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Earning a degree online in Kansas can help you increase your career prospects — to gain access to positions that typically require a degree in order to qualify. By enrolling in an online college in Kansas, you can take classes from home at times that are convenient for your busy schedule — whether you live in Wichita, Dodge City, Topeka, or anywhere else in the state.
Here are a few highlights about distance education opportunities in the Sunflower State:
- Associate degree programs are offered at 30 online colleges while bachelor's degree programs are available at 30; master's degrees can be earned at 22.
- 29 public colleges and universities in Kansas offer online programs; 25 private schools offer them, including several faith-based schools.
- There are about a dozen trade and technical schools that offer online programs to students in healthcare, information technology, culinary arts, or other fields.
- Allen County Community College, Garden City Community College, and Rasmussen College-Kansas offer the most online degree programs in the state.
Kansas residents who want information about credit transfers or credit for life experiences or military training can check out the state's Get Ahead in Kansas program. This resource is designed to help more people complete their college education, including through online degree options.
If you're interested in learning about the best online colleges in Kansas or the most affordable online colleges, read on. We've also included a variety of Kansas-based scholarships that can help make earning your degree more affordable.
What Makes a Good Online College?
Students seeking online education in the Sunflower State can narrow down their search by using our multiple rankings of accredited online colleges in Kansas to find the best choice for them. All schools displayed in these lists are accredited; to learn more about why accreditation is so important, check out our "What is College Accreditation?" page. In Kansas, most schools are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the regional accreditation body for the central U.S. For details on accreditation specific to Kansas, take a look at the Kansas State Board of Education or the Kansas Board of Regents.
Why do rankings matter? They take a great deal of information and condense it into meaningful factors, then compare schools to determine which ones do the best job in those areas. For instance, the criteria used to create our rankings page includes the number of online programs at each school, the average amount of financial aid awarded to students, and the ratio of students participating in distance education, among many other factors. The rankings that resulted from our comprehensive look can help students figure out which school might be right for them. For more on why we believe these points matter so much, check out the "What Makes a Good Online College" section of our "About Us" page.
Best Online Universities in Kansas for 2018-19
Distance learners have hundreds of options when it comes to choosing an online college. We created this ranking of the best online colleges in Kansas to help you find a great online university and narrow down your options for colleges located in the Jayhawk State. To make this list, we used a wide range of data provided by the National Center for Education Statistics weighted and analyzed by our personal methodology, including acceptance rate, net price and percentage of students taking distance education courses. You can learn more about our methodology at the bottom of this article, or use our Top Colleges Tool to try out making your own rankings.
Kansas State University, Manhattan
Fort Hays State University, Hays
Emporia State University, Emporia
Grantham State University, Lenexa
Wichita State University, Wichita
Allen Community College
University of Kansas, Lawrence
Pittsburg State University
Affordable Online Colleges in Kansas
The following list exhibits 10 schools in Kansas that offer online degree programs at affordable tuition costs. Tuition figures are sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics (2014-2015) and reflect in-state tuition (when in-state tuition is available) for all students, including online students.
- School Type - 2 Years
- School Type - 4 Years
COLLEGE NAME TUITION & FEES/YEARTuition 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 PARTICIPATIONDistance 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 OFFEREDNumber 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 Coffeyville Community College $2,304 17% 1 coffeyville.edu Fort Scott Community College $2,910 23% 1 fortscott.edu Labette Community College $2,940 23% 2 labette.edu Seward County Community College $3,040 11% 8 sccc.edu Cloud County Community College $3,180 31% 1 cloud.edu COLLEGE NAME TUITION & FEES/YEARTuition 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 PARTICIPATIONDistance 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 OFFEREDNumber 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 Fort Hays State University $5,009 80% 37 fhsu.edu Emporia State University $6,345 47% 27 emporia.edu Grantham University $6,540 100% 45 grantham.edu Pittsburg State University $7,100 34% 13 pittstate.edu Kansas Christian College $7,640 30% 4 kansaschristian.edu
Financial Aid Resources in Kansas
What Grants and Scholarships are Available in Kansas?
Student Loans in Kansas
Kansas does not provide state-based loans to help students pay for their college education. However, they do allow students to apply for a plethora of state-based scholarships and grants through a simple State of Kansas Student Aid application form. Keep in mind that scholarship and grant money does not need to be repaid, but loans do. If you find that you are still in need of financial assistance, you may apply for federal or private loans to help cover your education expenses. You will need to fill out the FAFSA and supply information about your family's financial situation in order to apply for federal aid.
Learn more about student loans in the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.
Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Kansas
- The Kansas Board of Regents Financial Aid FAQ tackles many questions that students may have about acquiring federal financial aid to help pay for their education.
Costs for Out-of-State Students in Kansas
If you don't already live in Kansas, you may have to pay higher out-of-state tuition rates to attend college there. However, there are exemptions for certain non-residents. The Kansas Board of Regents allows schools to offer in-state tuition to out-of-state students if they meet certain criteria:
- Former Kansas residents who return to the state within 60 months of leaving
- Certain Kansas high school graduates
- Current military personnel
- Veterans eligible for federal education benefits
- People recruited to work in Kansas
If you're not eligible for in-state rates, you could still get a break on out-of-state tuition if you live in one of the ten states participating in the Midwest Student Exchange Program. This program caps out-of-state tuition at 150 percent of in-state rates at participating institutions. Private schools may give a 10 percent discount on tuition to out-of-state students.
The Kansas Board of Regents has also been discussing a program to offer tuition discounts to high-achieving out-of-state students. While there is no timeline for when that will be implemented, it could be another avenue to minimize non-resident rates in the future.
For more information, on Kansas residency and exchange programs, visit the links below. Otherwise, talk to an admissions or financial aid counselor for more information and to ask about available scholarships.
Featured Cities In Kansas
The data in the following tables regarding these Kansas metropolitan areas is sourced from the 2015 American Community Survey (census.gov).
Median salary for high school grads
Median salary with a bachelor's degree
% of the population enrolled in college or grad school
Wichita is home to Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, the Kansas Aviation Museum, and the Great Plains Transportation Museum. Wichita's attractions are rich in history, such as the Old Cowtown Museum and the Wichita-Sedgwuck County Historical Museum.
Median salary for high school grads
Median salary with a bachelor's degree
% of the population enrolled in college or grad school
While the Missouri version of Kansas City is larger and more famous, its little sister across the Kansas River in the state of Kansas has its own appeal. Attractions include the Kansas Speedway and Lakeside Speedway, as well as the famous Sauer Castle. Kansas City, Kansas, is also home to the National Agricultural Hall of Fame and the Wyandotte County Museum and Historical Society.
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 percent 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 provisional 2016-17 data from IPEDS:
- Number of programs offered via distance education
- Ratio of students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
- Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
- Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases, and media
- Graduation rate
- Retention rate
- The availability of any tuition plans (Payment, Guaranteed, Other)
- Services (Academic/Career, Placement for Completers)
- Credit offerings (Dual, Life, AP, Military)
- Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
- 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.
NOTE: Schools' tuition amounts are based on 2016-17 undergraduate and graduate data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. The actual cost of tuition may vary.
- Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/