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The 154 Most Affordable RN to BSN Online Programs

Looking for the best RN to BSN online programs from accredited nursing schools at an affordable cost? We did the hard work for you, meticulously calculating cost per credit hour (including fees!) of 277 online BSN programs to provide you with a list of the 154 programs that cost less than the national average.

The cheapest RN to BSN online (regardless of state residency) is offered by University of the Cumberlands for $206.89 per credit. Residents of Florida, Wyoming, Nevada, and North Carolina, however, have even cheaper options.

Average Cost (In-state): $426.07 cost per credit hour
Least Expensive: Florida State College at Jacksonville ~ $116.52
Most Expensive: Rider University ~ $1,302.67

Our data-driven research creates a truly reliable system of scientific rankings. Keep in mind, however, that some schools require RNs to have an associate’s degree in nursing for admission while others accept RNs with a diploma or associate’s degree in another subject area. The number and type of credits you enter with will ultimately affect the number of credits required to complete the program and your total degree cost.

As always, our rankings cannot be bought, and therefore factually showcase the cheapest RN to BSN online programs. The online degrees listed above the gray dividing line are official 2017 “Best Buys” and cost less than the national average. Click on any online RN to BSN program listing below to see cost, tuition, and fee details and view more information on admission requirements.

Most Affordable RN to BSN Online Programs

RankSchool / DegreeStatePriceNote
1
Florida State College at Jacksonville
(FL)
$116.52
$227.09
In-State
Out-of-State
2
North Carolina A & T State University
(NC)
$134.25
$569.25
In-State
Out-of-State
3
St. Petersburg College
(FL)
$140.70
$443.79
In-State
Out-of-State
4
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
(NC)
$157.65
$611.65
In-State
Out-of-State
5
Great Basin College
(NV)
$161.00
$238.75
In-State
Out-of-State
6
Appalachian State University
(NC)
$163.05
$663.55
In-State
Out-of-State
7
East Carolina University
(NC)
$163.48
$702.60
In-State
Out-of-State
8
University of North Carolina-Wilmington
(NC)
$164.81
$636.73
In-State
Out-of-State
9
Winston-Salem State University
(NC)
$166.03
$495.32
In-State
Out-of-State
10
Western Carolina University
(NC)
$174.36
$525.47
$270.10
In-State
Out-of-State
Military
11
University of Central Florida
(FL)
$179.19
$383.86
In-State
Out-of-State
12
University of Wyoming
(WY)
$189.00
$561.00
In-State
Out-of-State
13
Nevada State College
(NV)
$203.34
$247.78
In-State
Out-of-State
14
University of the Cumberlands
(KY)
$206.89
All Students
15
Fort Hays State University
(KS)
$214.00
All Students
16
California State University-Dominguez Hills
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
(CA)
$215.60
$611.60
In-State
Out-of-State
17
SUNY College of Technology at Alfred
(NY)
$222.38
$263.94
In-State
Out-of-State
18
Eastern New Mexico University
(NM)
$228.35
$434.59
In-State
Out-of-State
19
Georgia Southern University
(GA)
$229.16
All Students
20
SUNY College of Technology at Delhi
(NY)
$233.93
$277.54
In-State
Out-of-State
21
Arkansas State University
(AR)
$234.67
All Students
22
Mississippi University for Women
(MS)
$238.35
$610.65
In-State
Out-of-State
23
Western Governors University
(UT)
$239.33
All Students
24
Clayton State University
(GA)
$240.47
All Students
25
Youngstown State University
(OH)
$241.25
$440.90
In-State
Out-of-State
26
Ohio University
(OH)
$242.20
$245.20
In-State
Out-of-State
27
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
(AR)
$248.37
$525.37
In-State
Out-of-State
28
Delta State University
(MS)
$254.04
All Students
29
Northern Arizona University
(AZ)
$257.73
$398.80
In-State
Out-of-State
30
The University of Texas at Arlington
(TX)
$258.14
All Students
31
Montana State University-Northern
(MT)
$259.95
$691.86
In-State
Out-of-State
32
McNeese State University
(LA)
$260.15
$426.82
In-State
Out-of-State
33
SUNY College of Technology at Canton
(NY)
$260.19
$301.75
In-State
Out-of-State
34
University of Maine at Fort Kent
(ME)
$264.89
All Students
35
Northeastern State University
(OK)
$266.90
All Students
36
Brigham Young University - Idaho
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
$267.87
All Students
37
Western New Mexico University
(NM)
$273.72
$573.97
In-State
Out-of-State
38
Ball State University
(IN)
$277.13
$478.13
In-State
Out-of-State
39
University of North Georgia
(GA)
$278.33
All Students
40
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
(AR)
$280.00
$216.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
41
The University of Texas at Tyler
(TX)
$282.10
$706.10
In-State
Out-of-State
42
The University of West Florida
(FL)
$282.13
All Students
43
University of Akron
(OH)
$282.58
$346.08
In-State
Out-of-State
44
Frostburg State University
(MD)
$283.00
$572.00
In-State
Out-of-State
45
Minot State University
(ND)
$283.72
All Students
46
Missouri State University
(MO)
$285.00
All Students
46
University of North Florida
(FL)
$285.00
All Students
48
University of West Georgia
(GA)
$286.67
All Students
49
American Public University System
(WV)
$288.33
$251.67
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
50
University of Maryland Global Campus
(MD)
$289.00
$499.00
$250.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Military
51
Midwestern State University
(TX)
$289.80
$354.80
In-State
Out-of-State
52
Texas A & M University-Central Texas
(TX)
$290.65
$654.99
In-State
Out-of-State
53
Southeast Missouri State University
(MO)
$292.25
All Students
54
Alderson Broaddus University
(WV)
$295.00
All Students
55
University of Southern Indiana
(IN)
$297.00
All Students
56
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin
(TX)
$297.88
All Students
57
Mississippi College
(MS)
$298.33
All Students
58
The University of Texas at El Paso
(TX)
$300.00
All Students
59
University of Central Missouri
(MO)
$300.25
All Students
60
Columbia College – MO
(MO)
$306.25
$251.25
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
61
Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi
(TX)
$306.82
$694.85
In-State
Out-of-State
62
New Mexico State University
(NM)
$308.92
$908.12
In-State
Out-of-State
63
The University of Texas Medical Branch
(TX)
$308.99
$726.75
In-State
Out-of-State
64
Fitchburg State University
(MA)
$311.00
All Students
65
Georgia College & State University
(GA)
$311.87
All Students
66
Southwestern Oklahoma State University
(OK)
$315.00
All Students
67
Wichita State University
(KS)
$315.09
All Students
68
University of Missouri-Kansas City
(MO)
$316.21
All Students
69
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
(LA)
$316.66
All Students
70
Minnesota State University-Moorhead
(MN)
$317.24
$547.37
In-State
Out-of-State
71
Kentucky Christian University
(KY)
$317.64
All Students
72
North Carolina Central University
(NC)
$318.18
All Students
73
Notre Dame College
(OH)
$320.00
All Students
74
University of Toledo
(OH)
$320.09
$360.29
In-State
Out-of-State
75
Northwest Nazarene University
(ID)
$321.67
All Students
76
Southern New Hampshire University
(NH)
$322.50
$252.50
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
77
Dakota Wesleyan University
(SD)
$325.00
All Students
77
Tennessee Wesleyan University
(TN)
$325.00
All Students
79
University of North Alabama
(AL)
$325.40
$602.40
In-State
Out-of-State
80
University of Rhode Island
(RI)
$331.17
All Students
81
Texas Woman’s University
(TX)
$332.06
$747.06
In-State
Out-of-State
82
University of Arkansas
(AR)
$334.19
All Students
83
Austin Peay State University
(TN)
$334.53
$607.33
In-State
Out-of-State
84
Old Dominion University
(VA)
$335.00
$369.00
In-State
Out-of-State
84
University of South Dakota
(SD)
$335.00
All Students
86
Indiana State University
(IN)
$335.04
$422.22
In-State
Out-of-State
87
Eastern Illinois University
(IL)
$336.00
All Students
88
Lamar University
(TX)
$336.40
$754.33
In-State
Out-of-State
89
Schreiner University
(TX)
$337.52
All Students
90
Stephen F. Austin State University
(TX)
$337.56
$457.56
In-State
Out-of-State
91
Troy University
(AL)
$340.50
$250.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
92
Lees-McRae College
(NC)
$341.43
All Students
93
Columbus State University
(GA)
$342.96
All Students
94
Hannibal-Lagrange University
(MO)
$344.83
All Students
95
University of Maryland-Baltimore
(MD)
$346.23
$1,213.58
In-State
Out-of-State
96
Saint Joseph’s College of Maine
(ME)
$346.97
$251.97
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
97
University of Mary
(ND)
$348.33
All Students
98
Carson-Newman University
(TN)
$350.00
All Students
99
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
(IL)
$350.15
All Students
100
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
(PA)
$350.32
$391.68
In-State
Out-of-State
101
Colorado Mesa University
(CO)
$351.30
All Students
102
Colorado Christian University
(CO)
$353.42
$288.42
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
103
The University of Tennessee – Martin
(TN)
$355.00
$385.00
In-State
Out-of-State
103
The University of Alabama
(AL)
$355.00
All Students
105
Boise State University
(ID)
$356.67
All Students
106
Rivier University
(NH)
$357.50
All Students
106
Auburn University at Montgomery
(AL)
$357.50
$376.50
In-State
Out-of-State
108
Minnesota State University-Mankato
(MN)
$357.93
All Students
109
The University of Tennessee – Chattanooga
(TN)
$359.67
$385.67
In-State
Out-of-State
110
University of Sioux Falls
(SD)
$360.00
All Students
111
Indiana University Online
(IN)
$362.57
$452.01
In-State
Out-of-State
112
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
(PA)
$363.20
$380.20
In-State
Out-of-State
113
Jefferson College of Health Sciences
(VA)
$363.64
All Students
114
University at Buffalo
(NY)
$364.54
$1,094.54
In-State
Out-of-State
115
Ohio Christian University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
(OH)
$365.63
$265.63
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
116
King University
(TN)
$365.94
All Students
117
Wilmington University
(DE)
$366.23
$253.23
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
118
Bluefield College
(VA)
$367.27
All Students
119
Bethel University – TN
(TN)
$367.56
All Students
120
Lander University
(SC)
$367.97
$667.97
In-State
Out-of-State
121
University of Alabama in Huntsville
(AL)
$373.00
All Students
122
Southwest Baptist University
(MO)
$374.71
All Students
123
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
(LA)
$375.00
All Students
124
Morehead State University
(KY)
$375.31
All Students
125
Ashland University
(OH)
$376.00
All Students
126
Jacksonville State University
(AL)
$377.84
All Students
127
New England Institute of Technology
(RI)
$379.25
All Students
128
South Dakota State University
(SD)
$381.75
$490.00
In-State
Out-of-State
129
University of Michigan-Flint
(MI)
$382.60
$419.00
In-State
Out-of-State
130
East Tennessee State University
(TN)
$382.97
$483.91
In-State
Out-of-State
131
Oral Roberts University
(OK)
$385.00
All Students
132
Governors State University
(IL)
$386.57
All Students
133
University of Holy Cross
(LA)
$389.00
All Students
134
Marian University Indianapolis
(IN)
$390.00
All Students
134
Baker College
(MI)
$390.00
$247.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
136
Liberty University
(VA)
$393.33
$253.33
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
137
Franklin Pierce University
(NH)
$396.67
All Students
138
Eastern Mennonite University
(VA)
$398.13
All Students
139
Ohio State University
(OH)
$399.40
$400.00
In-State
Out-of-State
140
Campbellsville University
(KY)
$400.67
All Students
141
Ottawa University
(KS)
$406.42
$257.42
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
142
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
(MA)
$407.48
All Students
143
Colorado Technical University
(CO)
$409.17
$315.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
144
The College of Saint Scholastica
(MN)
$415.00
All Students
145
Wright State University
(OH)
$415.17
$824.17
In-State
Out-of-State
146
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
(NC)
$415.93
All Students
147
Mount Carmel College of Nursing
(OH)
$418.11
All Students
148
Regent University
(VA)
$418.52
All Students
149
University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne
(IN)
$420.00
All Students
150
Northwestern College Iowa
(IA)
$421.00
All Students
151
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
(TN)
$421.06
$1,180.06
In-State
Out-of-State
152
Utica College
(NY)
$421.61
All Students
153
Lewis-Clark State College
(ID)
$422.27
$1,227.33
In-State
Out-of-State
154
Park University
(MO)
$425.45
$318.45
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
NOTE: The following schools did not make our Best Buy ranking but are also great online options.
School / DegreeStatePriceNote
Northern Kentucky University
(KY)
$426.67
All Students
University of Louisiana at Monroe
(LA)
$426.92
All Students
Ferris State University
(MI)
$429.00
All Students
Bellevue University
(NE)
$429.40
$269.40
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
University of Mount Olive
(NC)
$430.00
$215.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Gardner-Webb University
(NC)
$432.29
All Students
Murray State University
(KY)
$432.50
All Students
United States University
(CA)
$433.33
$383.33
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Briar Cliff University
(IA)
$434.00
All Students
Touro University Nevada
(NV)
$435.00
All Students
McKendree University
(IL)
$438.33
All Students
Tabor College
(KS)
$439.97
All Students
MidAmerica Nazarene University
(KS)
$440.00
All Students
ECPI University
(VA)
$441.02
All Students
Oklahoma Wesleyan University
(OK)
$442.22
$276.11
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Indiana Wesleyan University
(IN)
$443.00
$250.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Thomas Edison State University
(NJ)
$446.38
$544.38
In-State
Out-of-State
Nova Southeastern University
(FL)
$448.30
All Students
University of Kansas
(KS)
$449.08
All Students
University of Northern Colorado
(CO)
$450.00
All Students
University of Missouri-St Louis
(MO)
$451.80
All Students
Azusa Pacific University
(CA)
$452.00
All Students
Illinois State University
(IL)
$452.19
$822.34
In-State
Out-of-State
Anderson University – SC
(SC)
$455.00
All Students
Crown College
(MN)
$456.90
All Students
Olivet Nazarene University
(IL)
$458.33
All Students
University of South Alabama
(AL)
$459.00
All Students
Post University
(CT)
$460.00
All Students
University of Saint Mary
(KS)
$460.00
All Students
Eastern Kentucky University
(KY)
$460.00
All Students
AdventHealth University
(FL)
$460.00
All Students
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
(MN)
$465.00
All Students
Pfeiffer University
(NC)
$467.98
$267.98
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Kent State University
(OH)
$468.00
$478.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Eastern Michigan University
(MI)
$468.86
All Students
Cumberland University
(TN)
$470.41
All Students
Concordia University Wisconsin & Ann Arbor
(WI)
$471.00
All Students
Avila University
(MO)
$474.08
All Students
Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences
(TN)
$474.67
All Students
Graceland University
(IA)
$475.00
All Students
University of Colorado Denver
(CO)
$477.00
$515.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Widener University
(PA)
$478.00
All Students
Radford University
(VA)
$478.58
$982.58
In-State
Out-of-State
Jacksonville University
(FL)
$485.00
$436.50
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Mercy College of Ohio
(OH)
$490.61
All Students
Stevenson University
(MD)
$495.00
All Students
Bethel University – MN
(MN)
$495.00
All Students
University of South Carolina-Upstate
(SC)
$495.09
$973.22
$344.34
In-State
Out-of-State
Military
University of Louisville
(KY)
$497.00
$250.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Concordia University – Nebraska
(NE)
$500.00
All Students
University of Delaware
(DE)
$500.16
$1,333.16
In-State
Out-of-State
Purdue University Global
(IL)
$502.00
$247.50
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Southwestern College – Kansas
(KS)
$506.67
$278.67
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Western Kentucky University
(KY)
$510.00
$250.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Franklin University
(OH)
$511.17
$252.17
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Grand Canyon University
(AZ)
$511.25
$291.25
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Anna Maria College
(MA)
$511.85
All Students
Virginia Commonwealth University
(VA)
$512.69
$672.32
In-State
Out-of-State
Oakland University
(MI)
$516.00
All Students
Kettering College
(OH)
$517.00
All Students
Excelsior College
(NY)
$518.25
All Students
Mount Mercy University
(IA)
$518.57
All Students
Walden University
(MN)
$522.35
All Students
Saint Louis University
(MO)
$523.83
$438.83
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Linfield College
(OR)
$527.78
All Students
Brandman University
(CA)
$528.50
$278.50
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Gwynedd Mercy University
(PA)
$532.00
All Students
Our Lady of the Lake College
(LA)
$534.83
All Students
George Mason University
(VA)
$537.67
$1,472.92
In-State
Out-of-State
Pennsylvania State University
(PA)
$539.21
All Students
Florida National University
(FL)
$539.86
All Students
Chatham University
(PA)
$542.00
All Students
Immaculata University
(PA)
$543.00
All Students
Pennsylvania College of Technology
(PA)
$545.00
All Students
Capella University
(MN)
$552.50
All Students
Roberts Wesleyan College
(NY)
$555.33
All Students
Eastern University
(PA)
$559.76
All Students
Regis University
(CO)
$560.00
All Students
Spring Arbor University
(MI)
$565.00
All Students
Clarkson College
(NE)
$566.00
All Students
Quinnipiac University
(CT)
$571.25
All Students
Iowa Wesleyan University
(IA)
$572.33
All Students
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
(PA)
$576.00
All Students
Saint Xavier University
(IL)
$585.29
All Students
Sacred Heart University
(CT)
$585.33
All Students
Vermont Technical College
(VT)
$591.28
All Students
Mercy College
(NY)
$594.10
All Students
Loyola University New Orleans
(LA)
$594.67
All Students
Misericordia University
(PA)
$595.00
All Students
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
(MA)
$595.77
All Students
Villanova University
(PA)
$609.00
All Students
Robert Morris University
(PA)
$609.17
All Students
California Baptist University
(CA)
$611.19
All Students
La Salle University
(PA)
$614.81
All Students
Michigan State University
(MI)
$622.25
$647.25
In-State
Out-of-State
The George Washington University
(DC)
$628.89
All Students
University of St Francis
(IL)
$629.00
All Students
Allen College
(IA)
$641.17
All Students
Mercy College of Health Sciences
(IA)
$653.89
All Students
Loyola University Chicago
(IL)
$658.50
All Students
Methodist College
(IL)
$665.58
All Students
University of Illinois at Chicago
(IL)
$668.00
All Students
American International College
(MA)
$671.00
All Students
La Roche University
(PA)
$680.00
All Students
Pace University
(NY)
$686.25
All Students
Belmont University
(TN)
$690.38
All Students
Webster University
(MO)
$692.50
$252.50
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Carlow University
(PA)
$699.00
All Students
MCPHS University
(MA)
$716.74
All Students
Davenport University
(MI)
$754.27
All Students
Mount Aloysius College
(PA)
$780.62
All Students
National American University
(SD)
$812.50
$249.99
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Marian University
(WI)
$856.25
All Students
Mount Saint Joseph University
(OH)
$881.82
All Students
St. John Fisher College
(NY)
$895.00
All Students
Cedar Crest College
(PA)
$958.81
All Students
Brenau University
(GA)
$987.30
$261.11
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Drexel University
(PA)
$1,021.50
$850.50
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Duquesne University
(PA)
$1,058.02
All Students
Wilkes University
(PA)
$1,082.84
All Students
Rider University
(NJ)
$1,327.33
All Students

Accreditation Note: To qualify for a ranking, a program must be regionally accredited. Additional programmatic accreditation is noted in the rank table.

8 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
10 Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

14 Program is no longer accepting new students. 

12  State Restriction Note: This program is only available in fewer than 15 states.

13  Quarter Credit Note: The RN to BSN rank tuition is based on a per semester calendar credit rate. Semester based bachelor degrees typically require about 120 credits for completion, quarter-based bachelors require about 180. Tuition rates for schools operating on a per quarter calendar system were calculated to reflect a per semester rate. The following schools use a per quarter calendar for tuition. Actual tuition and fees are:

  • New England Institute of Technology: $252.84 per quarter credit (all)
  • Colorado Technical University: $272.78 per quarter credit (In State/Out of State); $210 per quarter credit (Military)
  • Kaplan University: $334.67 per quarter credit (In State/Out of State); $165 per quarter credit (Military)
  • Walden University: $348.24 per quarter credit (all)
  • Capella University: $368.33 per quarter credit (all)
  • National American University: $541.67 per quarter credit (In State/Out of State); $166.66 per quarter credit (Military)
  • Drexel University: $681 per quarter credit (In State/Out of State); $567 per quarter credit (Military) 

Rankings Note: These online college rankings are based on a GetEducated Summer 2017 review of regionally accredited RN to BSN online programs. Most online BSN programs are online bachelor completion programs that require applicants to have already completed the equivalent of an associate’s degree and to hold a valid RN license. Credits for completion of RN to BSN programs vary in the total number of credits required to complete the degree, the number of credits required to enter the program, the number of allowable transfer credits, and the available online nursing curriculum. Due to the wide range of program credits from school-to-school, this rank uses a weighted per credit rate. Flat-rate semester tuition rates and added fees were factored using the minimum number of credits and/or semesters required to complete the degree. The exact per credit cost may vary, due to students who require general education or elective credits beyond the minimum online nursing program credits required for BSN completion.

Per credit rates are based on “semester” calendar credits; thus, schools using quarter calendars were converted to semester rates for rank purposes only. True costs of “quarter-credit” degrees, along with number of total credits required to complete the program were not altered within GetEducated’s degree profiles. Prospective students should refer to specific degree profiles or request more information for more detailed costs. As with any program requiring state licensure, prospective students should check with their state of residency prior to enrollment in a nursing program.

Editorial Note: Online schools do NOT pay to be included in any GetEducated online degree ranking. These rankings are editorially independent, open to any regionally accredited or candidate college that offers a BSN program that is available at least 80 percent through online learning and that is open to enrollment by the public. If your online college is regionally accredited and not currently reviewed by GetEducated, please contact us for inclusion.

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