Survey: Best buys in online business colleges

Survey, which ranked schools on affordability, finds that online students can pay as little as $11,880 or as much as $103,500 for a bachelor's degree in business.

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With online education growing more popular, a recent survey has ranked the most affordable online business colleges.

Coming in No. 1 as most affordable was East Carolina University in North Carolina, according to the survey released Wednesday by GetEducated.com. Residents of the state can pay $11,880 for an online bachelor's degree in business, though out-of-state students pay a less modest $54,480 for the same degree.

The University of Wyoming came in second with its bachelor's in business administration program costing $16,080 for all online students, in or out of state.

Top five online colleges
Top five online colleges ranked by affordability GetEducated.com

GetEducated.com graded online schools with an A-F scale for affordability. Coming in at the bottom was Drexel University in New York, which earned an F as the costliest business school, charging $103,500 for its bachelor of science in general studies/business degree.

In scouting out online colleges, GetEducated founder Vicky Phillips advises students to "look for public universities where tuition is naturally low. Public colleges are already subsidized by your tax dollars. Almost 70 percent of residential colleges now offer their most popular degrees online."

GetEducated.com is a consumer group that rates online colleges for cost and quality of education. The latest rankings were based on the group's spring survey of online business and management bachelor's degrees. GetEducated.com compared tuition costs at 83 online-learning bachelor's programs offered by accredited universities in the U.S.