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2021 Best Value Computer Information Systems Associate's Degree Schools in the Southeast Region

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

40 Colleges
$11,267 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$30,365 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Computer Information Systems Associate's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 76,482 degrees and certificates were awarded to computer information systems students, making the major the most popular in the country.

There are so many computer science programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Computer Science Degree Search has created its Best Value Computer Information Systems Associate's Degree Schools in the Southeast Region ranking. This report analyzed 40 schools in the Southeast Region to see which ones offered the best value associate's degree programs for CIS students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

This ranking is not just a list of inexpensive schools. We also consider each school's quality, since we believe a low-quality school may not be a 'bargain' at any price. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

For nationwide and regional rankings, we use out-of-state tuition and fees in our calculations. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2021 Best Value Computer Information Systems Associate’s Degree Schools in the Southeast Region

The following schools top our list of the Best Value Computer Information Systems Associate's Degree Colleges.

Top 10 Best Computer Information Systems Associate's Degree Schools

Our analysis found Central Piedmont Community College to be the best value school for computer information systems students who want to pursue a associate’s degree in the Southeast Region . Located in the large city of Charlotte, Central Piedmont Community College is a public school with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Central Piedmont Community College are $8,936 a year. After completing their Associate's Degree, CIS graduates from Central Piedmont Community College carry an average student debtload of $10,398.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Central Piedmont Community College also is in the top 15% of our Best Computer Information Systems Associate’s Degree Schools in the Southeast Region ranking.

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Out of the 40 schools in the Southeast Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Jefferson State Community College landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of Birmingham, Jeff State is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Jeff State are $8,790 a year. While working on their Associate's Degree, CIS majors at Jeff State accumulate an average of around $12,004 in student debt.

Jeff State also claimed a spot on our Best Computer Information Systems Associate’s Degree Schools in the Southeast Region list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Guilford Technical Community College is a great value for computer information systems students working on their associate’s degree. Guilford Technical Community College is a large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Jamestown.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Guilford Technical Community College are $7,695 a year. While working on their Associate's Degree, CIS majors at Guilford Technical Community College accumulate an average of around $18,697 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $199.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Florida State College at Jacksonville is a great value for computer information systems students working on their associate’s degree. FSCJ is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Jacksonville.

FSCJ undergraduate students pay an average of $9,631 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that CIS majors at FSCJ take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $17,079. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $162.

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Palm Beach State College

Lake Worth, FL

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Palm Beach State College. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Value Computer Information Systems Associate’s Degree Schools in the Southeast Region list. Palm Beach State College is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Lake Worth.

Palm Beach State College undergraduate students pay an average of $8,732 in tuition and fees each year.

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Wayne Community College

Goldsboro, NC

Wayne Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer information systems students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #6 on the list. Wayne Community College is a small public school located in the small city of Goldsboro.

Wayne Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $8,668 in tuition and fees each year.

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Northern Virginia Community College ranked #7 on this year’s Best Value Computer Information Systems Associate’s Degree Schools in the Southeast Region list. Northern Virginia Community College is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Annandale.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Northern Virginia Community College are $11,693 a year. The average amount in student loans that CIS majors at Northern Virginia Community College take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $13,141. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $109, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Fayetteville Technical Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer information systems students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of Fayetteville, FTCC is a public school with a large student population.

FTCC undergraduate students pay an average of $8,688 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their Associate's Degree, CIS majors at FTCC accumulate an average of around $15,374 in student debt.

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Pitt Community College

Winterville, NC

Pitt Community College ranked #9 on this year’s Best Value Computer Information Systems Associate’s Degree Schools in the Southeast Region list. Located in the midsize suburb of Winterville, Pitt Community College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Pitt Community College are $6,548 per year. While working on their Associate's Degree, CIS majors at Pitt Community College accumulate an average of around $22,732 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $252, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Thomas Nelson Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer information systems students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #10 on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of Hampton, TNCC is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at TNCC are $10,809 a year. The average amount in student loans that CIS majors at TNCC take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $11,298.

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Best Computer Information Systems Colleges by State

Explore the best computer information systems schools for a specific state in the Southeast region.

State Degrees Awarded
West Virginia 445
Florida 4,955
Georgia 3,460
Louisiana 187
Arkansas 863
Virginia 3,535
South Carolina 675
North Carolina 4,818
Mississippi 314
Kentucky 3,815
Tennessee 704
Alabama 1,482

One of 10 majors within the computer science area of study, computer information systems has other similar majors worth exploring.

CIS Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
General Computer & Information Sciences 46,489
Information Technology 26,468
Informatics 2,056
Other Computer & Information Sciences 1,143
Artificial Intelligence 326

Majors Similar to CIS

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Science 47,906
Information Technology 33,399
Information Science 17,779
Computer Systems Networking 14,055
Computer Software & Applications 12,793

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

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