Online Degrees In Idaho (ID)

Idaho, with its rugged landscape and vast area consisting of protected wilderness and public recreational areas, has a population of 1.75 million concentrated in its urban centers that include Boise and Twin Falls. The rest reside in highly rural areas that often are separated by many miles and geographical barriers from its institutions of higher education.The entire first paragraph can be replaced with the above.

In a state where the need for college-educated workers is acute, these physical challenges, along with issues of financial need, can mean the difference between keeping the status quo and earning that college degree. Fortunately, the state’s lawmakers and higher ed leaders are working hard to improve college access, including making great strides in expanding online degree programs in Idaho and improve financial aid resources.

Keep reading to discover how online education in Idaho can help you reach your educational and career goals.

According to the Institute for Research on Higher Education (IRHE), by 2020, more than two-thirds (68 percent) of Idaho’s jobs may require some postsecondary credential. To help bolster college attainment rates among Idahoans, state leaders established a goal to have 60 percent of its 25- to 34-year-olds complete some education beyond high school — at least a one-year professional certificate.

Yet, although great strides have been made, its rate was still just 40.6 percent in 2016. Idaho may face severe employee shortages if it does not drastically improve its number of college-going students. Students who enroll in online colleges in Idaho are likely to find more employment opportunities. Not only that, but an average distance of 13.7 miles sits between each county center and the closest degree-granting institution; online colleges in Idaho can provide college access to students who may not have it otherwise.

Plus, the Idaho State Board of Education says that someone who graduates from college earns more money than those with only high school educations &mdash pay increases by education level, on average. With a high school education, an Idahoan can earn $638 per week, while someone with a college degree can earn $1,100 a week.

The following list ranks Idaho colleges that offer online degree programs on such factors as admission rates, student support services, tuitions and more.

1
Brigham Young University-Idaho
Rexburg, ID
https://www.byui.edu
Average in-state tuition
$4,118
No. of online programs
17
% of students in distance education
77%
Avg. amount of Aid
$6,052
Admissions Rate
97%
Graduation Rate
57%
Career Counseling
Yes
Placement Services
Yes
2
Northwest Nazarene University
Nampa, ID
https://www.nnu.edu
Average in-state tuition
$29,300
No. of online programs
22
% of students in distance education
35%
Avg. amount of Aid
$18,823
Admissions Rate
71%
Graduation Rate
59%
Career Counseling
Yes
Placement Services
No
3
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID
https://www.uidaho.edu
Average in-state tuition
$5,778
No. of online programs
20
% of students in distance education
32%
Avg. amount of Aid
$7,444
Admissions Rate
77%
Graduation Rate
59%
Career Counseling
Yes
Placement Services
Yes
4
Boise State University
Boise, ID
https://www.boisestate.edu
Average in-state tuition
$5,259
No. of online programs
10
% of students in distance education
37%
Avg. amount of Aid
$8,379
Admissions Rate
81%
Graduation Rate
46%
Career Counseling
Yes
Placement Services
Yes
5
Idaho State University
Pocatello, ID
https://www.isu.edu/
Average in-state tuition
$5,645
No. of online programs
15
% of students in distance education
47%
Avg. amount of Aid
$6,675
Admissions Rate
N/A%
Graduation Rate
33%
Career Counseling
Yes
Placement Services
Yes
6
North Idaho College
Coeur d'Alene, ID
https://www.nic.edu/
Average in-state tuition
$3,916
No. of online programs
2
% of students in distance education
58%
Avg. amount of Aid
$3,711
Admissions Rate
N/A%
Graduation Rate
N/A%
Career Counseling
Yes
Placement Services
Yes
7
Lewis-Clark State College
Lewiston, ID
https://www.lcsc.edu
Average in-state tuition
$6,618
No. of online programs
10
% of students in distance education
45%
Avg. amount of Aid
$5,429
Admissions Rate
100%
Graduation Rate
40%
Career Counseling
Yes
Placement Services
Yes
8
College of Southern Idaho
Twin Falls, ID
https://www.csi.edu
Average in-state tuition
$4,560
No. of online programs
17
% of students in distance education
33%
Avg. amount of Aid
$4,233
Admissions Rate
N/A%
Graduation Rate
N/A%
Career Counseling
Yes
Placement Services
Yes
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

Using data from the National Center for Education Statistics, we’ve created the following list of the top online degree programs in Idaho.

Program Name
No. of online programs
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
7
Business Administration and Management, General
6
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
4
General Studies
3
Special Education and Teaching, General
2
Accounting
2
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
2
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other
2
Computer Science
2

Students considering enrollment in online degree programs in Idaho may appreciate knowing that the state’s leaders and higher education institutions have worked extremely hard in recent years to make college accessible and valuable to its students.

At the individual school level, efforts to step up quality include the College of Western Idaho, whose online faculty must complete online instructor certification programs, and Idaho State University, which subscribes to the Quality Matters Program.

Also, Idaho is a part of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) through the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education. States who are members of SARA agree to meet a set of national standards for postsecondary distance education. It not only improves access across state boundaries, but it insures a level of quality of online education at member schools.

Helpful tool: To step up its level of accountability and quality, the Idaho State Board of Education unveiled its new Data Dashboard in early 2019. Accessed through the state board’s website, this online tool shares information about student access, progress and success at the state’s eight public colleges and universities, in a user-friendly format.

Currently, 10 institutions in Idaho are approved member institutions with SARA. If this designation is important to you, it’s important when you’re considering online degree programs in Idaho that you choose from these member schools.

Other factors to consider include:

  • Accreditation: The voluntary process of a third-party review of quality and rigor to receive accreditation is a measure of a school’s stability and ability to adequately prepare students for the workplace. Accreditation is also a requirement for receiving federal or institutional financial aid, scholarships or military funding. Any online college you’re considering should be accredited.
  • Degree offerings: The Idaho State Board of Education can provide useful information at a glance about which types of credentials its public colleges and institutions offer. Students should consider whether their preferred online schools can offer the practical experience needed to meet career goals.
  • Student outcomes: The state’s Data Dashboard may be helpful in choosing among Idaho colleges that offer online degree programs. You can search graduation rates of individual schools or categories of schools or explore the number of graduates produced and more. Ask the schools themselves for information on job placement rates and success of graduates.

We used state industry data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to come up with this list of the top occupations in Idaho.

Occupation
Number of Workers
Median Salary
Office and Administrative Support Occupations100,410$34,120
Sales and Related Occupations70,350$27,700
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations65,890$20,280
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations56,670$31,510
Production Occupations50,960$33,830
Educational Instruction and Library Occupations43,420$37,120
Construction and Extraction Occupations42,890$39,380
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations42,100$65,620
Management Occupations41,680$73,490
Healthcare Support Occupations32,950$26,300
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations31,740$42,680
Business and Financial Operations Occupations28,910$58,740
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations24,580$26,150
Retail Salespersons23,490$25,220
Customer Service Representatives18,340$32,020
Cashiers17,620$22,490
Office Clerks, General16,740$31,960
Home Health and Personal Care Aides16,270$23,160
Fast Food and Counter Workers16,060$18,900
Computer and Mathematical Occupations16,060$69,500

Source: 2019 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2018-28 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Until recently, the state of Idaho offered no need-based financial aid to its students. However, its “60 percent by 2020” goal motivated state leaders to take action which includes creating financial aid opportunities, such as:

  • Idaho Opportunity Scholarship: This need-based award offers Idaho high school graduates and state residents with GPAs of at least 2.7 up to $3,500 per year (renewable for up to four years).
  • Idaho Opportunity Scholarship for Adult Learners: This need-based award of up to $3,500 is specifically for students with at least 24 college credits under their belts and at least 24 months since they last attended postsecondary institutions.

Other scholarships from Idaho are offered for students in varying specific circumstances of school, industry or background. In order to qualify for these, and any other form of federal grants and scholarships, as well as most private scholarships or tuition assistance, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Scholarship Listing

D. L. Evans Scholarship
No. of Awards
8
Deadline
March 3
Max. Award Amount
250
Renewable
No
Criteria
Applicant must be a graduating senior from one of the following high schools: Mini-Cassia, Magic Valley, Treasure Valley, Wood River Valley, and Eastern Idaho. Applicant must be attending the College of Southern Idaho, Idaho State University, College of Idaho, University of Idaho, Boise State University, or College of Western Idaho as a full-time student. Preference will be given to students majoring in finance business, or economics; all majors will be considered. Minimum 3.0 GPA required.
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UI Scholars Scholarship
No. of Awards
70
Deadline
February 15
Max. Award Amount
3,000
Renewable
Yes
Criteria
Applicant must be a resident of Idaho graduating from high school with a minimum 32 ACT score, and a 1420 SAT 1 score.
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Governor's Cup Scholarship
No. of Awards
25
Deadline
February 15
Max. Award Amount
3,000
Renewable
Yes
Criteria
Applicants must be Idaho high school seniors planning to attend Idaho colleges or universities full-time and have a minimum 2.8 GPA. Public service is a significant factor.
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Mark Richard Music Memorial Scholarship Program
No. of Awards
N/A
Deadline
March 14
Max. Award Amount
N/A
Renewable
No
Criteria
Applicant must be a United States citizen or permanent resident of Idaho for at least one year with a medical diagnosis of epilepsy. Applicant must be a high school graduate or hold an equivalent certificate and be either entering or continuing school and pursuing an academic or vocational undergraduate degree or certificate.
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Presidential Achievement Scholarship
No. of Awards
N/A
Deadline
February 15
Max. Award Amount
1,500
Renewable
Yes
Criteria
Applicant must be a resident of Idaho coming directly from high school with a minimum of 3.5 GPA or higher, a minimum 30-31 ACT score, and a 1340-1419 SAT score.
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Source: Scholarship directory data is copyrighted material which is reproduced on this website by permission of CollegeXpress, a division of Carnegie Dartlet. Copyright © 2020 by CollegeXpress.

There is no standard, required college entrance exam that Idaho schools require applicants to complete. Students may be asked to submit SAT, ACT or other exams, depending on their circumstances, in order to apply.


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Sources

  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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  • U.S. Census, “QuickFacts: Idaho,” July 1, 2018,https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/id/PST045218
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