Necessity is the mother of invention, as the saying goes, and that is certainly true when it comes to getting a college education.  Getting a degree at accredited universities while never setting foot on their campuses used to be unheard of, but now, it is a major business.  

The tuition and other costs of actually going to a 4 year college has skyrocketed and many graduates are faced with a tough job market while having to face the prospect of a huge student loan to pay off.

Necessity = online universities

There used to be just a handful of these online destinations of higher education, but now, there are hundreds, perhaps thousands.  So, how do you gauge which one would be the best choice for you?  There are many factors that could go into such a decision, but the scholars at Affordable Colleges Online have ranked their top 54.

Several considerations went into the methodology of which schools are most affordable and provide the best value, such as affordable tuition and fees, and alumni who earn top dollar immediately after graduation. Three schools from Texas received recognition with one of those schools receiving top 5 honors.

Sam Houston State University in Huntsville was ranked at number 4 in the nation with an average online net price of just over $7700 and average start up graduate pay of over $40,000.

Stephen F Austin State University in Nacogdoches was ranked at number 29 nationwide with an average online net price of about $11,500 and start up graduate pay of just over $40K.

The only other Texas school to make the top 54 was Lamar University in Beaumont which ranked in at number 36.