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Guide to Online Colleges in Puerto Rico

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Whether you live in San Juan, Ponce, or in a less-populated part of the island, attending an accredited online college in Puerto Rico can make it possible to earning your degree regardless of your location. Plus, the flexible nature of distance education can also make it easier to juggle schoolwork with your current work or family responsibilities.

Earning a degree online can also prepare you for a higher-skill job in one of Puerto Rico's diverse industries, including fields like biotechnology, renewable energy, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and IT, as well as more traditional fields like education and health care.

There are numerous online colleges in Puerto Rico. Let's take a closer look at them.

  • Of the 20 online colleges in Puerto Rico, associate degrees can be earned at 11 institutions, bachelor's degrees can be earned at 10, and master's degrees can be earned at 12.
  • Almost all online colleges in Puerto Rico are private institutions; 16 are not-for-profit schools and 3 are for-profit schools.
  • Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Ponce, Humacao Community College, and National University College offer the most online degree programs in Puerto Rico.

Keep reading to learn about our rankings of the top 10 colleges in Puerto Rico. You can also find out about financial aid resources that can make your online degree more affordable.

What Makes a Good Online College?

Our rankings of the best online colleges in Puerto Rico can help students to learn about the higher-education options available to them. All of the schools on this page are accredited by recognized accreditation agencies such as:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  • National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Science (NACCAS)
  • Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
  • Comisión Acreditadora de Instituciones Educativas (CADIE)

To find out why accreditation is important, see our article "What is College Accreditation?" For details regarding accreditation in Puerto Rico, visit the Consejo de Educación de Puerto Rico website.

We built these rankings on criteria carefully chosen to reflect the online college experience, such as the number of online programs offered, the ratio of students participating in distance education at that school, and the average amount of financial aid awarded to students of that school. For more information about the criteria we picked and why they are important, visit our "What Makes a Good Online College?" section of our "About Us" page.

Best Online Colleges in Puerto Rico for 2018-19

Students considering online learning in Puerto Rico would be wise to research programs and offerings in advance, in order to help them make an informed decision on where to enroll. To help with that, we've created this list of the best online colleges in Puerto Rico, using data pulled from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS.) A brief description of a school's online programs and offerings as well as other helpful facts are included. The methodology used to compile this list is detailed at the bottom of the web page.

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Methodology
1

Humacao 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.
$5,002
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.
0%
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
2

Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Ponce

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.
$5,872
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.
77%
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.
20
School Type
4-year
3

EDP University of Puerto Rico, Inc.-San Sebastian

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.
$6,200
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%
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
4

Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon

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.
$5,898
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.
62%
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
5

Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Aguadilla

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.
$5,860
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.
71%
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
6

Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Barranquitas

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.
$5,860
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%
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
4-year
7

Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Guayama

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.
$5,860
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.
70%
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
4-year
8

EDP University of Puerto Rico-San Juan

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.
$6,200
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.
61%
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
9

Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo

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.
$5,872
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.
73%
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
10

Columbia Central University-Caguas

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.
$6,480
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%
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

Puerto Rico Loans

Puerto Rico does not offer any student loans at this time. Students are encouraged to seek out all available scholarships and grants since those are considered "gift aid," meaning they do not have to be repaid. Once you've exhausted all of those options, you may find that you are still in need of financial assistance. If that is the case, you can apply for federal or private loans to meet your college expenses. Keep in mind that 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 Puerto Rico

  • Becas y Asistencia Económica details the federal financial assistance available to students at each institution in Puerto Rico's Ana G. Méndez University System.

Affordable Online Colleges in Puerto Rico for 2018-19

  • 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 WEBSITE
    Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute$1,0952%2sipi.edu
    American River College$1,10426%10arc.losrios.edu
    Barstow Community College$1,10471%14barstow.edu
    Cosumnes River College$1,10425%2crc.losrios.edu
    San Joaquin Delta College$1,10445%43deltacollege.edu
  • 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 WEBSITE
    University of the People$1,000100%7uopeople.edu
    United States Merchant Marine Academy$1,0202%1www.usmma.edu
    Solano Community College$1,14039%4solano.edu
    Santa Ana College$1,14217%2sac.edu
    San Diego Mesa College$1,14232%1sdmesa.edu
 
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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:

  1. Level of institution is either "Four or more years" or "At least 2 but less than 4 years"
  2. Data is reported for all 11 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
  3. At least 1% of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  4. "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/
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