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Vermont has over 26 post-secondary institutions, of which 10 offer online programs. Of these accredited online colleges, two are public four-year colleges or universities and one is public community or technical college and seven are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. These schools offer 45 online certificate programs, 412 online associates programs, 1,532 online bachelors programs, 489 online masters programs, 549 online professional programs, and 60 online doctoral programs. These programs offer students courses in subjects such as business administration, advanced nursing, and entrepreneurship.
Of the online colleges in Vermont, Champlain College, a 4-year research university, offers the most number of programs online. The school offers 75 online programs. These programs are offered in the following areas:
- Advanced Nursing
- Business Administration
- Business Management
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Networking
- Construction Management
- Criminal Justice
- Early Childhood Education
- Forensic Accounting
- Graphic Design
- Human Services
- Information Systems
- Information Technology
- Law Enforcement
Based on factors including the type and location of the institution as well as the program, tuition for online college courses may vary. The average in-state tuition at the public four-year colleges and universities in Vermont was $9,495 per year. On average, tuition at public community and technical colleges was $4,920 per year. Annual tuition at private accredited online colleges ranged from $17,900 to $40,280.
To offset tuition costs, Vermont college students received an estimated $4,098,254,431 worth of financial aid each year. Around 63.76% of this aid was in the form of scholarships and grants. The remainder was in the form of loans that had to be paid back. Institutional grants account for a reported 94.93% of the scholarships and grants. In 2010, the accredited Vermont online colleges awarded their students $2,738,351,366 in institutional scholarships and grants.
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The total gross state product for Vermont was $25.52 billion in 2010. Based on these numbers, Vermont has the weakest economy amongst the states in the nation.
There are a total of 286,990 employees in the state. The three biggest industries in the state are:
Vermont’s information industry employs approximately 2% of all Vermont employees. Another 5% are employed in Vermont’s financial industry. Also, Vermont’s infrastructure industry employs approximately 3% of the total number of Vermont employees.
The average wage of Vermont employees is approximately equal to the average wage for employees across the US. In the US, workers earn an estimated $42,871 per year. However, in Vermont, workers earn an estimated $42,030 per year. The highest paid workers in the state earn over $73,120 annually, while the lowest paid workers earn under $19,290 annually. The median annual income for employees is around $33,220. The highest paid employees are anesthesiologists who can earn up to $245,280 per annum, while the lowest paid employees in the state are pressers who can earn as little as $19,170 per year. In the nation, anesthesiologists earn an average income of $220,100 per year. On the other hand, pressers in the nation earn an average yearly income of $20,480.
Named from the French for “green mountain”, Vermont is located in the Northeast region of the United States. The 7th smallest state in the country, it has an area of 9,616 square miles. Approximately 44°F is Vermont’s average annual temperature.
Of the states in the country, Vermont has the 3rd smallest population. It has 14 counties with a reported population of 625,741 residents. An estimated 37% of those living in Vermont are less than 30 years old. Additionally, it has one of the least diverse populations in the nation with about 6% of the population identifying itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group.
The capital city of Vermont is Montpelier. However, with a population of 42,417 residents, Burlington is the state’s largest city. An estimated 14.75% of the state’s residents live in the Burlington metropolitan area. Some of the other populous cities in Vermont include South Burlington, Rutland, Bennington, and Montpelier.
Vermont residents normally have a higher than average level of education as compared to those around the US. According to the 2010 Census, a reported 21.7% of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have graduated from high school, 7.2% have at least an associates degree, 6.4% have degrees at the bachelors level or higher, and 1% hold a graduate level degree.