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An annual average tuition of $14,504 is charged by colleges that have online PhD programs in the US. In recent years, there has been a 16.5% increase in the average tuition. At these schools the average tuition per year in 2007 was $12,451.

The range of tuition at schools around the nation offering PhD level programs is shown in the following chart. Tuition is shown from the least to most affordable colleges and universities.

Tuition Level Number of Schools
Cheapest 73
Low cost 69
Average cost 79
Most expensive 64

Tuition of more than $24,550 each year is charged by the most expensive colleges and universities offering online PhD. However, annual tuition ranging from $1,417 to $5,448 is charged by the cheapest schools. Florida, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming are home to the most inexpensive online accredited doctorate degree program schools.

  • Doctor of Business Administration
  • Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership
  • Doctor of Management - Organizational Leadership
  • Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership - PK-12 Educational Leadership
  • Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership - Higher Education Leadership
  • Doctor of Education in Leadership For Educational Equity - Instructional Leadership
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nursing Administration - Leadership
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice in Clinical Nurse Specialist - Psychiatric Mental Health
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nurse Practitioner - Family Nurse Practitioner

A reported 27% of graduates with PhD from online schools around the US graduated from these affordable programs in 2011. Therefore, of the 4,662,250 graduates in the nation, 1,242,380 are from the least costly colleges and universities. From 2006 to 2011, the number of graduates with doctorate degree programs from the least costly schools has increased by 215,173 graduates per year. However, the percentage of graduates from these schools has remained constant.

Yearly tuition in the range of $5,452 to $8,500 is charged by other somewhat more costly online PhD colleges and universities. Tuition in this range is charged by 69 of the 285 online colleges that have PhD level programs in the country.

Approximately 1,413,141 students earned their degrees from these low tuition online programs in 2011. This is 30% of the nation's doctoral level graduates. A short 5 years prior, in 2006, the number of students graduating from these colleges and universities was only 1,235,906. This represents a 14% increase in the number of graduates from these low tuition online schools.

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School Location In-State Out-of-State
University of Massachusetts North Dartmouth, Massachusetts $1,417 $8,099
University of Massachusetts Lowell, Massachusetts $1,454 $8,568
University of Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts $1,714 $9,758
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts $1,714 $9,937
Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, Florida $2,296 $12,458
Western Carolina University Cullowhee, North Carolina $2,816 $12,413
University of West Florida Pensacola, Florida $2,820 $13,453
Florida State University Tallahassee, Florida $2,870 $16,627
East Carolina University Greenville, North Carolina $2,881 $14,955
University of Wyoming Laramie, Wyoming $2,970 $11,280
South Dakota State University Brookings, South Dakota $2,994 $4,491
University of South Dakota Vermillion, South Dakota $2,994 $4,491
University of Louisiana Monroe, Louisiana $3,013 $10,302
University of North Carolina Charlotte, North Carolina $3,044 $14,091
University of North Carolina Greensboro, North Carolina $3,243 $15,004
University of Central Florida Orlando, Florida $3,347 $18,089
University of Florida Gainesville, Florida $3,530 $24,746
Florida International University Miami, Florida $3,530 $15,339
Boise State University Boise, Idaho $3,555 $13,011
University of Oklahoma Norman, Oklahoma $3,678 $14,109

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