Southern rated one of most affordable colleges

Staff Report

Four community and technical colleges within the West Virginia Community and Technical College System (WVCTCS) were named as the most affordable two-year institutions in the United States.

BridgeValley, Southern West Virginia Community & Technical College, WV Northern and Eastern WV community and technical colleges were identified as having some of the lowest net prices in the country, according to the 2015 College Affordability and Transparency Center list released by the U.S. Department of Education.

“The price of going to college extends beyond tuition,” said Interim Chancellor Dr. Sarah Tucker. “Our students have to consider cost of living, transportation and the continued ability to support their families. Our community and technical colleges make it possible for fellow West Virginians to access an affordable, high-quality education that will advance them into long-term, high-paying careers.”

The annual College Affordability and Transparency list compares the affordability of public and private colleges and universities who grant four-year and two-year degrees. This list is based on data collected during the 2013-14 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) data collection cycle.

Average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

West Virginia University of Parkersburg, which also grants four-year degrees, was named as one of the most affordable four-year colleges.

Complete listings from the U.S. Department of Education can be found at

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