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This is your one-stop resource for information on earning an online degree at one of New Jersey’s online colleges. We begin with a general overview of higher education in the state and then document New Jersey’s state-specific initiatives and any progress they’ve made in supporting online education.

We also reviewed the entirety of New Jersey’s online offerings and then ranked the top online colleges based on affordability. After browsing these profiles, be sure to take note of the scholarships and higher education resources for New Jersey, located at the bottom of the page. Remember that the best option for your desired online degree may lie outside your home state, so feel free to browse our nationwide database of online colleges as well.

Postsecondary Education in New Jersey

As of the 2009-10 school year, New Jersey has 148 Title IV institutions.

The Center on Budget and Policies Priorities reported that in the 2013-14 school year there was a 6.4% increase ($446, inflation adjusted) in state spending per student. reports that average tuition at public 4-year schools sits at $13,002, while private nonprofit 4-year tuition was reported at $34,741.

New Jersey’s first-year retention rate sits at 84.3%, the 9th highest state in the nation, and the graduation rate sits at 67%, the 7th highest rate.

Online Education in New Jersey

NCES Report

According to a recent NCES report, in fall 2012, 7.4% of students enrolled in Title IV institutions in New Jersey (34,486 students) were in exclusively online programs.

  • 84.1% of those students were undergraduates
  • 70.3% were in public 4-year institutions
  • 5.3% were in private not-for-profit 4-year institutions
  • 3.5% were in private for-profit 4-year institutions
  • 60.4% were living in New Jersey
  • 34.5% were living elsewhere in the United States

The New Jersey Distance Education Affinity Group, formerly known as the New Jersey Virtual Community College Consortium, is comprised of all community colleges in the state and dedicated to ensuring access to the best technological resources, as well as providing the support necessary to host quality distance education courses.

In their latest report, the governor’s Higher Education Task Force recommended implementing the National Center for Academic Transformation’s criteria for utilizing information technology to transform distance education delivery.

Most Affordable Online Colleges in New Jersey

Below you’ll find the very best online colleges in New Jersey, 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.

Want to know what it takes to make our rankings? Check out our distinct approach.

Thomas Edison State College

Thomas Edison State College

An Online Education at Thomas Edison State College

A wide variety of degree and certificate programs can be completed entirely through the college’s online and distance learning courses. Via myEdison®, TESC’s online course management system, mentors guide students through 12-week long courses that culminate into a proctored final exam at an approved location near each student. Assignments are submitted and class discussions are held on Moodle for the duration of their courses.

All students have the potential to earn college credit through either the prior learning assessment, professional training or by transferring past college credit to TESC, thereby shortening the length and cost of their program.

TESC strives to ensure all distance students receive financial aid, whether it be in the form of federal and state financial aid, private grants and scholarships, innovative financing plans, or employer reimbursement.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of the Arts in Liberal Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
  • Bachelor of the Arts in Sociology
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Technology in Nuclear Engineering Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Entrepreneurship
  • Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of the Arts in Educational Leadership
  • Master of the Arts in Liberal Studies
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Public Service Leadership
  • Master of Science in Applied Science and Technology
  • Master of Science in Human Resources Management
  • Master of Science in Management

Over 100 areas of study can be explored through TESC online. Numerous associate programs, graduate certificate programs and noncredit programs are available completely online for individuals not currently interested in seeking a four-year or graduate-level degree.

Contact Information

101 W State St
Trenton, NJ 08608-1176
(609) 984-11002025

Rowan University

Rowan University

An Online Education at Rowan University

RowanOnline, a division of the College of Graduate & Continuing Education (CGCE) offers both fully online, hybrid and accelerated course options to help individuals meet their goals. Courses are conducted through the popular learning management system Blackboard; the school provides an orientation, tutorials and support services to all online students. Students interact and communicate with their instructors via this platform, which incorporates digital slide shows, audio, videos, discussion boards, chat rooms, and of course, email. Courses are usually scheduled in 8 week modules with weekly assignments that must be completed by a set deadline. Most of the degree programs are scheduled in a part-time, accelerated format, resulting in degree completion typically within twenty-four months.

Out-of-state applicants should be sure to refer to the list of states RU is authorized to deliver online before enrolling in an online course or program.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • B.A. in Law and Justice
  • B.A. in Liberal Studies: Humanities/Social Sciences
  • B.A. in Psychology

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Doctor of Educational Leadership
  • Master of Education
  • M.A. in Reading Education: Reading Specialist
  • M.A. in Wellness and Lifestyle Management
  • Master of Engineering Management (MEM)
  • Master of Music: Jazz Studies
  • M.A. in Theater Arts Administration

Several endorsements, as well as graduate and regular certificates, can also be attained through RowanOnline.

Contact Information

201 Mullica Hill Road
Glassboro, NJ 08028
(856) 256-4000

Acclaim for online programs

  • #17 on’s “Best Online Bachelor Degree Programs”
  • #2 on’s “Most Affordable Online Colleges” for the College of Engineering

Saint Peter’s University

Saint Peter’s University
Jersey City

An Online Education at Saint Peter’s University

convenient for busy adults, scheduled in 8-week long sessions, characterized by lively discussion forums and peer-to-peer and student-to-professor exchanges.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • RN to BSN

Some adult students enrolled in SCPCS may even be eligible to qualify for college credit, either through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or through Prior Learning Experience.

Contact Information

2641 Kennedy Blvd
Jersey City, NJ 07306-5997
(201) 761-6000

Fairleigh Dickinson University – Metropolitan Campus

Fairleigh Dickinson University – Metropolitan Campus

An Online Education at Fairleigh Dickinson University – Metropolitan Campus

Continually striving to integrate online learning into its curriculum, FDU is the first in the nation to require online learning for on-campus students; every student must complete at least two online courses during their program. WebCampus, FDU’s online courseware resource, uses the Blackboard platform to deliver classes. It is here that students receive and submit assignments, participate in the Virtual Classroom and monitor their progress throughout a course.

Resources for FDU’s online students abound, including the University Technical Assistance Center, online library resources, eTutoring, WebAdvisor, which provides the ability to track individual academic progress and grades, and more.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)
  • Master of Administrative Science (MAS)
  • Master of Science (MS) Homeland Security
  • Master of Sports Administration
  • MSN Nursing Education
  • Master of Arts in Student Services Administration
  • Master of Science in Student Services Administration

A Community College Partnership of eight community colleges is yet another option for students who wish to complete their bachelor’s degree or perhaps even continue on to a graduate program.

A partnership with The National Society of High School Scholars allows high school students to earn college credits.

Contact Information

1000 River Rd
Teaneck, NJ 07666
(201) 692-2000

Acclaim for online programs

  • FDU’s Online Master of Science in Electrical Engineering ranked among the top 40 Online Engineering Programs in the nation by
  • Ranked one of the Most Affordable Online Colleges in New Jersey by Affordable Colleges Online

Scholarships and Financial Aid in New Jersey

Caldwell Grant

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $12,000 See Scholarship

Open to incoming freshmen and transfer students at Caldwell University. Applicants must be enrolled full-time at the university, and demonstrate financial need (FAFSA submission required). Award amounts vary based on applicants’ need. The maximum award is $12,000.

Chancellor’s Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount Amount varies See Scholarship

Open to freshmen entering the Newark College of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University. Applicants must have a combined SAT score of 1750+, and rank in the top 15 percent of their graduating high school class. Recipients are admitted to Rutgers’ Honors College.

Educational Opportunity Fund Grant

Deadline: March 1, 2016
Scholarship Amount $2,500 See Scholarship

State grants from the Educational Opportunity Fund are available to New Jersey students from educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The awards may be used at New Jersey institutions of higher education. Maximum award is $2,500 per year. Selection and award amount is determined by financial need.

Francis B. and Paige D. L’Hommedieu Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $3,500 See Scholarship

Provided by the Douglass College Alumnae Association at Rutgers. One award is open to undergraduate science majors; another award is open to students who earned an associate’s degree at a New Jersey community college. Selection is based on academic merit and financial need. Maximum amount is $1,000.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $2,500 See Scholarship

Available to students enrolled in a community college who will transfer to Rutgers University. To be eligible, applicant must be a full-time student and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Award is $8,000 per year for 2 years. A GPA of 3.0+ is required.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $2,000 See Scholarship

Open to incoming transfer students at Caldwell University who are members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. The maximum award is $2,000 per year.

Presidential Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount Full tuition See Scholarship

Caldwell University’s Presidential Scholarship is awarded to full-time freshmen who demonstrate outstanding high school achievement. An SAT score of 1200 or higher is required. The award ranges from $20,000 to full tuition for 4 years of undergraduate study.

Presidential Scholarship

Deadline: December 1, 2016
Scholarship Amount $25,600 See Scholarship

The Rutgers Presidential Scholarship is available to students who rank in the top 1 to 2 percent of the incoming freshman class. Recipients of the award are admitted to Rutgers’ Honors College. Selection is based on academic performance and merit. Award is $25,600 per year for 4 years.

Recognition Award

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $5,000 See Scholarship

Open to incoming freshmen and transfer students at Caldwell University. Applicants must demonstrate exceptional leadership skills, or significant commitment to community service or extracurriculars. The maximum award is $5,000 per year for 4 years.

Shannon Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $1,000 See Scholarship

Available to out-of-state undergraduate students at Douglass College of Rutgers University. Recipient is selected based on financial need and academic merit. The award ranges from $300 to $1,000, depending on applicants’ financial need.

Higher Education Resources in New Jersey