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Online Colleges in West Virginia

Most Affordable Online Colleges

Introduction

The online courses and degree programs offered by West Virginia's colleges and universities ensure that students have the flexibility to complete their educational requirements from the convenience of home and on their own schedules. Read on to learn more about the online programs at 12 of the state's most affordable colleges, plus get economic and demographic information on its top cities.

Ranked 29th for population density by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2014, West Virginia may not be a densely populated state, but it provides a full offering of both online and traditional colleges to choose from. There are a total of 44 colleges awarding degrees in the state. This includes the following:

  • 33 colleges offering a total of 5,914 associate degree programs
  • 23 colleges offering a total of 15,525 bachelor's degree programs
  • 18 colleges offering a total of 6,806 master's degree programs

The U.S. Census Bureau reported in 2014 that out of all West Virginians aged 25–34, 23.2 percent have a bachelor's degree or higher. Of those aged 35–44, 21.2 percent hold a bachelor's degree or higher. There are 707,720 people employed in West Virginia, and the mean annual wage was $37,880 in 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Most Affordable Colleges in West Virginia

For a more detailed look at higher education in West Virginia we have compiled this list of colleges ranked by tuition costs from lowest to highest. Each school profile offers crucial information for prospective students, such as the number and type of online programs offered, tuition fees and accreditation.

1

West Virginia Northern Community College

Tuition/Year
$2,664
Graduation Rate
9%
# of Online Degrees
4
Accredited
 
School Type
2-Year

About

In addition to offering students several online courses to choose from, West Virginia Northern Community College features the following fully online academic programs: Associate in Arts General, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, business administration and small business management. During these programs, students and teachers use email and other types of real-time technology to communicate at times convenient for them.
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Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College

Tuition/Year
$2,880
Graduation Rate
29%
# of Online Degrees
0
Accredited
 
School Type
2-Year

About

Students of Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College can choose one of three types of distance learning courses. Web-based courses deliver instructional material through the Internet, and communication with the instructor takes place via email. Video distance learning and web-conferencing courses use technology to offer real-time instruction. During these courses students can work toward attaining their Associate in Applied Science, Associate in Arts, or Associate in Science.
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West Virginia University at Parkersburg

Tuition/Year
$2,928
Graduation Rate
30%
# of Online Degrees
5
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

About

The Parkersburg campus of West Virginia University offers several complete degree programs online, including an Associate in Arts and an Associate in Applied Science in the following disciplines: business administration, business technology, child development and criminal justice. The university also offers a bachelor's degree program in child development and an RN to BSN program for nurses. The course content for the online degree programs is delivered using remote electronic delivery, meaning no onsite classes are required. Depending on the program, local attendance for proctored exams or other activities may be required. Hybrid or blended programs, which offer a mixture of online and onsite learning, are also available through the university.
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Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College

Tuition/Year
$3,048
Graduation Rate
12%
# of Online Degrees
0
Accredited
 
School Type
2-Year

About

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College offers several associate degree programs in the following areas: allied health, applied and industrial technology, business, humanities, non-traditional and social science. They also offer university transfer programs. Classes for some of these degree programs are offered online through Blackboard technology.
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5

Potomac State College of West Virginia University

Tuition/Year
$3,480
Graduation Rate
20%
# of Online Degrees
0
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

About

Potomac State College provides students with a list of courses available online through their eCampus website platform from twentieth century Europe to descriptive astronomy. These courses allow students to work toward one of the associate degrees the college offers, a bachelor's degree in business management or criminal justice, or a Regents Bachelor of Arts.
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Mountwest Community and Technical College

Tuition/Year
$3,521
Graduation Rate
9%
# of Online Degrees
2
Accredited
 
School Type
2-Year

About

Mountwest Community and Technical College offers fully online Associate of Applied Science degree programs in transportation in the following areas: roadway, maritime, intermodal management and intelligent transportation. A certificate in public library technology is also available online. Mountwest also offers over 100 individual online courses each semester. All online courses are asynchronous, meaning students can complete coursework at their own time in an entirely online environment. Hybrid courses, with at least one face-to-face meeting, are also available.
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7

New River Community and Technical College

Tuition/Year
$3,564
Graduation Rate
13%
# of Online Degrees
0
Accredited
 
School Type
2-Year

About

Through their ed2Go platform, New River Community and Technical College offers students several online courses, such as accounting fundamentals, A-Z grant writing and speed Spanish. These sessions, taught by subject-matter experts, consist of 12 lessons and are offered in six-week formats. Upon completion with a passing score, students receive an award of completion.
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8

Pierpont Community and Technical College

Tuition/Year
$4,440
Graduation Rate
11%
# of Online Degrees
1
Accredited
 
School Type
2-Year

About

With several online courses offered every semester, Pierpont Community and Technical College provides students with flexibility as they work to complete an associate degree program in one of the following departments: business, aviation and technology, health careers, human services and workforce education. Online courses use Blackboard technology and are offered almost entirely online; however, one to three on-campus meetings may be required depending on the degree program.
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9

Bluefield State College

Tuition/Year
$5,832
Graduation Rate
34%
# of Online Degrees
4
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

About

Bluefield State College offers distance education courses through Blackboard technology. These courses allow students the flexibility to complete at least part of their requirements at home for one of the associate or bachelor's degree programs offered at Bluefield State College. They also offer a completely online Regents Bachelor of Arts degree program.
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10

West Virginia State University

Tuition/Year
$6,229
Graduation Rate
25%
# of Online Degrees
0
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

About

West Virginia State University now offers the following degree programs 100 percent online through their Center for Online Learning: business administration with a concentration in management, criminal justice and English. The Center for Online Learning, whose goal is to assist faculty members to use educational technologies that enhance learning, also offers online courses in several subject areas.
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11

Fairmont State University

Tuition/Year
$6,306
Graduation Rate
33%
# of Online Degrees
5
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

About

Online courses are offered at Fairmont State via Blackboard technology. They are offered entirely online, though one to three face-to-face meetings may be required. Courses are offered in a variety of subject areas, all of which contribute to completion of one of the undergraduate degree programs offered at the university through its seven colleges: college of liberal arts; college of science and technology; school of business; school of education, health and human performance; school of fine arts; and school of nursing and allied health administration. The university also offers online classes that count toward a Regent Bachelor of Arts program.
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12

West Liberty University

Tuition/Year
$6,415
Graduation Rate
40%
# of Online Degrees
0
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

About

Distance learning at West Liberty University is delivered through the use of SAKAI, a learning management system similar to Blackboard. Asynchronous, fully online classes are available to students every semester and give students flexibility as they work towards one of the 463 bachelor degree programs offered at West Liberty University, from accounting to sports management.
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Top Cities For Students In West Virginia

Charleston, West Virginia

Mean Wage

$65,938

Average Cost of a House

$142,800

# of Employed People

25,812

Total Population

50,404

Avg Salary with a Bachelor's Degree

$46,685

Economics

Charleston is the most populated city in the state, with 240,000 people, of which 142,580 people are employed. According to the BLS, the mean annual wage was $40,060 in 2014. However, people in Charleston with a bachelor's degree earned a mean wage of $45,446 per year, according to 2014 Census Bureau data.

Demographics

The Charleston metropolitan area, which includes the city of Charleston and surrounding areas, has 363,000 people. The percentage of the labor force in the Charleston area that is unemployed as of December 2015 is 5.7 percent, according to the BLS.

Fun Facts

Though Charleston is the capital of West Virginia and its largest city, it enjoys one of the lowest crime rates in the United States. Charleston also boasts recreational activities that include boating on the Kanawha River and hiking nearby Kanawha State Forest.

Huntington-Ashland-Ironton, West Virginia

Mean Wage

$50,204

Average Cost of a House

$89,100

# of Employed People

21,575

Total Population

48,807

Avg Salary with a Bachelor's Degree

$34,541

Economics

The city of Huntington had 49,138 people, and it is part of the largest metropolitan area in West Virginia, the Huntington-Ashland-Ironton metropolitan area. The BLS reported that there are 107,080 employed people in the greater Huntington-Ashland-Ironton region, and they made a mean annual wage of $38,580 in 2014. Those with bachelor's degrees made a mean annual income of $34,121, while those with graduate or professional degrees made a mean annual income of $52,386, according to the Census Bureau in 2014.

Demographics

The Huntington-Ashland-Ironton metropolitan area spans three states: West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. The region has a total population of 365,419. The BLS reports that, as of 2015, the region has an unemployment rate of 5.7 percent, which is comparatively lower than the state's unemployment rate of 6.3 percent.

Fun Facts

Set on the banks of the Ohio river, Huntington is part of the largest inland port in the United States. The city that began as a thriving port is known today for its strength in the health care, finance, retail, education, service and tourism industries.

Morgantown-Fairmont, West Virginia

Mean Wage

$53,977

Average Cost of a House

$169,600

# of Employed People

15,037

Total Population

31,073

Avg Salary with a Bachelor's Degree

$36,207

Economics

Morgantown has a population of 129,709 people. There are 63,960 employed people, and they make a mean annual wage of $40,160, according to 2014 BLS data. The Census Bureau reported that high school graduates made a median wage of $22,319 per year, while those with a bachelor's degree made a median of $36,906 and those with a graduate degree earned a median of $55,593 in 2014.

Demographics

In 2015 the BLS reported that Morgantown's unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, which is significantly lower than the statewide average of 6.3 percent. The combined metropolitan areas of Morgantown and Fairmont have 186,127 people.

Fun Facts

Situated in the Appalachian basin, Morgantown is about 200 miles west of Washington, D.C. It boasts several state-of-the-art health care facilities, in addition to recreational opportunities along the Monongahela River.

 
Other West Virginia Resources

Sources:

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  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, West Virginia, accessed November 2015, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_wv.htm
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, Charleston, accessed November 2015, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_16620.htm
  4. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, Morgantown, accessed November 2015, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_34060.htm
  5. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, Huntington, accessed November 2015, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_26580.htm
  6. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Labor Force Data, accessed November 2015, http://www.bls.gov/news.release/metro.t01.htm
  7. Charleston Area Alliance, http://www.charlestonareaalliance.org/community-development/our-community/
  8. Charleston, West Virginia Metropolitan Area, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charleston,_West_Virginia_metropolitan_area
  9. City of Huntington, http://www.cityofhuntington.com/visitors/community-profile
  10. College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?s=WV&l=94
  11. Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College, http://www.easternwv.edu/Academics/Distance-Learning.aspx
  12. Fairmont State University, https://www.fairmontstate.edu/academics/distancelearning/online_courses.asp
  13. Huntington-Ashland-Ironton Metropolitan Area, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huntington-Ashland-Ironton_metropolitan_area
  14. IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/datacenter/CDSPreview.aspx
  15. List of U.S. States by Population Density, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_population_density
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  17. Morgantown Metropolitan Area, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgantown_metropolitan_area
  18. Mountwest Community and Technical College, http://www.mctc.edu/programs-of-study/
  19. New River Community and Technical College, http://www.newriver.edu/current-students/academics/degrees-and-certificate-programs/24-multiple/workforce/508-onlinecourses
  20. Online Degree Programs, West Virginia University at Parkersburg, http://www.wvup.edu/academics/programs-of-study/online-degree-programs/
  21. Potomac State College, http://potomacstatecollege.edu/academics/majors/
  22. Pierpont Community and Technical College, http://pierpont.edu/faculty-staff/academic-administration/faculty-distance-learning
  23. Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, http://www.southernwv.edu/?q=online-learning
  24. U.S. Census Bureau, American Fact Finder, http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml
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  26. U.S. Census Bureau, American Fact Finder, Median Earnings in the last 12 months, Huntington-Ashland, http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml
  27. U.S. Census Bureau, American Fact Finder, Median Earnings in the last 12 months, Morgantown, http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml
  28. West Liberty University, http://www.westliberty.edu/distance-education/
  29. West Virginia Northern Community College, http://www.wvncc.edu/online-courses
  30. West Virginia State University, http://www.wvstateu.edu/Academics/Online-Programs.aspx
  31. West Virginia Statistical Areas, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Virginia_statistical_areas