Central Texas College (CTC) was listed among the most affordable online colleges in the U.S. for 2018 by AffordableCollegesOnline.org. The higher education resource recently published its definitive rankings of two- and four-year schools for excellence in online learning using a Peer-Based Value metric comparing the cost of a program to the cost of other programs with the same or similar qualitative score.

Only public, not-for-profit institutions were eligible for the AffordableCollegesOnline ranking. The primary data points used to identify the best online colleges included regional accreditation, in-state tuition and fees, percent of full-time undergraduate students receiving institutional financial aid, number of online programs offered and student-to-teacher ratio. Other factors weighing in on the rankings were the scope of each school’s online offerings, opportunities provided for student success like direct financial aid and career counseling and the availability of job placement services.

"We wanted to honor the colleges and universities setting the bar for online learning," said Dan Schuessler, CEO and founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “These schools are going above and beyond the industry standard to help make online education programs an excellent option and more affordable.”

In order to meet the basic requirements for the Most Affordable Online Colleges list, four-year universities must offer a minimum of three online bachelor’s or master’s degree programs. Two-year schools are required to offer at least three online associate-level degree or certificate programs. CTC currently offers 32 degree and 37 certificate programs which can be completed solely online as well as more than 400 online and blended (a combination of online and classroom) courses to accommodate the needs of students who may have job, family and other commitments that may keep them from attending traditional lecture courses.

AffordableCollegesOnline.org began providing quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education in 2012. Its free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities and online learning resources. It features higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. AffordableCollegesOnline has been featured by more than 1,100 post-secondary institutions and nearly 130 government organizations.