To be included in these rankings, all colleges had to meet the following criteria for the specific subject being ranked:
- Offer at least one degree or certificate in that subject online
- Have awarded at least one degree or certificate in that subject in 2014-15
Once we had our list of schools for each subject, we ranked them on six criteria, using the weights specified:
- In-state tuition, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 20%
- Graduation rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 10%
- Accessibility, based on the admissions rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 10%
- Program prominence, based on how many of the degrees and certificates awarded by the school in 2014-15 were in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 30%
- Related subjects, based on the number of similar programs that the school offers at any level, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 15%
- Variety of degree levels, based on the number of degree and certificate levels out of a possible nine that the school offers in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 15%
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Vermont's tricky winter weather and rural environment make it a perfect place to pursue an online education. Earning a degree from one of the online colleges in Vermont means you won't have to make any early morning or after-dark trips to campus on snowy roads, and it also means you can continue to work and enjoy time with your family while working on your degree.
Students can earn a bachelor's degree from more than 20 colleges in Vermont. Five of those schools are public colleges, including the University of Vermont, and 14 are private, nonprofit schools. The only private, for-profit college in Vermont offering a bachelor's degree program is the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier.
According to the Consortium of Vermont Colleges, online colleges in Vermont offer 79 different types of online programs, including associate, bachelor's, master's and graduate certificate programs. Several online colleges in Vermont also offer professional certificates. The number of degree programs at each level is as follows:
- Online associate degree: 15 programs from 3 schools
- Online bachelor's degree: 19 programs from 5 schools
- Online graduate degree: 11 programs from 7 schools
- Graduate certificate: 9 programs from 3 schools
- Professional certificate: 22 programs from 3 schools
- Undergraduate certificate: 3 programs from 2 schools
In addition, the University of Vermont, which isn't part of the consortium, offers 12 online programs, ranging from a master's program in natural resources leadership for sustainability and public health to a variety of certificate programs.
What follows is a rundown of the most affordable online colleges in Vermont, what kind of degree programs they offer and the top metropolitan areas of the Green Mountain State.
Affordable Online Colleges in Vermont
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.
To see Vermont schools ranked by quality and other factors, use our Top Colleges tool.
Featured Two-Year Online College in Vermont
Community College of Vermont
Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in Vermont
Johnson State College
Vermont Technical College
University of Vermont
College Accreditation in Vermont
Students in Vermont can check to verify that their school is accredited through a commission approved by the U.S. Department of Education. These commissions complete in-depth reviews of schools to assure they meet specific quality standards before approving them for accreditation.
In Vermont, the commission approved to regionally accredit community colleges, colleges and universities is the:
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC-CIHE)
The New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education grants accreditation to schools in six states. Students who want to attend a college in Vermont that is not accredited through this commission can check with the U.S. Department of Education to see if it's accredited by another approved agency.
Financial Aid 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.
Featured Cities in Vermont
Data for these featured cities is sourced from the 2015 American Community Survey (census.gov).
Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metro Area
Median salary for high school grads
Median salary with a bachelor's degree
% of the population enrolled in college or grad school
Burlington, located along the shoreline of Lake Champlain, is the center of northern Vermont's cultural and recreational activities. Burlington is close to skiing and is also a short drive to Montreal.