Charter College, established in 1985, is a small independent institution that is proud of their innovative approach to education. Claiming to be neither a liberal arts college, a university, nor a vocational school, they instead chose to borrow elements from each, that they feel will help students get a more career-focused education. This translates to their providing educational elements, approaches, and features like fast-track programs, hands-on training, personal tutoring, and flexible class scheduling.
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Charter College‘s 9 locations include their main campus in Canyon Country, California, other California campuses (Lancaster, Long Beach, and Oxnard), 2 campuses in Alaska (Anchorage and Wassila, in the Mat-Su Valley), and 3 Washington campuses (Bellingham, Vancouver, and Pasco, in the Tri-Citie). They also have an online campus, which serves students from anywhere in the globe.
Charter College offers 30 Associate and Bachelor’s degree programs and Diploma/Certificate programs in the fields of Business, Criminal Justice, Health Care, and Information Technology. Currently the program offering at Charter College includes Bachelor Degree programs in Health Care Administration, Information Technology Engineering, Business Management & Technology, Business Management Accounting, Construction Management, and Criminal Justice. Associate Degree programs available include Business Management Practice, Health Information Technology, Computerized Accounting, Criminal Justice, Pharmacy Technician, Paralegal Studies, Medical Office Administration (with concentration in Medical Assistant), and Computer Science (with concentrations in Network Security, Networking Technology, and Business Applications). Diploma and certificate programs available include Computerized Accounting Specialist, Dental Assistance, Legal Assistance, Massage Therapy, Medical Assistant, Medical Office Administrative Assistant, Network Security, Computerized Office Specialist, Pharmacy Technician, Vocational Nursing, Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning, Paralegal Studies, Network Technology, and Welding. While most of the programs are available at the Oxnard and Anchorage campuses, the actual program availability varies depending on each campus.
None of the diploma and certificate programs are available as an online program. Online programs available include Bachelor degree programs in in Health Care Administration, Business Management & Technology, Business Management Accounting, and Criminal Justice, and Associate Degree programs in Business Management Practice, Health Information Technology, Computerized Accounting, Criminal Justice, and Paralegal Studies.
Tuition rates at Charter College vary depending on the location and program. However, computation of tuition costs using the college’s Net Price Calculator shows an average tuition of $18,000 to $19,000 for undergraduate online programs. This does not include other applicable fees or any discounts due to financial aid. For a more accurate estimate of your educational cost, it is best to use their net price calculator and enter your specific details.
Financial assistance is available at Charter College in the following forms: Federal and State Aid (Grant/scholarships/loans), 3rd Party Funding, Scholarship programs, Federal Work Study Program, Native Grant Programs, and US Military and Veterans Benefits.
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Charter College is nationally accredited through the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). This includes accreditation for all of its campuses, including Charter College Online. Note that since Charter College is not regionally accredited, you should be aware that transferring to a regionally accredited college might result in problems with getting units from Charter College credited.