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Virtual High Schools: Cost per Course/Semester?

This database shows, where available, the cost of a course per semester.

Why does it matter? Policymakers need to know if the costs and fiscal impact of virtual school programs are sustainable.


  • Costs range from $50 per student per semester to $800 per student per semester.
  • Idaho stipulates that the student is responsible for the cost of courses outside the regular school day.
  • West Virginia may require a student to pay if the course is already offered in his/her school.

    Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and state education agencies, and will be updated as new policies and programs are enacted.

    Sources for all data points are available through this link.

    Last updated: December 3, 2007

    Research conducted by Melodye Bush and Michael Colasanti. Please contact Melodye Bush (303.299.3631 or with comments or questions about this database.
  • Cost per course/semester?
    Alabama No cost to students or districts - state covers all costs.
    American Samoa
    Arizona No cost
    Arkansas No cost
    California $325 per student/per semester
    Colorado $200 per student/course/semester
    District of Columbia
    Florida Free to state students, but $750 per one-credit regular and honors course for nonresident students.
    Georgia No cost
    Hawaii During the regular school year, there is no charge to the student.  Summer school sessions are $80 per half credit.
    Idaho $50 per semester.
    Illinois $225 per course for semester courses, and $450 per course for full-year courses.
    Iowa No cost to student for courses developed by Iowa Learning Online.  Districts determine the cost of courses that have been developed by districts.  
    Kentucky $300 per course
    Louisiana No cost
    Maryland Range from $15 to $375 per student/course/semester
    Michigan $250 to $395 per student/semester; AP courses are $350 a semester. 
    Mississippi No cost
    Missouri Not yet determined
    New Hampshire
    New Jersey
    New Mexico No information available
    New York
    North Carolina No information available
    North Dakota $106 per course, plus books and materials
    Oregon No cost
    Puerto Rico
    Rhode Island
    South Carolina No cost
    South Dakota $200-$350 per 1/2-credit course
    Texas $325-350 per course/semester
    Utah $100 per course per semester
    Virgin Islands
    Virginia No cost to Early College Scholars; however, other students may have to pay tuition fees. AP courses cost between $75-$350; private school and home school students pay $375 per course; and out of state students pay $450 per course. World language and certain non-AP electives are free to all Virginia public school students.
    West Virginia $400-$750 per semester
    Wisconsin $325 per course/semester

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