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Online Colleges in Vermont

On this page, you’ll find a collection of tools and resources designed to give you a fresh perspective on online education in Vermont. Begin with our review of the Vermont postsecondary education system as a whole and the state’s past and present online education efforts.

From there, go to our ranked profiles of the top online colleges in Vermont, sorted by affordability. Explore our directory of scholarships available to both online and offline students in Vermont, our list of the state’s most important higher education resources or even our complete database of online programs nationwide.


Postsecondary Education in Vermont

With 29 Title IV postsecondary institutions, Vermont is one of the 10 states with the fewest number of higher education schools.

Vermont is next-to-last in terms of state funding for higher education, but there is a renewed legislative effort to change this trend.

They are one of six states in which higher education costs are borne by students and families with at least a 2:1 ratio.

Graduation rates in Vermont are among the top 10 in the nation with 46.1% of students finishing in four years.


Online Education in Vermont

NCES Report

According to a recent NCES report, in fall 2012, 10% of students enrolled in Title IV institutions in Vermont (4,507 students) were in exclusively online programs.

  • 54.25% of those students were undergraduates
  • 9.3% were in public 4-year institutions
  • 61.3% were in private not-for-profit 4-year institutions
  • 1.7% were in private for-profit 4-year institutions
  • 53.5% were living in Vermont
  • 38.8% were living elsewhere in the United States

The Vermont Student Association Corp. offers a large number of free online workshops which cover a multitude of topics related to higher education.


Most Affordable Online Colleges in Vermont

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

Johnson State College

1
Johnson State College
Johnson
$400
$9,600

An Online Education at Johnson State College

The External Degree Program (EDP) at Johnson State College is designed for incoming transfer students. Applicants should note that they must first have 60 or more college credits to transfer into the online bachelor's programs at JSC. Students can complete their undergraduate studies by enrolling in one of two fully online programs.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Professional Studies (B.A.)
  • Business (B.A.)

Online courses are held on the Moodle virtual learning platform, where students can sign on to access digital learning materials, participate in academic forum conversations, and work together on class-driven wiki pages. Online courses run for a duration of 7-14 weeks.

Contact Information

337 College Hill
Johnson,
VT 05656-9464
(802) 635-2356

Champlain College

2
Champlain College
Burlington
N/A
$15,395

An Online Education at Champlain College

Champlain College uses the Canvas system to provide students with digital access to dozens of fully online bachelor's and master's degree programs. This platform features innovative tools for academic interactions, such as discussion forums and audio/video web conferences. Each course lasts for seven weeks on an asynchronous basis, so students are welcome to sign on anytime day or night. Class sizes are limited to 15-20 students, ensuring a high level of engagement with instructors. CC recommends students spend approximately 10-15 hours each week on coursework.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Health I.T.
  • Cyber Security
  • Computer Forensics
  • Accounting
  • Management Information Systems
  • Economic Crime Investigation
  • Software Development

Prospective graduate students are not expected to submit GRE or GMAT scores when applying to Champlain. Generally, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is expected to be considered for admission.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MS in Health Care Administration
  • MS in Law
  • MS in Digital Forensic Management
  • MS in Digital Forensic Science
  • MS in Mediation & Applied Conflict Studies
  • MS in Executive Leadership
  • M.Ed in Early Childhood Education

Champlain College seeks to create a supportive environment for online learner success, specifically with remote student services like academic advising, tutoring, a math lab, and a writing center. Students can learn more about these support resources by calling 888-545-3459.

Contact Information

163 S. Willard St
Burlington,
VT 05401
(802) 860-2700

Burlington College

3
Burlington College
Burlington
N/A
$23,546

An Online Education at Burlington College

The online, interdisciplinary degrees provided by Burlington College are designed for transfer students who already have 30 or more college credits. Academic advisors work with students to create an individual learning agreement and online curriculum that caters to the unique interests of the student. To apply, applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Graduate applicants are not required to submit GMAT, MAT, or GRE scores.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Individualized Bachelors Degree

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Individualized Masters Degree

Admitted students design their own plan of study by selecting their preferred courses from an online catalog. Once a program coordinator, advisor and the dean approve the curriculum, students will begin attending virtual classes on the Moodle platform. This system gives online learners access to learning materials, live video conferences, and collaborative classroom discussion boards. Graduate students are required to attend weekly check-in meetings with instructors to record their academic progress.

Contact Information

351 North Ave
Burlington,
VT 05401
(802) 862-9616



Scholarships and Financial Aid in Vermont

C.V. Starr Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $1,000 See Scholarship

The C.V. Starr scholarship is open to Vermont residents attending Vermont Technical College. Recipients are selected based on financial need and academic achievement. Maximum award is $1,000.

Don and Peg Arnold Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $5,000 See Scholarship

Provided by the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, this scholarship is for Vermont students from any of the 8 towns served by Shoreham Telephone Company (Benson, Castleton, Cornwall, Hubbardton, Orwell, Shoreham, Sudbury, and Whiting). Recipients are selected based on academic excellence, financial need, and involvement in community or school. The award is $5,000, and may be renewed for 4 years.

E. Dante Bogni Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $15,000 See Scholarship

The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation provides this scholarship to Vermont high school students who have shown a commitment to caring for the elderly in their communities. Applicants must be graduates of Montpelier or Spaulding High School. A letter of recommendation and a personal essay is required. The maximum award is $15,000.

Everett Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $8,500 See Scholarship

Southern Vermont College provides this scholarship to incoming freshmen based on strong academic performance. To be eligible, students must have a GPA between 2.8 and 3.2, a 900+ SAT and a 19+ ACT score. The award is renewable annually if recipient maintains a 2.5+ GPA.

Frank M. and Olive F. Gilman Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $5,000 See Scholarship

Provided by the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, this scholarship is for students graduating from a high school in Orange County or Windsor County. Selection is determined by financial need, letter of recommendation, and application essay. Approximately 95 students receive this scholarship each year.

People’s United Bank Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $2,500 See Scholarship

Administered by the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, the People’s United Bank Scholarship is available to Vermont residents who are pursuing a degree at a college or university within the state. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, letter of recommendation, application essay, and financial need.

Presidential Scholarship from Southern Vermont College

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $11,000 See Scholarship

Southern Vermont College’s Presidential Scholarship is available to incoming freshmen who have participated in a community service organization. A GPA of 3.3+ and an SAT score of 1100+ (21+ ACT) are required. The award ranges from $9,000 to $11,000 per year for 4 years.

Presidential Scholarship from Sterling College

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $2,500 See Scholarship

Sterling College’s Presidential Scholarship is available to incoming freshmen and transfer students who have taken part in a community service or learning activity related to the environment, or have undertaken a personal lifestyle change that has benefitted the environment. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required.

Southern Vermont College Opportunity Grant

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $7,000 See Scholarship

The SVC Opportunity Grant is available to incoming freshmen at Southern Vermont College. Applicants must have a GPA in the range of 2.3 to 2.5, and an SAT score of 800+ (ACT 16+). Recipients are selected based on academic merit. The award ranges from $5,000 to $7,000.

Transfer Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $10,000 See Scholarship

Southern Vermont College’s Transfer Scholarship is open to incoming students who completed at least 24 college credits at a previous institution. A GPA of 2.7+ and a demonstration of financial need is required. The award ranges from $6,000 to $10,000 per year for 4 years.


Higher Education Resources in Vermont