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Top 10 online college degree programs for getting a scholarship

If you are thinking about obtaining a bachelor's degree online, some universities are almost guaranteed to give you a scholarship.

The price of these online programs will vary significantly, but many of these institutions offer scholarships and financial aid to their students. Top Degrees Online, which is an online college search resource, has released a list of 25 top online schools that give nearly all of their students grants and scholarships.

The No.1 university for such awards is Palm Beach Atlantic University, where 100 percent of students receive a price break. This private Christian university offers online bachelor's degrees in the fields of ministry, organizational management and psychology. The university, which is based in Palm Beach, Fla., has 3,800 students, with 400 are enrolled in evening and online courses.

Palm Beach Atlantic University came out on top of the list based on the percentage of students receiving scholarships or grants, according to Top Degrees Online. The site culled the schools from U.S. News & World Report's list of the 100 best online institutions.

Here are the schools that made the Top Degrees Online list, along with the percentage of students receiving financial assistance:

1. Palm Beach Atlantic University (100 percent)
2. Norwich University (100 percent)
3. Concordia University, St. Paul (100 percent)
4. Graceland University-Lamoni (100 percent)
5. Concordia University, Chicago (100 percent)
6. McKendree University (99 percent)
7. Charleston Southern University (99 percent)
8. University of St. Francis (99 percent)
9. Malone University (99 percent)
10. Duquesne University (99 percent)

One of five U.S. college students are in online degree programs. The students are pursuing degrees through these "distance-education" programs offered by a wide variety of groups, including both traditional public and private institutions. Some of the programs on this list are also degree promotion programs for those who already have an associate's degree, while others offer full bachelor's degrees.

Keep in mind that just because a school provides a scholarship or grant to all of its students doesn't mean that it is affordable, especially if the award is quite small. You'll want to make sure that you know what the costs will be, as well as the available financial aid.

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