Education Reference Desk Announces 2020’s Most Affordable Online Master’s in Social Work, a nationally recognized provider of college planning resources, announces their picks for the Most Affordable Online Master’s in Social Work in 2020.

According to a recent study, 53% of surveyed high school grads considering college indicated that their family’s financial situation has been affected because of COVID-19 while 49% of surveyed current college students indicated the same.

In light of these financially challenging times, Education Reference Desk has recently published its list of the most affordable master’s in Social Work online.

Schools considered for this ranking were collected from official accrediting agency websites, are regionally or nationally accredited, and offer at least one fully online master’s in social work degree program.

Pulling data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), colleges were evaluated based on their affordability.

As part of the rankings, also published detailed profiles outlining each school on its list. Students can use these profiles to evaluate each school’s net prices, acceptance rates, accreditation and other helpful information.

“Online programs can offer a flexible learning environment for students who have to balance classes with working a full-time job, caring for their family or other responsibilities during COVID-19 restrictions,” said Education Reference Desk’s spokesperson, “The Most Affordable Online Master’s in Social Work ranking allows students to compare accredited schools and find those that best fit their financial situation, education interests and career goals.”

The 2020 ranking for the Most Affordable Online Master’s in Social Work ranks The University of Texas–Rio Grande Valley #1 with California State University–San Bernardino and New Mexico State University rounding out the top three.

The complete rankings are as follows:

#1 The University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley

#2 California State University – San Bernardino

#3 New Mexico State University

#4 University of Central Florida

#5 Western New Mexico University

#6 Western Kentucky University

#7 West Virginia University

#8 Texas State University

#9 Delaware State University

#10 University of Memphis

#11 University of Arkansas at Little Rock

#12 Arizona State University

#13 Humboldt State University

#14 University of North Dakota

#15 University of Missouri

#16 Rutgers University

#17 University at Buffalo

#18 Aurora University

#19 Our Lady of the Lake University

#20 Saint Leo University Online

#21 The University of Tennessee – Knoxville

#22 Temple University

#23 Loyola University Chicago

University response to rankings has been very positive. Sharing the rankings on their websites and via social media has helped schools attract new students and excite existing students and alumni.

The rankings and data were produced for, a leading higher education research organization. All evaluated data was gathered from IPEDs, the U.S. Dept. of Higher Education, school websites, and other reputable sources.

The rankings have been published at

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