Government Accredited Online Colleges in Pennsylvania

Over 60 of the four year public schools in Pennsylvania began offering new distance learning and online education and degree programs for its students in 2013. Penn State, on the other hand, has been giving opportunities for distance learning over well over a century; the first correspondence course was available back in 1892. As such, it should come as no surprise that Penn State was one of the first accredited universities in 1998 to offer a completely online degree program for its students. Today, it now offers more than 20 undergraduate degrees for distance learning, as well as 40 online Masters and doctoral degree programs.

The cost of tuition in Pennsylvania has been increasing steadily over the last few years, seeking a rather noticeable spike of 33.5 percent from 2006 to 2012. Two year public schools saw tuition increase by 30 percent between the years 2004 and 2014, and four year schools saw a tuition increase of 27.5 percent during the same period of time.

Some of these inflation costs are a result of the decrease in higher education funding by the state of 30.7 percent. Even though the state funding has gone down and the cost of tuition has gone up, there has been an increase of state college enrollment in Pennsylvania; the increase between the years 2000 and 2009 was 17.4 percent. With a graduation rate of 63.4 percent, Pennsylvania is ranked as ninth best in the country. Its first-year student retention rate is a respectable 80.9 percent.