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NCCU Offers Most Affordable Online Degrees Among HBCUs


North Carolina Central University (NCCU) is the most affordable online bachelor’s degree-granting institution among the historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the country, according to the Affordable Schools website ranking.

To rank the colleges, the website used tuition information obtained from each school’s website, as well as the College Navigator database at the National Center of Education Statistics. It also used information obtained from the U.S. News & World Report.

A member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the University of North Carolina System, NCCU offers various online programs, including six bachelor’s degrees in hospitality and tourism administration, early childhood education, criminal justice, behavioral and social sciences, psychology, and nursing.

The university charges $12,817 on average for each of its programs. In-state students pay $6,464 for tuition, while out-of-state students pay $19,171.

North Carolina A&T State University ranked second for offering ten affordable online bachelor’s degree programs including a B.S. in Agricultural Education, a B.S. in Business Education with a concentration in Information Technology, among others. The average cost for each program is $13,217.

“These institutions play an often-underrated role in higher education in our country, and while there are only 102 HBCUs in the U.S., they educate hundreds of thousands of college students each year, many of whom are African-American,” the ranking report said.

Following, North Carolina A&T, Alcorn State University in Mississippi ranked third with average online degree cost of $7,084.

Claflin University, Fayetteville State University, Delaware State University, Jackson State University, Morgan State University, Kentucky State University, and Howard University also landed among the top ten HBCUs that offer the most affordable online bachelor’s degrees.

A recent study conducted by the University of South California’s Race and Equity Center found that approximately 900,000 black students enrolled in public universities and colleges receive less support from their time of admission into college through their graduation.

The report gave Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, the University of California-San Diego and the University of Louisville the highest equity index scores of 3.50 for supporting black students. Florida Polytechnic University, the University of Alaska Southeast, and Fort Lewis College performed the worst, with 0.33 and 0.50 scores, respectively.

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