Which schools offer a fully accredited BSN degree for the lowest price? To determine the most affordable online RN to BSN programs, we began with a list of 214 programs. We then checked current tuition rates, and the “net price” (basically, the average price for a student after subtracting financial aid) as determined by the U.S. Department of Education. To rank the schools, we averaged three values: the price of taking just the core nursing classes, the price of taking the core classes and the general education classes, and the “net price.” For students who need just the core nursing classes, the most expensive school below is around $12,000 and the least expensive is below $4,000.
(If you are thinking of enrolling in a school outside of your state, be sure to check that your state allows the degree from the specific school you are considering. The school adviser should have that information. Most public schools charge more for out-of-state students. We try to note those that don’t.)
Located in Morgantown, West Virginia, WVU has three other campuses and offices in all 55 West Virginia counties. Admission to the online program takes place in the fall, spring, and summer. The core nursing classes may be completed in either three or six semesters.
Tuition: $416 per credit hour, 28 core nursing units, 128 units to graduate
As a public research university, with a dedicated health science campus in Greenville, ECU provides a high quality education at a minimal cost. Designed as a four semester program, the RN to BSN curriculum allows students to focus on just one or two courses at a time since classes are offered in 7 week (5-1/2 weeks in the summer) blocks.
Tuition: online tuition and fees of $140 per credit hour, 33 core nursing classes, 128 credits to graduate
Tasked by the state of New Jersey with providing “diverse and alternative methods of achieving a collegiate education of the highest quality for mature adults,” Edison specializes in providing a quality, flexible, education. The online RN to BSN program requires 28 upper division nursing classes, and 120 to graduate. Enrollment is always open, classes are offered on a quarterly basis, and may be taken on a self-paced schedule.
Tuition: $425 per unit; 28 upper division nursing units, 120 to graduate
Fitchburg was rated as one of the best online bachelor’s programs in 2014 by U.S. News and World Report. A public university located in Fitchburg Massachusetts, about 80% of undergraduates receive some form of financial aid. 120 credits are required for graduation and the program may be taken on a part or full-time basis.
Tuition: $351 per credit ($293 base + $58 for BSN credits online), 32 core nursing units, 120 to graduate
The main campus of this public university is in Vermillion, about 63 miles from Sioux Falls. RN to BSN students may complete the program in 2 semesters full-time or go at a slower pace taking just one or two classes a semester. Online students join a cohort of other students, and new cohorts begin each fall.
Tuition: $325 for each online unit; 27 core nursing units
A public university located in Brookings with over 12,500 students, SDSU advertises, “Be Great. Start Here.” SDSU was ranked as one of the best nursing programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in 2016. The RN to BSN program is entirely online. Students must complete 20 core nursing units at SDSU.
Tuition: $325 per unit for online classes; 20 core nursing units, 120 to graduate
As the school with the largest undergraduate enrollment in the United States (52,500 students), UCF’s college of nursing is a competitive, well-resourced school. The RN to BSN program is offered completely online, is a 30 credit hour curriculum, and may be done part or full-time.
Tuition: $230 per hour for tuition and fees (and an $18 online fee), 30 core nursing units, 120 to graduate
With two “Bulldog” campuses in Weatherford and Sayre, SWOSU is one of six schools that comprise the University System of Oklahoma. All core nursing classes are offered online; applications are accepted in the spring, summer, and fall; and students have 5 years to complete the program from the time of initial enrollment.
Tuition: $289 per credit hour for tuition and fees; 30 hours core nursing classes; 124 to graduate
As a public research university, UALR’s department of nursing has been doing nursing education for 50 years and is now located in a new, state-of-the-art facility. The RN to BSN program accepts applicants in the spring, summer, and fall, and may be completed in 12 to 18 months.
Tuition: Average tuition and fees for a semester is $4,064, 34 upper nursing division units required, 125 to graduate
A public university, NSU’s “global campus” is widely recognized as providing a particularly strong online learning experience. The main campus is located in Natchitoches, the primary nursing campus is in Shreveport, and its online presence is everywhere. NSU doesn’t charge out-of-state tuition for online students. NSU also offers a unique incentive for online students: $100 per credit hour for every unit taken beyond 12 in a semester.
Tuition: $325 per credit hour, 30 units of core nursing classes, 120 units to graduate.
A public university located in Pittsburg, Kansas, PSU offers the options of a hybrid RN to BSN program (on-campus classes and online) or completely online. The core classes can be completed in one year of full-time study, or may be taken part-time.
Tuition: $230 for 9 or fewer units, flat rate of $5,466 for 10 or above; 37 core nursing units; 124 to graduate
With a relatively small student body for a state school, Minot advertises itself as the place to “Be Seen. Be Heard.” The online RN to BSN program may be completed in 15 – 18 months when done full-time (a part-time option is also available). The Center for Extended Learning department invites students in the area of Minot, North Dakota to come visit.
Tuition: $266 per online credit, 30 core nursing units, 122 credits to graduate
A public school in rural Oklahoma, the school has around 1,700 students. Offering admission in the spring, summer, and fall, the BSN to RN program features individualized advising, and the school tries to offer most BSN classes every semester.
Tuition: $249 per unit for tuition and fees (and a $100 fee for every online class), 30 core nursing classes are required, and 124 units are needed to graduate
Founded in 1830, UNA is the oldest four-year public university in Alabama and was one of the first coeducational colleges in the nation. It offers a RN to BSN program that can be completed in as little as a year, and no additional fees for out-of-state online students.
Tuition: $254 per credit, 30 core nursing units, 128 units to graduate
The school, founded by the Marianites of Holy Cross as a two year women’s school, is now a fully accredited four year, coeducational college. Located in New Orleans, Louisiana, the school advertises its 30 unit RN to BSN program as costing $8,500 with fees.
Tuition: $250 per credit, 30 core nursing units, 120 to graduate.
Located in the Appalachian highlands of Maryland, FSU was originally founded in 1898 as a teachers’ college. It offers an RN to BSN program that can be done part-time (6 credits per semester) or full-time (12 credits per semester). FSU has a rate for “regional residents”: students who live in neighboring states within 120 miles of Frostburg. Frostburg invites students to “test drive” one of it’s online courses.
Tuition: $6,214 per year for anything above 12 units; 32 core nursing units, 120 to graduate
Near the Canadian border, this public university has a relatively small student body of around 1,500 students. Nursing professors maintain an open door policy. The RN to BSN program is offered completely online and each student is assigned a dedicated advisor.
Tuition: $6,600 for the year for in-state residents, 31 core nursing units, 120 to graduate
A state school with just 2,600 students, GSW is located in Americus, Georgia. It’s completely online RN to BSN program may be completed in as little as a year, but many students choose to do it part-time. Applications are accepted in the spring, summer, and fall.
Tuition: the etuition rate is $216 a credit, 33 units of core nursing classes, 120 to graduate
Based in Murfreesboro, MT is a public university that offers start dates for RN to BSN students in the summer, spring, and fall. The program may be done entirely online, or on-campus classes may be taken to fulfill the requirements.
Tuition: $268 up to 12 units, $54 for every unit over 12; 30 core nursing units, 120 to graduate
As a public university with over 54,000 students, FIU offers a respected program that can be done entirely online. FIU has both part-time and full-time options. A two minute video describing the process for admission, and the program requirements can be found here.
Tuition: $216 tuition and fees per credit; 30 core nursing credits, 120 to graduate.
With a Kangaroo as their mascot, SUNY Canton’s athletic teams are known as the “Roos.” Located near the Adirondack Mountains and the St. Lawrence River, SUNY Canton serves 3,550 undergraduate students. The SUNY RN to BSN program requires 135 hours of supervised clinical experiences. Classes may be taken full-time or part-time.
Tuition: $6,470 for the year for full time; 30 core nursing units, 120 to graduate
UNMC located in Omaha is part of the University of Nebraska system, is focused on health sciences, and has a relatively small student body for a state school of around 3,800. The School of Nursing offers a 1 to 10 faculty to student ratio. Students are admitted in August or January, may take 1 to 3 classes a semester, and may finish in 1 to 3 years.
Tuition: $217 per credit, 20 core nursing credits, 122 to graduate
APUS is a for-profit university that specializes in online education. It consists of the American Military University which was founded to serve the educational needs of military personnel and the American Public University which is designed for civilians interested in public service programs. It has a corporate and academic office in Charles Town, West Virginia. The program seeks to focus the roles of a BSN prepared nurse as practitioner, scientist, and leader.
Tuition: $270 per credit, 30 core nursing credits, 121 to graduate
Founded in 1889, UNM is a public university located in Albuquerque with more than 27,000 students. UNM offers three terms each year (fall, spring, summer) and completion of the program requires four terms. Classes are seven weeks long which allows students to focus on just 3 credit hours at a time.
Tuition: $242 per credit hour, 24 core nursing hours, 128 to graduate
Located in Morrow, Georgia, about fifteen miles from Atlanta, CSU is a public university. It’s campus is wooded, contains five lakes, and is a peaceful respite from metro Atlanta. The RN to BSN program is completely online and can be done either full or part-time. Applicants must have a 2.0 GPA and an unrestricted nursing license (or eligibility for one).
Tuition: $220 etuition per credit, 120 units to graduate.
As a public university, WNMU has a relatively small student body of 3,500 and a faculty to student ratio of 1:18. The RN to BSN program can be completed in two years and requires 135 hours in a community health setting, which students can do in their local community.
Tuition: Online tuition of $3658 for 15 units per semester, 36 required core nursing units, 128 to graduate
FHSU is located in Hays, Kansas, and the majority of its 11,200 students are online. RN to BSN students may start in the spring, summer or fall; may attend full or part-time; and may take one or two semesters off without penalty.
Tuition: $194 per unit, 30 core nursing units, 124 to graduate
With the largest student body of any California state university (38,000 students), Cal State Fullerton is an ethnically diverse school. The nursing program is part of the respected College of Health and Human Development. The RN to BSN program can be finished in as little as year, or can be taken part-time. Two lab/clinical courses are required which must be taken at a partner facility.
Tuition: $2,736 per semester for full time tuition + $50/unit online lectures or $100/online labs, 41 core nursing classes
Located in Hammond, Louisiana, Southeastern is a public university with around 14,500 students. It’s nursing program is based out of a satellite campus in Baton Rouge. The RN to BSN program, offered through CALL (Center of Adult Learning Louisiana), requires 22 hours of required nursing courses, and 9 hours of nursing electives. Out-of-state residents are eligible for to have out of state tuition waived when the program is done entirely online.
Tuition: for 12 credit hours tuition and fees are $3,838, 31 core nursing credits, 122 to graduate
Part of the University of Louisiana system, ULM has established a “eULM” office, tasked with supporting and providing assistance to online learners. Classes are offered in 8 week periods allowing students to focus on 2-3 classes at one time.
Tuition: $321 (eULM) per credit hour; 120 units to graduate.
WGU is a non-profit, entirely online school based in Salt Lake City, Utah. It aims to offer “degrees, not classes.” WGU does this by allowing students to demonstrate competency in given fields and thus “clear” various classes. The average time to complete the degree is 18 months. WGU advertises that it is about half the price of other (primarily) online universities.
Tuition: $3,250 per six month term
A public university with over 14,000 students, the College of Health and Human Services offers a robust, well-resourced, nursing program. The RN to BSN program can be done in as little as a year. UNCW offers six start dates throughout the year, classes are 7.5 weeks long, and all classes are offered online. Students may take 1-2 courses at a time, and may sit out a semester if need be. UNCW advertises NC resident tuition and fees of $4335.
Tuition: $149 per unit hour, residency requirement of 31 units
Located in a valley between the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains, UCF is a public university that aims to serve the western North Carolina mountain region. WCU estimates the total cost of tuition, fees, and textbooks to be $5,500 for in state students. The RN to BSN program consists of 32 core classes, and may be started in either January or August.
Tuition: $148 per unit, 32 core nursing units, 120 to graduate
Located in Denton Texas, TWU retains “Woman” in its name to recognize its heritage as a all-women school. It now accepts men into all it’s programs. TWU was recognized as one of the best nursing programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report 2016. TWU’s program can be completed in a year’s time or done part-time. As a state-supported university, TWU does charge substantially higher tuition rates for out of state residents.
Tuition: $198 per unit, 32 core nursing units, 120 to graduate
A rapidly growing school, this public university now has more than 12,000 students. Located in Russelville, it has a satellite campus in Ozark. Its online RN to BSN program is designed to be completed in a year, and start dates take place in the spring and summer. The program consists of five core nursing courses, two approved electives, and two nursing classes that include a practicum.
Tuition: $215 per unit, 30 core nursing units, 120 to graduate.
At this state college located in Henderson, at the base of the McCullough mount range, nursing is the most popular major. NSC offers classes in the fall, spring, summer, and during a January session. There is no admission deadline, but applications should be received at least 3 weeks before each session starts. Online classes can be taken full or part-time.
Tuition: $138 per unit, 35 core nursing units, 121 to graduate
Located in Magnolia, Arkansas, on 1,418 acres, SAU has a relatively small student body for a state school of around 3,500. It has a student to teacher ratio of 17:1. SAU accepts applications twice a year and requires 121 total units for graduation.
Tuition: $217 per unit, 30 core nursing units, 121 to graduate
A public university located in Portales, it is home to the Jack Williamson library which houses one of the top science fiction collections in the world. The RN to BSN program is completely online. The usual number of credits taken in a semester is 6 which allows students to complete the program in under 3 years. Out-of-state tuition is waived for students who take 6 or less credits a semester and is currently just $216 per hour (for both tuition and fees).
Tuition: $216 per credit hour (with fees), 46 credits upper division nursing classes; 128 to graduate
A public university located in San Angelo, Texas, it has a 150 million-dollar endowment which it employs to help keep tuition low. With an in-state tuition of $50 per unit, Angelo State has the lowest per credit tuition rate in our survey (but for online students, the rate is $100 per unit). ASU’s RN to BSN program accepts students in the spring, summer, and fall. The course can be completed in one year, or two years part-time.
Tuition: $100 per credit hour ($50 for in state tuition + $50 for each online hour), 30 core nursing units, 120 to graduate
Located in Laramie, this public university has an Outreach School with nine regional centers across the state to serve distance learners. Listed #5 in our ranking of Online RN to BSN programs, classes are completely online. A field experience in which students implement a health project in the student’s local community is required.
Tuition: $119 per semester, 30 units of core nursing classes, 120 to graduate.
UNC Charlotte is a public university with three campuses and a student body of over 28,000. Students have the option of starting the RN to BSN online program in either the fall or spring semesters and it is designed to be completed in 12 months.
Tuition: Distance tuition is $123 per unit, 31 core nursing units, and 122 to graduate
As the largest school in Alaska, UAA has around 20,000 students, and in addition to the main campus, administers four community colleges throughout the state. Students may complete in the program in four semesters, but may take as little as one class per semester.
Tuition: $5,304 per year for upper division, off-campus students, 30 core nursing units, 126 to graduate
CSU is part of the University of California system, has approximately 14,500 students, and is home of the StubHub Center, a 27,000 seat complex that hosts the LA Galaxy Soccer Team. Listed as one of our 2016 Top RN to BSN Programs, students may do an “accelerated” program in 3 semesters, or take 3-4 years to complete the requirements.
Tuition: $6,274 per academic year (includes fees)
BYU is a private university run by the Church of the Latter Day Saints. Funding by the church helps to keep tuition low, and the majority of students are members of the LDS church. The RN to BSN program offers online, on-campus, or distance learning options. It may be done in 3 to 6 semesters.
Tuition: $160 per credit for less than 12 units or $1915 for 12 or above per semester; 30 core nursing units, 120 to graduate
UT Brownsville’s mascot is the ocelot, a wild cat found in southern Texas and South America. It ranks in the top 20 for bachelor degrees awarded to Hispanics, and serves around 12,000 students in the surrounding area. The RN to BSN program requires 32 core credit hours, and 121 hours to graduate. Completely online, the program can be completed in as little as a year.
Tuition: $151 per unit, 32 units core nursing courses, 121 to graduate.
SPC is a state school in Pinellas County, Florida, and has about 65,000 students at its eleven campuses. SPU’s RN to BSN program may be completed in four semesters. Students may take one or two eight-week classes at a time.
Tuition: $128 per credit hour ($112 for in state residents + $17 for upper division online courses), 40 upper division nursing units required, 121 to graduate
A historically black research university, WSSU has been ranked #14 by the Social Mobility Index college rankings. Part of the University of North Carolina, WSSU offers a RN to BSN online option that accepts students in the spring or summer. Space for the online program is limited.
Tuition: $109 per unit (distance learning), 35 core nursing credits, 128 to graduate
A public university with around 7,500 students, UAFS offers in-state tuition to students in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. UAFA’s RN to BSN degree can be done entirely online. Tuition and fees for a full-time student (in state and border states) are $3,161 per semester.
Tuition: $2,250 for 15 semester hours, 31 required core nursing units, 120 to graduate
A public university, located south of Amarillo, WT has approximately 9,500 students. Ranked #37 in our 2016 survey of top RN to BSN programs, WT combines a high quality program with a low cost. The course work can be completed in one year or on a part-time basis and enrollment takes place in the summer, spring, and fall.
Tuition: $87 per unit (for nursing majors), 30 units of core nursing classes, 120 to graduate
A public university in Fayetteville, North Carolina, FSU is a historically black school that has the motto “deeds not words.” FSU’s RN to BSN program offers start dates in the fall and spring. Full-time is two classes every eight weeks and part-time is one. The program may be completed in 2.5 semesters.
Tuition: $96 per unit, 32 required core nursing units, 120 credits to graduate