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WVU Parkersburg’s Online Child Development Degree Ranked Most Affordable in the Nation

For the second consecutive year, West Virginia University at Parkersburg has been recognized as the most affordable college in the nation for its online bachelor’s degree in child development by the SR Education Group.

“We are very excited that our child development program has once again received national recognition for being the best value for an online education,” said Dr. David Lancaster, professor and chair of the Education Division, WVU Parkersburg. “By offering an online program format, we hope to make the degree more accessible and affordable for students who seek flexibility in completing their bachelor’s degree.”

WVU Parkersburg’s child development program offers a career ladder approach, meaning students can move seamlessly from a one-year certificate to a two-year associate degree and then on to a four-year bachelor’s degree without losing any credits along the way.

Students who enroll in the program, including those who live outside of West Virginia, can earn a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Child Development entirely online for $2,532 or less per semester, depending on course load. Additionally, WVU Parkersburg’s tuition charges are capped, so any credits taken in excess of 12 credit hours per semester are offered at no additional charge.

Students from West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia, Illinois, Indiana and Georgia are currently pursuing or have completed the online degree program through WVU Parkersburg.

The SR Education Group’s “2019 Most Affordable Child Development Degrees Online” rankings represent online schools across the nation that are committed to providing quality, low-cost online bachelor’s degrees in child development. The tuition rates of every accredited college offering fully online degrees are manually researched and collected each year to determine and rank the most affordable options.

For more information about WVU Parkersburg’s child development program, contact Christi Calvert at 304-424-8000 ext. 430 or

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