Why This Matters


    A bachelor’s degree is an investment in higher wages. It’s estimated that bachelor’s degree holders earn a median weekly salary of $1,248, as opposed to the $746 earned by high school graduates.


    Undergraduates enrolled full-time in an Idaho college paid $8,000 for in-state tuition and fees for the 2020-21 school year.


    As reported by College Board, full-time U.S. students enrolled in an undergraduate program received $14,940 in financial aid.

Our Research

We compiled our best online colleges in Idaho list by comparing state universities and private colleges throughout the state. Credits needed to graduate and tuition costs were reviewed, along with course format. All the Idaho schools we chose are accredited, which is imperative for professional credential recognition and credit/degree transfer to other schools.

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) accredits most of the schools on this list. This regional accrediting commission is recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Accreditation is determined based on multiple standards, including but not limited to: student success, institutional mission, policies and procedures, and resources for students.

  • 12 hours to write this article
  • 16 universities and colleges we assessed
  • 28 education programs we compared

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What You Should Know About Graduating From College in Idaho

Researching the highest-paying occupations for bachelor’s degree holders in Idaho can be helpful when choosing a program. Architectural and engineering managers earn the highest annual salary, followed by nuclear and chemical engineers. All other engineers — including computer hardware engineers — also rank high when it comes to pay rate.

You may also want to review which jobs are expected to have the most openings. Registered nurses are first, followed by general and operations managers. There’s also expected to be a high demand for preschool teachers — except special education — and some types of secondary school teachers. Accountants and auditors are also expected to see comparatively high number of available jobs between 2018-28.

Some occupations for bachelor’s degree grads in Idaho are expected to see declining job numbers. Reporters and correspondents are expected to see the most decline, followed by radio and television announcers, camera operators for TV and movies, and biological scientists.

What’s Next?

You should research financial aid when collecting information about the best online colleges in Idaho. To help you begin, we’ve put together the following state and federal resources:

  • Idaho State Board of Education. Prospective online college students can apply for multiple state scholarships at this website. Some of the opportunities include the Idaho Opportunity Scholarship and the Idaho Governor’s Cup Scholarship.
  • Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The U.S. government awards billions in student aid annually. Applying for federal aid — including grants, loans, and scholarships — is as easy as filling out the online FAFSA. Before you begin, visit FAFSA4caster to determine whether you’re eligible.
  • CareerOneStop. Visit this website — which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor — to discover an array of financial aid opportunities for Idaho undergraduates. You’ll find application and contact information here, along with scholarship and grant amounts. Search by state and degree level to narrow down the results.