Survey Ranks Top 25 Online Business Colleges

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GetEducated.com, LLC, America’s online degree clearinghouse, has released the results of their nationwide survey of costs at online bachelor degree programs. The survey of 78 regionally-accredited colleges revealed online learners should be prepared to pay as little as $10,560 or as much as $105,720 for a regionally-accredited, four-year undergraduate distance degree in business or management.

GetEducated.com, LLC, America’s online degree clearinghouse, has released the results of their nationwide survey of costs at online bachelor degree programs. The survey of 78 regionally-accredited colleges revealed online learners should be prepared to pay as little as $10,560 or as much as $105,720 for a regionally-accredited, four-year undergraduate distance degree in business or management.

Premiering at the number one spot as the most affordable online degree is East Carolina University (North Carolina) with a modest cost of $10,560 for an online bachelors degree for state residents. Out-of-state residents will pay significantly more ($59,640) for the same distance degree. New York University (New York) topped the price chart for the most expensive online undergraduate degree at $105,720.

Average cost nationwide for an online bachelors degree is $40,224. Widely advertised for-profit colleges consistently rank higher than average in cost, with the University of Phoenix online charging an average of $57,000.

GetEducated.com’s list of the Top 25 Ranked Best Buys in Online Bachelor Degrees is archived online at:

http://www.geteducated.com/rankings/best_bachelorsbm.asp

Public Colleges & Universities Offer Best Buys in Online Degrees

Among the 78 regionally-accredited colleges surveyed by the clearinghouse the average cost for an online bachelors in a business or management area in 2006 is $40,224. All 25 of the top ranked best buys in online colleges came in at or below $30,000.

The survey reinforces a trend already apparent in the clearinghouse’s national surveys and rankings of online masters degrees: best buys most often come from public institutions.

The University of Phoenix, for example, charges an average of $57,000 for their online bachelors in business. Phoenix, a publicly-traded university system operated by the Apollo Group, charges an average of twice what is charged by distance learning Best Buys such as Fort Hays State University of Kansas ($15,600), University of Wyoming Online ($15,840), Governors State of Illinois ($20,520), Empire State College of New York ($23,172) and Ohio University ($23,750).

With 78 options to choose from for a regionally-accredited online bachelors consumers have never enjoyed a greater opportunity to get educated at a reasonable price. “The first lesson,” cautions Vicky Phillips, GetEducated.com’s founder and chief analyst, “should be learning how to shop for an online degree. Consumers can choose to pay as little as $10,560 for a name-brand bachelor’s or more than $100,000. Online learners should scrutinize what they are paying for before opening wide their wallets.”

“Consumers should be aware that more publicly supported university systems such as the University of Wyoming and Thomas Edison State College (New Jersey) are offering online degree options. However,” continues Phillips, “most state and publicly supported colleges do not advertise their offerings widely. Online learners must take the initiative to ferret out best buys in name brand online education.”

Free College Guidebook Aids Online Learners

Consumers can explore all their online degree options by downloading a copy of the clearinghouse’s free guidebook (ebook) to accredited online business degrees, GetEducated.com’s Best Distance Learning Undergraduate Schools, Business, Management, at http://www.geteducated.com/guidebooks/bdlus_bm.asp

About: Founded in 1989, GetEducated.com, LLC is the safest place in cyberspace to shop for an online degree ™. In a nationwide campaign against online diploma mills, the clearinghouse accepts neither advertising nor listings from unaccredited online colleges or from colleges “accredited” by bogus agencies. The clearinghouse operates the Diploma Mill Police, (SM), a free online degree accreditation verification service designed to protect consumers from fraud, and publishes a series of 100% free ebooks to online colleges and online degree rankings.

Contact: Goldie McPike, Information Services, GetEducated.com, LLC, Essex Junction, VT. 05456. 802-899-4866. Website: http://www.geteducated.com/index.asp

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