2019 Best Online Community Colleges in Kansas


These are the 12 community colleges in Kansas that give students the opportunity to earn an associate degree entirely online. The school with the greatest number of available online degrees by far is #2-ranked Barton County Community College, which offers 49 different online AA, AAS, and AS degrees in subjects ranging from Political Science, Sociology, and Chemistry to Hazardous Materials Management, Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry. Tuition at Barton County Community College is a very affordable $4,800 per year.

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Rank School Annual Tuition Campus Location
#1 #1 Hutchinson Community College $3,520 Hutchinson (and 2 others)
#2 #2 Barton County Community College $4,800 Great Bend (KS)
#3 #3 Flint Hills Technical College $6,283 Emporia (KS)
#4 #4 Kansas City Kansas Community College $2,728 Kansas City, Leavenworth (KS)
#5 #5 Cowley County Community College $9,300 Arkansas City (KS)
#6 #6 Wichita State University Tech $2,376 Wichita (KS)
#7 #7 Pratt Community College $4,800 Pratt (KS)
#8 #8 Colby Community College $4,207 Colby (KS)
#9 #9 Seward County Community College $4,704 Liberal (KS)
#10 #10 Highland Community College - KS $2,592 Highland (KS)
#11 #11 Garden City Community College $4,800 Garden City (KS)
#12 #12 Coffeyville Community College $3,840 Coffeyville (KS)

2019 Online Community Colleges in Kansas - 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: $3,520
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • Locations: Hutchinson, Newton, McPherson
  • Online Associate Degrees: 11
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At Hutchinson Community College, located in Hutchinson, Kansas, students can choose from 11 online associate degree programs. Students can earn a general Associate in Science; Associate of Arts in Accounting, Business, and Early Childhood; and Associate of Applied Science in Business Administrative Technology, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Health Information Management, and Paralegal. In addition, nine online certificate programs are available. Some programs require that papers or exams be proctored; students who cannot go to HCC’s campus need to find an approved proctor and location. The college offers more than 160 additional courses online as well. HCC uses the Canvas online learning system to deliver course material. Most learning can be done asynchronously.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,800
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • Locations: Great Bend
  • Online Associate Degrees: 49
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Located in Grand Bend, Kansas, Barton County Community College offers nearly 50 associate degrees online. They are available as Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate of Applied Arts. Distance learners can choose from such disciplines as anthropology cultural studies, English, history, law, emergency management/homeland security, dentistry, dietary management, pharmacy, psychology, and wildlife science. Additionally, about ten certificate programs are available online. Students have access to coursework 24/7 and can work at their own pace to complete weekly assignments. BCCC charges a flat rate of $150 per semester credit hour. Tuition assistance and veteran’s benefits are available for current/former members of the military.

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Online Certificate Programs (10)

  • Annual Tuition: $6,283
  • Accreditation: HLC and COE
  • Locations: Emporia
  • Online Associate Degrees: 4
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Several online programs are available at Flint Hills Technical College, located in Emporia, Kansas. Associate of Applied Science degree programs are offered in business technology, computer program design and development, healthcare administration/management, interactive multimedia design, and power plant technology. Students can also earn an online technical certificate in business technology, interactive multimedia design, and power plant technology. Hybrid program offerings include emergency services technology, industrial engineering technology, and interactive multimedia design. More than ten online general education courses are also available. The Moodle learning management system is used to deliver coursework.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,728
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • Locations: Kansas City, Leavenworth
  • Online Associate Degrees: 24
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Kansas City Kansas Community College offers degree options with online learning. Courses are available 24/7 and generally do not require face-to-face class time. However, some face-to-face time may be required for labs, exams, etc. KCKCC offers more than 20 online Associate of Applied Science degree programs in such disciplines as audio engineering, drafting technology, fire science/fire fighting, physical therapist assistant and mortuary science. Additionally, two online certificate programs are available: networking technology and computer systems networking and telecommunications. KCKCC also offers a wide variety of online courses that are instructor-led and interactive.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,300
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • Locations: Arkansas City
  • Online Associate Degrees: 35
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Headquartered in Arkansas City, Kansas, Cowley County Community College offers more than 30 online programs leading to Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science and Associate of General Studies degrees. The fully accredited degrees are available in such areas as agribusiness, creative writing, hotel and restaurant management, medical coding, milling technician, religion, sports management/administration, and many more. Several online certificate programs are available as well. Cowley uses the Blackboard online management system to deliver course work; students are required to complete a Blackboard orientation course. Coursework is not self-paced, as students are expected to meet deadlines for assignments and projects during the semester. Cowley County Community College is authorized to provide online courses in all 50 states.

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Online Certificate Programs (7)

  • Annual Tuition: $2,376
  • Accreditation: HLC and COE
  • Locations: Wichita
  • Online Associate Degrees: 2
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An online Associate of Applied Science in Administrative Office Technology is available at Wichita Area Technical College in Wichita, Kansas. The 65-credit-hour program develops students’ critical thinking skills and prepares them for a wide variety of careers in the modern office environment. The coursework examines such varied topics as accounting, economics, marketing, finance, and management. Students can choose electives in four areas: communication, humanities, science, and social science. The program covers principles of management, keyboarding, desktop publishing, macroeconomics, and more. WATC also offers an online Certificate of Completion in Home Health Aide. The two-credit-hour program prepares students to work at hospice agencies, with young children, or to take the Kansas certification exam and become a certified health aide.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,800
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • Locations: Pratt
  • Online Associate Degrees: 10
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Pratt Community College in Pratt, Kansas, is part of the EDUKAN cooperative effort among six western Kansas community colleges to provide online educational opportunities. Through this arrangement, several online associate degrees are available. Associate of Arts degree programs are offered in liberal arts, elementary education, and secondary education. Associate of Applied Science degree programs are available in medical laboratory technology, electrical power technology, and sustainable/renewable energy. Several online certificate programs are offered as well. Complete online programs are not available at Pratt Community College.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,207
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • Locations: Colby
  • Online Associate Degrees: 3
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Located in Colby, Kansas, Colby Community College offers several online programs. General Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees are available, as well as three Associate of Applied Science degrees in Sustainable/Renewable Energy, Veterinary Nursing and Equine Science. Also, four technical certificate programs are available: wind technology, solar photovoltaic, virtual office assistant, and veterinary nurse office assistant. Additional online certificate of completion programs include massage therapy, wind technology, solar photovoltaic, and veterinary office assistant. For exams, students can go to CCG’s campus, choose their own proctor, or take exams online. Technical assistance for distance learners is available 24/7, 365 days a year.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,704
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • Locations: Liberal
  • Online Associate Degrees: 5
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Located in Liberal, Kansas, Seward County Community College offers several associate degrees: an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts, an Associate of General Studies, and Associate of Science degrees in Biology, Business Administration, and Chemistry. SCCC partners with online course provider Ed2Go, which offers hundreds of online, instructor-led courses in six- and eight-week formats. Courses are offered in such categories as accounting and finance, computer applications, design and composition, healthcare and medical, language and arts, law and legal, personal development, and writing and publishing.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,592
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • Locations: Highland
  • Online Associate Degrees: 9
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Nine online associate degrees are available at Highland Community College in Highland, Kansas. An Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in General Studies – all transfer degrees – are available. HCC also offers five Associate in Applied Science degree programs: accounting, business administration, criminal justice, medical coding, and personal fitness trainer. Course material is delivered via the Moodle learning management system, and coursework can be done asynchronously. Technical support for online students is available 24/7.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,800
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • Locations: Garden City
  • Online Associate Degrees: 3
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Garden City Community College, which has served Kansas residents for 100 years, offers three online associate degrees: Associate in Science, Associate in Arts, and Associate in General Studies. All require 64 credit hours to complete. These degrees are designed to provide students with two years of college education that can be transferred to a four-year institution toward a bachelor’s degree. GCCC uses the Canvas Online Learning Management System to deliver coursework. Students can log in to the GCCC network from any computer and are free to use the computers at the GCCC campus library.

  • Annual Tuition: $3,840
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • Locations: Coffeyville
  • Online Associate Degrees: 1
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Serving the educational needs of Kansans since 1923, Coffeyville Community College offers an online Associate in Arts degree program. The program can be taken entirely online. A total of 64 credit hours are required to complete the degree, 28 of which are electives. The electives provide flexibility and also satisfy general education requirements so students can pursue a four-year degree after completing the program. GCC uses the Moodle learning management system to deliver coursework, and instructions for Moodle are provided on the college’s website.

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