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Affordable Education

You can afford to get a great education online from Portland State. As a public university, Portland State holds accessible education as a core value.

We offer affordable online degrees as part of our commitment to provide opportunity for all types of students from local, regional, national and international communities.

Affordable Colleges Online ranks Portland State No. 1 on the list of Oregon's most affordable online colleges. To keep our online degrees affordable for the broadest number of people, Portland State offers:

If you live in a Washington state border county, you may be eligible to pay in-state tuition for a Portland State online degree. Find Out if You Qualify For the Washington Border Policy.

Find Out How an Affordable Online Degree Can Fit Into Your Budget

Students who choose online degrees often cite cost as a key reason for their choice. Online programs are more affordable for a number of reasons:

  • You'll save on expenses such as housing, transportation, and meals that you might incur if you took classes on campus.
  • You can work full-time and keep earning an income while you complete your degree.
  • If you have children, flexible coursework allows you to avoid extra childcare costs.

Portland State's financial advisers can help you determine how to afford an online degree on your budget. Contact our Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships to start planning for an affordable online degree.