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Online Colleges in Utah

Most Affordable Online Colleges
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  11. Eagle Gate College, http://www.eaglegatecollege.edu/programs/online-programs/
  12. Everest College, http://www.everest.edu/why/campus_life/financial_aid
  13. Fortis College, http://www.fortis.edu/fortis-online/degree-choices.aspx
  14. Independence University, http://www.independence.edu/
  15. Midwives College of Utah, https://www.midwifery.edu/
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Students can find online learning options at many of Utah's postsecondary institutions. In addition to state schools, many national online colleges also offer full degree programs to students in Utah. Typically, these schools boast a larger variety of online degrees than traditional institutions. Some even have campuses in the state, which may feature blended (part online, part face-to-face) learning options.

There are more than 1.2 million employed people in Utah, and they earn an mean annual income of $42,740, or about $20.55 an hour. Among those 25 and older, bachelor degree holders earn about $44,000 a year, while graduate or professional degree holders earn more than $64,000 a year in Utah, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Among those who are 18 to 24 years old, 52 percent have had some college or have earned an associate degree. Among those who are older than 25, just over 20 percent have a bachelor's degree and around 10 percent have earned a graduate or professional degree.

Affordable Online Colleges in Utah

The following schools in Utah offer online degree programs with particularly affordable tuition costs. To see schools in Utah arranged in a ranking based on quality and other factors, visit the Top Colleges tool. 

Featured Two-Year Online College in Utah

1

Fortis 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.
$13,937
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

Fortis is a national college that operates campuses in 15 states, including Utah. It offers online associate degree programs, including degrees in Internet Marketing, Business Management-Accounting, Business Management and Human Resources.

Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in Utah

1

Dixie 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.
$4,620
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.
36.81%
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

About

Dixie State University in St. George, Utah, offers dozens of online courses to supplement its face-to-face bachelor's and associate degree programs in southern Utah. These courses range from Introduction to Business to Intermediate Writing and Marketing Principles.

2

Midwives College of Utah

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.
$6,340
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.
3
School Type
4-year

About

The Midwives College of Utah in Salt Lake City offers an undergraduate and graduate degree in midwifery. The academic portions are entirely online and are combined with hands-on practical training with professionals in the student's hometown or area. The professional training portion is done by preceptors (midwives) who are considered MCU's field faculty.

3

Weber 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.
$5,321
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.
32.49%
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

Weber State offers both semester-based online classes and self-paced online classes. Bachelor's degrees are offered in Health Information Management, Health Services Administration, Medical Laboratory Science, Radiological Sciences, Integrated Studies, and Professional Sales.

4

Brigham Young University-Provo

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.
$5,150
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.
1.25%
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

Brigham Young University offers more than 500 online courses, with three different options for delivery: Teacher-led courses with interactive learning experiences, online courses with improved access to grades, or paper courses that are self-paced and can be accessed online. Many of these online courses students can start any time and take up to a year to complete. Free tutoring is also available.

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Utah 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.
$6,663
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.
46.68%
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

Utah State offers eight bachelor's degree programs online, five master's degrees and a variety of other online programs, including an associate degree in General Studies. Bachelor's programs online are in Agribusiness, Communicative Disorders, Communicative Disorders & Deaf Education, Family Life Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Liberal Arts and Psychology.

College Accreditation in Utah

Students wanting to attend school in Utah will want to be sure their chosen college is accredited before making the decision to attend school there. In Utah, the regional accrediting agency is the:

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities oversees regional accreditation in seven states total. Students who find that the Utah college of their choice is not accredited by this commission can check with the U.S. Department of Education to determine if their school is accredited through another recognized agency.

School Interviews

Brian Stecklein
Online learning will continue to help educate society and fulfill the dreams of many people who may not have had the chance before.

Brian Stecklein

Associate Dean of Continuing Education

Weber State University

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

WSU Online, Weber State University's virtual campus, offers classes that conform to the academic calendar but can be attended anytime and anywhere via the internet. Multiple degree and certificate programs are offered as online programs, along with a wide variety of general education courses. Areas included at WSU are Bachelor of Integrated Studies, Computer Science, General Studies, Health Information Management, Health Services Administration, Medical Laboratory Science, and Radiologic Sciences. Each program area may have multiple degree or certificate offerings.

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

Students who wish to take courses at Weber State University need to understand they need to be self-motivated. Students should set aside time each week to work on their courses just like they were coming to a class on campus. This can certainly be at a time and place that works for them, but it should be consistent without interruptions. For face-to-face courses the rule of thumb is for every 50-minute class period, you should plan on two hours of homework. Start with this in mind, making sure you set enough time aside to get through your assignments. You may always adjust as you determine the time needs of the course. Don't be afraid to ask questions of the faculty or students. Engage them just like you would in the classroom. This is your learning opportunity, and you should get what you need out of the course.

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

Online learning helped make education more available to students. This trend will continue as more students try to juggle their personal life choices. Education is one of the great levelers of society. It helps people grow intellectually, financially and can help them become whoever they would like to be. Online learning will continue to help educate society and fulfill the dreams of many people who may not have had the chance before.

Financial Aid in Utah

Utah Loans

Students in Utah have access to education loans through the Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority, which is governed by the Utah State Board of Regents. However, before applying for any loans, it's recommended that students seek out all available options for scholarship and grant awards. If you've exhausted all of those options and find that you are still in need of financial assistance, you may apply for state-based, federal, and/or private loans to cover 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.

UHEAA's Complete Student Loan is available for both undergraduate and graduate students, with a fixed rate for each regardless of program of study. The loan is intended for students attending college in Utah, and for Utah residents studying out-of-state as well.
  • Application deadline:  Not specified
  • Award amount:  $1,000 - $100,000 per year (up to $200,000 total)

Learn more about student loans in the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Utah

Featured Cities in Utah

The tables for this section use data sourced from the 2015 American Community Survey (census.gov).

Salt Lake City, UT Metro Area

Total Population

1,139,851

Median salary for high school grads

$29,854

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$45,667

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

25.4%

Median rent

$933

Fun Facts

Salt Lake City is a major metro area with many big-city attractions, including an NBA team (the Utah Jazz) as well as a zoo and wide variety of museums, parks and other cultural attractions. The nearby Wasatch Mountains provide world-class skiing and outdoor recreation.

Ogden-Clearfield, UT Metro Area

Total Population

623,323

Median salary for high school grads

$30,079

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$49,828

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

21.1%

Median rent

$839

Fun Facts

Ogden is only about 10 miles east of the Great Salt Lake and 40 miles north of Salt Lake City. It's close to Snowbasin ski resort and provides wide access to the Ogden River through its parkway system. There are also a variety of museums, and Historic 25th Street is considered "the most exciting street in Utah."

Provo-Orem, UT Metro Area

Total Population

562,357

Median salary for high school grads

$28,749

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$42,947

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

33%

Median rent

$899

Fun Facts

Provo, located about 45 miles south of Salt Lake City, is home to Brigham Young University and is rich in museums, art and outdoor recreation. Mount Timpanogos rises majestically right outside of town, and the western edge sits on the banks of Utah Lake.

 
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