Potomac State Named to National List for Four-Year, Public Colleges With Lowest Tuition

Potomac State College

Potomac State College of West Virginia University is one of 65 institutions of higher education across the country to be named to this year’s lowest tuition list generated by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Lists.

The data reports that in 2011-2012, the national average tuition rate to be $7,135 on an annual basis. Potomac State’s average annual in-state tuition rate came in at $3,058 which equates to only 43 percent of the national average.

To generate the list including Potomac State College, go to http://collegecost.ed.gov/ , for Sector, choose Public, 4-Year or above; for Report Type, choose Lowest Tuition; then Generate Report.

Additionally, Potomac State College has consistently had the lowest undergraduate tuition and fees for in-state students since 2008 as reported by the West Virginia Higher Education Report Card, sponsored by the state’s Higher Education Policy Commission.

“We’ve worked hard to keep tuition increases to a minimum so that we can offer challenging academics at an affordable cost,” said Potomac State Campus Provost Leonard Colelli. “As a division of WVU, our two-year transfer programs mirror the first two years of the same programs at WVU. We also have applied baccalaureate programs in Business Technology and Criminal Justice with future plans to develop more four-year degrees. At Potomac State, our historic mission is in teaching where students participate in smaller classes and receive one-on-one attention to help them succeed.”

The 2013 College Affordability and Transparency Lists are based on data collected during the 2011-2012 IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) data collection cycle, the most recent data that have undergone the full NCES data review process and that have been publicly released via the IPEDS Data Center.

Several lists of institutions based on tuition and fees and average net price (the cost of attending college after considering all grant and scholarship aid) charged to students are available in the College Affordability and Transparency Center at http://collegecost.ed.gov/.

These lists meet requirements outlined in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA). Per the HEOA, the lists are updated annually and posted by July 1.