According to a recent study, 53% of surveyed high school grads considering college indicated that their family’s financial situation has been affected because of COVID-19 while 49% of surveyed current college students indicated the same.
In light of these financially challenging times, Education Reference Desk has recently published its list of the most affordable online master’s.
Schools considered for this ranking were collected from official accrediting agency websites, are regionally or nationally accredited, and offer at least one fully online degree.
Pulling data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), colleges were evaluated based on their affordability.
As part of the rankings, EduRef.net also published detailed profiles outlining each school on its list. Students can use these profiles to evaluate each school’s net prices, acceptance rates, accreditation and other helpful information.
“Online programs can offer a flexible learning environment for students who have to balance classes with working a full-time job, caring for their family or other responsibilities during COVID-19 restrictions,” said Education Reference Desk’s spokesperson, “The Most Affordable Online Master’s ranking allows students to compare accredited schools and find those that best fit their financial situation, education interests and career goals.”
The EduRef.net 2020 ranking for the Most Affordable Online Master’s Degree Programs ranks University of North Georgia #1 with Columbia Southern University and Minot State University rounding out the top three.
The complete rankings are as follows:
#1 University of North Georgia
#2 Columbia Southern University
#3 Minot State University
#4 Fort Hays State University
#5 Southeast Missouri State University
#6 West Texas A & M University
#7 University of Central Missouri
#8 Valdosta State University
#9 Eastern Illinois University
#10 The University of Texas at Arlington
#11 University of Central Arkansas
#12 Western Illinois University
#13 Missouri State University
#14 University of Arkansas
#15 University of the Cumberlands
#16 Texas Tech University
#17 Old Dominion University
#18 Georgia Institute of Technology
#19 Campbellsville University
#20 Union College – Kentucky
#21 Graceland University
#22 Prescott College
#23 University of Valley Forge
#24 Ohio Christian University
#25 Strayer University
University response to EduRef.net rankings has been very positive. Sharing the rankings on their websites and via social media has helped schools attract new students and excite existing students and alumni.
The rankings and data were produced for EduRef.net, a leading higher education research organization. All evaluated data was gathered from IPEDs, the U.S. Dept. of Higher Education, school websites, and other reputable sources.
The rankings have been published at https://www.eduref.net/most-affordable-colleges/online-masters-degrees/
EduRef.net reviews publicly available data to produce independent ranking assessments of various educational programs, in addition to student guides and resources. The site is regularly updated by a committed team of writers and researchers, who produce college rankings and resources that have helped prospective and current college students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.