Why This Matters


    People who earn bachelor’s degrees make $502 more per week than people who end their education after high school, according to 2019 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).


    Estimates from College Board place in-state Missouri tuition at $9,240 for public colleges based on the 2020-21 school year.


    The average amount of financial aid received per U.S. undergraduate student during the 2019-20 school year was $14,940.

Our Research

We looked at all types of colleges in Missouri to come up with our curated list of the best online colleges. Our research included everything from small private colleges to large public universities, and we reviewed the tuition costs, graduation credit requirements, and coursework delivery method (in-person vs. online).

We limited our review to accredited higher learning institutions to ensure they meet high quality standards. The majority of the Missouri colleges on our list are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Working in a 19-state area in the north central region, the HLC is committed to holding its accredited institutions to high standards for the continuing improvement of higher education.

  • 69 hours to write this article
  • 107 universities and colleges we assessed
  • 127 education programs we compared

The Top 50 Online Colleges in Missouri

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What You Should Know About Graduating From College in Missouri

Looking at the career outlook with a bachelor’s degree can help you choose an online degree program. For careers that require a bachelor’s degree, the top five highest paying jobs in Missouri based on 2020 data were chief executives, architectural and engineering managers, computer and information systems managers, sales managers, and compensation and benefits managers.

Looking at the number of job openings in different fields can help you plan for finding a job once you graduate. In Missouri, the jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree that have the greatest number of openings include registered nurses, general and operations managers, accountants and auditors, secondary school teachers (except special and career/technical education), and elementary school teachers (except special education).

The careers in Missouri requiring a bachelor’s degree with the greatest declining employment are editors, reporters and correspondents, adult basic and secondary educators, literacy teachers and instructors, radio and television announcers, and agents/business managers of artists, performers, and athletes.

What’s Next?

As you explore online colleges in Missouri, take time to understand the financial aid opportunities available. Our list of state and federal financial aid resources below helps you learn about the scholarships, grants, and other options for undergraduate students in Missouri:

  • Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development. This agency provides a guide to plan and pay for college with information on grants, scholarships, and loans for Missouri undergraduates.
  • Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). With over $120 billion available annually in financial aid, the office of Federal Student Aid is a good resource for Missouri students. Explore your eligibility for federal student aid with FAFSA4caster. You can apply for FAFSA online.
  • CareerOneStop. Explore all types of financial aid, and filter them by your state and field of study to find relevant opportunities. CareerOneStop gives details on amounts, deadlines, qualifications, and contact information for an easy, comprehensive financial aid resource.