Online Colleges in Massachusetts (MA) Ranked by Cost

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Colleges and universities across Massachusetts that offer online programs charge a median tuition of $24,700 per year. The median tuition has increased over the past few years. This change in tuition was approximately 19.4%. In 2007, the median tuition was $20,682 per year at these online Massachusetts colleges.

Below, the chart displays the tuition range for online colleges in Massachusetts offering programs from highest to lowest cost:

Tuition Level Number of Schools
Cheapest 12
Low cost 7
Average cost 8
Most expensive 8

Tuition of more than $30,300 annually is charged by the most expensive colleges and universities offering online programs. The cheapest colleges and universities, however, have tuition ranging from $576 to $3,096 annually. The accredited online schools that are the least expensive are located in Brockton, Fitchburg, Gardner, Lowell, and North Dartmouth.

  • Master of Science in Computer Information Systems – Database Management and Business Intelligence
  • Master of Science in Computer Information Systems
  • Associate of Science in Applied Technology
  • Associate of Science in Entrepreneurship
  • Associate of Science in International Business
  • Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and Science
  • Master of Jewish Education
  • Associate of Arts and Science in Information Technology – Computer Network Systems
  • Associate of Arts and Science in Computer Drafting and Design
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

In 2011, of all graduates from online colleges and universities in Massachusetts, an estimated 37% earned credentials from these cheap programs. This represents 89,335 of the 242,112 graduates from across Massachusetts. Between 2006 and 2011, the percentage of graduates from the lowest cost online colleges has increased, while the number of graduates has also increased by 20,687 graduates yearly.

Other somewhat more expensive online colleges and universities charge students tuition ranging from $11,880 to $25,000 yearly. An estimated 7 of the 35 online schools that offer programs in Massachusetts charge tuition in this range.

In 2011, 4%, or 9,704 of the state’s graduates received their certificates from these cheap online programs. In 2006, which was only 5 years earlier, the number of graduates from these colleges was only 7,271 students. Therefore, the number of students graduating from these reasonably priced online colleges has increased by 34%.

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1. Middlesex Community College Bedford, Massachusetts $576 $5,520
2. Massasoit Community College Brockton, Massachusetts $576 $5,520
3. North Shore Community College Danvers, Massachusetts $600 $6,168
4. Mount Wachusett Community College Gardner, Massachusetts $600 $5,520
5. Westfield State University Westfield, Massachusetts $970 $7,050
6. Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, Massachusetts $970 $7,050
7. Framingham State University Framingham, Massachusetts $970 $7,050
8. University of Massachusetts North Dartmouth, Massachusetts $1,417 $8,099
9. University of Massachusetts Lowell, Massachusetts $1,454 $8,568
10. University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts $1,714 $9,937
11. University of Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts $1,714 $9,758
12. Holyoke Community College Holyoke, Massachusetts $3,096 $8,040
13. University of Phoenix Braintree, Massachusetts $11,880 $11,880
14. Bay State College Boston, Massachusetts $16,704 $16,704
15. ITT Technical Institute Wilmington, Massachusetts $17,748 $17,748
16. Hebrew College Newton Centre, Massachusetts $22,500 $22,500
17. Wentworth Institute of Technology Boston, Massachusetts $22,870 $22,870
18. Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Boston, Massachusetts $24,700 $24,700
19. Lasell College Newton, Massachusetts $25,000 $25,000
20. Bay Path College Longmeadow, Massachusetts $25,515 $25,515

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