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Schools around the country with online trade and career programs have a median tuition of $17,748 per year. In recent years, the median tuition has increased by 16%. The per annum median tuition at these online colleges and universities in 2007 was $15,300.

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

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

A yearly tuition of over $16,792 is charged by the costliest schools that offer online trade and career programs. But, the cheapest schools charge annual tuition costs in the range of $1,808 to $2,765. Florida, Montana, and North Carolina are home to the least expensive accredited online trade and career schools.

  • 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, these affordable programs graduated a reported 3% of trade and career graduates from online colleges and universities in the nation. This represents 3,596 of the 119,249 graduates from around the US. Between 2006 and 2011, the percentage of trade and career graduates from the lowest cost online colleges and universities has increased, while the number of graduates has also increased by 1,765 graduates annually.

Tuition ranging from $3,120 to $4,920 yearly is charged by other somewhat more expensive online trade and career schools. An estimated 3 of the 83 online schools that offer trade and career programs in the US charge tuition in this range.

In 2011, 6,421 students received their certificates from these cheap online programs. This represents 5% of the country's trade and career graduates. Only 5,531 students earned credentials from these schools 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 16%.

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School Location In-State Out-of-State
South Piedmont Community College Polkton, North Carolina $1,808 $7,952
Montana State University Great Falls College of Technology Great Falls, Montana $2,496 $8,748
South Florida Community College Avon Park, Florida $2,765 $10,432
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College Elizabethtown, Kentucky $3,120 $10,680
Ridgewater College Willmar, Minnesota $4,725 $4,725
Community College of Vermont Montpelier, Vermont $4,920 $9,840
Washington State University Pullman, Washington $8,080 $19,122
Pinnacle Career Institute Kansas City, Missouri $13,350 $13,350
Westwood College Denver, Colorado $13,921 $13,921
Liberty University Lynchburg, Virginia $16,792 $16,792
ITT Technical Institute Kennesaw, Georgia $17,748 $17,748
ITT Technical Institute Nashville, Tennessee $17,748 $17,748
ITT Technical Institute Columbia, South Carolina $17,748 $17,748
ITT Technical Institute Baton Rouge, Louisiana $17,748 $17,748
ITT Technical Institute Fort Myers, Florida $17,748 $17,748
ITT Technical Institute Fort Wayne, Indiana $17,748 $17,748
ITT Technical Institute Swartz Creek, Michigan $17,748 $17,748
ITT Technical Institute Cedar Rapids, Iowa $17,748 $17,748
ITT Technical Institute Lexington, Kentucky $17,748 $17,748
ITT Technical Institute Newburgh, Indiana $17,748 $17,748

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