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Bluefield University Announces New and Updated Affordable Tuition Rates

by | May 3, 2022

BLUEFIELD, VA Bluefield University announces new and updated affordable tuition rates for eligible students in the local area and the Commonwealth of Virginia for the 2022-2023 academic year.  The tuition rates were approved in the spring meeting of its Board of Trustees.

“We realize that the affordability of higher education continues to be a kitchen table conversation for many families,” said Sherelle Morgan, Interim Associate Vice President for Admissions.  “We have crafted our two best tuition models to serve those we were founded to serve 100 years ago both here in our local region of Southwest Virginia and Southern West Virginia, alongside the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

Crafted as an expansion of the institution’s Pathways tuition program for students from the local community, students will now have the option of paying a flat tuition rate.

Pathways Tuition Rate

Eligible students must have a 3.0 GPA eligible for Pell funding to qualify for a tuition rate of $13,800.  This tuition program is the University’s best rate in honor of the institution’s 100th year of service to the community it was founded to serve.  It is available to high school, home school, and students from any Virginia Community College.  Pathways students are also available for a reduced rate to reside on-campus.  This program is available to students who reside in the following counties:

Virginia – Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Floyd, Grayson, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, Russell, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, and Wythe

West Virginia – McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Raleigh, Summers, Wyoming

Commonwealth Connection Tuition Rate

Eligible students must have a 3.0 GPA to qualify for a tuition rate of $15,000.  This tuition program was established to provide an exclusive rate to all Virginia high school, homeschool students, and students transferring from any Virginia Community College.

“For a majority of families, the price tag of any institution is not what is paid,” said Morgan.  “That may lead to a lot of negotiation without knowing a bottom line.  We seek to eliminate this practice and ensure local and Virginia families of future Bluefield University students have clarity on the tuition so they can experience the many wonderful features of our Christ-centered learning community.”

A majority, if not all, of each tuition rate, may be covered through the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG), Pell grant funding, outside scholarship assistance, and other identified funding sources.  Students and their families can learn more about these rates and other offerings by inquiring at www.bluefield.edu/apply or calling 276.326.4231.

Rebecca Kasey, Director of Public Relations & Marketing

[email protected] • 276.326.4212

Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231