Online MSN Programs Charging The Least

By Staff

Schools around the country offering online MSN programs charge students a median tuition of $9,960 per year. The median tuition has increased over the past few years. This change in tuition was around 23.1%. The median tuition per year was $8,093 at these online colleges in 2007.

Online MSN schools are also known as Masters of Science in Nursing schools. The range of tuition at online MSN colleges is shown in the following chart. Tuition is shown from the most to least expensive colleges and universities.

Tuition Level Number of Schools
Cheapest 23
Low cost 19
Average cost 32
Most expensive 20

A yearly tuition of over $21,940 is charged by the costliest schools that have online MSN programs. On the other end of the spectrum, the cheapest colleges require students to pay yearly tuition costs in the range of $1,714 to $5,610. Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Massachusetts, and Virginia are home to the lowest cost accredited online MSN schools.

  • Master of Science in Nursing in MSN-CNS Adult and Gerontological
  • Master of Science in Nursing – Leadership, Management and Finance
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Midwifery and Adult Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing – Leadership in Nursing Systems
  • Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Midwifery and Family Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing – Leadership and Management
  • Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Educator
  • Master of Science in Nursing – Leadership
  • Master of Science in Nursing – Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Of all advanced nursing graduates from online colleges across the country, approximately 30% graduated from these low tuition programs in 2011. This represents 346,838 of the 1,159,624 graduates from around the US. Between 2006 and 2011, the number of advanced nursing graduates from the least expensive online schools has increased by 66,881 graduates per year, while the percentage of graduates from these schools has decreased.

Other somewhat more costly online MSN schools charge a yearly tuition in the range of $5,652 to $9,400. Of the 94 online colleges and universities that offer MSN programs in the nation, 19 charge students tuition in this range.

A reported 338,066 students earned their degrees and certificates from these affordable online programs in 2011. This is 29% of the nation’s advanced nursing graduates. The number of students graduating from these schools was only 291,302 students in 2006, which was just 5 years prior. Therefore, from these cheap online colleges and universities, the number of students graduating has increased by 16%.

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