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2021 Best Value Computer Programming Associate's Degree Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

72 Colleges
$6,282 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$37,300 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Computer Programming Associate's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 10,688 computer programming students received their degrees and certificates, making the major the #7 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. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

The Best Value Computer Programming Associate's Degree Schools ranking is one of many tools that Computer Science Degree Search has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 72 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value associate's degree programs for programming 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 Programming Associate’s Degree Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best value schools for programming majors pursuing a associate's degree.

Top 10 Best Computer Programming Associate's Degree Schools

#1

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, SD

Our analysis found Southeast Technical Institute to be the best value school for computer programming students who want to pursue a associate’s degree in the United States. Southeast Technical Institute is a small public school located in the rural area of Sioux Falls.

Southeast Technical Institute undergraduate students pay an average of $6,448 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their Associate's Degree, programming majors at Southeast Technical Institute accumulate an average of around $18,446 in student debt.

Southeast Technical Institute not only placed well in our value ranking, but it is also #5 on our Best Computer Programming Associate’s Degree Schools list.

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Out of the 72 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Northcentral Technical College landed the # 2 spot on the list. North Central Technical College is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Wausau.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at North Central Technical College are $5,247 a year. After completing their Associate's Degree, programming graduates from North Central Technical College carry an average student debtload of $10,332. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $75, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, North Central Technical College also is in the top 10% of our Best Computer Programming Associate’s Degree Schools ranking.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Brigham Young University - Idaho. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Value Computer Programming Associate’s Degree Schools list. BYU - I is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Rexburg.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at BYU - I are $4,208 a year.

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#4

Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park, MN

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Hennepin Technical College. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Value Computer Programming Associate’s Degree Schools list. Hennepin Technical College is a small public school located in the large suburb of Brooklyn Park.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Hennepin Technical College are $5,248 a year. Programming majors at Hennepin Technical College take out an average of $17,545 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree.

Hennepin Technical College excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Computer Programming Associate’s Degree Schools list.

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#5

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, GA

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Gwinnett Technical College is a great value for computer programming students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the large suburb of Lawrenceville, GTC is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

GTC undergraduate students pay an average of $5,636 in tuition and fees each year. Programming majors at GTC take out an average of $15,775 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $170.

GTC also claimed a spot on our Best Computer Programming Associate’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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Indian Hills Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer programming students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #6 on the list. IHCC is a small public school located in the remote town of Ottumwa.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at IHCC are $5,760 per year. While working on their Associate's Degree, programming majors at IHCC accumulate an average of around $16,621 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $154.

IHCC excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Computer Programming Associate’s Degree Schools list.

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San Jacinto Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer programming students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Pasadena, San Jacinto College is a public school with a very large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at San Jacinto College are $5,040 a year.

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Chippewa Valley Technical College ranked #8 on this year’s Best Value Computer Programming Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Eau Claire, CVTC is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at CVTC are $6,481 per year. Programming majors at CVTC take out an average of $15,687 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $161.

CVTC excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Computer Programming Associate’s Degree Schools list.

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Dakota County Technical College ranked #9 on this year’s Best Value Computer Programming Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the rural area of Rosemount, DCTC is a public college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at DCTC are $5,864 per year.

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Fox Valley Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer programming students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #10 on the list. FVTC is a large public school located in the midsize suburb of Appleton.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at FVTC are $6,688 a year. Programming majors at FVTC take out an average of $11,680 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $120.

FVTC excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Computer Programming Associate’s Degree Schools list.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great value schools for Computer Programming students seeking value that almost earned our Best Value Computer Programming Associate's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
11 Minneapolis Community and Technical College Minneapolis, MN
12 Saint Paul College Saint Paul, MN
12 Sinclair Community College Dayton, OH
14 Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS

Computer Programming by Region

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New England
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Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Computer Programming is one of 10 different types of computer science programs to choose from.

Programming Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
General Computer Programming 7,925
App Specific Computer Programming 2,227
Computer Programming Certifications 319
Other Computer Programming 217

Majors Similar to Programming

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 76,482
Computer Science 47,906
Information Technology 33,399
Information Science 17,779
Computer Systems Networking 14,055

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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