Online Bachelors Degree Programs in Social Work That are Most Affordable

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Schools around the country offering online bachelors degree in social work programs charge students a median tuition of $7,888 per year. The median tuition has increased over the past few years. This change in tuition was around 24.3%. The median tuition per year was $6,346 at these online colleges in 2007.

Online bachelors degree in social work schools are also known as social services and social welfare schools. The range of tuition at colleges offering online social work programs at the bachelors level is shown in the following chart. Tuition is shown from the most to least expensive colleges and universities.

Tuition Level Number of Schools
Cheapest 8
Low cost 8
Average cost 8
Most expensive 8

A yearly tuition of over $17,500 is charged by the costliest schools that have online bachelors degree in social work programs. On the other end of the spectrum, the cheapest colleges require students to pay yearly tuition costs in the range of $2,832 to $5,652. Florida, New Mexico, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas are home to the lowest cost accredited online social work bachelors degree schools.

  • Bachelor in Human Services – Social Work
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Science in Social Work
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work
  • Bachelor in Social Work
  • BS – Human Development
  • B.S. in Human Services / Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Human Services
  • BA/Social Science – Social Services
  • BA/Social Science – Human Services

Of all social work graduates with bachelors degrees from online colleges across the country, approximately 25% graduated from these low tuition programs in 2011. This represents 146,492 of the 576,545 graduates from around the US. Between 2006 and 2011, the number of social work graduates with bachelors degrees from the least expensive online schools has increased by 9,834 graduates per year, while the percentage of graduates from these schools has decreased.

Other somewhat more costly online social work bachelors degree schools charge a yearly tuition in the range of $5,804 to $7,875. Of the 32 online colleges and universities that offer bachelors degrees in social work programs in the nation, 8 charge students tuition in this range.

A reported 197,547 students earned their degrees and certificates from these affordable online programs in 2011. This is 34% of the nation’s social work bachelors level graduates. The number of students graduating from these schools was only 86,035 students in 2006, which was just 5 years prior.

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1. Western New Mexico University Silver City, New Mexico $2,832 $12,432
2. Florida State University Tallahassee, Florida $2,870 $16,627
3. Appalachian State University Boone, North Carolina $2,961 $14,273
4. Texas State University-San Marcos San Marcos, Texas $4,584 $12,024
5. Tennessee State University Nashville, Tennessee $4,824 $17,352
6. Colorado State University Fort Collins, Colorado $5,256 $21,366
7. Humboldt State University Arcata, California $5,472 $11,160
8. University of North Dakota Grand Forks, North Dakota $5,652 $15,091
9. Millersville University of Pennsylvania Millersville, Pennsylvania $5,804 $14,510
10. Washburn University Topeka, Kansas $6,210 $14,100
11. Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, Virginia $6,885 $19,604
12. Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, Arizona $6,964 $19,364
13. University of Hawaii Honolulu, Hawaii $7,584 $21,024
14. University of Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky $7,656 $16,724
15. Arizona State University Tempe, Arizona $7,793 $20,257
16. University of Kansas Lawrence, Kansas $7,875 $20,680
17. University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, Alabama $7,900 $20,500
18. Wayne State University Detroit, Michigan $7,904 $18,104
19. University of Illinois Champaign, Illinois $10,386 $24,528
20. Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan $11,152 $29,108

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