Dalton State Remains One of Most Affordable Colleges in the Nation


For the sixth consecutive year, Dalton State has been named one of the most affordable public four-year colleges in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

Dalton State remains on the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center’s list of lowest net price, which is the average cost of college attendance for full-time students after grants and financial aid. The ranking is based on the 2013-2014 academic year.

“It is no surprise to anyone who knows Dalton State that we remain one of the most affordable colleges in the country,” said President Dr. Margaret Venable. “I am pleased and honored that Dalton State can efficiently serve the needs of this community while striving for our goal of becoming a first-choice destination college.”

Dalton State’s net price was $6,256 for that school year. The figure includes tuition and fees, as well as other costs associated with being a student, such as books, supplies, room and board, and transportation.

The national average net price for the 2013-2014 school year was $11,913.

Dalton State’s tuition and fees for a student taking 15 credit hours a semester are $4,116 for the 2016-2017 school year.

“Dalton State continues to serve as the point of access for the University System of Georgia in Northwest Georgia, but as the college continues to expand our degree offerings, residential facilities, and program opportunities we are reaching a wider geographic audience,” said Dr. Jodi Johnson, vice president for Enrollment and Student Services. “I believe our affordability coupled with these factors positions the college as an attractive option for many students.”

In addition to landing on the lowest net price list, Dalton State has been named by Affordable Schools (affordableschools.net), as the most affordable bachelor degree program in Georgia. It is fifth in the nation for having the most affordable bachelor degree programs.

The website also listed the College as the second-most affordable in the nation for its online criminal justice program, the fifth-most affordable on campus criminal justice program, and the fifth-most affordable accounting program.

Dalton State offers 22 bachelor degrees, 17 associate degrees and nine certificate programs. Recently added was a communication degree program, as well as a finance and applied economics degree program.