College Choice, an online resource ranking various college programs and institutions, recently unveiled their 2016 rankings for the most affordable online bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting. Fort Hayes State University in Kansas took top honors for online bachelor's degrees, while Western Governors University in Utah was first amongst master's programs.

As College Choice points out, the median salary for an accountant in 2015 was $67,190, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. "What makes that salary go even further is earning your accounting credentials in the most affordable and convenient way - getting your accounting degree online," the publication writes. "We’ve done the hard work of crunching the numbers for you, and these online accounting degrees offer the surest way to get you into the accounting job you desire while eating the fewest costs."

Fort Hays State University currently offers a 124-credit hour online Bachelor in Business Administration, which ranked as the "most affordable undergraduate accounting degree College Choice" found. Western Governors University offers a 30-unit Master’s of Science in Accounting degree, offering courses such as "Fraud and Forensic Accounting," "Strategic Management," and "Government and Non-Profit Accounting." 

College Choice's top 10 most affordable college programs in accounting for 2016 are as follows:

Most Affordable Online Bachelor's:

  • 1. Fort Hays State University
  • 3. (Tie) Belhaven University
  • 3. (Tie) Baker College
  • 4. Western Governors University
  • 6. (Tie) Western International University
  • 6. (Tie) Central Methodist University
  • 7. Bemidji State University
  • 9. (Tie) American Public University System
  • 9. (Tie) University of Northeastern Ohio
  • 10. Athens State University

Most Affordable Online Master's:

  • 1. Western Governors University
  • 2. American Public University
  • 3. Western International University
  • 4. National University
  • 5. University of South Dakota
  • 6. Kaplan University
  • 7. Franklin University
  • 8. Saint Joseph's College of Maine
  • 9. Shorter University
  • 10. Clarion University of Pennsylvania

For the full bachelor's rankings, head to College Choice's site here. For the full master's rankings, head here.