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Online Colleges in Wisconsin

Most Affordable Online Colleges
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Sources:

  1. Concordia University Wisconsin, http://online.cuw.edu/programs/
  2. Edgewood College, http://www.edgewood.edu/Prospective-Students/Graduate/Online-Programs
  3. Lakeland College, http://lakeland.edu/Evening-Weekend-and-Online/evening-weekend-and-online
  4. List of Marquette University alumni, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Marquette_University_alumni
  5. List of University of Wisconsin people, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_University_of_Wisconsin%E2%80%93Madison_people
  6. Maranatha Baptist University, http://www.mbu.edu/online/academics/
  7. Marquette University, http://www.marquette.edu/cps/graduate_programs_index.shtml
  8. Michael Wick, interview with the author, June 2015
  9. National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
  10. Notable alumni Concordia University Wisconsin, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concordia_University_Wisconsin#Notable_alumni
  11. Notable alumni Lakeland College, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakeland_College_%28Wisconsin%29#Notable_alumni
  12. Notable alumni Maranatha Baptist University, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maranatha_Baptist_University#Notable_alumni
  13. Notable alumni University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Wisconsin%E2%80%93Eau_Claire#Notable_people
  14. Notable alumni University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Wisconsin%E2%80%93La_Crosse#Notable_alumni
  15. Regional Accrediting Organizations 2016-2017, Council for Higher Education Accreditation (Accessed January 2017), http://www.chea.org/Directories/regional.asp
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  17. United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/
  18. University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, http://www.uwec.edu/Online/index.htm
  19. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, http://www.uwlax.edu/online/Degree-programs/
  20. University of Wisconsin system, http://www.ecampus.wisconsin.edu/
  21. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, http://www.uww.edu/online/degrees-and-programs
  22. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Notable Alumni, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Wisconsin%E2%80%93Whitewater#Notable_alumni
  23. Wisconsin Lutheran College, http://blogs.wlc.edu/ags/2010/11/06/accreditation-approved-for-ma-ed-online-programs/
  24. State of Wisconsin Financial Aid Administered by HEAB, Accessed April 2017, http://heab.state.wi.us/programs.html
  25. HEAB - FAQ, Accessed April 2017, http://heab.state.wi.us/faq/general.html
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The sprawling state of Wisconsin, rich in lakes and rivers, is also endowed with a variety of universities and colleges. Many of these schools are increasing their use of online degree programs in Wisconsin for students within the state and in other states who can't travel to campus for a face-to-face class. Use the data we've collected here to find a program or an online college that meets your needs.

Affordable Online Colleges in Wisconsin

The following list names several schools in Wisconsin that offer online degrees at low tuition costs.

If you would like to see a ranking of the top online Wisconsin schools rather than this list of affordable schools, check out the Top Colleges tool.

Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in Wisconsin

1

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

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.
$7,637
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.
23.45%
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.
6
School Type
4-year

About

The University of Wisconsin's Whitewater campus offers online bachelor's degrees in business, liberal studies, political science, early childhood education and alternative education programs licensure. Its master's degree programs online include special education, business administration, education and library media. It has master's certificate programs in applied behavior analysis and autism specialist.

2

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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.
$8,822
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.
22.45%
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.
6
School Type
4-year

About

UW-Eau Claire's online programs are just as rigorous as their face-to-face classes. They offer an undergraduate degree program in nursing; their graduate programs include a master's in business administration, communication sciences and disorders, and special education and pupil services. The school also has a certificate program in business.

3

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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.
$8,832
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.
16.01%
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.
6
School Type
4-year

About

The La Crosse campus of the UW system works with the Extension Service and other satellite campuses to provide online degree programs in Wisconsin. Its bachelor's degree programs include health and wellness management, and health information management and technology. Its master's degree programs available online include business administration, professional development, student affairs administration, exercise and sport science and medical dosimetry.

4

University of Wisconsin-Madison

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.
$10,415
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.
13.19%
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.
8
School Type
4-year

About

The Madison location of the University of Wisconsin is their flagship campus. Students who can't travel to UW's other campuses have the opportunity to earn their degree online through Madison. In addition to associate degree programs in Arts and Science and doctoral degree programs in nursing and nursing practice, UW offers bachelor's degree programs in such areas as art history, business administration, history and psychology. Its 44 master's degree programs run the gamut from administration leadership and construction management to integrated supply chain management and vocational rehabilitation.

5

Maranatha Baptist 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.
$13,940
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.
47.88%
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.
4
School Type
4-year

About

Maranatha's online degree program includes 5 associate degrees, including business management, Christian ministry, digital media, health science, and a student-designed course of study. Its bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies allows students to choose from a variety of concentrations, with the underlying value being that graduates have earned a thorough biblical knowledge and graduate with strong skills in communication and critical thinking.

6

Lakeland 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.
$25,050
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.
24.14%
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

Most of Lakeland's nine undergraduate majors are offered entirely online, although students also have the option of popping into the face-to-face classes if they choose to. Its online bachelor's degree programs are in accounting, business administration, communication, computer science, criminal justice, education, marketing, psychology and specialized administration. Its master's degree programs include business administration, education and counseling.

7

Edgewood 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.
$26,550
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.
20.58%
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.
4
School Type
4-year

About

Edgewood gives students the opportunity to complete some of their master's degree programs entirely online or in a combination of online and in-person. Courses for their programs begin every eight weeks or so, and students are accepted into programs up to two weeks before classes start. Their online master's degree programs include accountancy, business administration and organization development. Edgewood also offers an online doctorate program in educational leadership, with a concentration on higher education.

8

Wisconsin Lutheran 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.
$27,040
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.
18.18%
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.
9
School Type
4-year

About

Wisconsin Lutheran, considered one of the top Christian colleges in the nation, maintains campuses in Milwaukee and Watertown, but two of its programs are also available entirely online. These include their bachelor's degree program in business management and leadership, and their master's degree program in education, which features five areas of concentration that allow students to tailor their education to their interests.

9

Concordia University-Wisconsin

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.
$27,100
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.
33.74%
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.
47
School Type
4-year

About

Concordia, a national university, has a campus in Mequon, Wisconsin, but also offers a wide array of associate, bachelor's and master's online degree programs in Wisconsin. Its associate degree programs include healthcare management, management of criminal justice, human resource management and business management. Its undergraduate degree programs are in nursing and occupational therapy, and its master's programs include business administration, organizational leadership and administration, information technology, nursing practice, educational leadership, and curriculum and instruction.

10

Marquette 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.
$37,170
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.
5.80%
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.
4
School Type
4-year

About

Marquette Online Campus provides continuing development opportunities for professionals. In addition to a fully online master's degree program in Christian doctrine, Marquette also offers licensure renewal in theology, education, physician assistance and nursing.

College Accreditation in Wisconsin

Students who want to attend college in Wisconsin can check with the U.S. Department of Education to ensure that their school is accredited by a valid accrediting body. These accrediting agencies work to ensure that colleges are meeting specific standards in education.

In Wisconsin, the regional accreditation agency that has the authority to grant state universities, colleges and technical schools accreditation is known as the:

  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

If the school a student is interested in is not accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, students should check with the U.S. Department of Education to ensure it is accredited by an approved accrediting institution.

School Interviews

Michael Wick
As broadband Internet becomes more accessible, I would expect to see more synchronous technology used not just between the teacher and students, but between students.

Michael Wick

Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Q. Can you tell us a little about the online programs offered at your school?

We offer a couple of undergraduate degree completion programs - BSN@Home (for completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing), and the Bachelor of Professional Studies. Both are intended for students who have earned credits at the associate level. We also offer graduate degrees online - master's in speech/language pathology and Master of Business Administration. And, of course, we offer many of our standard face-to-face courses online to assist students with schedule building.

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

They should ask the same academic questions that they would when considering a brick-and-mortar education. They should know about student success rates (retention, graduation, placement). They should also know what academic support services are available for students. In addition, they should be able to read what employers/graduate schools are saying about the degree program.

Q. How do you think online learning will change in the coming years?

Tough to know. I suspect we will see online education focusing on the nontraditional student (working adult, children, etc.). Much of that has already started to happen. As broadband Internet becomes more accessible, I would expect to see more synchronous technology used not just between the teacher and students, but between students.

Financial Aid in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Loans

The state of Wisconsin offers several loans to students through the Higher Education Aids Board (HEAB). However, students should still seek out all scholarship and grant opportunities for which they are eligible before acquiring a loan. Scholarship and grant money does not need to be repaid, whereas loans do. In addition to state loans, you can apply for a federal or private loan to cover remaining expenses. You will need to fill out the FAFSA and supply information about your family's financial situation in order to apply for federal aid.

To be eligible for the Teacher Education Loan, the student must be a Wisconsin resident enrolled at least half-time in an undergraduate program in the University of Wisconsin System or at a nonprofit, independent college in-state. Students must also agree to teach full-time in Wisconsin upon completion of their degree. If all criteria are met at that time, 25% of the loan will be forgiven per year.
  • Application deadline:  Not specified
  • Award amount:  $250 to $10,000 per year ($30,000 total)
Students applying for the Nursing Student Loan must be Wisconsin residents enrolled at least half-time at an institution leading towards RN or LPN licensure. Once licensure has been obtained, they must be employed as a licensed nurse in Wisconsin. If certain criteria is met during their first two years as a nurse, 25% of the loan will be forgiven per year.
  • Application deadline:  Not specified
  • Award amount:  $250 to $3,000 per year ($15,000 total)

Learn everything there is to know about student loans in the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Wisconsin

  • HEAB - Frequently Asked Questions tackles a series of FAQs to assist Wisconsin students on their journey through the financial aid process, including information on state-based scholarships, grants, and loans.

Featured Cities in Wisconsin

Data for this section is sourced from the 2015 American Community Survey (census.gov).

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI Metro Area

Total Population

1,570,006

Median salary for high school grads

$29,680

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$51,005

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

27.9%

Median rent

$827

Fun Facts

Milwaukee is home to the Milwaukee Brewers, a major league baseball team, and the Milwaukee Bucks, a National Basketball Associate franchise. For football, folks turn their attention to the famed Green Bay Packers. Visitors to Milwaukee often enjoy taking brewery tours, where they can learn about Milwaukee's rich history in beer making (and drinking), as well as the Milwaukee Riverwalk and Milwaukee Art Museum.

Madison, WI Metro Area

Total Population

627,618

Median salary for high school grads

$30,533

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$49,129

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

38.8%

Median rent

$902

Fun Facts

As a college town, Madison is a lively place with plenty of live music and nightlife. Its location on the shores of Lake Mendota also make it a great location for those who want to escape the urban life and go boating. King Street is a popular destination for diners looking for high-end restaurants, and the Saturday morning Farmer's Market at Capitol Square is a great way to sample some of Wisconsin's rich produce and farm products.

Appleton, WI Metro Area

Total Population

230,108

Median salary for high school grads

$32,326

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$50,060

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

23.1%

Median rent

$733

Fun Facts

Appleton, located on the Fox River, is part of a metropolitan area known as the Fox Cities. Points of interest include the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, the Fox River Mall and the Gardens of the Fox Cities. The Hearthstone Historic House Museum is also a popular attraction.

 
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