Online education is all about making education accessible, especially for working adults in need of a career education
Essex Junction, VT (PRWEB) September 1, 2009
GetEducated.com, a consumer advocacy group that reviews, rates and ranks online colleges for cost and credibility, has released its list of the Top 28 Best Values in Online Colleges that offer bachelor degrees in psychology, human services and social services. The online college affordability rankings are based on a survey of 41 regionally accredited universities that offer bachelor's degrees via distance learning.
Colorado State University-Pueblo ranked #1 on GetEducated.com's affordability rankings for its distance bachelor's degrees in social science and sociology. Students will pay under $18,000 for a four-year degree completed through distance learning. State of residency does not make a difference in the distance learning tuition rate at CSU-Pueblo.
Florida State University's online bachelor's in interdisciplinary social sciences ranked number two as the most affordable option for Florida residents at just under $20,000. Out-of-state residents will pay significantly more-over $77,000-for this same degree. Adams State College of Colorado was rated number three at an estimated tuition of just under $20,000 for all online students.
By comparison, the average cost for a distance learning bachelor's in psychology or a human services career came in at $40,676.
Among the other Top 10 Ranked Most Affordable Online Colleges:
Fort Hays State University - Kansas
Thomas Edison State College - New Jersey
Empire State College - SUNY - New York
Northwestern State University - Louisiana
Troy University - Alabama
Charter Oak State College - Connecticut
Columbia College of Missouri - Missouri
Only one college on the Best Buy list was a private school: Columbia College of Missouri. That school, founded in 1851, is a non-profit institution.
The survey revealed that the most expensive distance degrees for human service professionals come from Drexel University, at over $104,000, and Mercy College (New York), at over $78,000. Both are private colleges with residential campuses.
"Online education is all about making education accessible, especially for working adults in need of a career education," comments GetEducated.com's founder and chief education analyst, Vicky Phillips. "College cost is a huge inhibiting factor for many Americans. The Top Ranked Best Values in Online Colleges should be lauded for taking the initiative in making higher education more affordable, and therefore more accessible, for online students nationwide."
Consumers can review, rate and compare all their accredited online education options by cost, public perception, and verified student satisfaction by visiting GetEducated.com's directory of online colleges.
About: Founded in 1989, GetEducated.com is a consumer advocacy group that reviews, rates and ranks online colleges along the dimensions that matter most to consumers: cost and credibility.
CONTACT: Lorna Collier, Information Services, GetEducated.com, LLC, Essex Junction, VT. 05452. 802-899-4866. Website: http://www.geteducated.com