DU CultureFest and the Founders Celebration.

Online education is something the University of Denver knows a thing or two about, having offered online programs since the 1990s. Canvas is used by the University of Denver to deliver course materials to students enrolled in their online bachelor's, master's or certificate programs. Students have the option to customize their degree program in order to drill down on the particular information that meets their needs and interests, allowing for great specificity as well as flexibility.

10

University of Colorado-Boulder

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.
$11,531
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.
9%
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.
4
School Type
4-year

The University of Colorado-Boulder is a premier public state institution and major research university, particularly known for its engineering and science programs. While the university's fully online programs are limited to graduate degree and certificate programs, undergraduate students can still take online courses from CU-Boulder to earn academic credit from afar.

CU-Boulder emphasizes synchronous online programs, with lectures being streamed live and active participation being encouraged even from a distance. The university also boasts of its Course Library, and rightfully so: this is a collection of recorded course lectures from previous semesters, which students can actually enroll in and take for credit years after the course was originally taught!

Affordable Online Colleges in Colorado for 2018-19

The lists below highlights the most affordable two- and four-year colleges offering distance education from Colorado.

If you'd rather see Colorado schools ranked by other relevant factors, take a look at 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 TYPE
    Aims Community College$2,75629%102-year
    Arapahoe Community College$3,49338%182-year
    Morgan Community College$3,49436%82-year
    Pikes Peak Community College$3,53635%82-year
    Otero Junior College$3,56912%32-year
  • 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 TYPE
    Colorado Mountain College$3,32822%164-year
    Taft University System$3,410100%94-year
    Aspen University$4,200100%294-year
    Metropolitan State University of Denver$6,93036%74-year
    Pueblo Community College$7,12124%84-year

School Interviews

These interviews are from some of the leading educators in Colorado, who share their views on college life in the state.

 Peggy O'Neill-Jones
The nature of teaching and learning is evolving …

Peggy O'Neill-Jones

Professor of Technical Communications and Media Production

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Q. Can you tell us a little about the online programs offered at Metropolitan State University of Denver?

MSU Denver currently offers more than 200 online courses in a variety of disciplines. We are currently in the process of developing fully online programs. This will include not only the academic infrastructure, but also corresponding student support services. A list of available online courses can be found at http://www.msudenver.edu/cgi-bin/schedules/fall/online.cgi.

Q. What advice would you give students interested in an online degree program?

Look for a degree with academic rigor and make sure the time and money investment is sound. While online learning is an effective strategy to access education, do not forget that professional networks and personal connections to the University are equally important.

Q. How do you anticipate online learning might evolve in the coming years?

The nature of teaching and learning is evolving and online learning is making 21st century learning skills essential, (i.e., collaboration, self-directed learning, communication, problem solving.) There will be growth in more adaptive learning technology infused with online learning, making self-paced degrees and personalized experiences more possible.


 Julia Selby Smith
The lines between online and classroom learning will continue to become more seamless.

Julia Selby Smith

Marketing Writer

Colorado State University Online

Q. Can you tell us a little about the online programs offered at Colorado State University?

Colorado State University's online programs include a broad array of graduate degrees, undergraduate degrees, certificate programs, badges, professional development courses and MOOCs. We currently offer more than 70 programs online, and we continue to expand our online offerings frequently.

Subject matter of our online programs is truly across the spectrum. We offer degrees in agriculture, engineering, music, student affairs, business, psychology, education, and much more. Our certificates and badges are even more diverse; they provide training in some really niche areas.

All of our online degree programs feature the same curricula and faculty as on-campus programs. We make it our mission to expand access to CSU's excellent academic programs and our accomplished faculty researchers and practitioners to students beyond our campus borders.

Q. What advice would you give students interested in an online degree program?

Make an effort to stay engaged, curious, and resourceful, and don't be afraid to ask for help. Sometimes studying online rather than in a classroom can feel isolating, but it doesn't have to be that way. There is a lot you can do as a student to make your learning experience richer:

Get comfortable with the technology. Before you start a course or program, give yourself time to play around with all of the features in your learning management system, or other online components of your course. The more technology you are able to use to communicate, the better your learning experience will be.

Ask questions. Faculty are there to help, and they want to hear your questions. If you don't understand subject matter, an assignment, or the technology used in your course, speak up!

Finally, get to know your classmates. Discussions are an important part of the learning process, so even if it's not required to use discussion boards, chat features, or peer reviews in your classes, do it anyway. Your peers all come from unique backgrounds and have interesting perspectives to share. You can learn as much from them sometimes as you can from your instructor.

Q. How do you anticipate online learning might evolve in the coming years?

The lines between online and classroom learning will continue to become more seamless. As classroom programs continue to use more technology, much of what on-campus students do for their courses will be based online. We're seeing this now as more students and instructors adopt mobile technology. You don't have to be in the classroom all the time to engage in learning activities. Technology will also make the experiences of online students much more like a classroom experience. Video and audio technologies are allowing for more real-time communication in online courses, and open up communication channels between students and faculty. Regardless if students are online or on campus, they are all going to be working in the same shared digital spaces.

Financial Aid Resources in Colorado

Students who wish to attend college in Colorado have access to a number of state financial aid programs that can help them reduce the cost of attendance. The Colorado Department of Higher Education provides a hub of information to help families learn about how the financial aid process works, as well as administers some programs to fund students' educational pursuits. The CDHE's mission is "to provide access to high-quality, affordable education for all Colorado residents that is student-centered, quality driven and performance-based."

For some help getting started on your financial aid quest, explore some of Colorado's state financial aid programs here.

Colorado Gift Aid: Grants & Scholarships

From graduating at the top of one's class to having affiliations with various organizations or community service endeavors, there are opportunities for Colorado students to earn grants and scholarships. Here are some of the many options for Colorado financial aid.

For more information about how you can help fund your college education, try out the Ultimate Guide to Grants or the Ultimate Guide to Scholarships.

1.Sachs Foundation Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be an African-American/Black high school senior who has been a resident of Colorado for a minimum of five years. Minimum 3.0 GPA and financial need are required.
Award Amount
$7,000
Application Deadline
March 15
Renewable
Renewable if recipient has a minimum 2.5 GPA, 12 or more credit hours per term, and no failing grades.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
2.Boettcher Foundation Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must have resided in Colorado during their junior and senior year of high school and be attending an institution in Colorado. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen, rank in the top 5% of class, and have a minimum combined SAT score of 1200 (Critical Reading and Math only) or a composite ACT score of 27.
Award Amount
N/A
Application Deadline
November 1
Renewable
Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
3.Kit Faragher Memorial Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a Colorado high school student who demonstrates a positive attitude and a drive towards accomplishment. Minimum 2.5 GPA, transcript, and essay required. Financial need must be demonstrated.
Award Amount
N/A
Application Deadline
May 19
Renewable
Renewable for one year.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
4.Frank and Gina Day Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a Colorado resident or native. Selection is based upon academic merit and financial need.
Award Amount
$2,500
Application Deadline
March 1
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL

Colorado Loans

Colorado does not offer state-specific student loans and instead chooses to focus its financial aid offerings on scholarship and grant programs. However, many times, student loans are needed so that families can pay for what remains after financial aid is exhausted. Students are encouraged to start with federal student loan programs, which offer the most favorable terms, including some that are subsidized. Private student loans can also be used to supplement as needed.

Find out more about how student loans work by reading our Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Colorado

 
Article Sources
Download Badge
Download
This badge will download in .png format. For assistance, please contact our editorial team.
X