With the expansion of online degrees in recent years, the decision to get a degree online can include a number of factors. In our series of most affordable online degrees, we take into consideration the cost of your online degree as a means of ranking online programs throughout the nation. The following list is a ranking of online degrees that center on Programming. Some are Computer Science degrees while others are IT degrees with emphases in computer programming. Our data comes from the university and colleges’ websites as well as nationally recognized websites such as The National Center for Educational Statistics and U.S. News and World Report.

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Franklin University
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Franklin University offers a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science which has components giving the student the possibility of expanding their knowledge in computer science or gaining further skills in Information Security, Information Technology, Management Information Services, or Web Development. In 2013, Franklin’s Computer Science program was awarded top ranking for Regionally Accredited Online computer Science Programs by GetEducated.com. Further, Franklin offers a considerable discount to people with military status, whether active or veterans. Franklin University is a nonprofit, private institution and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Tuition: $8,000 Military / $16,352
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Husson University
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Husson University offers a Bachelor of Science in Software Development. The stated goals of the program note that the university attempts to prepare students for critical thinking in order to create a rounded graduate who can solve difficult problems in the technical field in which she will be working. Housed in the business school, there is a decidedly business oriented application to the degree, attempting to train not only adept software developers but also preparing students for working within the context of businesses. The university is a non-profit private institution located in Maine and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc (NEASC).

Tuition: $16,182
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Florida Institute of Technology
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Florida Institute of Technology offers a Bachelor of Arts in business Administration Computer Information Systems with an emphasis in Application Development Management which has a strong programming component. While this is not technically a programming degree, it provides the student with broader exposure to business issues and focuses on computing which directly affects businesses and business practices. While the tuition sits at the higher end of our list, almost reaching $16,000, the discounts for police officers and safety personal are substantial, cutting the tuition by at least 50%. FIT is accredited by the Southern Association of colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Tuition: $7,750 for police officers and safety personnel / $15,810
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California State University – Monterey Bay
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Cal State University – Monterey Bay offers an online Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Information Technology. The program offers a blend of computer science theory and hands-on information technology within the context of the California State University system. The University strives to prepare its graduates to begin careers in fields such as mobile app developer, software developer, or project manager. CSUMB is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Tuition: $15,000
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University of Maryland University College
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Depending on whether or not you are a resident of Maryland, University of Maryland University College might be the most affordable college on the list. If you have status as an active member of the military or are a veteran, the discounts are even greater with tuition as low as $7,500. UMUC offers an online bachelor’s degree in Computer Science providing knowledge in Java, C++, OpenGL, Octave, and MATLAB. The institution is housed within the University System of Maryland and is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on higher Education.

Tuition: $7,500 military / $8, 370 in-state / $14,970 out-of-state
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Colorado Technical University
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Colorado Technical University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. The degree offers courses in programming languages, computer network systems, and software engineering. The program attempts to provide the student a holistic view of the field of the computer industry, providing relevant skills for those wishing to work in this growing field. CTU’s online programs were ranked among the best in 2015 by U.S. News and World Reports. Colorado Technical University is a for profit institution and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Tuition: $14,950
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Herzing University
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Herzing University, a private non-profit institution, offers an online Bachelor of Science in Software Development with specializations in computer application software and computer systems software. Herzing also offers a Bachelor of Science in Software Development with a concentration in Computer Programming focusing on designing, implementing or supporting computer application solutions in business, homeland security, and health information management. These varied degrees provide the student with the ability to choose specialization for specific careers while giving the student access to various courses outside their concentration. Herzing University was ranked among the best online bachelor’s degree programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015 and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Herzing University admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.

Tuition: $12,900
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Trident University International
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Trident University International, a private for profit school, offers an online Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. The program offers concentrations in Cyber Security and Network Administration. The university caters to military and veterans, giving them a large discount for their military status. However, the price for a non-military degree is still very affordable and places the school in second place in terms of price. If a student does have military status, the tuition drops to between $7,200 and $6,000 a year. Because of these discounts and the universities outreach to military, Victory Media proclaimed Trident to be a designated Military Friendly School in 2015. Fees are also minimal at the university with a $150 graduation fee. Trident is the only fully regional online university accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Tuition: $7,200/$6,000 Military Discount / $9,000
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Grantham University
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Grantham University, a private for profit school, provides an online Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science at the most affordable price in the country, placing it at the top of our list. The program offers concentrations in Management Information Systems, Operating Systems, and Programming Languages. With the continued demand in the IT marketplace, Grantham University provides flexible class schedules, low tuition rates, and minimal fees, with $35 technology fee per 8 week term and $100 for graduation. Grantham was named “Best for Vets” by Military Times in 2014 and is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DETC).

Tuition: $6,360
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