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.

1

Champlain College, Burlington

Tuition & Fees
$39,818
Distance Education Participation
54%
Number of Programs Offered
67
School Type
4-year

Set in the scenic residential Hill Section of Burlington, the largest city in Vermont, Champlain College is a small nonprofit institution with an average student-to-faculty ratio of 16 students. While distance learners are probably not going to live in one of the 20 restored Victorian mansions that serve as housing for Champlain first-year students, there are plenty of other benefits for distance learners at this beautiful, bucolic institution.

Champlain College's online programs are designed to be completed quickly with accelerated schedules, and the college offers academic and motivational support to help distance learners stay on track in their academic pursuits. The college is particularly supportive of transfer students — who can transfer in up to 45 approved credits toward an associate degree or up to 90 toward a bachelor's degree — and military students and their families — who can benefit from reduced tuition costs and multiple support services.

2

Norwich University, Northfield

Tuition & Fees
$38,662
Distance Education Participation
39%
Number of Programs Offered
18
School Type
4-year

Founded in 1819, Norwich University has more than two centuries of military tradition — the university is the birthplace of the Reserve Officer's Training Corps, or ROTC. Tradition has not stopped Norwich University from embracing innovation in distance education, however. In June of 2017, more than 500 students graduated from the university's online master's degree programs.

At first glance, NU's list of available online degree programs appears small. However, the majority of these programs feature various minors or concentrations, giving students many more options than it initially appears. NU's master's of public administration program alone allows students to choose from a whopping eight different concentrations! And the bachelor's of criminal justice program even gives students the ability to create their own minor for the program, giving unparalleled flexibility to the subject.

3

University of Vermont, Burlington

Tuition & Fees
$17,740
Distance Education Participation
10%
Number of Programs Offered
6
School Type
4-year

Nestled on the shores of Lake Champlain between the Green and Adirondack mountain ranges, University of Vermont-Burlington is the fifth-oldest educational institution in New England. The university offers several online options for distance learners, gathered into five different categories:

  • Health care, i.e., health sciences degree completion program
  • Business & leadership, i.e., brewery finance, accounting and regulatory compliance
  • Education, i.e., speech-language pathology pre-master certificate
  • Science & technology, i.e., social media marketing certificate
  • Environment & sustainability, i.e., food hub management certificate

Of particularly unusual interest is UVM's unique online medical cannabis certificate program, designed for researchers, educators and others interested in the clinical and therapeutic use of marijuana. The program examines medicinal benefits, legal production, plant biology and chemistry, and policy issues surrounding cannabis and its use as medicine.

4

Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center

Tuition & Fees
$14,690
Distance Education Participation
26%
Number of Programs Offered
4
School Type
4-year

Vermont Technical College is situated at the heart of Vermont's famed skiing — the main Randolph Center campus has its own ski hill and a press where students can craft their own snowboards. Out-of-state students may never see a Randolph ski hill, but that's all right: there are many other, more compelling reasons to enroll at VTC.

VTC's biggest advantage is the many beneficial partnerships it holds with other schools and organizations. Due to a partnership with Ed2Go, students enrolled at VTC have access to more than 300 online training programs, each lasting between six and 18 months. More online health care trainings developed by practicing medical professionals are offered through VTC's partnership with Health Ed Today.

On top of this, VTC is also a member of the Vermont State College's System. This allows VTC to have partnerships with various schools in the Community College of Vermont system, helping students who start their educational journey at one of these partnered colleges to transition seamlessly to VTC.

5

Northern Vermont University

Tuition & Fees
$11,730
Distance Education Participation
5%
Number of Programs Offered
2
School Type
4-year

What is NVU like?

Established in 2018, Northern Vermont University is a merger of two schools: Johnson State College and Lyndon State College. They now exist as NVU's separate campuses.

The school is a public liberal arts university with a focus on diversity and inclusion, shown through the NVU-Lyndon FAIR initiative and projects like the "I Am Vermont Too" photo-story campaign. NVU also makes available customized career development and workplace diversity support services to veterans, international students, POC and LGBTQ individuals.

What online programs are at VTC?

VTC has a small but strong list of online programs available for distance learners through the Moodle learning platform, with courses that are mostly asynchronous. Of note is the school's online B.S. in interdisciplinary studies program, which allows students to build their own curriculum! Students combine three disciplines with the help of faculty advising and complete a 20-hour minimum Extended Classroom Experience (ECE) through internship, service-learning or other experiences.

Of the distance learning programs available, only one is not fully online. VTC's B.S. in early childhood education program is 10 percent on-campus, with face-to-face classes and program advisor meetings at the start of each semester.

What online resources does NVU offer?

Distance learners have access to a Canvas Student Guide and NVU's on-campus student resources, like tutoring services and financial aid options. Library services available to online students include interlibrary loans and remote borrowing of library books, as well as digital collections accessibility.

A recent change in academic advisement policy ensures that online students can expect to not only have a specifically assigned advisor, but also assistance from another school advisor should theirs be unavailable for any reason. NVU advisors are now available for consultation even during weekends and evenings, be it through email to face-to-face meetings.

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

1

Frank M. and Olive F. Gilman Foundation Scholarship

Type : Scholarship
Award Amount
$5,000
Application Deadline
March 3
Application Deadline
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
Criteria:

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.

2

Hildegard Durfee Scholarship (Undergraduate)

Type : Scholarship
Award Amount
$1,500
Application Deadline
March 3
Application Deadline
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
Criteria:

Applicant must be a resident of Winham County, VT who can demonstrate financial need and academic achievement.

3

Norwich Women's Club Scholarship

Type : Scholarship
Award Amount
$3,000
Application Deadline
March 3
Application Deadline
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
Criteria:

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.

4

THV Scholarship

Type : Scholarship
Award Amount
$5,000
Application Deadline
March 3
Application Deadline
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
Criteria:

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.

To be eligible for this loan, the student must be a Vermont resident attending college in-state or out-of-state, or be an out-of-state student attending college in Vermont. The student must also be enrolled at least half-time in an undergraduate or graduate program of study at an eligible post-secondary school.

  • 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.

EmploymentEmployment GrowthMedian High School SalaryMedian Bachelor's Salary
371,4102.8%$31,228$42,267
Employment in Vermont371,410
Employment Growth in Vermont2.8%
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 IndustriesEmploymentProjected GrowthAverage Salary
Ambulatory healthcare services218,6004%$60,929
Pipeline transportation73,5203%$69,080
Lessors of nonfinancial intangible assets (except copyrighted works)75,4003%$67,649
Hospitals; state, local, and private236,5304%$59,411
Postal service81,6903%$64,350
Funds, trusts, and other financial vehicles51,9002%$65,423
Data processing, hosting, and related services102,0402%$65,209
Credit intermediation and related activities128,6502%$60,714
Telecommunications121,0701%$63,144
Securities, commodity contracts, and other financial investments and related activities102,3702%$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.

Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metro Area

Total Population
216,751
Median salary for high school grads
$33,551
Median salary with a bachelor's degree
$47,242
% of the population enrolled in college or grad school
39.4%
Median rent
$1,141

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 CareersMinimum EducationAverage SalaryEmployment
Software Developers, Systems SoftwareBachelor's degree$99,520700
Marketing ManagersBachelor's degree$126,610390
SurgeonsDoctoral or professional degree$271,930N/A
Compliance OfficersBachelor's degree$72,7201,460
Industrial Engineering TechniciansAssociate's degree$76,0601,320

*Career rankings determined by annual mean wage, employment, projected growth and location quotient. Data sourced from the BLS, 2019 dataset.

Sources
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:

  • 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:

  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.

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.

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2017-18, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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