In 2013, there were 161 Ohio colleges that provided degree opportunities for distance learning, including two schools that ensured online degree programs had the same special standards as their own academic standards: Franklin University and Ohio State. Many state online programs originally were provided by private schools, but nowadays, most are offered by the top public accredited four year universities in the state of Ohio. Currently, there is a huge number of online degree programs in Ohio, including nursing, business, criminal justice and computer science undergraduate and graduate programs.
Compared to other states, it costs more to get a degree in Ohio when comparing overall costs, but the cost of tuition is also increasing at a slower pace than one might expect. At a two year public school, the tuition has risen only 10.1 percent between the years of 2004 and 2014, whereas public four year schools saw an actual decrease of 2.5 percent during this same time period.
The fluctuation in tuition is due to an Ohio educational budget decrease during this period, lowering the budget by 2.5 percent. Another factor is due to the tuition cap set in place in 2008 by the Board of Regents. In this, it is stated that for the 2014 to 2015 fiscal year, it is not permitted for a public state university to exceed either a $188 increase in tuition or a 2 percent increase, whichever is higher for the school.