Online Paralegal Schools Charging The Least

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An annual median tuition of $17,748 is charged by colleges offering online paralegal programs in the US. In recent years, there has been a 70.5% increase in the median tuition. In 2007, the median tuition at these online colleges and universities was $10,408 per year.

The range of tuition at online paralegal colleges is shown in the following chart. Tuition is shown from the most to least expensive colleges and universities.

Tuition Level Number of Schools
Cheapest 23
Low cost 13
Average cost 29
Most expensive 72

A yearly tuition of over $15,750 is charged by the costliest online paralegal colleges and universities. The cheapest colleges, on the other hand, charge yearly tuition costs in the range of $600 to $3,340. The accredited online paralegal schools that are the least expensive are located in Arizona, Florida, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and North Carolina.

  • Associate of Arts and Science in Legal Assistant Studies – Paralegal
  • Associate of Arts and Science in Business – Paralegal Studies
  • Master’s Degree in Paralegal Studies
  • Master of Paralegal Studies
  • Associate of Arts and Science in Paralegal Technology
  • Associate in Paralegal
  • Associate of Science in Paralegal
  • Associate of Arts and Science in Paralegal
  • Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal
  • Paralegal (Associate’s)

Approximately 24% of legal assisting graduates from online schools around the US graduated from these low tuition programs in 2011. Therefore, of the 271,256 graduates in the nation, 64,709 are from the most inexpensive colleges and universities. Between 2006 and 2011, the percentage of legal assisting graduates from the lowest cost online schools has decreased, while the number of graduates has increased by 18,874 graduates per year.

Tuition ranging from $4,196 to $13,376 per year is charged by other somewhat more expensive online paralegal colleges. Of the 137 online colleges and universities offering paralegal programs in the nation, 13 charge tuition in this range.

In 2011, 67,027 students received their certificates from these cheap online programs. This represents 25% of the country’s legal assisting graduates. The number of students graduating from these schools was only 35,922 students in 2006, which was just 5 years prior. Therefore, from these reasonably priced online colleges and universities, the number of students graduating has increased by 87%.

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1. Mount Wachusett Community College Gardner, Massachusetts $600 $5,520
2. Clovis Community College Clovis, New Mexico $880 $1,768
3. Rio Salado College Tempe, Arizona $1,704 $7,488
4. Brevard Community College Cocoa, Florida $1,752 $7,012
5. Surry Community College Dobson, North Carolina $1,808 $7,952
6. South Piedmont Community College Polkton, North Carolina $1,808 $7,952
7. Western Piedmont Community College Morganton, North Carolina $1,847 $7,991
8. Front Range Community College Westminster, Colorado $2,309 $9,926
9. Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Springs, Colorado $2,460 $7,680
10. Clark College Vancouver, Washington $2,765 $7,955
11. Ocean County College Toms River, New Jersey $3,024 $4,944
12. Ivy Tech Community College Gary, Indiana $3,137 $6,641
13. Ivy Tech Community College Richmond, Indiana $3,137 $6,641
14. Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, Indiana $3,137 $6,641
15. Ivy Tech Community College Evansville, Indiana $3,137 $6,641
16. Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo, Indiana $3,137 $6,641
17. Ivy Tech Community College Muncie, Indiana $3,137 $6,641
18. Ivy Tech Community College Columbus, Indiana $3,137 $6,641
19. Ivy Tech Community College Terre Haute, Indiana $3,137 $6,641
20. Ivy Tech Community College South Bend, Indiana $3,137 $6,641

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