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Virginia has long been regarded as the home for storied collegiate institutions and thus quality educations. That tradition now carries over to the state’s considerable selection of fully online four-year programs and courses. Prestigious schools like James Madison, George Mason and Norfolk State all have a host of online programs, be they fully online or a selecting of core courses and electives available online in conjunction with an on-campus curriculum.

But before we look at the best online colleges in VA, let’s start with the state of higher education and online education in particular in Virginia today.


A Brief Overview of Higher Education in Virginia

In 2013, the National Center for Education Statistics reported that Virginia had 132 degree-granting institutions, broken down as follows: 40 public schools, 38 nonprofits and 54 for-profits. The total number of bachelor’s degrees awarded in the ’12-’13 school year at these schools was: 35,521 at public schools, 14,695 at private nonprofits and 4,533 at private for-profits.

Overall, Virginia ranks fourth in graduation rates nationwide, with 49.1% of students finishing their degrees in four years, as reported in 2013. A 2012 report conducted by CollegeMeasures.org found that following graduation, “36% of bachelor’s degree graduates are earning a full-time wage and another 13% are enrolled in other higher education programs in Virginia institutions.” The report also went on to say that bachelor’s degree holders in the state make, on average, 67% more than professionals in the state who who only hold a high school diploma or GED.

Tuition-wise, the College Board found that, in the ’15-’16 school year, the average in-state tuition and fees for four-year public schools was $11,820, while the out-of-state average was $30,400.

As for the state’s financial aid efforts, the National Association of State Student Grant & Aid Programs (NASSGAP) reported that Virginia awarded $162.2 million in need-based grants and $90.2 million in non-need grants for the ’13-’14 school year. Grants make up 14.2% of the state’s total fiscal support for higher education. Virginia also awarded out $214.9 million in tuition waivers over the same period.

Altogether, Virginia students have a slew of schools to choose from, varied financial support services and incredibly strong graduation rates and job placement stats. The state is well positioned for the next decade in higher education.


The State of Online Higher Education in Virginia

The NCES estimates that at least 18.6% of students enrolled in Virginia’s Title IV institutions are in fully online programs. Of those, 67.3% were reported to be undergraduates and 45.2% were found to be living in Virginia, indicating the state does an excellent job of attracting out-of-state distance students.

Two organizations at the forefront of online higher education efforts in Virginia are the Electronic Campus of Virginia (ECVA) and Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS). ECVA is essentially an alliance of 10 public and private institutions in the state that focuses on sharing online education strategies in the hopes of bolstering each school’s offerings. The schools themselves are some of Virginia’s most premier, including UVA, VT, GMU, JMU and William and Mary. The ECVA also serves as a launching point for what it calls “cross-institutional initiatives,” which are essentially opportunities for students to pursue courses and programs remotely at other schools that fall under the ECVA banner. These efforts make it one of the nation’s stand out school-to-school organizations.

The VCCS, meanwhile, functions much like the ECVA but only at the community college level. The organization monitors distance enrollment opportunities at all of its member community colleges, both full programs and individual courses. Students at 24 of Virginia’s community colleges can readily inquire about and pursue distance courses at their fellow VCCS schools. For prospective students, the VCCS site serves as an excellent directory of available programs and courses throughout the community college system of Virginia.

Virginia is also a member of the Southern Regional Education Board’s Electronic Campus. An initiative that lets students sift through an impressive directory of online programs throughout the southeast U.S. SREB also has strong aid initiatives. Services like the Academic Common Market/Electronic Campus and the Regional Contract Program for Health Professions let students fully enroll in a selection of out-of-state programs while paying in-state rates. While the program selection is small and the admissions criteria strict, for qualified students these are incredible opportunities.


Best Online Colleges in Virginia

Below, you will find our rankings of the best online four-year programs in Virginia. Our profiles look at how schools approach online education and then list out their services for distance students and their popular, fully online degrees. After reviewing our best of Virginia, explore our state resources, like a database of every college and university in Virginia or our index of popular in-state scholarships.

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

Methodology

To determine the best online colleges in each state, we examined the factors most important to prospective students: Academic quality and reputation, online program strength, and cost and student aid. At the most basic level, we use the following formula to determine the best online colleges: Academic Quality + Online Offerings + Cost and Student Aid = Final Score. Of course, there's more to these calculations than meets the eye. Visit our methodology page to discover the data points that shape our formula and to learn more about the process we use to rank schools.

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Liberty University

1
Liberty University
Lynchburg
$20,768

An Online Education at Liberty University

Blackboard hosts the virtual classroom at LU, for which there are tutorials, an orientation and a sample course to help students orient themselves to the online learning environment. This platform is used by professors to post coursework, assignments, make announcements, guide class discussions threads, answer questions and administer tests. The majority of online courses follow an efficient 8-week online format, although a few are structured into 14- or 17- week schedules. The asynchronous style allows flexibility when it comes to completing coursework; as long as assignments are submitted by the required deadlines, students are not required to log in at any set time.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Early Education Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Web Technologies
  • Bachelor of Science in Government
  • Bachelor of Science in Biblical and Educational Studies

With the Prior Learning and Experience assessment, students can earn credit for life experience and professional training, thereby reducing the time spent earning a degree. A few of the online programs require one or two week campus intensives.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Arts in Strategic Communications
  • Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling
  • Master of Science in Cyber Security
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Arts in Music Education
  • Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

Twenty undergraduate minors, twelve associate programs and dozens of certificate, doctoral and post-graduate programs are available completely online as well. Online degree completion plans allow students to hone in on their remaining requirements and plan the rest of their program.

Contact Information

1971 University Blvd
Lynchburg, VA 24515
(434) 582-2000

George Mason University

2
George Mason University
Fairfax
$9,908
$28,592

An Online Education at George Mason University

A combination of Blackboard and teleconferencing comprise the delivery method for GMU’s online courses. Both synchronous and asynchronous styles of interaction allow students to have genuinely personal and highly interactive communication with their instructors. Through the MyMason portal, students have complete access to course materials, discussions, assignments, projects and tests. Since instructors regularly post course announcements and lead discussion forums, students should plan on logging in at least four times a week, while spending between 8 and 12 hours per week per class to ensure they do not fall behind. A Blackboard orientation video is available for those new to web-based learning.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Cybersecurity
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Health, Wellness, and Social Services
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Technology and Innovation Concentration
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Information Technology

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Education in Education Leadership
  • Master of Science in Biodefense
  • Master of Science in Systems Engineering
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (Assistive Technology Concentration)
  • Master of Education in Special Education (Applied Behavior Analysis Emphasis)

Occasionally a fully online program will require some form of in-person experience for up to 3 credit hours, such as an internship, practicum or 1-week long campus residency. Hybrid programs that offer a minimum of 75% of the coursework online are offered by GMU as well, with labs, orientations, tests and exams making up the on-campus portion of each course.

Contact Information

4400 University Dr
Fairfax, VA 22030-4444
(703) 993-1000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #36on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online MBA Programs
  • #148on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Program

James Madison University

3
James Madison University
Harrisonburg
$9,176
$23,654

An Online Education at James Madison University

Online programs at James Madison are divided into credit and non-credit programs, with non-credited courses intended for students in need of exam prep help (GRE, GMAT and LSAT prep courses) or interested in pursuing continuing education in fields like law and business. Credit and degree awarding programs are largely focused on graduate certificates and undergraduate degree completion, supporting adults returning to college with at least 30 earned credits and nurses interested in an accelerated and fully online way to earn their Bachelors of Science in Nursing. You can learn more about the school's complete list of adult education modules with this brochure.

Online students complete all work through the school's custom Canvas platform, including quizzes and exams; online students also have access to a dedicated tech support team. Most online programs, such as the RN to BSN completion program, require a face-to-face orientation before beginning the online program; in this case, orientation is two days. Online students should make sure they understand their program's in-person demands and the distance to the JMU campus before enrolling.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Autism Spectrum Completion Program
  • Applied Computing Completion Program
  • Business Tech Completion Program
  • Entrepreneurship Completion Program
  • HR Development Completion Program
  • Professional and Workplace Communication Completion Program
  • RN to BSN program
  • Undergraduate Autism Disorders Certificate

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Graduate Autism Disorders Certificate
  • Graduate Higher Education Assessment Certificate
  • Master's in Business Administration (hybrid program)
  • Master's in Speech Language Pathology

Contact Information

800 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
(540) 568-6211


Acclaim for online programs

  • #12on U.S. News and World Report Best Online MBA Programs
  • #148on U.S. News and World Report Best Online Graduate Education Programs

Old Dominion University

4
Old Dominion University
Norfolk
$8,550
$24,210

An Online Education at Old Dominion University

The full commitment of ODU to furthering online education is made evident by their hundreds of online degree programs offered through the Blackboard LMS. Students can access the course platform at any time by logging in to their LEO Online account. The majority of classes are asynchronous with an occasional synchronous element requiring students to log in at a set time for a live virtual class meeting. Communication between faculty and students is primarily conducted via email and discussion boards. Other asynchronous methods of delivery include CDs, DVDs, recorded lectures, posted assignments and projects.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene
  • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Studies - Industrial Technologies Specialist
  • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies (Interdisciplinary Studies)
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Special Education (Interdisciplinary Studies: Teacher Preparation)

ODU partners with the Virginia Community College System and a few other institutions to ease students’ transfer into the bachelor degree completion programs.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Science/Engineering in Aerospace Engineering
  • Master of Science in Education - Instructional Design and Technology - Secondary Education
  • Master of Engineering in Modeling and Simulation
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Science in Education - School Librarianship and Teaching License
  • Master of Science in Sports Education

Two online course samples can be viewed on the university’s website. Online tutoring, library access, writing services and advising are available to every online student. Numerous doctoral, certificate, licensure degrees and minors in a variety of subject areas can be obtained entirely online through ODU as well.

Contact Information

5115 Hampton Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23529
(757) 683-3000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #31on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
  • #42on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs
  • #39on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs

Jefferson College of Health Sciences

5
Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Roanoke
$22,400

An Online Education at Jefferson College of Health Sciences

As the name of the school indicates, Jefferson's academic offerings are entirely grounded in the medical world ― this goes for their online offerings as well. At the undergraduate level, fully online programs are either awarding general health degrees,health management degrees or nursing degrees. Courses are offered in a mix of synchronous and asynchronous formats and are blocked out into three semesters per year. All courses are taught by Jefferson faculty.

Online programs at Jefferson rely on two services: Blackboard, the school's learning platform, and Self-Service, a student management service that lets students monitor their grades and arrange their schedules. Online students, much like their on-campus counterparts, get to enjoy supporting resources like the Jefferson Library, an online writing center, counseling and financial aid advisors. The school is distinctly committed to its online students, with a thorough FAQ explaining the online programs, a rundown of all online-specific services and a questionnaire for curious prospective students.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Post-Licensure BSN Track

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Healthcare Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Administration

Contact Information

101 Elm Avenue SE
Roanoke, VA 24013
(888) 985-8483

Regent University

6
Regent University
Virginia Beach
$15,838

An Online Education at Regent University

Once registered, students can log on to RU’s online portal, Genisys, to access the web-based classroom hosted by Blackboard. At the beginning of each semester, RU provides incoming students with a Blackboard orientation, a course test drive and tutorials for all software that will be used. Instructors upload syllabi, assignments, activities, videos, projects, tests and quizzes for students to complete throughout the duration of the course. Since courses are asynchronous, students can log on and do their coursework at their own convenience, so long as they complete everything by the assigned deadline. The web-conferencing tool Wimba enables students to log in to their course at a specified time to listen to a live lecture given by their professor.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry
  • Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity
  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in History
  • Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Law
  • Master of Arts in Government - International Relations
  • Master of Education in Christian School Administration
  • Master of Arts in Film-Television: Script and Screenwriting
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Arts in Journalism
  • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership

With most classes lasting 8 weeks, students should expect to spend 15 to 20 hours per week on coursework and are advised to log in daily to ensure they stay on track. Any prospective students residing outside Virginia should refer to the State Authorization page prior to applying. Several hybrid options for graduate, undergraduate and certificate programs are available as well.

Contact Information

1000 Regent University Dr
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
(757) 352-4000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #11on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
  • #78on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online MBA Programs
  • #46on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA)
  • #21on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs

Norfolk State University

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Norfolk State University
Norfolk
$7,126
$20,596

An Online Education at Norfolk State University

Distance education at NSU is delivered through the highly regarded learning management system Blackboard. The School of Extended Learning offers a Blackboard Support Central (BbSC) facility to help users learn to navigate the platform’s many useful tools. Within the BbSC, students will find an online Blackboard orientation course, tutorials and even a Blackboard-experienced student mentor. In addition to this virtual classroom environment, online courses may be conducted through video or web conferences depending on the instructor’s preference.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Service Management
  • Bachelor of Science in History

NSU accepts Continuing Education Units (CEU) to be put towards adult liberal education programs, professional and vocational programs. These units are drawn from previous life experiences that demonstrate the student’s continued education and ability to follow directions under qualified supervision.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Arts in Pre-Elementary Education
  • Master of Arts in Urban Education

Certificates in the field of education may be attained completely online as well, not to mention several blended bachelor programs. A reclamation program, for NSU students who left the university before completing their degree, offers returning students extra advising and different methods of degree completion, including online classes.

Contact Information

700 Park Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23504-8000
(757) 823-8600

Averett University

8
Averett University
Danville
$27,500

An Online Education at Averett University

AU’s online courses are offered through the College of Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) and administered by the learning management system Moodle. This web-based interface allows students to access, complete and participate in assignments, discussion boards, lectures, readings and interactive projects. Smarthinking online tutoring is provided to help students brush up on their college level math and writing skills.

Any GPS students with military experience can receive a 25% tuition discount when enrolled full-time.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
  • Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Criminal Justice

The majority of bachelor's programs are intended for students who can transfer in a minimum of 54 credits and have had at least two years of full-time experience related to their program. An associate program in business can also be completed fully online through Averett’s GPS. Delivered in an accelerated format, students are able to complete their degree in a matter of months depending on how many credits they transfer.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Education - Curriculum and Instruction
  • Master of Education in Special Education K-12 Endorsement Track
  • Master of Education in Special Education K-12 Virginia Licensure Track
  • Master of Education in Administration and Supervision Concentration

The Individually Designed for Adult Learners (IDEAL) program provides independent study and online classes for busy adults. With the aid of an academic advisor, IDEAL students design their own program of study and assess any possible credits earned through previous life experience, military or professional training, previous college credit or credits earned through examination. Through this program, IDEAL students can work towards a bachelor degree, for which at least 30 credits must be earned at Averett.

Contact Information

420 W Main St
Danville, VA 24541
(800) 448-5233

Mary Baldwin College

9
Mary Baldwin College
Staunton
$28,720

An Online Education at Mary Baldwin College

While Mary Baldwin is traditionally a women's college, one of Virginia's best, the online branch of the school accepts women and men alike. There are essentially two forms of online learning at the school: a fully online bachelor's in business and a series of adult degree completion courses. The undergraduate business degree consists of 125 semester hours, largely divided into three areas: entrepreneurship, management and women's leadership. Most students who enroll bring transfer credits with them, as Mary Baldwin "offers generous transfer credit [services]."

Online adult programs vary, but tend to function on a course by course basis, meaning in a given semester, adult students have a series of online classes to choose from, while also having the opportunity to take in-person classes at 11 locations around Virginia, which can prove essential for adult students eager to quickly complete their course and earn their degree.

Mary Baldwin's online programs are powered by Blackboard, featuring a course catalog, collection of course materials, peer-to-peer and peer-to-professor messenger, course bulletins and a sortable to-do list.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts Business

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Adult Degree Completion Programs

Contact Information

New & Frederick St
Staunton, VA 24401
(540) 887-7000

Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing

10
Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing
Richmond
$9,043

An Online Education at Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing

Bon Secours currently offers one online nursing program delivered through the Blackboard learning management system. Full-time and part-time options for enrollment are available, which in addition to the asynchronous format, allows working adult students the flexibility needed to help them complete their degree.

The virtual classroom hosts specific assignments, readings, discussion questions and learning objectives that students will complete over the course of the program. Communication with faculty may be conducted through video chat (Skype), online office hours, telephone and email. The first course for the program is an “Orientation to Online Learning,” which requires all online students to familiarize themselves with the virtual classroom setting. Students can expect to spend six to nine hours of work per course per week.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • RN to BSN degree completion

Students receive a dedicated Student Success Advisor whose goal is to help students smoothly transition from traditional classroom learning to the online learning environment. Upon completion of the program, BSN students will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Contact Information

8550 Magellan Parkway Suite 1100
Richmond, VA 23227-1149
(804) 627-5300

Virginia University of Lynchburg

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Virginia University of Lynchburg
Lynchburg
$7,880

An Online Education at Virginia University of Lynchburg

Founded nearly 130 years ago as a Baptist Seminary, VUL still prides itself on educating leaders through its mix of religious and leadership programs, both on-campus and online. Using the Student Portal, VUL students can access the virtual classroom hosted by the open source learning platform Moodle. With this tool, instructors customize their online courses to create a highly interactive and dynamic learning environment using elements such as a calendar, grade book and various plugins that extend the virtual classroom’s features. Interaction between students, their classmates and their instructors is promoted through discussion forums, instant messaging chats, wikis, assignment posting and submission, online quizzes and “gamification” for online activities.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor Arts in Religious Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership
  • Master of Divinity

Credit for prior training or life experience may be awarded to students, especially those with military experience, professional or technical training, certification or proof of previous college-level learning. A liberal arts associate program and a certificate in ministry are offered online as well.

Contact Information

2058 Garfield Ave
Lynchburg, VA 24501
(434) 528-52761130

Bluefield College

12
Bluefield College
Bluefield
$22,390

An Online Education at Bluefield College

Offering a number of 100% online programs, BC uses a web-based virtual classroom, MyBC, to deliver its distance education. By logging in to their MyBC account, students gain access to all of their coursework. Structured into an 8-week long format that allows students to take two courses at a time, classes are most commonly conveyed via discussion forums, video lectures, assigned readings and projects. Many of the programs can be taken in an accelerated format, intended for working individuals seeking to earn their degree quickly.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of E-Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Science Management and Leadership
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Services
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Education

Transfer students and students with military or law enforcement training are eligible to receive credit towards their Bluefield College degree, and anyone wishing to, may take the CLEP or DSST assessments for college credits. For those incoming students without any college credit, BC offers general education courses online to fulfill graduation requirements.

Resources for online students include access to the library, writing lab and MyBC, where students can find information on billing, grades and College announcements.

Contact Information

3000 College Dr
Bluefield, VA 24605
(276) 326-3682


Acclaim for online programs

  • #194on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs

Sentara College of Health Sciences

13
Sentara College of Health Sciences
Chesapeake
$486
$11,664

An Online Education at Sentara College of Health Sciences

As a College of Health, Sentara's only online offering is a nursing program approved for Virginia residents. Applicants must hold an active Virginia RN license. Designed for nurses who wish to continue working while earning their bachelor degree, the program can be taken in a part-time or full-time format, allowing students to finish the entire program in one to two and a half years. Totaling 30 credit hours, the program schedule is structured into 8 week long terms, with students taking one class every eight weeks. SCHS nursing students have access to all of their course materials through the learning management system Blackboard. There are two start date options each year: January or August.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

There are no patient care clinicals required, however clinical projects are incorporated into the curriculum in addition to two community practicum courses to be completed at the student’s locale. A fifteen week capstone course wraps up the program during senior year.

All RN to BSN students are given 48 advanced placement credits and all prerequisite courses may be completed at the student’s college of choice. A two-part informational video for the program can be viewed here. Many BSN graduates continue on to Sentara’s MSN program.

An Early Admission program for high schoolers, which is currently the only program in the region available to high school students, allows high school seniors to secure a place in the nursing program without any pre-admission testing so long as they complete the preset requirements.

Financial assistance is available for those eligible to apply to FAFSA, and any Sentara employees are eligible for a tuition discount. A supportive team of faculty and IT staff are accessible to help ease the transition into online learning, and all Sentara students have access to the library system for their research needs.

Contact Information

1441 Crossways Blvd, Suite 105
Chesapeake, VA 23320
(757) 388-2900


Most Affordable Online Colleges in Virginia

Below you’ll find the best online colleges in VA (Virginia), sorted by affordability.

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Methodology

Our list of the most affordable online colleges is based on in-state yearly tuition, or annual tuition rates if a school does not differentiate between in-state and out-of-state students. Tuition rates are based on a full course load each semester or term. All colleges on the list offer at least one bachelor's degree completion program available entirely online. Those institutions with the lowest tuition are ranked highest, providing prospective students with a true list of the most affordable online colleges in their state.

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Norfolk State University

1
Norfolk State University
Norfolk
$7,126
$20,596

Virginia University of Lynchburg

2
Virginia University of Lynchburg
Lynchburg
$7,880

Old Dominion University

3
Old Dominion University
Norfolk
$8,550
$24,210

Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing

4
Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing
Richmond
$9,043

Virginia Commonwealth University

5
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond
$396
$9,496

George Mason University

6
George Mason University
Fairfax
$9,908
$28,592

University of Virginia

7
University of Virginia
Charlottesville
$10,484

Sentara College of Health Sciences

8
Sentara College of Health Sciences
Chesapeake
$486
$11,664

Hampton University

9
Hampton University
Hampton
$496
$11,904

Regent University

10
Regent University
Virginia Beach
$15,838

Liberty University

11
Liberty University
Lynchburg
$20,768

Bluefield College

12
Bluefield College
Bluefield
$22,390

Averett University

13
Averett University
Danville
$27,500

Shenandoah University

14
Shenandoah University
Winchester
$28,998


Scholarships and Financial Aid in Virginia

AHEPA Scholarship Endowment

Deadline: March 1, 2016
Scholarship Amount $1,000 See Scholarship

The American Hellenic Education Progressive Association is open to students at Christopher Newport University who are majoring in Business Administration. Applicants must be juniors or seniors, with a GPA of 3.0+. Selection is based on academic performance and financial need.

Harman Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $10,000 See Scholarship

Bluefield College provides the Harman academic scholarship to incoming freshmen based on academic performance. The scholarship will go to the applicant with the most competitive GPA and SAT/ACT scores. Maximum award is $10,000 per year for 4 years.

Lee Jackson Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: February 15, 2017
Scholarship Amount $2,000 See Scholarship

The Lee-Jackson Foundation awards a total of 18 scholarships annually to Virginia high school seniors. Applicants must submit an analytical essay on any aspect of the career, character, or legacy of General Robert E. Lee or General “Stonewall” Jackson. The author of the best-in-state essay will receive the maximum award of $10,000. Runners-up will receive $2,000.

Liberty University Academic Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount Amount varies See Scholarship

Liberty University provides Academic Achievement scholarships to incoming freshmen and transfer students who are Virginia residents. Selection is determined by academic merit; the award amount is calculated based on GPA and ACT/SAT scores (however, ACT/SAT scores are not required for students more than 22 years old).

Lincoln-Lane Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: November 15, 2016
Scholarship Amount $3,000 See Scholarship

Provided by the Lincoln-Lane Foundation, this scholarship is available to high school seniors or undergraduate students who are residents of the Tidewater area of Virginia. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0+ and demonstrate financial need. An interview may be required. The maximum award is $3,000 per year for 4 years.

National Merit Finalist Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount Full tuition See Scholarship

The Liberty University National Merit scholarship is open to National Merit participants who are residents of Virginia, and are entering Liberty University as freshmen. NM Finalists are eligible for full tuition, room and board; Semifinalists and Commended scholars are eligible for full tuition. The duration of the award is 4 years.

National Merit Scholarship

Deadline: January 15, 2017
Scholarship Amount $2,000 See Scholarship

This scholarship is available to National Merit Finalists who select the University of Richmond as their first-choice school. The maximum award is $2,000 per year for 4 years.

Samsung American Legion Scholarship

Deadline: August 1, 2016
Scholarship Amount Amount varies See Scholarship

Provided by the American Legion of Virginia, this scholarship is open to high school juniors who complete a Boys State or Girls State program, and are a direct descendant or legally adopted child of a wartime veteran who is eligible for American Legion membership.

Spire Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $2,000 See Scholarship

Bluefield College awards the Spire Scholarship to ten incoming freshmen each year. To be eligible, students must have a GPA of 3.5+ and an SAT score of 1180+ (26+ ACT). Two letters of recommendation and an on-campus interview are required. The scholarship amount is $2,000 per student; the awards will be given in addition to other grants or aid.


Higher Education Resources in Virginia