Online Training, Certification And Certificate Programs in Paralegal That are Inexpensive

By Staff

Colleges and universities across the nation that offer online certification, training and certificate in legal assisting programs charge an average tuition of $11,879 per year. The average tuition has increased, over the past few years, by 27.7%. The annual average tuition at these online schools in 2007 was $9,305.

The range of tuition at colleges offering online paralegal programs at the training and certificate/training level is shown in the following chart. Tuition is shown from the least to most affordable colleges and universities.

Tuition Level Number of Schools
Cheapest 5
Low cost 4
Average cost 4
Most expensive 13

Tuition of more than $15,660 per year is charged by the most expensive online training and certificate in legal assisting colleges. On the other hand, annual tuition charged by the cheapest schools ranges from $600 to $2,309. The most inexpensive accredited online legal assisting training and certificate /certification schools are located in Arizona, Colorado, Massachusetts, and North Carolina.

A reported 20% of legal assisting graduates with certification from online schools around the US graduated from these affordable programs in 2011. This represents 13,141 of the 64,764 graduates in the nation. Between 2006 and 2011, the number of legal assisting graduates with certification from the least expensive online schools has increased by 8,272 graduates per year, while the percentage of graduates from these schools has also increased.

Tuition ranging from $2,765 to $9,750 per year is charged by other somewhat more expensive online legal assisting certification schools. An estimated 4 of the 26 online schools that offer certification in legal assisting programs in the US charge tuition in this range.

A reported 21,352 students earned their degrees and certificates from these affordable online programs in 2011. This is 33% of the nation’s legal assisting training and certificate/training level graduates. A short 5 years prior, in 2006, the number of students graduating from these colleges and universities was only 10,967. This is a 95% increase in the number of students graduating from these reasonably priced online schools.

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