2019 Best Online Community Colleges in Arkansas


These six schools are the best online community colleges in Arkansas. With an average tuition of just $2,810, all of these schools are very affordable choices for Arkansas students who want to earn an associate degree online. The least expensive school on the list, Arkansas Northeastern College, is also ranked #1. This community college offers 13 different online associate degrees, including an A.A.S. in Criminal Justice, and A.S. in Business, and an A.G.S. in Pre-Allied Health, among other degrees.

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Rank School Annual Tuition Campus Location
#1 #1 $2,100 Blytheville (and 3 others)
#2 #2 $2,250 Bentonville (AR)
#3 #3 $4,380 North Little Rock, Little Rock (AR)
#4 #4 $2,520 El Dorado (AR)
#5 #5 $2,910 Malvern (AR)
#6 #6 $2,700 Hot Springs (AR)

2019 Online Community Colleges in Arkansas - Details

For each school, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' online programs. Explore online degrees offered and accreditation information below.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,100
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • Locations: 4 Cities
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Arkansas Northeastern College in Blytheville provides a variety of online associate degree options, including an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice, an Associate of Science in Business, an Associate of General Studies, and a transferable Associate of Arts. The Arkansas-based community college maintains a 19-to-1 student to faculty ratio to ensure one-on-one interaction between scholars and educators. Additionally, online students have access to academic advisors and support services. The tuition rates are broken into three categories: $70 per credit hour for Mississippi County residents, $80 per credit hour for out-of-county students, and $130 per credit hour for out-of-state learners.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,250
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • Locations: Bentonville
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Based in Bentonville, NorthWest Arkansas Community College offers an online Associate of Applied Science in Business Management and an online Associate of Science in both Business and Safety, Health, and Hazmat Management. There's also an online Associate of Arts degree designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year university, which is available in an accelerated variation. The community college provides online students with a variety of resources, including tutoring, success coaching, and live writing center consultations through Skype.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,380
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • Locations: North Little Rock, Little Rock
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Pulaski Technical College is part of the University of Arkansas school system. Offering physical locations in Little Rock and North Little Rock, Arkansas, the institution offers an Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management. The completely online program prepares students to tackle the daily tasks of middle-management roles in the hospitality industry. All online courses are taught via Blackboard, and the school offers a self-paced, online orientation that covers various aspects of the software. Students are also able to order textbooks and supplies from the campus bookstore online, as well as communicate with an advisor by email.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,520
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • Locations: El Dorado
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South Arkansas Community College in El Dorado offers multiple online course offerings with a full Associate of Arts degree available completely through distance learning. The program is designed to cover general education requirements for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution. The asynchronous classes allow students to work through coursework on their own schedule while still meeting regular deadlines and taking part in academic discussions. Degree seekers also have access to video conferencing for live meetings with advisors and faculty.

Online Associate Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $2,910
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • Locations: Malvern
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Located in Malvern, Arkansas, Ouachita Technical College is home to an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice. The online program caters to the educational needs of individuals desiring a career in law enforcement, or current criminal justice professionals looking to advance their skills and career opportunities. Students work one-on-one with an academic advisor throughout the entirety of the program. The community college also offers a self-assessment tool to help online students identify areas of struggle, like time management, and provides guidance for improvement. Online tuition costs $97 per credit hour for Arkansas residents, while out-of-state students pay $194 per credit hour.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,700
  • Accreditation: HLC and COE
  • Locations: Hot Springs
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Students of National Park College in Hot Springs, Arkansas, have the opportunity to earn an Associate of Arts completely online. Preparing students to pursue a bachelor's degree, the program covers general education courses designed to enhance analytical and communication skills. While courses are designed for remote attendance, some online classes require proctored exams at an approved testing location. Maximum tuition costs per semester are currently set at $1,875 for Garland County residents, $2,055 for out-of-county distance learners, and $3,670 for out-of-state students.

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