How Much Does Online School Cost?

If you’re looking into online schooling for your child, you’ve probably wondered about how much it costs. Do you have to pay for tuition? What programs will you need to purchase or download? What supplies will your student need while learning from home? These are all incredibly valid questions that are great to ask before you begin pursuing online education seriously, so, we’ll do our best to answer each and every one of these (along with a few others). 


Tuition Costs for Online Schools 

We are a public online school that serves Michigan and according to, there are online public schools offered in 35 states in the U.S. and private online schools offered in all 50 states. Public online schools are paid for in the same way public brick and mortar schools are — taxes — which means tuition is completely free. 


States that do not currently offer online public school programs are:


  1. Alaska
  2. Connecticut
  3. Delaware
  4. Hawaii
  5. Illinois
  6. Kentucky
  7. Maryland
  8. Mississippi
  9. Montana
  10. Nebraska
  11. New Jersey
  12. New York 
  13. North Dakota
  14. South Dakota
  15. Vermont


Not having a public option in your state doesn’t mean you are unable to enroll your student in an online program, there are plenty of private online school programs that are offered in all fifty states. Tuition for these programs varies based on the school, so you will have to inquire with your school of interest in order to determine the exact pricing. 


Other Costs 

Many online schools still plan field trips and other fun activities for their students. While optional, these are great socialization opportunities for your student. If you plan on having your student attend school events like these, there will likely be additional costs. 


What’s Next? 

The public online school doesn’t require any more investment on your part than a brick and mortar school, so what’s holding you back? If you’re ready to learn more about online schooling opportunities or even enroll, and you are a Michigan resident, you can head over to our website to get more information. 

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