Here's a high-level look at online colleges in Vermont:
- Associate, bachelor's, and master's degree programs are available through 10 online colleges in Vermont.
- The most online degree programs — more than 60 — can be found at Champlain College, which offers a variety of programs in topics such as business management, accounting, web design, cybersecurity, management information systems, and health care administration.
- Students can pursue associate degrees at 6 online colleges, bachelor's degrees at 8, and master's degrees at 7.
- 4 online colleges in Vermont are public and 6 are private, including a law school, a culinary institute, a college that solely offers graduate degree programs, and one college for students with learning disabilities.
Vermont offers dual enrollment programs to allow high schoolers to earn community college credit at some of the four-year colleges in the state.
To help you select an online degree program that meets your needs, we've compiled a list of the best online colleges in Vermont as well as the most affordable ones. In addition, you can see information about scholarships specific to the state as well as loan programs available through the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation.
What Makes a Good Online College in Vermont?
OnlineColleges.com's rankings of the best schools in Vermont can be a useful tool for aspiring students. We gather comprehensive information on each school into one place, so students can assess and compare the factors that matter most to them. All schools in our rankings hold official accreditation that is valid in Vermont. Most of the schools you'll see are accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NEASC), though some might be accredited by other national agencies. To learn why we only review accredited schools, see our "What is College Accreditation?" page. To check which accrediting agencies are valid in the state of Vermont, review the State of Vermont Agency of Education.
When creating our rankings, we looked at a wide variety of factors to find the ones that matter most to online students. Our rankings are built on data points for each school such as the ratio of students participating in distance education, average in-state tuition, and graduation rate, among many others. Students can use the information we analyzed to help them make their decision on which Vermont school to attend. To learn specifics about why we chose these points for our rankings, visit the "What Makes a Good Online College?" section of our "About Us" page.
Best Online Colleges in Vermont for 2018-19
Choosing the correct college is a tremendously important decision. As a result, we have compiled this ranking of the 10 best online universities in Vermont, using data gathered from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and our own unique methodology. You can learn more about our methodology at the bottom of this page.
Champlain College, Burlington
Norwich University, Northfield
University of Vermont, Burlington
Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center
Northern Vermont University
Affordable Online Colleges in Vermont for 2018-19
The Green Mountain state presents a wide range of online colleges and programs for a broad spectrum of students from all backgrounds. Read the information below to learn more about some of the most affordable online colleges in Vermont.
Financial Aid Resources in Vermont
Frank M. and Olive F. Gilman Foundation Scholarship
Applicant must be a graduate from one of the following Orange County or Windsor County high schools: Black River, Blue Mountain Union, Chelsea Public, Green Mountain Union, Hartford, Mid Vermont Christian, Oxbow, Randolph Union, Rochester, Sharon, South Royalton, Springfield, Thetford, Whitcomb, Williamstown, Windsor, or Woodstock. Financial need and school/community involvement must be demonstrated.
Hildegard Durfee Scholarship (Undergraduate)
Applicant must be a resident of Winham County, VT who can demonstrate financial need and academic achievement.
Norwich Women's Club Scholarship
Applicant must be a resident of Norwich, VT who will attend an accredited school approved for federal Title IV funding. Financial need must be demonstrated.
Applicant must be a resident of Windham County, VT or Reasboro or Searsburg, VT. Financial need and school/community involvement must be demonstrated.
Student Loans in Vermont
The state of Vermont provides students with educational loans through the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC). Before you go that route, you should exhaust all of your available options for scholarship and grant awards, since those forms of aid do not have to be repaid. If you find that you are still in need of financial assistance, you may apply for state-based, federal or private loans to assist you in paying for your education. In order to apply for federal aid, you will need to fill out the FAFSA and supply information about your family's financial situation.
- Application deadline: Not specified
- Award amount: From $200 up to the total cost of education
Get more insight into how student loans work in the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.
Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Vermont
- Paying for College provides information for Vermont students about various forms of student aid, how to apply for financial aid, loan repayment, and more.
Costs for Out-of-State Students in Vermont
Vermont's largest school, the University of Vermont (UVM), recently appeared on a list of the most expensive colleges for out-of-state students. You can qualify for resident tuition if you move to the state for a reason other than attending school and live there for at least one year, but there are a few other approaches you can try as well:
- Your destination school may have scholarships or tuition waivers available for eligible out-of-state students. Northern Vermont University, for example, offers help with out-of-state tuition for non-resident students with exceptional academic records.
- Regional student programs can also help lower out-of-state tuition. The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) extends tuition relief of $6,500 per year to students from the six New England states, and the Good Neighbor Award provides the same amount to incoming students from the state of New York, any Canadian province and select counties in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Prospective students hoping to study certain specific subjects may have an easier time getting help with out-of-state tuition than others. UVM offers annual $3,000 awards to high-achieving first-year students planning to pursue degrees in business, engineering, mathematics or the liberal arts.
Best Jobs in Vermont
Students enrolling in online colleges in Vermont have hundreds of options for what to study. With so many choices, how do you decide what to major in? Since most students are pursuing their education in order to further their career, it can be helpful to start with a different question: what jobs are in demand in Vermont?
The data in this section details statewide employment, job projections and average salaries for the best jobs in Vermont. Students can use this data to help them make more informed decisions about which major to pursue in college.
|Employment||Employment Growth||Median High School Salary||Median Bachelor's Salary|
|Employment in Vermont||371,410|
|Employment Growth in Vermont||2.8%|
|Median High School Salary in Vermont||$31,228|
|Median Bachelor's Salary in Vermont||$42,267|
Top Vermont Industries
*Industry rankings determined by annual mean wage, employment, projected growth and location quotient. Data is sourced from the BLS, 2019 dataset.
|Top Industries||Employment||Projected Growth||Average Salary|
|Ambulatory healthcare services||218,600||4%||$60,929|
|Lessors of nonfinancial intangible assets (except copyrighted works)||75,400||3%||$67,649|
|Hospitals; state, local, and private||236,530||4%||$59,411|
|Funds, trusts, and other financial vehicles||51,900||2%||$65,423|
|Data processing, hosting, and related services||102,040||2%||$65,209|
|Credit intermediation and related activities||128,650||2%||$60,714|
|Securities, commodity contracts, and other financial investments and related activities||102,370||2%||$63,069|
Vermont's leading industries include emerging sectors such as technology and energy and more traditional industries such as manufacturing and agriculture. Healthcare, however, is at the top of the most needed jobs in Vermont. A report for the State of Vermont Agency of Administration predicts a 13 percent increase in demand for physicians by 2030 as the population grows older and medical professionals continue to retire. Doctors, nurses, surgeons and other healthcare professionals are needed across the state in hospitals, physician's offices, outpatient care centers, medical and diagnostic labs or home health services.
Other Vermont industries, such as the technology sector, are on the rise for more positive reasons as well. Led by industry stalwarts such GlobalFoundries, Dealer.com, MyWebGrocer, Frame Interactive and many others, Vermont's technology sector accounts for roughly 30 percent of statewide employment. This is driving demand for telecommunications, data processing, data hosting and related services.
Finally, Vermont has a notable presence in the captive insurance industry. The state's financial industry spans a wide range, from small regional credit unions to national investment firms such as Morgan Stanley and Edward Jones. Among the many top jobs in Vermont in the financial sector are financial managers, loan interviewers and loan officers, personal financial advisers and commodities brokers. And as Vermont grows its statewide infrastructure, opportunities may continue to rise for related occupations, such as accountants, auditors, management analysts and financial analysts.
In the section below, we'll take a closer look at some of the high demand jobs in Burlington, Vermont's largest city, and its surrounding metro area.
Companies in the Burlington region form the main engine for Vermont's economy. Snow sports manufacturer Burton is headquartered at Burlington, while IBM has operated a semiconductor manufacturing center at nearby Essex Junction since 1957. As such, it's no wonder that some of the high demand jobs in Burlington include systems software developers, compliance officers and industrial engineering technicians.
|Best Careers||Minimum Education||Average Salary||Employment|
|Software Developers, Systems Software||Bachelor's degree||$99,520||700|
|Marketing Managers||Bachelor's degree||$126,610||390|
|Surgeons||Doctoral or professional degree||$271,930||N/A|
|Compliance Officers||Bachelor's degree||$72,720||1,460|
|Industrial Engineering Technicians||Associate's degree||$76,060||1,320|
*Career rankings determined by annual mean wage, employment, projected growth and location quotient. Data sourced from the BLS, 2019 dataset.
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 2017-18 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 2017-18 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) 2017-18, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/