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Online Colleges in Connecticut

Most Affordable Online Colleges
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    The state of Connecticut is home to the oldest newspaper continuously published in the United States: the Hartford Courant, established in 1764. Some of the colleges and universities share similar deep roots; Yale University, for example, was founded in 1701. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are 41 institutions in Connecticut where students can earn undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees. Many of these institutes offer online classes and degree programs to serve distance learners.

    The Connecticut State Colleges & Universities system provides system-wide online education for distance learners. The system consists of four state universities and 12 community colleges, as well as one state college. More than 85,000 students enroll in the system each year. Students who complete the first 60 credits in one of 22 disciplines at any Connecticut community college are guaranteed admission into any state university in Connecticut. Another consortium of universities in the state is the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges. The conference represents 15 nonprofit colleges and universities in the state, including Wesleyan University and Yale University.

    All students enrolled in Connecticut colleges and universities can access degree programs, tools and resources provided by the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium. The consortium offers eight completely online associate degree programs, 12 online bachelor's degree programs and 27 online master's degree programs. Distance learners enrolled in any CDLC program can receive free online tutoring where they can submit questions, join an online writing lab, or use video conferencing to speak directly with tutors.

    Best Online Colleges for Connecticut

    Distance learners have many different options for online study at colleges and universities in Connecticut, so choosing one to enroll in can be difficult. Use our ranking of the 10 best online colleges in Connecticut to help make your decision! We compiled this list using data provided by the National Center for Education Statistics, analyzed through our proprietary methodology. You can read more about our methodology at the bottom of this article; you can read more about our top 10 online colleges in Connecticut just after this sentence.

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    Post University - Waterbury

    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.
    $15,258
    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.
    91.56%
    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.
    49
    School Type
    4-year

    Post University was founded in 1890 as a school for shorthand, bookkeeping and typing. Post Online offers asynchronous classes (a format that allows distance learners to study course lectures and materials whenever is most convenient for them, rather than having coordinated online sessions, as is done in a synchronous class) in accelerated eight-week sessions through the university's Online Education Institute of Post University.

    Students at Post University can choose from a range of online undergraduate and graduate degree programs to further their education, as well as several graduate certificate programs. The online bachelor degree programs at Post include some rather unique specialty fields, such as forensic psychology, emergency management and homeland security, sports management and child studies.

    Student services at this university include general IT help, Blackboard learning management instruction and support, academic advising, and access to the Post University Writing Center. Career services for students include help writing resumes, mock online interviews, and a suite of online career development tools.

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    University of Connecticut - Storrs

    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.
    $13,366
    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.
    6.55%
    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.
    17
    School Type
    4-year

    More than 130 years ago, Charles and Augustus Storrs donated the land and money needed to start a small agricultural school in Connecticut. Today, that agricultural school has blossomed into the University of Connecticut, which delivers online undergraduate and graduate coursework to any of its 32,000 system-wide students who desire it through its eCampus. The UConn faculty offers several hundred online classes each semester, although certain classes require residency in the state of Connecticut.

    Six online graduate degree programs and 20 graduate certificate programs are available through the UConn eCampus, including survey research, neonatal nursing, education technology and human resource management. The university does not skimp on resources for its distance learners, either, offering the following services: access to the UITS Help Center for technological and many other forms of support; Blackboard support; access to the UConn Library System and Google Apps@UConn; academic counseling and advising; tutoring through the Quantitative Learning Center; and writing support services.

    3

    Quinnipiac University - Hamden

    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.
    $42,270
    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.
    16.94%
    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.
    12
    School Type
    4-year

    Founded in 1929, Quinnipiac University serves more than 9,000 students each academic year from two campus locations in Hamden and one in North Haven. Quinnipiac University Online was founded in 2001 and offers online undergraduate degree programs in business administration, nursing and education, as well as nine graduate programs in subjects such as nursing operational leadership, instructional design and business analytics. It also offers online summer courses to help students catch up on core requirements or get ahead in their degree programs.

    QU Online provides a range of services to support distance learners (especially military members and veterans, who can obtain discounted tuition). In-house technical support is available seven days a week to ensure online students are always connected and productive. Academic advisers assist distance learners with all academic issues and also provide help with course sequencing. QU Online's administrative staff helps guide students through course registration, answering questions about financial aid and other key areas.

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    Eastern Connecticut State University - Willimantic

    Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    $10,016
    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.
    7.11%
    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.
    1
    School Type
    4-year

    Eastern Connecticut State University was founded in 1889 as an institute focused entirely on training teachers. The university had a total enrollment of 5,362 students in fall of 2016 -- a far cry from the 13 students who formed the first student body back when it was still known as Willimantic State Normal School!

    Several different fast-track degree-completion programs are offered at Eastern Connecticut State, intended for current or former college students who have completed at least 60 college credits. On the other side of the spectrum, Eastern Online -- the university's online platform -- also offers a variety of online classes each semester for ECSU students working to complete their undergraduate degrees.

    Eastern Online supports its distance learners with access to the Academic Services Center, the Eastern Connecticut State University Writing Center, and online access to the Purdue University Online Writing Lab.

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    Norwalk Community 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.
    $4,052
    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.
    13.88%
    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.
    12
    School Type
    2-year

    Norwalk Community College is the first public two-year college in Connecticut. The college is a popular choice for locals -- more Fairfield County students attend NCC than any other college in Connecticut -- and through the convenience of online learning, people in other counties, states or even countries can reap the benefits of this college themselves.

    NCC offers a wide range of asynchronous classes, a format that allows distance learners to study materials and lectures whenever is most convenient for them. It also offers many different hybrid courses that are primarily delivered via the Blackboard content management platform but require some on-campus participation. In most cases, these hybrid courses are delivered entirely online except for midterms and final exams.

    Online orientation sessions are offered at NCC to help new students become familiar with the requirements of learning both with Blackboard and in an online classroom. All NCC distance learners can also access eTutoring through the Northeast eTutoring Consortium, as well as the NCC Writing Center for help with writing assignments, brainstorming, outlining and critical assessment.

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    Asnuntuck Community College - Enfield

    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.
    $4,072
    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.
    26.86%
    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
    2-year

    Although it's one of the smallest colleges in the state, Asnuntuck Community College has expanded its reach through the online course offerings of the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium. The consortium offers eight fully online associate degree programs and several online courses, and all coursework is directly transferable to any state college in Connecticut.

    Asnuntuck Community College supports on-campus and distance learners with a variety of resources to boost their academic success. Transfer students are assigned a faculty advisor to map out course options and semester planning. They also meet with a transfer advisor to maximize existing transferable college credits. ACC also provides many different career resources for distance learners, such as networking opportunities, resume building and help with choosing a major.

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    Manchester Community 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.
    $4,052
    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.
    18.46%
    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.
    3
    School Type
    2-year

    Manchester Community College is one of the largest of the 12 community colleges in Connecticut, with an enrollment of more than 15,000 students each year. MCC's Educational Technology and Distance Learning department provides many different services for online students, such as open computer labs, free online tutoring sponsored by the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium, and help navigating the Blackboard learning management system.

    One reason students keep flocking to MCC might be the variety of online courses the college offers. Courses are provided through Blackboard Learn. Courses are not self-paced -- they follow the weekly schedules of the on-campus programs at MCC. Online students have the same due dates for assignments and tests as their on-campus counterparts, a setup that can be a relief to students who are looking for structure in their distance learning.

    More free-spirited students of MCC can instead pursue fully online degree programs through the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium if they prefer. Graduates of degree programs at MCC or the distance learning consortium are guaranteed admission into any state college in Connecticut.

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    University of New Haven - West Haven

    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.
    $35,650
    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.
    20.54%
    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.
    9
    School Type
    4-year

    University of New Haven was founded on the Yale University campus in 1920. It serves more than 6,800 students each year from its main campus in West Haven and satellite campuses in Connecticut at Orange, New London and Old Lyme, as well as one in San Francisco. The university has been widely acclaimed by sources such as U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, and it has in particular been lauded for its service to military veteran students.

    UNH offers completely online degree programs in criminal justice, investigations, emergency management and environmental engineering. Student resources for distance learners at UNH include access to the Career Development Center, where students can assess career skills and get assistance developing resumes and cover letters. Distance learners can order all textbooks from the UNH online bookstore, and they can get research materials and related materials online from the Marvin K. Peterson Library.

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    Middlesex Community College - Middletown

    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.
    $4,032
    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.
    37.94%
    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.
    1
    School Type
    2-year

    Middlesex Community College serves residents of central Connecticut from its campus in Middletown, where it offers a wide variety of online courses for students working to satisfy requirements for an associate degree (coursework following regular semester scheduling). Students looking for a fully online program can pursue a 100 percent online associate degree in general studies as they prepare to transfer to a four-year university. By completing the general studies program, or one of several other select associate programs, a student can seamlessly transfer from Middlesex into any of the five state universities or state college in Connecticut under the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Transfer Ticket program.

    Students at MxCC also can pursue associate degrees through the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium. Distance learners who graduate from degree programs offered through the distance learning consortium also have guaranteed admission into any state college in Connecticut if they choose to continue their educational journey.

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    Western Connecticut State University - Danbury

    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.
    $9,516
    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.
    17.44%
    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.
    3
    School Type
    4-year

    Western Connecticut State University serves residents of Danbury from its main downtown campus and its Westside campus. The university's total enrollment for fall of 2016 was 5,721 students, resulting in a student-to-teacher ratio of 12 to 1.

    Distance learners can take classes or pursue online degrees through Online Education at WestConn. Several dozen online undergraduate courses were offered for the fall 2017 semester, all available through Blackboard Learn, the university's preferred content management platform. The university also offered online graduate courses in education, nursing and management for students pursuing master's degrees.

    WestConn also offers fully online bachelor's degree programs in meteorology and nursing through the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium. The online B.S. degree in meteorology is particularly notable, as it is the only such program offered in the whole state of Connecticut.

    Affordable Online Colleges in Connecticut

    The following list presents 10 schools in Connecticut that offer online degrees at notably low tuition costs. Tuition figures are sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and reflect in-state tuition (when in-state tuition is available) for all students, including online students.

    Affordable Two-Year Online Colleges in Connecticut

    Students in Connecticut may choose to start their educational journey at a two-year community college before transferring to a four-year university. Below is one of the most affordable online community colleges in Connecticut.

    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
    Tunxis Community College$3,86625.89%N/A2-year
    Gateway Community College$4,03210.86%N/A2-year
    Housatonic Community College$4,03215.98%22-year
    Middlesex Community College$4,03237.94%12-year
    Northwestern Connecticut Community College$4,04728.86%12-year

    Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in Connecticut

    Despite being small in geographic territory, Connecticut had a fairly large number of colleges and universities that offer bachelor's or higher degree programs. These are some of the most-affordable four-year colleges and universities in Connecticut.

    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
    United States Coast Guard Academy$942N/AN/A4-year
    Charter Oak State College$7,359N/A234-year
    Holy Apostles College and Seminary$7,75061.76%84-year
    Central Connecticut State University$9,3004.15%24-year
    Western Connecticut State University$9,51617.44%34-year

    College Accreditation in Connecticut

    While searching for the right program, students shouldn't overlook accreditation. Accrediting bodies ensure the programs at colleges and universities meet certain standards. The process is voluntary, but most major institutions choose to participate to demonstrate the quality of their educational offerings.

    There are a number of accrediting programs, including some for specific fields or types of institution. There is also a regional accrediting body approved by the Department of Education for each state. In Connecticut, regional accrediting is provided through the following organization:

    • New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC-CIHE)

    If a college in Connecticut lists accreditation from a different organization, check with the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to see if it's from a recognized group.

    School Interviews

    Dr. Sebastian Mahfood
    Online courses enjoy the same quality of teaching and learning that courses offered in a face-to-face classroom have, and they can be even more engaging than face-to-face courses given the necessity for everyone to involve themselves meaningfully in the life of the virtual classroom.

    Dr. Sebastian Mahfood

    Vice-President of Administration

    Holy Apostles College & Seminary

    Q. Can you tell us a little about the online programs offered at Holy Apostles College & Seminary?

    Holy Apostles College & Seminary [is] accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and has offered online graduate degree programs in theology and philosophy since 1998.

    In 2012, the college began offering online undergraduate courses, and in 2014, the college received approval to offer all of its undergraduate programs fully online. These programs include an Associate of Arts in Theology and a Bachelor of Arts in English in the Humanities, in History in the Social Sciences, in Philosophy and in Theology. This allows the college to provide college-level courses to high school juniors, to undergraduates, and to graduates.

    The college also offers free mini-courses in a variety of practical, theological and philosophical topics for anyone who'd like to enroll in them via the registration page at http://www.hacsmooc.cc.

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

    Students interested in an online degree program ought to be the kind of persons who are self-disciplined and self-motivated to apply a few hours a day to their studies. Online courses enjoy the same quality of teaching and learning that courses offered in a face-to-face classroom have, and they can be even more engaging than face-to-face courses given the necessity for everyone to involve themselves meaningfully in the life of the virtual classroom.

    Online learners should seek friendships among their classmates and engage with them in the extracurricular activities, such webinars, student organizations, e-newspapers and blogs, etc,. that that the college offers. That kind of engagement helps form important relationships among the learners as they move through their degree programs. Online learners should also try to visit the physical campus at least once during their time in the program and attend the on-campus commencement ceremony hosted on the occasion of their own graduation.

    For students concerned about missing the on-campus experience, I would encourage them to attend on-campus courses at their local college and transfer those credits into their online degree program. Many colleges will accept up to half of the undergraduate credits received elsewhere and up to six of the graduate credits. Students should consult their academic advisor to ensure transferability of the coursework before signing up for a local class.

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

    Online learning will evolve in the coming years in a few important directions. Outcomes-based learning will allow more credits to be earned through demonstration from prior or current life experience.

    The online classroom of the future will be mobile, allowing students to come out from behind their laptops and engage via their hand-held devices, learning experiences in context with the actual world their courses are explaining. Art courses, for instance, will partner with local museums around the world, and students will complete their classes inside the museums. Greater choice will be given in the curricula of any program for the purpose of allowing learners greater control in the tailoring of their programs to their own specific needs.

    Other forms of credentialing, like competency-based badges and certifications, will compete in the marketplace with the traditional categories of AA, BA, MA, and Ph.D. The global south will find easier access to degrees offered through colleges in North America and Europe.

    Financial Aid in Connecticut

    Connecticut Loans

    Connecticut offers students state-based loans through the Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority, otherwise known as CHESLA. Of course, you should always take advantage of your scholarship and grant options before applying for a loan, but Connecticut students who do not qualify for need-based loans may find that the state offers a strong program.

    Students eligible for this loan must be enrolled at least half-time at an accredited nonprofit college or university in the state of Connecticut, or be a resident of Connecticut attending an institution out-of-state.

    • Application deadline:  No application deadline
    • Award amount:  From $2,000 per year, up to cumulative maximum of $125,000

    For more details on student loans and how to get them, explore the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

    Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Connecticut

    • The CT Office of Higher Education houses a collection of information for students seeking financial aid in Connecticut, from state-based scholarships and grants to information on federal loans and loan forgiveness.

    Featured Cities in Connecticut

    The data providing the details on these featured cities is sourced from the 2015 American Community Survey (census.gov).

    Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT Metro Area

    Total Population

    939,983

    Median salary for high school grads

    $31,495

    Median salary with a bachelor's degree

    $68,690

    % of the population enrolled in college or grad school

    24.4%

    Median rent

    $1,348

    Fun Facts

    As you might expect for a town that was founded in 1836, there are several historical sites in Bridgeport worth visiting, including the Barnum Museum, the Black Rock Historic District and the Berkshire No. 7, an old ship docked in Bridgeport Harbor. The Beardsley Zoo and the Discovery Museum and Planetarium are also popular attractions.

    New Haven-Milford, CT Metro Area

    Total Population

    862,224

    Median salary for high school grads

    $32,765

    Median salary with a bachelor's degree

    $54,636

    % of the population enrolled in college or grad school

    31.3%

    Median rent

    $1,061

    Fun Facts

    Many visitors to New Haven make sure to take in the campus of Yale University and visit the Yale Bookstore. But there are also a great number of other attractions, including the white-sand beaches of West Haven along gentle Long Island Sound and the hiking trails of Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden.

    Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT Metro Area

    Total Population

    1,214,056

    Median salary for high school grads

    $35,354

    Median salary with a bachelor's degree

    $60,669

    % of the population enrolled in college or grad school

    31.9%

    Median rent

    $1,005

    Fun Facts

    Hartford, like many Connecticut cities, is steeped in history. A great place to learn that history is the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, which takes visitors back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Mark Twain's former home is also open to the public, and Goodspeed Opera House in nearby East Haddam is still the staging area for great performances in a Victorian setting.

     
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