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ALDERSON BROADDUS UNIVERSITY RANKED #2 IN STATE FOR BEST R.O.I.
AffordableCollegesOnline.org Identifies W.Va. Colleges with Best Lifetime Return on Investment

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – AffordableCollegesOnline.org (AC Online) has ranked Alderson Broaddus University as the #2 college in the state for best lifetime return on investment.

AC Online is today’s #1 resource for college affordability and financial aid information and has identified the West Virginia colleges and universities with the greatest lifetime return on investment. Graduates from these schools enjoy the largest earnings gap between non-degree holders over 30 years, and earn more on average than graduates from other West Virginia schools. To view the complete list of rankings, visit: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/west-virginia

“These are important lists for prospective students to consider,” says AC Online founder Dan Schuessler. “We’ve sifted through comprehensive data sources to find colleges and universities in West Virginia that offer a high quality education with consistent, long-term payoffs in the workplace.”

Alderson Broaddus University implemented an affordability initiative in July 2011 under Dr. Richard Creehan, president of AB, which froze comprehensive fees, guarantying a tuition cost of $29,976 through the spring of 2014.

“At Alderson Broaddus we realize each student’s financial situation and resources are unique,” said Dr. Creehan. “We make every effort to help students afford a college education. In fact, 99% of our students receive financial aid. The ranking by AC Online is an indicator that not only do you receive a high quality education at Alderson Broaddus University, it’s an affordable investment into your future that pays off.”

Amy King, director of financial aid at AB says most students are pleasantly surprised to discover that Alderson Broaddus University’s financial aid program helps put the cost of attending within their reach.

AC Online developed the following criteria for consideration as a “High ROI College”:

-        -Fully accredited institution

-       - Either public or private

-        -Four-year, degree-granting institution

-       - ROI according to PayScale’s 2013 College Value Report

AC Online compiled a list of schools meeting these criteria by using the following highly respected, authoritative data sets:

-        NCES (http://nces.gov/), the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education. It provides consistent, reliable, complete, and accurate indicators of education status and trends.

-        IPEDS (http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/), the primary federal source for data on colleges, universities, and technical and vocational postsecondary schools in the U.S.

-        Carnegie Classification (http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/), a framework widely used in the study of higher education, both as a way to represent and control for institutional differences, and also in the design of research studies to ensure adequate representation of sampled institutions, students, or faculty.

         Payscale.com (http://www.payscale.com/about/methodology), the premier salary data collection organization.

“We aim to educate so that potential students are aware of their options for obtaining a degree and, most importantly, for paying for one,” says Schuessler. What are the most affordable options – online study, two-year, four-year, public or private colleges? What financial aid options are available and what pitfalls should you avoid? Our goal at AffordableCollegesOnline is to keep our finger on the pulse of college-related issues, the latest research, how the government is responding, and help students analyze their options.”

Affordable Colleges Online provides students with information about affordable higher education options. The website offers financial aid videos, expert advice, and cost savings ideas. AC Online is a trusted resource for college stats and rankings. Most recently the site launched a feature that provides students with a categorized directory of free online introductory, or "101", classes from several top named U.S. universities such as MIT, Michigan and U.C. Berkeley.