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Online Colleges in Mississippi

Most Affordable Online Colleges
Article Sources

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Mississippi's many online colleges and universities are responding to the need for well-trained workers with a number of online degree programs that make it easier for people with jobs or families to complete their studies. Below we've gathered data about online colleges in Mississippi, including a list of 10 online schools ranked by affordability.

Affordable Online Colleges in Mississippi

The following list presents several schools in Mississippi that offer online degree programs at affordable tuition costs. Tuition figures, sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics, reflect in-state tuition (when in-state tuition is available) for all students, including online students.

Featured Two-Year Online College in Mississippi

1

Virginia College-Jackson

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.
$13,932
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
3.99%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
11
School Type
2-year

About

Virginia College's Jackson campus offers a range of online degree programs, from associate to bachelor's to master's. The school is particularly proud of its business, computer networking, cosmetology, health and medical, and heating and cooling fields, and offers access to a Financial Planning department that can help you understand various ways to pay for school by going over available scholarships and grants.

Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in Mississippi

1

Mississippi University for Women

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.
$5,781
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.
63.04%
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.
8
School Type
4-year

About

The Mississippi University for Women, which also admits men, offers a variety of master's and bachelor's degree programs online. For its undergraduate online programs, students are expected to complete two years of study at a community college before they can enroll in two years of bachelor's degree online study. Programs at that level are available in Nursing; Public Safety Administration; General Business; Management Information Systems; Public Health Education; Entrepreneurship; Human Resources Management; Legal Administration; and Management Information Systems. Online graduate programs are in Global Commerce; and Health Education.

2

Jackson 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.
$6,886
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.
47.02%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
15
School Type
4-year

About

Jackson State, known as the Urban University of Mississippi, is located in Jackson, Miss. It offers two online degree programs: a bachelor's in Child Care and Family Education and a master's in Business Administration. The school, founded in 1877, emphasizes public service programs that focus on finding solutions to urban problems. Candidates for the bachelor's program need to have 45 or more undergraduate credits or an associate degree.

3

University of Southern Mississippi

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.
$7,334
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.
42.97%
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.
40
School Type
4-year

About

Southern Miss has several locations along Mississippi's beautiful Gulf Coast, but many students are coming to the school for its robust online degree programs. The University of Southern Mississippi offers online bachelor's degree programs in a wide range of fields, such as Applied Technology; Construction Engineering Technology; Elementary Education; Library and Information Science; Nursing; Special Education; Industrial Engineering Technology; and Special Education. Its School of Library and Information Science also offers some of its graduate degree programs online, including Library and Information Science; and Library Media Management. Some of the other master's programs include Human Capital Development; Sports Coaching Education; Logistics, Medical Laboratory Sciences; Nursing; Nutrition and Food Systems; and Teaching of Languages. The school also offers a Ph.D. in Human Capital Development.

4

University of Mississippi

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.
$7,444
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.
19.41%
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

About

Ole Miss Online provides a broad spectrum of online degree programs, from bachelor's degree programs to a doctorate program. Bachelor's programs include Clinical Laboratory Sciences; Dental Hygiene; Health Informatics and Information Management; Health Sciences; and Radiological Sciences. Among the online master's degree programs offered are Health Care Administration; Elementary Education; Literacy Education; Health Informatics and Information Management; Acute Care Nurse Practitioner; Gerontology Nurse Practitioner; Family Nurse Practitioner; Nurse Educator; Nursing and Health Care Administrator; and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Ole Miss also offers an online doctorate in Health Administration.

5

Mississippi 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.
$7,502
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.
18.18%
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

About

Mississippi State's Center for Distance Education offers bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree programs online. Unlike many schools, online students pay the in-state rate, regardless of where they are learning from. There are also tuition waivers available for senior citizens. Available bachelor's degree programs include Elementary Education with concentrations in early childhood or middle school; Geosciences, with a concentration in broadcast and operational meteorology; Interdisciplinary Studies; and Technology Teacher Education. Some of its master's degree programs include Teaching; Business Administration; Aerospace Engineering; Food Science; Forestry; General Biology; Industrial Engineering; and Workforce Educational Leadership. Its doctorate programs include Community College Leadership; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Engineering with concentrations in aerospace engineering or civil engineering; and Industrial and Systems Engineering.

6

Tougaloo 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.
$10,607
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
4-year

About

Tougaloo College, a private, traditionally black liberal arts college located in Tougaloo, Miss., was founded in 1869 and has a rich history. Its driving philosophy is to teach students to become self-directed learners who can apply critical thought to all areas of the lives. Toward that end it offers an online Bachelor of Arts program in Economics.

7

Mississippi 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.
$16,064
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.
22.76%
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.
16
School Type
4-year

About

Mississippi College is the oldest college in the state, but what draws students from around the globe is its history of providing high-quality online degree programs. It offers bachelor's degree programs in Business Administration; Communication; Nursing, Paralegal Studies; and Homeland Security. Its online master's degree programs include Health Services Administration; Applied Communication; Higher Education Administration; Teaching Arts; Professional Communication in Health Services Administration; Athletic Administration; Loss Prevention and Homeland Security.

8

Belhaven 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.
$21,816
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.
35.30%
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.
23
School Type
4-year

About

Belhaven's curriculum is based on the school's Christian worldview, and the school emphasizes strong support and close interaction with professors for its online students. Its online associate degree programs include Arts; Biblical Studies; and Business. Its bachelor's degree programs range from Applied Psychology; Biblical Studies; Accounting; Management with criminal justice concentration; Business Administration; and Health Administration. Its online Master's degree programs are in Business Administration; Teaching Leadership; Educational Technology; Reading Literacy; Health Administration; Public Administration; Leadership; Leadership with ministry concentration; and Sports Administration.

College Accreditation in Mississippi

Accreditation is one way to determine the quality of education offered by a college or university. It's a voluntary process in which an accrediting body determines whether an institution of degree program meets certain minimum standards.

Each state has a regional accrediting body, and for colleges in Mississippi this is the designated organization:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Schools without regional accreditation may have received approval from other accrediting bodies. Not all organizations are recognized as legitimate by the government so students should check the school's credentials carefully. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation maintains a list of all recognized accrediting bodies.

School Interviews

April Thompson
In addition to student demand, technology continues to develop, allowing more learning opportunities.

April Thompson

Director of Summer, Winter, and Online Sessions

University of Mississippi

Q. Can you tell us a little about the online programs offered at your school?
The University of Mississippi offers online master's degrees in business, elementary education, and higher education and student personnel. There are master degree programs offered by The University of Mississippi Medical Center in health sciences, health information management, and various nursing specialties. UM offers online graduate certificate courses in teaching English as a second language and geospatial information science and technology. Over 100 undergraduate courses from various academic disciplines are also available online.

Q. What advice would you give to students interested in an online degree program?
Do your research. What type of program or courses are you interested in taking? What is the course format? What are your strengths and weaknesses as a student? Will an online format help or hinder your success as a student? Online courses are a terrific option, but you must pick courses/programs that fit your strengths. For example, if you struggle with writing or math, taking an online course with emphasis in those areas may not be the best option. Doing a little research by talking to other students who have taken the course, talking to the instructor, and reading the course reviews will help you choose the right online course/program for you.

Q. How do you anticipate how online learning might evolve in the coming years?
Online learning will continue to grow for many reasons. Each year more nontraditional students return to school, whether as full-time or part-time students. The online format provides access to higher education to those who work full-time, have dependents and/or live in an area that does not have access to a traditional, four-year institution. In addition to nontraditional students, with the popularity of social media and online tools, today's generation of students are more comfortable with and knowledgeable of technology than previous student generations. Many students actually prefer using online learning technology at their own pace. The student demand for online course/program options will continue to grow.

In addition to student demand, technology continues to develop, allowing more learning opportunities. Students can take a live tour of the Egyptian pyramids, interview experts in any field, and research ancient artifacts from their living rooms. It will be very interesting to see where the creative development and use of educational technology will lead.

Financial Aid in Mississippi

Mississippi Loans

Mississippi no longer offers state-based education loans due to current budget constraints, but they do claim to provide students with nearly $30 million in state aid each year, through various scholarships and grants. Students are strongly encouraged to seek scholarships and grants before applying for loans. If at that point, you are still in need of financial assistance, you may apply for federal or private loans to help manage your college expenses. To qualify for federal loans, you will need to fill out the FAFSA with details about your family's financial situation.

For more in-depth insight into student loans, don't miss the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Mississippi

  • Rise Up! Financial Aid provides Mississippi students with a step-by-step guide for acquiring financial assistance.

Featured Cities in Mississippi

The data that follows is sourced from the 2015 American Community Survey (census.gov).

Jackson, MS

Total Population

574,998

Median salary for high school grads

$25,530

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$42,816

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

10.7%

Median rent

$627

Fun Facts

Jackson is the state capital of Mississippi but it is also famous for its blues, gospel and R&B music. The city has undergone a major downtown revitalization that has brought more arts, culture and fine dining to that area. The city is also rich in historical sites, museums and a zoological park that is considered one of the finest in the South.

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS

Total Population

378,972

Median salary for high school grads

$26,401

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$41,740

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

8.2%

Median rent

$664

Fun Facts

Biloxi is a vacation paradise. It features white sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, as well as numerous golf courses, hiking and bike-riding trails, casinos and charter fishing. The weather makes it a year-round attraction.

Pascagoula is home to the Aaron Jones Family Interactive Center, one of the best children's museums in the country. Visitors also enjoy the Bay Street Duck Pond, the Biloxi Fire Museum and the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The Gulf Islands National Seashore is a great place to camp or relax on the beach.

 
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