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Online Colleges in Idaho

Most Affordable Online Colleges
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With state colleges, such as Boise State University, increasing their emphasis on online and hybrid-learning programs, and national online colleges offering a wide range of distance education options, Idaho students now have more opportunities for postsecondary education than ever before.

Idaho is home to many postsecondary institutions that offer online learning options, many of which can be found through Idaho Digital Learning. As of May 2017, Idaho Digital Learning offers online courses, virtual services and more across 115 school districts. The University of Idaho's online courses range from undergraduate to graduate to professional development, with a multitude of subjects from Anthropology to Theater. Similarly, Lewis-Clark State College offers online, hybrid and Web-enhanced courses that supported nearly 70 percent of its students in the fall 2012 term. Boise State University features online bachelor's degree completion programs in Nursing and Respiratory care, along with several full graduate degree and certification programs.

Idaho students also have access to many national online colleges, such as Kaplan University, some of which even have physical locations in the state. These campuses may allow students to take advantage of blended learning opportunities, which can be particularly helpful for programs that incorporate hands-on learning.

Twenty colleges and universities offer two- and four-year programs in Idaho. Eight of those 20 institutions are publicly funded and the rest are private for-profit and nonprofit schools.

Affordable Online Colleges in Idaho

The following list presents some of the schools in Idaho that offer education at the lowest 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 Idaho

1

Eastern Idaho Technical College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$2,574
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.
N/A
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.
N/A
School Type
2-year

About

Eastern Idaho offers no fully online degree programs but it offers a variety of online classes that can help students earn credit toward a degree. Courses are offered in such areas as business; computer networking; health professions and the trades.

2

North Idaho 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.
$4,430
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.
59.75%
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.
2
School Type
2-year

About

This small school in Coeur d'Alene offers three Associate degree programs — an Associate of Arts; Associate of Science; and an Associate of Applied Science — and many courses are offered entirely online using the Blackboard system.

3

College of Western Idaho

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.
$4,264
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.
39.09%
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

About

The College of Western Idaho in Nampa allows students to earn an associate degree while they continue to work or raise a family. Its online programs are self-directed and delivered through an easy-to-use learning management system. Online degree programs are offered in business; criminal justice; english; geography; history; liberal arts; and political science.

4

College of Southern Idaho

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.
$3,880
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.
33.43%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
19
School Type
2-year

About

The College of Southern Idaho is a resource for students who want to earn an associate degree, but have time or work obligations that prevent them from traveling to a campus classroom. These online associate degree programs include business; business management; economics; both elementary and secondary education; liberal arts; library and information science; social science; criminal justice; and history.

Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in Idaho

1

Brigham Young University-Idaho

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.
$3,830
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.
76.60%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
14
School Type
4-year

About

BYU's Idaho school offers fully online associate degree programs focused on administrative assistant; business management; computer programming; family history research; general studies; and web design & development. Its online bachelor's degree programs are: applied management; business management; computer information technology; health science; healthcare administration; interdisciplinary studies; marriage & family studies; nursing; software engineering; university studies; and web design & development.

2

Boise State University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$6,876
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
30.17%
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.
5
School Type
4-year

About

Boise State has been offering distance learning opportunities for 25 years. Since its first course in 1989, the school has expanded to add scores of courses and 10 fully online degree programs. Its online bachelor's degree programs are focused on nursing; respiratory care; and technology accentuated transformative education for rural specialists. Its online graduate degree programs include business administration; educational technology (Master's, Master's of Science and Doctorate programs offered); Idaho K-12 teaching endorsement; gerontology; nursing (a doctorate program); organizational performance (including several different programs); and victim services.

3

University of Idaho

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,020
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.
28.90%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
24
School Type
4-year

About

In addition to 22 online master's degree programs, the University of Idaho offers a wide range of online courses, ranging from Engineering to freshman World Literature. The fully online master's programs are in the areas of education; engineering; and earth and environmental science.

4

Idaho State University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$6,784
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
43.98%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
13
School Type
4-year

About

ISU offers seven graduate degree programs fully online and several more are offered as blended courses that combine online learning with in-person meetings on campus. In addition to its online associate degree programs in nursing, ISU offers online graduate programs in speech-language pathology; nursing practice (doctorate); public health; deaf education; elementary education; instructional technology; and secondary education.

5

Lewis-Clark State College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,224
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
40.96%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
7
School Type
4-year

About

Although not all general education core requirements are offered online, Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston offers several associate and bachelor's degree programs that can be completed online. The associate degrees include business administration; entrepreneurship; early childhood development; web development; and liberal arts. Available bachelor's degree programs include business administration; management; early childhood development; and nursing.

College Accreditation in Idaho

Whether a student plans to enroll in an online degree program or take classes on-campus, attending a school that is properly accredited is crucial. Accreditation is voluntary, but it demonstrates an institution's curriculum meets certain standards.

Within Idaho, accreditation is offered both for specific degree programs as well as to the institution as a whole. For instance, the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) may accredit MBA or other business degrees in Idaho. Meanwhile, accreditation from the state's regional accrediting body reflects that the school, as a whole, meets certain standards. This type of accreditation for colleges in Idaho comes from the following body:

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

To check the validity of other accrediting bodies listed by a school, visit the Council for Higher Education Accreditation website.

School Interviews

At the University of Iowa, we feel what distinguishes us is that when we offer courses online, they are the same quality as when those courses are offered on campus.

Terry Ratcliff

Director of Distance & Extended Education

University of Idaho

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

The University offers 22 graduate programs and 11 certificate programs online. Students can also take a variety of online course offerings that can be applied to their academic major or for general interest.

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

Since online programs are more convenient than traditional delivery, they represent a great opportunity to access education that you would not otherwise have. However, determine if online learning is for you. Success in online programs takes discipline and dedication. Look for programs that promote student-to-student as well as instructor-to-student interaction. Employers are looking for employees who can work well in teams and with others, and you can develop those skills in a well-designed online program just as well as in a face-to-face program.

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

Online learning will continue to evolve, as it has done in the 15 years I have been involved in it. The increasing acceptance of fully online programs by students and employers will continue. The convenience of mixing online and face-to-face courses in traditional programs will also continue as faculty and students become more accustomed to the model. Online technology will continue to enhance traditional face-to-face courses as well. The adoption of "flipped" classrooms, where lectures are available online prior to class meetings and face-to-face time is utilized for more interactive tasks, is an example of new and innovative ways that technology and traditional realms combine. This combination will continue in ways we can't predict, as technology continues to expand in ways we cannot anticipate today.

Financial Aid in Idaho

Idaho Loans

Idaho does not offer students any state-specific loans, as they prefer to focus on state-based scholarships and grants like The Idaho Opportunity Scholarship instead. The state encourages students to apply for any scholarships and grants for which they may be qualified, since that money is awarded and does not need to be repaid. If you are still in need of financial assistance, you may apply for federal and private loans to help cover your tuition costs. To qualify for federal loans, you will need to fill out the FAFSA with your family's financial information. Learn more about student loans in the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Idaho

Featured Cities in Idaho

The following facts about these featured metropolitan areas in Idaho are sourced from the 2015 American Community Survey (census.gov).

Boise City, ID Metro Area

Total Population

651,402

Median salary for high school grads

$25,284

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$43,989

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

25.1%

Median rent

$820

Fun Facts

Boise is a vibrant city that is close to the mountains but also makes outdoor recreation enjoyable right in the city limits. The Boise greenbelt along the Boise River offers parks, hiking trails and bike paths, and Bogus Basin is an excellent ski resort a short drive from town. Boise State University athletic events are also popular with residents and visitors.

Idaho Falls, ID Metro Area

Total Population

137,233

Median salary for high school grads

$22,858

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$42,227

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

16.4%

Median rent

$711

Fun Facts

Idaho Falls is a small, friendly town that offers golfing, historic sites, breweries, an amusement park, and four museums. In the winter, snowmobiling is popular, and a rafting tour of the nearby Salmon River is popular among history buffs interested in the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery.

Coeur d'Alene, ID Metro Area

Total Population

145,046

Median salary for high school grads

$26,687

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$40,438

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

21.6%

Median rent

$837

Fun Facts

Coeur d'Alene is an outdoor wonderland, with miles of shoreline hiking and cycling available, as well as nearby skiing and bountiful boating. Many visitors make it a point to ride of the oldtime sternwheeler boats that ply the waters of Lake Coeur d'Alene. Nearby casinos, wineries and live musical performances are also popular.

 
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