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Cheap Online Trade and Career Associates Degree Colleges

The median tuition charged by colleges in the US offering online associates degree in trade and career programs is $17,748 yearly. Over the past few years, the median tuition has increased. This change in tuition was about 16%. The annual median tuition at these online schools in 2007 was $15,300.

The range of tuition at colleges offering online trade and career programs at the associates level from least to most affordable is shown in the following chart:

Tuition Level Number of Schools
Cheapest 2
Low cost 2
Average cost 3
Most expensive 74

A yearly tuition of over $13,921 is charged by the costliest online associates degree in trade and career colleges and universities. The cheapest colleges, on the other hand, require students to pay yearly tuition costs in the range of $1,808 to $2,496. The lowest cost accredited online trade and career associates degree schools are located in Montana and North Carolina.

  • Associate of Arts and Science in Carpentry
  • Associate of Arts and Science in Restaurant and Catering Management
  • Associate of Arts and Science in Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology
  • Associate of Science in Drafting and Design Technology
  • Associate of Science in Computer Drafting and Design
  • Associate of Arts and Science in Computer Drafting and Design
  • Associate of Applied Science in Computer Drafting and Design
  • Associate of Arts and Science in Drafting and Design Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science in Drafting and Design Technology
  • Associate of Science in Computer Assisted Drafting and Design

In 2011, an estimated 4% of trade and career graduates with associates degrees from online colleges across the country earned credentials from these cheap programs. This represents 2,251 of the 62,853 graduates in the nation. Between 2006 and 2011, the percentage of trade and career graduates with associates degrees from the lowest cost online colleges has decreased, while the number of graduates has increased by 420 graduates yearly.

Tuition ranging from $2,765 to $3,120 per annum is charged by other somewhat more expensive online trade and career associates degree schools. Approximately 2 of the 81 online schools offering associates degrees in trade and career programs in the US charge tuition in this range.

Roughly 6.2%, or 3,880 of the country's trade and career associates level graduates received their credentials from these reasonably priced online programs in 2011. Only 3,703 students earned credentials from these schools in 2006, which was just 5 years prior. This is a 5% increase in the number of students graduating from these reasonably priced online schools.

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