Alabama Online Colleges & Universities – Top Online Schools for 2015

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  • 41 Colleges

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  • 775 online programs

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    in 2014

  • 286 online graduate degrees

    were offered by Alabama
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Best Online Colleges in Alabama for 2015

The adoption of various online learning models has impacted two major components of higher education: access and flexibility. More students can now earn a college degree because time and location are no longer constraints. Many institutions in Alabama have followed suit, adding a number online degree programs to their respective academic catalogs. Some colleges, however, have gone one step further, developing online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. See which schools made the list of the Best Online Colleges in Alabama for 2015:

RANK COLLEGE Tuition And Fees Enrollment Accredited MORE INFO
1 Athens State University$5,3404,690YES
Athens State University offers a variety of fully online bachelor's degrees and certificates to students within several subject areas, with several online degree options available in business. Other degree options may offer distance-learning options, but still require online college students to take some courses on campus. Athens State is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
2 University of North Alabama$6,0847,260YES
The University of North Alabama offers single undergraduate and graduate courses online as well bachelor's and master's degrees that are offered fully online through its distance learning programming. The school utilizes Angel, its online course management system, for student instruction, and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
3 University of South Alabama$6,20413,366YES
The University of South Alabama offers online college around the clock through its "USAOnline" program. At the undergraduate level, some junior and senior classes of bachelor's degrees are offered online, and graduate level degrees that are offered fully online include education specialist and master's degrees. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
4 University of Alabama at Birmingham$6,26412,962YES
The University of Alabama at Birmingham, aka "UAB Online," offers bachelor's degrees, including minors, as well as master's and doctoral degrees entirely online. The university also offers a diverse number of academic certificates, and a few professional certificates, completely through distance learning. UAB Online is accredited through the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
5 Troy University$6,41225,182YES
Troy University's distance-learning program, aka "eTROY", offers students a variety of online college degree options at the associate, bachelor's, and master's levels. All eTROY degree programs are accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Many e-courses include Blackboard software, live chat and videoconferencing technology to facilitate communication and material delivery.
6 Alabama A & M University$6,8284,582YES
Students in Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (AAMU) online programs receive instruction from the same faculty that teach in AAMU's classrooms. Long-distance learners can pursue baccalaureate, master's, educational specialist, and doctoral degrees online with access to resources that include an online college bookstore and technical support for Blackboard and email platforms. Courses focus on preparation for real-world employment experiences.
7 University of West Alabama$6,9182,454YES
Students at the University of West Alabama can pursue fully online college learning at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree levels. Accreditation is by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Courses are offered online through Blackboard, and available in eight-week sessions five times a year. Additional software and hardware programs ensure secure online proctoring of exams.
8 Auburn University at Montgomery$7,5805,424YES
Auburn University at Montgomery, or "AUM Online," offers bachelor's, master's, doctoral and education specialist degrees through its distance learning programming. Students take their e-courses using Blackboard, an online content management system, and can find online college learning support services available. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
9 Jacksonville State University$7,6509,671YES
Jackson State University offers bachelor's, master's, education specialist, and doctoral degrees online through its distance learning program. Students can also pursue graduate certificates online or take single courses for degrees when available. The online college uses a Blackboard online course management system and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
10 University of Alabama at Huntsville$8,0946,983YES
The University of Alabama in Huntsville offers online degree options at the bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and certificate levels. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Online college coursework is offered either through Angel, the university's online course management tool, or through class capture technology, synchronous chat and presentation tools, and videoconferencing.
11 The University of Alabama$8,60028,718YES
Distance learning through The University of Alabama, or "Bama by Distance," gives students the opportunity to pursue online college degrees at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree levels. Some classes are entirely online while others are offered through a video streaming format. The school is accredited through the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
12 Auburn University$8,69821,429YES
Auburn University offers online college courses at the undergraduate level and a broad range of master's degrees, as well as educational specialist degrees, entirely online. Graduate level certificates are also available is a variety of fields, and learning may either be synchronous or asynchronous. Auburn University is accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
13 Amridge University$8,720522YES
Amridge University offers all of its degrees and instruction entirely online. Students access their instruction using the Blackboard online college course management system, and can find bachelor's, master's, and doctoral level degrees online in areas like business, general studies, human services, and theology. The university is accredited through the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
14 Heritage Christian University$9,79282YES
At Heritage Christian University, students can find online associate, bachelor's and master's degrees in biblical studies as well as a distance-learning master's of ministry degree. The online college uses the Populi course management system for online learning, and has accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education.
15 Judson College$14,460388YES
Judson College offers Bachelor's of Science, Bachelor's of Arts, and Bachelor's of Ministry degrees that are available entirely online to its students. Online college majors and minors are offered in subjects such as business administration, criminal justice, English, history, religion, psychology, and many others fields. The school is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
16 Faulkner University$15,8803,637YES
Faulkner University, a Christian school, provides several degree programs fully online across the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. Online college programs are available at an accelerated schedule to allow students to more quickly work toward degree completion. The school is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Search Alabama Online Colleges

For prospective students, navigating the different types of online programs and finding the right school can be challenging. The tool below provides a way to easily review an extensive database of college and program options, taking into account factors such as tuition, location and various academic criteria.

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41 results TUITION ACCEPTANCE RATE STUDENT POPULATION SCHOOL TYPE
The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, Alabama Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 57% STUDENT POPULATION 34,752 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - General Business
  • Bachelor of Science in Commerce - General Business
  • Bachelor of Science in Hes, Consumer Sciences - Family Financial Planning
  • Bachelor of Science in Hes, Restaurant, Hotel And Meetings Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Hes, Early Childhood Education - Early Child Development
  • Bachelor of Science in Food And Nutrition
  • Bachelor of Science in Hes, Human Development & Family Studies - Child Development Practitioner
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Rn To Bsn)
  • Bachelor of Science in Hes General Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Hes, Consumer Sciences - Consumer Affairs
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Master of Arts in Management - Global Business Management
  • Master of Law And Business Transactions Llm
  • Master of Law And Taxation Llm
  • Master of Science in Hes - Consumer Quality Management
  • Master of Science in Hes - Family Financial Planning And Counseling
  • Master of Science in Hes - Restaurant And Hospitality Management
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Case Management Leadership
  • Master of Science in Operations Management
  • Master of Arts in Educational Psychology - Learning & Assessment
  • Master of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Master of Arts in Secondary Curriculum, Teaching, And Learning (Sctl) With P-12 Reading Specialist Certification (Class A)
  • Master of Arts in Health Studies
  • Master of Science in Hes - Human Nutrition
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Rn To Msn)
  • Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Master of Library And Information Studies Mlis
  • Master of Science in Hes - Interactive Technology
  • Master of Science in Hes General Studies
DOCTORATE DEGREES
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Dnp
Auburn University Auburn University, Alabama Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 83% STUDENT POPULATION 24,864 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Executive Master of Business Administration
  • Executive Master of Real Estate Development
  • Master of Accountancy
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Finance
  • Master of Science in Hotel And Restaurant Management
  • Master of Turfgrass Management
  • Master of Science in Information Systems
  • Master of Science/Master of Agriculture in Agronomy & Soils
  • Master of Soil, Water And Environmental Sciences (Swes)
Troy University Troy, Alabama Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 68% STUDENT POPULATION 20,573 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
ASSOCIATE DEGREES
  • Associate of Science in General Education - Global General Business
  • Associate of Science in General Education - Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Science in General Education - Aviation Operations - Fixed Wing Training
  • Associate of Science in General Education - Aviation Operations - Rotary Wing Training
  • Associate of Science in General Education - Aviation Operations - Unmanned Aerial Systems Training
  • Associate of Science in General Education - Biology
  • Associate of Science in General Education - Chemistry
  • Associate of Science in General Education - Computer Science
  • Associate of Science in General Education - English
  • Associate of Science in General Education - Geography
  • Associate of Science in General Education - History
  • Associate of Science in General Education - Human Services
  • Associate of Science in General Education - Mathematics
  • Associate of Science in General Education - Military Operations
  • Associate of Science in General Education - Political Science
  • Associate of Science in General Education - Psychology
  • Associate of Science in General Education - Recreation
  • Associate of Science in General Education - Social Science
  • Associate of Science in General Education - Sociology
  • Associate of Science in Computer Science
  • Associate of Science in Nursing
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts - Dance
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Global Business
  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality, Sport And Tourism Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Master of Accountancy
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Science in Human Resource Management
  • Master of Science in Sport And Fitness Management
  • Master of Science in Adult Education
  • Master of Science in Education
  • Master of Science in Computer Science
  • Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Environmental And Biological Sciences - Environmental Policy
  • Master in Social Work
  • Master of Arts in History
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Science in Counseling And Psychology Program
  • Master of Science in International Relations
  • Master of Science in Strategic Communication
  • Master of Social Science
DOCTORATE DEGREES
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (Dnp)
University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, Alabama Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 87% STUDENT POPULATION 18,568 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics - Behavioral Economics
  • Bachelor of Science in Finance - Advanced Financial Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management (Hcm)
  • Bachelor of Science in Management - General Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Marketing - Entrepreneurship
  • Bachelor's in Accounting
  • Bachelor's in Information Systems
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Coordinated Master of Public Health in Maternal & Child Health Policy & Leadership / Master of Social Work
  • Master of Engineering in Construction Engineering Management (Cem)
  • Master of Public Health in Maternal And Child Health Policy And Leadership
  • Master's in Accounting
  • Master's in Management-Information Systems
  • Educational Specialist in Early Childhood
  • Educational Specialist in Elementary Education
  • Educational Specialist in Kinesiology (Formerly Physical Education)
  • Master of Arts in Education (Ma)
  • Master of Arts in Education in Early Childhood/Elementary Education
  • Master of Arts in Education in Kinesiology (Formerly Physical Education)
  • Master of Arts in Education in Reading
  • Masters in Health Education, Community Health
  • Master of Engineering in Advanced Safety Engineering And Management (Asem)
  • Master of Engineering in Information Engineering And Management
  • Master of Public Health in Environmental Health & Toxicology
  • Master of Public Health in Health Care Organization
  • Master of Public Health in Occupational Health And Safety
  • Master of Science in Post Professional Occupational Therapy
  • Master of Arts in Sociology
DOCTORATE DEGREES
  • Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Engineering
University of South Alabama Mobile, Alabama Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 86% STUDENT POPULATION 15,065 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • B.S.B.A. in General Business (Upper Division Major)
  • B.S. in Information Systems (Upper Division Major)
  • BSN
  • B.A. or B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Upper Division Major)
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Ed.S. Instructional Specialist (Class AA Certification in Teacher Leader only)
  • M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education
  • M.Ed. in Educational Media
  • M.Ed. in Elementary Education
  • M.Ed. in Secondary Education (Class A Certification in P-12 ESOL only)
  • M.Ed. in Special Education
  • M.S. in Instructional Design and Development
  • MSN
DOCTORATE DEGREES
  • DNP
Jacksonville State University Jacksonville, Alabama Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 83% STUDENT POPULATION 8,693 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • Bachelor of Science in Management
  • Bacelor of Science in Nursing (Rn To Bsn)
  • Bachelor of Science in Family And Consumer Sciences - Child Development
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Educational Specialist in Instructional Leadership
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Public Administration - Administrative Management
  • Master of Science in Education in Instructional Leadership
  • Master of Science in Sport Management - Teacher Certification And Non-Teacher Certification
  • Master of Public Administration - Criminal Justice
  • Educational Specialist in Community Agency Counseling
  • Educational Specialist in Library Media (P-12)
  • Educational Specialist in School Counseling
  • Educational Specialist in Teacher Leader
  • Master of Public Administration - Education
  • Master of Science in Education in Collaborative 6-12, Special Education
  • Master of Science in Education in Collaborative K-6, Special Education
  • Master of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education
  • Master of Science in Education in Library Media
  • Master of Science in Education in Physical Education - Human Performance
  • Master of Science in Education in Physical Education - Nutrition
  • Master of Science in Education in Physical Education - Pedagogy
  • Master of Public Administration - Geographical Information Systems
  • Master of Science in Computer Systems And Software Design - General
  • Master of Science in Computer Systems And Software Design - Information Security And Assurance
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Public Administration - Emergency Management
  • Master of Science in Emergency Management
  • Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Technology
DOCTORATE DEGREES
  • Doctor of Science in Emergency Management
University of Alabama in Huntsville Huntsville, Alabama Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 81% STUDENT POPULATION 7,376 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing For Adn
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Master of Education - Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Master of Education - English Speakers of Other Languages
  • Master of Education - Reading Education
  • Master of Science in Engineering - Engineering Management
  • Master of Science in Engineering - Industrial Engineering
  • Masters of Science in Engineering - Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Modeling And Simulation
  • Master of Science in Operations Research
DOCTORATE DEGREES
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering - Engineering Management
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering - Industrial Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering - Systems Engineering
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Modeling And Simulation
Alabama State University Montgomery, Alabama Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 51% STUDENT POPULATION 6,075 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Accelerated)
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Master of Library Education Media
  • Master of Science in Applied Technology
DOCTORATE DEGREES
  • Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy (Tdpt)
Auburn University at Montgomery Montgomery, Alabama Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 84% STUDENT POPULATION 5,084 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Rn To Bsn)
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Master of Science in Homeland Security & Emergency Management
  • Master of Science in Justice And Public Safety/Criminal Justice
  • Master's in Instructional Technology
  • Master's in Physical Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Msn)
  • Master of Liberal Arts (M.L.A.)
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An Insider’s Take: Online Learning in Alabama

While affordability is an important factor in choosing a college, a school is more than its price tag. For example, students may value opportunities for customized learning as well as a flexible schedule for enrollment. To get a closer look at what online education in Alabama is really about, we spoke with the higher-ups from Judson College’s online department. Here’s what they said:

Online Departments in Alabama

Judson College

How would you describe your institution's approach to online learning?

At Judson College, most distance learning students receive individualized instruction from professors with a customized curriculum in an accommodating learning environment. A simpler way to describe this is to say that most of our Distance Learning classes are taught in a "one-on-one" learning environment. Moreover, our dedicated staff at the Distance Learning Office contacts each individual student on a regular basis in order to monitor their learning progress, and provide support and encouragement.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

I think the personalized nature of our program is what makes it top-notch, and this is shown in a number of ways:

First, our rolling admissions policy means that a student can begin courses at any time. Should a student decide to enroll in college in September, he or she does not have to wait until the following January or August, but can begin immediately.

Secondly, I would say that while though our program costs a little more than other schools, students gets more value out of the program because of the unique way of teaching and the support they receive. How many schools have a professor with degrees from Stanford and Harvard to teach students individually to meet their learning needs? How many schools have a Director of Distance Learning who contacts students regularly and to personally help them resolve issues -- whether the issues are related to technology or academic advising? That is the value we provide to our students at Judson College.

Finally, since most of our courses are taught one-on-one, Distance Learning students at Judson do not have to dwell on learning materials which they have already mastered. Because they are not constrained by the cohort model at all times, they are allowed to concentrate on the areas in which they need further study, or, often, move on quickly to new learning materials and gain new skills. This establishes momentum in a course and, in the end, often leads to a faster path to graduation.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

We have recently upgraded to a new course management system, and we would like to continue to see all of our professors and students continue to utilize all aspects of this course management system. At the same that we are emphasizing "staying current" technologically speaking, we shall continue to have individual student care and support as our top emphasis. Technology has been a help, not a hindrance (the webcam and the subsequent ability to have individualized video chats with our students is but one example), but it is but a means to an end -- and our end (or goal) at Judson is to care for each individual student and to see that she (or he, in the Distance Learning program) is learning and progressing.

Discovering Online Colleges in Alabama

Across the country, online learning was chiefly the domain of private for-profit colleges and universities for years. More recently, traditional institutions in Alabama have recognized the importance of flexibility for the state’s college students. As a result, many schools now offer online courses, certificates and degrees. The University of Alabama’s “Bama by Distance” program, for example, features more than 50 degree programs via distance learning. Key subject areas include arts and sciences, education, engineering, law and nursing. Bama by Distance even has resources designed to help military personnel and veterans work toward a degree online.

One way to get a better understanding of Alabama online colleges is to explore areas where universities are embracing, advancing and fostering the adoption of non-traditional instructional formats.

City Spotlight: Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham’s more than 1 million residents have access to a number of well-regarded colleges and universities attended by students from some top secondary schools. The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is known internationally as a research facility. One of three institutions in the University of Alabama system, it has one of the largest academic medical centers in the country. It houses the only American College of Surgeons trauma program in the state. Thousands of attorneys have graduated from Birmingham’s esteemed Cumberland Law School at Samford University, Birmingham Law School and Miles Law School.

Just one of many community colleges in Birmingham, Lawson State Community College provides an affordable venue where students can begin their post-secondary studies in a degree program or in a variety of vocational or technical programs. With more than 30 business-related degrees and certificates, seven health profession degrees, several career technical programs and a college transfer program, Lawson offers educational options to meet the needs of nearly any student. Washington Monthly’s 2013 Community College Rankings named Lawson the fifth best community college in the nation.

Online Learning Scene in Birmingham

Distance learning opportunities are in high demand today, and Birmingham’s colleges have a variety of options. UAB, listed in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Degrees for 2014, offers degrees and certificates as well as professional studies. UAB’s online offerings span three different modes of delivery. Purely online courses provide all content over the Internet, with no or very few on-campus meetings. Distance accessible programs use both online technology and periodic in-person intensives. Also available are blended offerings, where at least half of the course materials are online and the remaining portion of the class takes place on campus. At the undergraduate level, UAB students can choose from online degrees ranging from accounting to information systems to health care management. The RN to BSN program for registered nurses follows the distance accessible model. Students at the graduate level have a wide selection of online programs.

Birmingham students also have access to an array of private online schools, such as Virginia College. This school has nearly 30 campuses across the South, including its main branch in Birmingham, and offers 24 online degrees.

Tuition & Cost of Living in Alabama

Finances play an important role when choosing an Alabama college to attend. Tuition is the primary expense and often the first thing would-be students look at when weighing their college options. The total price tag varies depending on the school, location and the student’s residency. In 2012, Alabama students paid about $8,814 per year for tuition, placing Alabama as the 12th least expensive state for college when looking at tuition alone.

A student’s budget should include other fees as well. Most colleges have additional fees that could cover application and enrollment, parking, recreation, and the use of labs and technology or facilities for special classes. These extra charges can add up, and in 2012, Alabama students paid an estimated $9,850 per year for both tuition and fees.

Charges from the university make up the bulk of financial obligations, but students must also take other expenses into account, like room and board. Alabama’s cost of living is 8 percent lower than the U.S. average, offering opportunities to earn an affordable degree. Take a better look at the cost of living (COL) for some of Alabama’s largest cities, as compared to the national average (100%).

Urban Area Composite Index Housing Groceries Utilities Transportation Health Care Misc.
Decatur-Hartselle -10.8% -25.8% -1.5% -9.4% -3.3% -14.5% -3.4%
Dothan -10.2% -19.9% 0.3% -20.3% -8.2% -18.3% -2.1%
Florence -9.8% -20.4% -3.4% -9.0% -5.5% -15.9% -3.7%
Birmingham -9.2% -26.8% -6.5% 5.7% -6.5% -12.1% 0.3%
Huntsville -8.8% -21.3% -5.1% -13.9% -0.3% -8.0% -0.2%
Anniston-Calhoun County -8.8% -25.2% 1.2% 11.2% -11.2% -10.7% -3.4%
Mobile -7.3% -19.6% 2.7% 4.4% -7.0% -13.5% -3.3%
Tuscaloosa -5.4% -19.4% 4.9% 5.9% 2.8% -9.8% -2.6%
Auburn-Opelika -1.1% -9.8% 4.6% 1.3% -7.1% -11.6% 6.5%
Montgomery -0.8% -4.0% 2.9% 8.4% -0.4% -12.0% -0.9%

Another cost-related element to consider when evaluating colleges–whether traditional or online–is return on investment (ROI). Some schools might have hefty price tags, but nice career prospects after graduation may be worth the investment. And vice versa, graduating from a cheap college might lead to a tough job search after getting that degree. The following five Alabama colleges have demonstrated a significant ROI, calculated as lifetime salary minus the total cost of attendance:

  1. University of Alabama at Huntsville
  2. Auburn University
  3. Tuskegee University
  4. University of Alabama
  5. University of Southern Alabama

Funding for Higher Education in Alabama

Scholarships and financial assistance both offer ways to cut the student contribution to college, making it more affordable. Alabama students have a number of national, state and school-based opportunities. Federal aid in the form of loans and grants could make a big impact on the bottom line. Applicants must first fill out FAFSA forms to seek federal aid. Nearly 75 percent of Alabama undergraduates received some form of federal assistance in 2012.

Students can also apply for scholarships, free money that further lowers the financial impact of a college degree. Scholarships are available from a variety of sources, including nonprofit organizations, private companies, the government and even individual learning institutions. Below are some of the organizations that offer scholarships to undergrads in Alabama.

  • 3M
  • Alabama Funeral Directors Association
  • Alabama National Guard
  • Alabama Commission on Higher Education
  • Alabama Power
  • American Legion
  • American Quarter Horse Foundation
  • American Radio Relay League
  • American Red Cross
  • American Welding Society
  • Coca-Cola Foundation
  • Enterprise Banking Company
  • Future Farmers of America
  • Jemison Society
  • Legacy, Inc.
  • National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc.

Accreditation: A Must-Have for Alabama Colleges Online

Aspiring college students in Alabama and across the country must also consider school accreditation. Financial assistance programs usually require that the college meet established regional or national standards. In Alabama, look for accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Specific academic programs might also be accredited to ensure quality standards are met. For example, the University of Alabama’s Capstone College of Nursing has received and maintained approval status by the Alabama Board of Nursing. The College is also accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Finding the Facts About Online Education in Alabama

For the first-time online student, research is an important element in choosing a school and preparing for a career. The list below includes information on getting ready for college and possibilities for financial assistance. Other resources cover the types of online learning technologies available, free additional subject-based instruction and academic support for the distance education learner.

Useful Resources for Alabama College Students: