McAllen, TX (June 30, 2016) – SR Education Group, an online education publisher, recently ranked South Texas College Online as the most affordable online college in the nation!
The new top rankings were published on OnlineU.org, placing South Texas College Online at the very top of their 2016 Most Affordable Online Colleges list. The ranking is significant as South Texas College Online sees record growth in their student enrollment.
“There has been a lot of talk about how expensive attending college has become, but no one is taking the time to recognize colleges that are making a concerted effort to keep tuition costs low,” explains Sung Rhee, CEO of SR Education Group.
“The colleges represented on our 2016 Most Affordable Online Colleges lists are revolutionizing the education industry by offering quality degrees at palatable prices. It is our hope that other colleges take notice and start to follow suit, lowering tuition costs all across the nation!”
South Texas College Online functions as a true campus with all of the services students need in order to register, receive advising, apply for financial aid, and take courses. In Fall 2015, South Texas College Online hit a record high enrollment of 5,925 students. Six percent of the total STC student body are taking classes completely online while 17 percent took at least one online class. At the recent rate of growth, South Texas College Online projects its enrollment to be 14,498 by 2020.
“Even though the Distance Learning staff is online, we do our best to ensure students have that one-one-one classroom experience that South Texas College is known for,” explained Dr. Erasmus Addae, dean of Distance Learning at STC.
“A new integration into Blackboard allows faculty to spend time with all students and allocate time for those who might require more help. There is also a student success specialist component that will ensure students are being guided and encouraged throughout their courses. It is the perfect time for our students to try online classes and see how they can fit these courses into their busy schedules.”
In addition to being recognized as the most affordable online college by OnlineU.org, South Texas College Online has been recognized as a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, received the Institutional Commitment to Excellence and Innovation Award from Texas Distance Learning Association in 2012 and was recognized by Best Choice Schools as one of the top 30 Colleges for Online Computer Science Degrees. It is important to note that these recognitions not only factor in the cost of tuition, but also accessibility, workforce needs and quality of instruction.
Since 1997, South Texas College Online has grown from offering two course sections to 30 degrees, including certificate, associate and bachelor’s programs. The higher education opportunities made available online to all students are fully supported by integrated and responsive student services, ensuring educational success for traditional and non-traditional learners with academic, professional and life enrichment goals.