2016 Most Affordable Online RN to BSN Program Ranking Released by TopRNtoBSN.com

Dec 08, 2015, 08:35 ET from Top RN to BSN

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Top RN to BSN (www.toprntobsn.com), a leading nursing school search resource, has published its 2016 ranking of the most affordable online RN to BSN programs in the United States: http://www.toprntobsn.com/rankings/most-affordable-online-rn-to-bsn-programs-2016/

The ranking includes only fully accredited schools that offer an online RN to BSN program. Programs were compared based on tuition for students taking only the core nursing classes, tuition for those taking nursing classes and the general education requirements, and the 'net cost' (average cost of tuition and fees minus financial aid) as determined by the U.S. Department of Education. The three scores (converted to 'z-scores' for the purposes of comparison) were then averaged. Published tuition rates for each school were derived from the National Center for Education Statistics. 

Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC ranked first with West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX, and the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, Fort Smith, AR following in second and third places respectively. For students who need just the core nursing classes, the most expensive school ranked is around $12,000, and the least expensive is below $4,000.

All 50 programs are listed below (in alphabetical order):

American Public University System, Charles Town, West Virginia

Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas

Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, Arkansas

Brigham Young University-Idaho, Rexburg, Idaho

California State University-Dominguez Hills, Carson, California

California State University-Fullerton, Fullerton, California

Clayton State University, Morrow, Georgia

East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina

Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico

Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, North Carolina

Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Florida International University, Miami, Florida

Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas

Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Maryland

Georgia Southwestern State University, Americus, Georgia

Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Minot State University, Minot, North Dakota

Nevada State College, Henderson, Nevada

Northwestern State University of Louisiana, Natchitoches, Louisiana

Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Goodwell, Oklahoma

Our Lady of Holy Cross College, New Orleans, Louisiana

Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas

South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota

Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana

Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, Arkansas

Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, Oklahoma

State University of New York-Canton, Canton, New York

St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg, Florida

Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas

The University of Louisiana-Monroe, Monroe, Louisiana

The University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina

The University of North Carolina-Wilmington, Wilmington, North Carolina

The University of Texas-Brownsville, Brownsville, Texas

Thomas Edison State College, Trenton, New Jersey

University of Alaska-Anchorage, Anchorage, Alaska

University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, Fort Smith, Arkansas

University of Arkansas-Little Rock, Little Rock, Arkansas

University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida

University of Maine-Fort Kent, Fort Kent, Maine

University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

University of North Alabama, Florence, Alabama

University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota

University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming

Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina

Western Governor's University, Salt Lake City, Utah

Western New Mexico University, Silver City, New Mexico

West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas

West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia

Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

College tuition rates are soaring, but for students who do their research, there are many strong RN to BSN program options. "This ranking is intended to provide registered nurses with information about affordable schools that will meet their needs and help them fulfill their career aspirations," says Tim Otto, editor at Top RN to BSN.

Top RN to BSN (www.toprntobsn.com) is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students find the right college. The site publishes rankings and reviews that make choosing the best college easier, as well as resources to help students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.

Tim Otto
Editor, Top RN to BSN
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