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Whether you’re a resident of West Virginia or a non-resident interested in earning your degree from one of West Virginia’s online colleges, we’ve got everything you need to get started. We review state trends in higher education funding and tuition, as well as the state’s online education landscape, looking at enrollment figures and info on education consortiums and initiatives to advance distance learning in the state.

Following this section, we’ve ranked West Virginia’s online colleges and universities by affordability. Each school is fully accredited and offers at least one fully-online degree program. Compare program options, tuition rates and distance learning formats by expanding the overviews below. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, scroll to our program search tool, which allows you to browse our entire directory of online colleges nationwide.

At the bottom of the page you’ll find a full list of resources offered to college students in West Virginia. We’ve compiled the best scholarships, state boards, educational non-profits and college savings programs. Bear in mind that online students who attend an accredited college or university full-time within West Virginia qualify for the same programs and benefits as their campus-based peers.


Postsecondary Education in West Virginia

West Virginia’s state-run higher education system consists of 11 public baccalaureate and graduate institutions and 10 public schools that make up the state’s Community and Technical College System.

Between 2008 and 2014, the average tuition inflation-adjusted rate at four-year public schools rose over 25%.

While local and state educational grants have continued to increase since 2006, the rate of state spending per student fell by 21.6% over the same period.

At just over $6,000, the average tuition rate at four-year public universities in West Virginia today is significantly lower than the $9,139 national average.


Online Education in West Virginia

NCES Report

According to a recent NCES report, in fall 2012, 40% of students enrolled in Title IV institutions in West Virginia (66,096 students) were in exclusively online programs.

  • 76.5% of those students were undergraduates
  • 8.4% were in public 4-year institutions
  • 88.8% were in private for-profit 4-year institutions
  • 10.2% were living in West Virginia
  • 83.3% were living elsewhere in the United States

In 2014, the West Virginia Network (WVNET) received a $500,000 grant to develop distance education services to adult learners statewide.

For 2015, the Southern Regional Board’s Electronic Campus lists 19 fully online programs in West Virginia and 194 courses.


Most Affordable Online Colleges in West Virginia

Below you’ll find the very best online colleges in West Virginia, sorted by affordability. These rankings identify the fully online programs in a school’s catalogue, explain how the school’s online interface works and spotlight the recognition a school has received for its online initiatives.

Want to know what it takes to make our rankings? Check out our distinct approach.

West Virginia University

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West Virginia University
Morgantown
$238
$5,712

An Online Education at West Virginia University

WVU's online engine is WVU eCampus, a web-based course management system built on the Blackboard Learn platform. Beyond the delivery of synchronous and asynchronous courses, the eCampus system boasts a number of forward-thinking features, including email, a personal messaging tool, discussion boards, course wiki networks, online exams and real-time group collaboration. The university has also committed an outstanding amount of resources to its online students, including live chat services and dedicated phone support for online students (1-800-253-2762).

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Early Childhood Development Certificate
  • Infant/Toddler Certificate
  • Multidisciplinary Studies B.A.
  • Nursing RN to BSN
  • Regents Bachelor of Arts R.B.A.

Beyond those programs, the school offers dozens of single courses online, with the school's liberal arts and STEM departments well represented. Graduate courses and even fully online graduate programs are also maintained.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Communication Studies: Corporate and Organizational M.A.
  • Educational Leadership: Higher Education Administration M.A.
  • Instructional Design and Technology M.A.
  • Integrated Marketing Communications M.S.
  • Legal Studies M.L.S.
  • Nursing M.S.N.
  • Public Health M.P.H.

Lastly, the school has a host of ACCESS courses available to high school students interested in earning college credit online.

All of WVU's online courses have been approved by the Southern Regional Electronic Campus. This organization maintains an online directory of thousands of web-based courses offered by colleges and universities throughout the south. Since Colleges and Universities offering distance education must abide by the laws of each of the states in which they enroll students, those individuals residing outside of West Virginia should be sure to check the State Authorization page prior to applying to WVU’s online courses.

Contact Information

Stewart Hall, 1500 University Avenue
Morgantown, WV 26506-6201
(304) 293-0111


Acclaim for online programs

  • #25 on U.S. News and World Report's Best Online MBA Programs
  • #36 on U.S. News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs
  • #86 on U.S. News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs

Bluefield State College

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Bluefield State College
Bluefield
$243
$5,832

An Online Education at Bluefield State College

Bluefield’s distance education courses offered entirely online at BSC are delivered through one of two well known interfaces: Blackboard or Moodle. Courses are unique in that they are completely asynchronous, with absolutely no scheduled meetings, whereas face-to-face and blended courses most often have specific meeting or login times and locations. Communication in Blackboard is facilitated through the use of chat rooms, discussion forums and blogs.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA)
  • Business Administration (BBA)
  • Nursing (BSN)
  • BS in Imaging Science (2+2 program)

The Regents BA Degree Program (RBA) was originally designed to give adults the opportunity to earn a four-year degree in a non-traditional way. Developed by the former West Virginia Board of Regents, this format is offered at many West Virginia institutes. It allows students to be awarded college credit for work and other nontraditional learning experiences, while also letting students tailor their individual program to meet their personal educational and professional goals.

Contact Information

219 Rock St
Bluefield, WV 24701
(304) 327-4000

Wheeling Jesuit University

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Wheeling Jesuit University
Wheeling
$300
$7,200

An Online Education at Wheeling Jesuit University

Online programs at WJU are facilitated through the Blackboard learning management system. Through this platform, students receive communication from instructors regarding course materials, syllabi, assignments, projects, tests and more. Most interaction is done through emailing, webinars, web-conferencing, discussion boards, online chats and blogs.

Students are permitted to transfer up to 90 semester hours from a regionally accredited college or university to WJU. Those who hold an accredited associate’s degree may transfer their entire associate degree credits if they so choose.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • RN to BSN

Additionally, an Accelerated Certification for Teaching (ACT) program can be taken online for those seeking certification to teach 5th graders up to adults. Ideally designed for those wishing to enhance their professional qualifications and skills, the program also offers an additional endorsement in various types of special education. The 12 to 19 hours of endorsement coursework can be completed entirely online.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master’s in Education Leadership (MEL)
  • Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL)
  • Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN)

For those working educators and administrators who already hold a master's degree, WJU’s MEL program can be entered in order to earn additional licensure as an instructional supervisor or as a superintendent, by taking just nine more credit hours.

Contact Information

316 Washington Ave
Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 243-2000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #125 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
  • #68 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs
  • #40 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs

University of Charleston

4
University of Charleston
Charleston
$380
$9,120

An Online Education at University of Charleston

UC’s online programs use a combination of several interfaces to deliver coursework, information and instruction. Students can manage their accounts, submit an announcement and submit their community service via their eConnections login, while at the same time using their eLearn login to access information from their professors specific to their registered online courses. Online programs use weekly online chats, individual assignments and group projects to assess students’ progress.

Students are also permitted to transfer up to 90 regionally accredited semester credits towards their degree. UC is currently in the process of seeking authorization to deliver distance education in all U.S. states, however, students residing outside of West Virginia can refer to this State Complaint page if they are unsure if their state qualifies.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Nursing (RN to BSN)
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Psychology

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master’s of Forensic Accounting
  • Doctorate of Executive Leadership
  • Master’s of Strategic Leadership

The bachelor’s programs, excluding nursing, follow the cohort model to encourage peer-supported professional and personal growth. An accelerated program allows students to potentially complete their bachelor’s degree in less than four years, while the nursing and master’s program are able to be completed in as little as 18 months.

Contact Information

2300 MacCorkle Avenue, SE
Charleston, WV 25304
(304) 357-4800



Scholarships and Financial Aid in West Virginia

Blue & Gold Level 1 Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $6,000 See Scholarship

West Virginia University offers the Blue and Gold scholarship to out-of-state freshmen who have a high school GPA of 3.25+, and an ACT of 24+ or SAT of 1100+. Selection is competitive, based on academic merit. The award is $6,000 per year for 4 years of undergraduate study.

Cavalier-Nichols Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $1,000 See Scholarship

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation provides the Cavalier-Nichols Scholarship for students attending any postsecondary institution in West Virginia. To be eligible, students must have a GPA of 3.5+ and an ACT score of 25+ (or SAT equivalent). Preference is given to students attending West Virginia University’s Institute of Technology.

Dean’s Award

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $8,000 See Scholarship

The Dean’s Scholarship is open to incoming freshmen at Wheeling Jesuit University. Selection is based on academic merit. To be eligible, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and an ACT score of 20+ or SAT of 940+. The award is $8,000 per year for 4 years.

Health Sciences Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $20,000 See Scholarship

The College Foundation of West Virginia administers this recruitment incentive program. It is open to students enrolled in medical, dental, nursing, pharmaceutical sciences, or clinical psychology programs in West Virginia. Recipients must fulfill a service obligation by practicing medicine in West Virginia for two years following graduation. Maximum award is $20,000.

Presidential Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $4,000 See Scholarship

West Virginia University’s Presidential Scholarship is open to incoming freshmen who are West Virginia residents. Selection is based on academic merit. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.8 and ACT score of 30+ or SAT of 1340+. The award is $4,000 per year for 4 years.

Presidential Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $9,000 See Scholarship

Wheeling Jesuit University’s Presidential Scholarship is open to incoming freshmen. Selection is based on academic merit. To be eligible, applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and an ACT score of 23+ or SAT of 1060+. The award is $9,000 per year for 4 years.

R. Ray Singleton Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $1,000 See Scholarship

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation provides the R. Ray Singleton scholarship for undergraduate and graduate students who are residents of Kanawha, Boone, Putnam, Lincoln, or Fayette counties. The award may be used at any postsecondary institution in West Virginia. To be eligible, students must demonstrate academic excellence and financial need.

University Merit – Resident Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount Full tuition See Scholarship

West Virginia University provides many merit-based academic scholarships for incoming freshmen. Award amounts vary based on high school GPA, SAT and ACT scores. The maximum award for WV residents covers full tuition plus a $4,500 stipend; the maximum award for out-of-state students is $21,000 per year for 4 years, plus a $3,500 stipend.

West Virginia Higher Education Grant

Deadline: April 15, 2015
Scholarship Amount $2,600 See Scholarship

Administered by the College Foundation of West Virginia, this grant is open to West Virginia high school graduates (GED also accepted) who are enrolling at a postsecondary institution in West Virginia or Pennsylvania. Applicants must demonstrate financial need. Maximum award is $2,600 per year.

West Virginia PROMISE Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $4,750 See Scholarship

The College Foundation of West Virginia provides the PROMISE Scholarship for West Virginia high school seniors who will enroll in a postsecondary institution after graduation. The award is based on academic achievement, and students who qualify can receive up to $4,750 per year. The award may be used at public or independent colleges in the state.


Higher Education Resources in West Virginia