Why Are We Here?
Affordable Colleges Online (AC Online) began in 2012 with two primary goals:
To Make College More Affordable
Although we can’t pay for tuition bills or offer financial aid directly, we can help students and parents identify colleges, degree programs and scholarship opportunities that fit their academic and financial wants and needs. Finding higher educational opportunities that are affordable and high quality should be easy for all students.
To Spread the Importance of Accreditation
Whether learning on campus or online, accreditation is a vital component of making sure a student receives a quality education that employers (and other colleges) will accept. We help students easily find accredited programs by removing all non-accredited institutions and degree programs from our rankings and search tools.
What Do We Do?
Our free, in-depth resources include comprehensive guidebooks, student interviews, user-friendly search tools, federal datasets, college rankings and other materials created and vetted by experts in education.
Our guidebooks help students from all backgrounds make tough decisions, like choosing an online college, selecting the right financial aid or picking a major. We also help students make the most of the college experience by providing resources on topics like college safety, mental health and staying fit on campus.
Our easy-to-use search tools help students narrow down their school options by degree level, location and types of programs.
And our up-to-date college rankings help students choose a school in their state or further afield that best matches their budget, career goals and lifestyle.
More than 1,300 colleges and government entities have shared our content with readers worldwide.