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The 31 Best Affordable Online Human Services Degrees

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An online human services degree can set you up for a long career helping people at a not so helpful price tag—as high as $75,650! With the average salary of graduates around $45,000 (according to Payscale) and student loan debt soaring, it pays to do your research before choosing an online bachelor’s in human services.

GetEducated compared 72 bachelor’s program in human services, counseling, and social work from 58 regionally accredited online schools to create this ranking. Below is our editorially independent list of the 31 Best Buys for an affordable online human services degree. All degrees cost less than $50,000.

Average Cost (In-state): $50,221.30
Least Expensive: Thomas Edison State University ~$25,723
Most Expensive: Southwest Assemblies of God University ~$75,650.00

Our data-driven research creates a truly reliable system of scientific rankings. There’s no fancy formulas here. We meticulously calculate total full-time tuition—including any fees—for the most accurate total cost. Our rankings cannot be bought, and therefore factually showcase the cheapest online bachelor’s in human services. The online human services degrees listed above the gray dividing line are official 2017 “Best Buys” and cost less than the national average.

Most Affordable Online Human Services Degrees

RankSchool / DegreeStatePriceNote
1
Thomas Edison State University
(NJ)
$25,723.00
$37,731.00
In-State/Military
Out-of-State
2
University of the Cumberlands
(KY)
$26,672.00
All Students
3
Central Washington University
(WA)
$26,844.00
$82,056.00
In-State
Out-of-State
4
Utah State University
(UT)
$27,462.32
$37,200.00
In-State
Out-of-State
5
SUNY Empire State College
(NY)
$27,940.00
$33,100.00
$24,000.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Military
6
Western New Mexico University
(NM)
$30,176.40
$64,646.40
In-State
Out-of-State
7
Minot State University
(ND)
$32,840.40
All Students
8
North Dakota State University
(ND)
$34,219.34
$80,475.34
In-State
Out-of-State
9
Columbia College – MO
(MO)
$34,875.00
$30,075.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
10
American Public University System
(WV)
$35,580.00
$33,100.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
11
Granite State College
(NH)
$37,000.00
$41,200.00
$31,000.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Military
12
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
(LA)
$38,400.00
All Students
13
Southern New Hampshire University
(NH)
$38,400.00
$27,000.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
14
University of North Texas
(TX)
$38,571.60
$44,659.20
In-State
Out-of-State
15
Washington State University
(WA)
$39,344.00
$45,544.00
In-State
Out-of-State
16
Toccoa Falls College
(GA)
$39,910.00
All Students
17
Clarks Summit University
(PA)
$40,150.00
All Students
18
Old Dominion University
(VA)
$41,472.00
$45,072.00
In-State
Out-of-State
19
Shorter University
(GA)
$43,150.00
All Students
20
Ottawa University
(KS)
$43,855.00
$31,455.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
21
Franklin Pierce University
(NH)
$45,800.00
All Students
22
Indiana Wesleyan University
(IN)
$45,960.00
$30,000.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
23
University of Cincinnati-Online
(OH)
$46,056.00
$107,392.00
In-State
Out-of-State
24
Liberty University
(VA)
$46,925.00
$30,125.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
25
Indiana Institute of Technology
(IN)
$47,570.00
All Students
26
Iowa Wesleyan University
(IA)
$47,880.00
All Students
26
Campbellsville University
(KY)
$47,880.00
$30,000.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
28
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
(MA)
$47,970.00
All Students
29
Touro University Worldwide
(CA)
$48,200.00
All Students
30
New England College
(NH)
$48,600.00
$22,500.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
31
Bluefield College
(VA)
$49,794.00
All Students
NOTE: The following schools did not make our Best Buy ranking but are also great online options.
School / DegreeStatePriceNote
Southeastern University
(FL)
$48,360.00
All Students
Oregon State University
(OR)
$50,750.00
All Students
Amridge University
(AL)
$51,425.00
$32,225.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Limestone College
(SC)
$51,785.00
$28,415.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Western Michigan University
(MI)
$52,212.22
All Students
Roger Williams University
Bachelor of General Studies in Social & Health Services
(RI)
$52,450.00
All Students
Anderson University – SC
(SC)
$52,560.00
All Students
Concordia University-Saint Paul
(MN)
$53,760.00
$32,000.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
San Diego Christian College
(CA)
$54,436.00
All Students
Crown College
(MN)
$54,750.00
All Students
LeTourneau University
(TX)
$55,900.00
All Students
Lesley University
(MA)
$56,795.00
All Students
Pennsylvania State University
(PA)
$56,880.00
All Students
Western Kentucky University
(KY)
$59,520.00
$30,000.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Grand Canyon University
(AZ)
$59,950.00
$33,550.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Northeastern University
(MA)
$60,480.00
All Students
Walden University
(MN)
$60,825.00
All Students
St. Joseph’s College-New York
(NY)
$60,997.00
All Students
Ottawa University
(KS)
$61,835.00
$31,455.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
(IN)
$62,100.00
$31,350.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Elizabethtown College
(PA)
$65,625.00
All Students
Thomas University
(GA)
$67,934.60
$34,175.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Post University
(CT)
$68,400.00
All Students
City University of Seattle
(WA)
$70,290.00
All Students
Purdue University Global
(IL)
$71,205.00
$29,700.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
National Louis University
(IL)
$72,000.00
All Students
Southwestern Assemblies of God University
(TX)
$75,085.00
All Students
Southwestern Assemblies of God University
(TX)
$75,650.00
All Students

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

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Rankings Note: These online college rankings are based on a GetEducated Fall 2016 review of regionally accredited online bachelor’s in human services, sociology, and social work programs. Total cost includes full-time tuition and fees and was valid at the time of collection and specific to the online learning program. School profiles for the online bachelor’s degree programs in our directory may reflect a slightly different cost based on different editorial update schedules.

The published cost is an estimated sticker price for the entire online degree including fees. Actual costs may vary by student. Factors such as transfer credits, prerequisite courses, professional licensing and financial aid availability will affect final cost.

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