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2021 Best Value Information Technology Associate's Degree Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

116 Colleges
$6,383 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$32,484 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Information Technology Associate's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 33,399 information technology students received their degrees and certificates, making the major the #3 most popular in the country.

It's not easy to decide which computer science program to enroll in when you have so many options available. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Computer Science Degree Search has developed this Best Value Information Technology Associate's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 116 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value associate's degree programs for IT students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

Our ranking of value is based on the quality of a program as defined in our per sticker price dollar. 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.

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

2021 Best Value Information Technology Associate’s Degree Schools in the United States

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

Top 15% Best Information Technology Associate's Degree Schools

#1

Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park, MN

Our 2021 rankings named Hennepin Technical College the best value school in the United States for information technology students working on their associate’s degree. 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. While working on their Associate's Degree, IT majors at Hennepin Technical College accumulate an average of around $18,308 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $162.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Hennepin Technical College also did well on our Best Information Technology Associate’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Brigham Young University - Idaho is a great value for information technology students working on their associate’s degree. BYU - I is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Rexburg.

BYU - I undergraduate students pay an average of $4,208 in tuition and fees each year.

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#3

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, SD

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Southeast Technical Institute is a great value for information technology students working on their associate’s degree. 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. The average amount in student loans that IT majors at Southeast Technical Institute take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $20,038. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $192.

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

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The excellent associate’s degree programs at Collin County Community College District helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best value information technology schools in the United States. Collin County Community College District is a fairly large public school located in the midsize suburb of McKinney.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Collin County Community College District are $5,014 a year. IT majors at Collin County Community College District take out an average of $19,086 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree.

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#5

Century College - White Bear Lake

White Bear Lake, MN

Out of the 116 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Century College - White Bear Lake landed the # 5 spot on the list. Century College - White Bear Lake is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of White Bear Lake.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Century College - White Bear Lake are $5,578 per year.

In addition to its great value ranking, Century College - White Bear Lake is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Information Technology Associate’s Degree Schools list.

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Northcentral Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for information technology students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #6 on the list. North Central Technical College is a moderately-sized public school located in the small city of Wausau.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at North Central Technical College are $5,247 per year.

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

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With a ranking of #7, Waukesha County Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for information technology students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the large suburb of Pewaukee, WCTC is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at WCTC are $6,395 per year. On average, IT graduates from WCTC take out $14,489 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 $112.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, WCTC also did well on our Best Information Technology Associate’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#8

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, GA

Gwinnett Technical College came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Information Technology Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Lawrenceville, GTC is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at GTC are $5,636 a year. IT majors at GTC take out an average of $15,282 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $130, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, GTC also did well on our Best Information Technology Associate’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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Moraine Park Technical College came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Information Technology Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Moraine Park Technical College is a small public school located in the small city of Fond du Lac.

Moraine Park Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,885 in tuition and fees each year.

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Minneapolis Community and Technical College landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value associate’s degree information technology programs. Minneapolis Community and Technical College is a medium-sized public school located in the large city of Minneapolis.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Minneapolis Community and Technical College are $5,545 a year. After completing their Associate's Degree, IT graduates from Minneapolis Community and Technical College carry an average student debtload of $21,796. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $202, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Dakota County Technical College ranked #11 on this year’s Best Value Information Technology Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the rural area of Rosemount, DCTC is a public college with a small student population.

DCTC undergraduate students pay an average of $5,864 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their Associate's Degree, IT graduates from DCTC carry an average student debtload of $22,159. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $182.

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#12

Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids, IA

With a ranking of #12, Kirkwood Community College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for information technology students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the midsize city of Cedar Rapids, Kirkwood Community College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Kirkwood Community College are $6,970 per year. After completing their Associate's Degree, IT graduates from Kirkwood Community College carry an average student debtload of $19,518. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $191.

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#13

Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Coon Rapids, MN

Anoka-Ramsey Community College ranked #13 on this year’s Best Value Information Technology Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of Coon Rapids, Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids Campus is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids Campus are $5,207 per year.

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Milwaukee Area Technical College ranked #14 on this year’s Best Value Information Technology Associate’s Degree Schools list. MATC is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Milwaukee.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at MATC are $6,706 per year. The average amount in student loans that IT majors at MATC take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $15,222. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $140.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, MATC also did well on our Best Information Technology Associate’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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With a ranking of #15, Georgia Piedmont Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for information technology students working on their associate’s degree. Georgia Piedmont Technical College is a small public school located in the suburb of Clarkston.

Georgia Piedmont Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,588 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their Associate's Degree, IT majors at Georgia Piedmont Technical College accumulate an average of around $16,526 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $171, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Fox Valley Technical College came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Information Technology Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. FVTC is a large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Appleton.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at FVTC are $6,688 a year. IT majors at FVTC take out an average of $14,259 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $139.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, FVTC also did well on our Best Information Technology Associate’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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Clover Park Technical College ranked #16 on this year’s Best Value Information Technology Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Lakewood, CPTC is a public college with a small student population.

CPTC undergraduate students pay an average of $5,740 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their Associate's Degree, IT graduates from CPTC carry an average student debtload of $15,446. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $143.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value Information Technology Associate's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
18 Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny, IA
19 Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global Marion, IN
20 Saint Paul College Saint Paul, MN
21 Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS
22 Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay, WI
23 Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore, MD

Information Technology by Region

View the Best Value Information Technology Associate's Degree Schools for a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Information Technology is one of 10 different types of computer science programs to choose from.

IT Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Computer & IS Security 17,695
Network & System Administration/Administrator 5,778
Information Technology Management 3,066
Computer Support Specialist 2,955
Information Technology Project Management 1,614
System, Networking, & LAN/WAN Management/Manager 1,521
Web/Multimedia Management & Webmaster 770

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 76,482
Computer Science 47,906
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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Craig Dennis.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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