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Whether you’re a resident of Idaho or a non-resident interested in earning your degree from one of Idaho’s online colleges, we’ve got everything you need to get started. We review state trends in higher education funding and tuition, as well as the state’s online education landscape, looking at enrollment figures and info on education consortiums and initiatives to advance distance learning in the state.

Following this section, we’ve ranked Idaho’s online colleges and universities by affordability. Each school is fully accredited and offers at least one fully-online degree program. Compare program options, tuition rates and distance learning formats by expanding the overviews below. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, scroll to our program search tool, which allows you to browse our entire directory of online colleges.

At the bottom of the page you’ll find a full list of resources offered to college students in Idaho. We’ve compiled the best scholarships, state boards, educational non-profits and college savings programs. Bear in mind that online students who attend an accredited college or university full-time within Idaho qualify for the same programs and benefits as their campus-based peers.

Postsecondary Education in Idaho

There are eight two- and four-year public schools and 17 private schools registered to grant degrees in Idaho that are monitored and reviewed by the State Board of Education for quality.

In the six years between 2008 and 2014, overall state funding for higher education decreased 36.8%. However, during the 2013-14 fiscal years, Idaho increased its spending per student by $320, which covered the $248 per student tuition increase.

Despite the tuition increases, full-time enrollment between 2002 and 2012 increased 30% for all state public schools; in 2012, the two-year institutions’ enrollment numbers rose about 27%.

Online Education in Idaho

NCES Report

According to a recent NCES report, in fall 2012, 12.6% of students enrolled in Title IV institutions in Idaho (13,848 students) were in exclusively online programs.

  • 85.2% of those students were undergraduates
  • 31% were in public 4-year institutions
  • 48% were in private not-for-profit 4-year institutions
  • 0.02% were in private for-profit 4-year institutions
  • 42.4% were living in Idaho
  • 12.1% were living elsewhere in the United States

As part of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), students studying at an institution in one of the member states may participate in the Internet Course Exchange (ICE), through which WICHE provides access to online courses offered at other postsecondary schools.

Most Affordable Online Colleges in Idaho

Below you’ll find the very best online colleges in Idaho, sorted by affordability. These rankings identify the fully online programs in a school’s catalogue, explain how the school’s online interface works and spotlight the recognition a school has received for its online initiatives.

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Brigham Young University – Idaho

Brigham Young University – Idaho

An Online Education at Brigham Young University – Idaho

The online associate, bachelor's and certificate programs offered online at BYU are designed for students who have already completed the blended Pathways program or 15 credits through traditional, on-campus courses. Once prospective students meet these on-campus study prerequisites, they will be qualified to explore 15 potential degrees and 210 courses offered online. The degree programs are self-paced, allowing enrolled students to dictate their pace of completion. This means that students can take entire semesters off, then return to complete their online degree or certificate. The maximum amount of time students have to complete individual courses is a single semester.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Information Technology
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Marriage & Family Studies
  • Applied Management
  • Nursing RN to BSN
  • Web Design & Development

BYU does not offer graduate programs online.

Every aspect of student life is woven into the online experience through community networks, which include gospel devotionals, student council events, professional networking and new student orientation. The virtual classroom environment is driven by the I-Learn platform which gives students access to video tutorials, class calendars, discussion boards and grades.

Contact Information

525 S Center
Rexburg, ID 83460-1690
(208) 496-1411

Lewis-Clark State College

Lewis-Clark State College

An Online Education at Lewis-Clark State College

This private college offers undergraduate programs that can be completed exclusively online. Distance learners are also welcome to take individual courses without pursuing a degree. Within the timeline of online education, LCSC has a long-established history of digital courses that can be traced back to 1997. Within a single year, e-Learning enrollment has reached up to 6,512 students, with about 1,072 students taking all of their courses online. In total, LCSC provides students with 372 fully online courses.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Interdisciplinary Studies (BS/BA)
  • Business Administration (AS/BS)
  • Management (BS)
  • Liberal Arts (AA)
  • Web Development (AAS)
  • RN to BSN
  • Early Childhood Development (AAS/BAS)

Since LCSC is an undergraduate college, they do not deliver graduate-level programs in an online format.

Blackboard is the virtual classroom platform of choice at LCSC, providing students with interactive tools such as collaborative wiki pages, discussion forums and chat rooms. This college has filmed a Blackboard Orientation to help new online students become familiar with this academic system.

Contact Information

500 8th Ave
Lewiston, ID 83501-2698
(208) 792-5272

Boise State University

Boise State University

An Online Education at Boise State University

BSU provides prospective distance learners with a breadth of 100% online degree programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels of study. Prospective students who are residents in Arkansas, Iowa, Maryland, Texas or Washington should take note of BSU's state authorizations. Online classes are driven by the Blackboard course management system, allowing students and teachers to engage through discussion boards, chat sessions, and webmail.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Nursing - RN to BS
  • Respiratory Care - RRT to BS
  • Technology Accentuated Transformative Education for Rural Specialists

Some graduate programs at Boise State do require pre-admissions exams such as the GRE or GMAT. Prospective master's or doctoral students should check the requirements for their respective online programs to learn more about possible score requirements.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Nursing - Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Organizational Performance And Workplace Learning
  • Victim Services
  • Idaho K-12 Online Teaching Endorsement
  • Business Administration
  • Educational Technology
  • Nursing - Doctor Of Nursing Practice

This academic institution strives to provide online learners with ample student services. The eCampus Center is a portal that gives prospective and current scholars access to registration advising, distance learning readiness and academic success.

Contact Information

1910 University Dr
Boise, ID 83725
(208) 426-1011

Acclaim for online programs

  • #72 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #97 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online MBA Programs
  • #47 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs
  • #48 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs

Northwest Nazarene University

Northwest Nazarene University

An Online Education at Northwest Nazarene University

Earn an associate, bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree completely online at this private Christian academic institution. All online courses at NNU are delivered through the Canvas platform, a robust virtual classroom environment that can be accessed from a wide range of platforms, including Mac, PC, iOS and Android. Canvas provides students and instructors with a variety of interactive communication tools, such as discussion boards, shared classroom multimedia and quizzes. NNU also uses Google Drive for the creating and sharing of documents, along with Google Hangouts to facilitate video-based web conferences.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Christian Ministry
  • Liberal Studies
  • Business Administration
  • Elementary Education
  • RN to BS in Nursing

This university also offers a significant range of master's degrees, particularly within the fields of education, theology and Christian ministries. Graduate students are expected to attend online classes at least five days a week, however students have the flexibility of signing on at any time of the day or night.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Youth, Children & Family Ministry
  • Nursing
  • Educational Leadership
  • Business Administration
  • Missional Leadership
  • Educational Leadership: Building Administrator
  • Spiritual Formation

In 2013, this university was granted $2.25 million to be used for online student services, including pilot degree programs and increased tech accessibility. Students can reach the NNU Help Desk for technical assistance by calling (208) 467-8111.

Contact Information

623 S. University Blvd.
Nampa, ID 83686-5897
(208) 467-8011

Scholarships and Financial Aid in Idaho

Academic Scholarship

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Scholarship Amount Full tuition See Scholarship

The University of Idaho provides scholarships based on academic merit to incoming freshmen and transfer students. Selection and award amount is based on academic record and financial need. Incoming students are automatically evaluated for eligibility based on their application to the university, so no separate application is required. Explore the university’s financial aid website for details.

Freshman Scholarship

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Scholarship Amount Full tuition See Scholarship

Idaho State University provides this scholarship to freshmen who are Idaho residents, and graduated high school in the state. Selection is based on students’ rank within the pool of applicants. Rank is primarily determined by high school GPA. Leadership, subject-area talent, extracurricular involvement, and financial need will also be considered in some cases. The maximum award is full tuition for 4 years.

National Merit Scholarship

Deadline: March 1, 2016
Scholarship Amount Full tuition See Scholarship

The University of Idaho provides this scholarship to incoming freshmen who are National Merit finalists and selected University of Idaho as their first-choice school. The award covers tuition, room and board for up to 4 years of undergraduate study.

Out-of-State Tuition Assistance Scholarship

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Scholarship Amount $8,000 See Scholarship

The University of Idaho provides tuition assistance scholarships for out-of-state students. The amount of the awards vary based on high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Students with a GPA of 3.0+ qualify for the minimum award of $2,000 per year. Students with a GPA of 3.9 to 4.0 qualify for the maximum award of $8,000 per year. No separate application is required.

Presidential Scholarship

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Scholarship Amount $5,500 See Scholarship

The University of Idaho’s Presidential Scholarship for residents is awarded annually to ten students entering the university’s Honors Program. Selection is based on academic achievement, leadership, and involvement in community or extracurriculars. The maximum award is $1,500 in addition to the UI Platinum award of $4,000 per year.

Transfer Scholarship

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Scholarship Amount Amount varies See Scholarship

Idaho State University provides this scholarship to incoming transfer students. To be eligible, students must have earned between 24 and 100 transferable credits with a GPA of 3.5+. Selection is based on financial need and academic merit. Award amounts vary.

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