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Online Colleges in Nebraska

Most Affordable Online Colleges
School Interviews
Alex Helmbrecht
- Director of College Relations, Chadron State College
"Chadron State College provides many opportunities for its online students, both undergraduate and graduate students."
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Introduction

The University of Nebraska Online Worldwide report that the number of credit hours generated by distance-only learners in the University of Nebraska system grew by 12 percent during the 2012-2013 school year. That puts the total number of credit hours generated by online-only learners at 57,000.

Of the 1.2 million Nebraskans who are 25 or older, 9 percent have a graduate or professional degree, almost 20 percent have a Bachelor's and nearly 35 percent have attended some college or earned an Associate degree. Approximately 290,000 of the state's residents have completed some form of college education, but have not received a degree.

Online programs could help the nearly 300,000 people without a degree compete for jobs with the most rapid rate of growth, which, according to projections from the Nebraska Department of Labor, include: health care and social assistance, finance and insurance, and construction.

There are 927,150 workers in Nebraska, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), they earn an average of $19.33 an hour for an average annual income of $40,210. Workers who are looking to move up in their jobs, change careers, or improve their chances for a promotion can work on getting their college degree at 30 different public and private colleges and universities offering Bachelor's degrees.

Most Affordable Colleges in Nebraska

The following list ranks the 10 schools in Nebraska that offer online degrees at the lowest tuition costs. This ranking is based on a number of factors that are important to prospective students such as the actual degree programs that are taught online, and information on tuition fees, accreditation and notable alumni. Tuition figures are sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics (2013-2014) and reflect in-state tuition (when in-state tuition is available) for all students, including online students. See our Methodology section for more details on the ranking methodology.

1

Chadron State College

Tuition/Year
$5,600
Graduation Rate
33%
# of Online Degrees
14
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

About

Chadron is located in northwest Nebraska, where there is a wealth of outdoor attractions and scenic beauty, but online students are being drawn to the school for its online undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Bachelor's degrees are offered in Applied Sciences in Technical Occupations; Business Administration (Management); Business Administration (Information Systems); Business Administration (Marketing); Psychology; Criminal Justice; Interdisciplinary Studies; Mathematics; and General Business. Graduate degrees are offered in Education (History); Education (Mathematics); Educational Technology; History; and Organizational Management.
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Peru State College

Tuition/Year
$6,188
Graduation Rate
40%
# of Online Degrees
11
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

About

Peru State emphasizes in its online degree programs that its teachers have real-world experience. The school makes it easy for online students to transfer their course credits so they can maximize their online study time. Bachelor's degrees online are offered in Business Administration (with concentrations in Accounting, Computer and Management Information Systems); Management; Marketing Management; Criminal Justice; and Psychology. Master's degrees are offered in Education and Organizational Management.
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3

Bellevue University

Tuition/Year
$6,300
Graduation Rate
39%
# of Online Degrees
73
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

About

With 47 undergraduate degree programs offered online and 26 graduate degrees, Bellevue has a rich online education offering. Bellevue is a private, non-profit school located in Bellevue, Nebraska, but many of its students are from beyond the state borders. Undergraduate degrees range from Web Technologies to International Security, while the graduate degree programs range from Human Services to Marking and Organizational Performance.
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4

University of Nebraska - Kearney

Tuition/Year
$6,542
Graduation Rate
53%
# of Online Degrees
26
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

About

This branch of the University of Nebraska prides itself in offering the same quality of instruction in its online degree programs as it does on its campus in Kearney. According to their website, courses are taught by faculty with doctorate degrees who employ a highly engaged approach to online teaching. The undergraduate degrees are offered in Business Administration; Criminal Justice; Early Childhood Inclusive; Organizational & Relational Communication; and Sociology. The graduate programs run the gamut from Music Education to History.
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5

University of Nebraska - Omaha

Tuition/Year
$6,550
Graduation Rate
42%
# of Online Degrees
7
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

About

The University of Nebraska Omaha's online Bachelor's of General Studies degree is called a "general" degree, but the truth is that students are allowed to laser focus their studies by choosing from nearly 50 different areas in which to concentrate. The school also offers graduate degrees in Social Gerontology; Writing; Criminology and Criminal Justice; Political Science; Special Education; and Public Administration.
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University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Tuition/Year
$8,060
Graduation Rate
67%
# of Online Degrees
29
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

About

The University of Nebraska's online degree programs are designed to allow people the freedom to continue working while they pursue a Bachelor's, graduate or postgraduate degree. The school's two undergraduate online degrees are in Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources and Child, Youth & Family Studies. Its graduate programs run the gamut from Youth Development to Supply Chain Management. The three doctoral programs include Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Law; P-12 Education Administration; Educational Leadership and Higher Education.
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7

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Tuition/Year
$8,220
Graduation Rate
NA
# of Online Degrees
6
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

About

In addition to two professional certificate programs, the University of Nebraska Medical Center offers healthcare professionals both in Nebraska and outside its borders accessible programs in healthcare specialties. The Master's degree programs offered online include Emergency Preparedness; Biostatistics; Environmental and Occupational Health; and Public Health Practice.
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8

Clarkson College

Tuition/Year
$12,880
Graduation Rate
48%
# of Online Degrees
2
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

About

Online learning is a popular option at Clarkson, where, according to the college, 90 percent of the student body takes at least one online course The two programs featured at Clarkson are graduate programs in Healthcare Administration and Nursing.
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9

Nebraska Methodist College

Tuition/Year
$13,302
Graduation Rate
68%
# of Online Degrees
5
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

About

Nebraska Methodist's approach to healthcare management degrees online is to tailor them for working people, using faculty with extensive, real-world experience. The school offers an undergraduate online degree in Healthcare Administration and Master's degree programs in Administration & Leadership; Healthcare Operations Management; Health Promotion Management; and Nursing.
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10

York College

Tuition/Year
$15,600
Graduation Rate
39%
# of Online Degrees
4
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

About

Though small, York College strives to connect with learners who may be hours or days away from campus. Undergraduate online degrees are offered in Business Administration; General Education; and Criminal Justice. A Master's degree is offered in Curriculum Instruction.
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School Interviews

Alex Helmbrecht

Alex Helmbrecht, Director of College Relations, Chadron State College

Q. Can you tell us about the online educational opportunities available at Chadron State College?

Chadron State College provides many opportunities for its online students, both undergraduate and graduate students. Complete master's degrees are available at CSC, which is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and several degree completion programs exist for undergraduate students. In addition, undergraduate students in applied sciences, psychology, business and mathematics can earn their bachelor's degree entirely online. Many of CSC's online courses are offered in convenient 8-week sessions, there is a student help line around-the-clock, and undergraduate students can take advantage of CSC's open admission policy.

Q. Do you see interest in online education growing at your school?

Online enrollment has steadily increased at Chadron State College and we are proud of the value we offer our students. We provide our students flexibility while they obtain their degrees and our faculty members are committed to nurturing student involvement and interaction throughout their online programs.

Q. What tips would you provide to students who are considering online education?

I would advise prospective students to evaluate their learning skills to know if online courses are the right avenue for them. It takes a lot of internal motivation to succeed online. Students also need to factor in the time their classes will take and plan accordingly. One of the benefits to online classes is the flexibility they offer but the time spent "in class" needs to be used appropriately. Finally, I would advise online students to make sure they have the proper equipment: a reliable computer and a good Internet connection is a must, as well as anything else they might need to succeed in the class.

Top Cities For Students In Nebraska

Omaha-Council Bluffs, Nebraska

Mean Wage

$42,700

Average Cost of a House

NA

# of Employed People

460,000

Total Population

763,326

Avg Salary with a Bachelor's Degree

$46,309

Economics

This metro region is home to nearly 460,000 workers, who earn on average $20.53 per hour, for an average annual income of $42,700.

Demographics

In addition to the 434,000 people living in Omaha, the surrounding metropolitan area is home to nearly 320,000 people, bringing the entire population to 763,326, according to the Census Bureau. The workers here make up nearly half of the state's entire workforce.

Fun Facts

Omaha has a vibrant cultural environment, with a strong music scene as well as a wealth of parks, museums, galleries and historic sites. The Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is a rare combination of two fun day trips, and many visitors make it a point to visit the Joslyn Art Museum, the Durham Museum and Mormon Pioneer Cemetery.

Lincoln, Nebraska

Mean Wage

$41,070

Average Cost of a House

NA

# of Employed People

166,120

Total Population

268,738

Avg Salary with a Bachelor's Degree

$42,183

Economics

Lincoln is home to 166,120 workers, who earn an average of $19.75 an hour for an annual income of $41,070.

Demographics

Lincoln provides nearly 20 percent of the state's workforce, and is the home of the University of Nebraska. Twelve percent of the 160,000 residents who are over the age of 25 have a graduate or professional degree, and one in four has a Bachelor's degree. More than a third have attended some college or have earned an Associate degree.

Fun Facts

Lest you forget that Nebraska is the cornhusker state, make sure you visit the Lester F. Larsen Tractor Museum next time you're in Lincoln. You might also want to take in the Nebraska State Capital, the Lincoln Children's Zoo, and the International Quilt Study Center & Museum.

Grand Island, Nebraska

Mean Wage

$35,270

Average Cost of a House

NA

# of Employed People

NA

Total Population

83,472

Avg Salary with a Bachelor's Degree

$41,171

Economics

Grand Island sits near the midsection of Nebraska, down the highway from Omaha and Lincoln but not quite as far as Kearney. In this part of the state, workers earn an average of $16.96 an hour for an average annual income of $35,270.

Demographics

The nonmetropolitan, south-central part of Nebraska provides about 10 percent of the state's workforce. Of the 30,000 residents who live in Grand Island proper who are older than 25, only one in 20 has a graduate or professional degree, and only 10 percent have a Bachelor's degree. One in three of this age group have attended college or have an Associate degree.

Fun Facts

The Grand Island area is close to the Sand Hills of Nebraska and the Loup Rivers Byway, a popular route for cyclist and motorists alike. Birdwatchers love this region and summertime brings farmers markets, swimming, and a wide variety of outdoor pursuits.

 
Other Nebraska Resources

  1. Alex Helmbrecht, interview with the author, June 2015
  2. Bellevue University notable alumni, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bellevue_University#Notable_people
  3. Chadron State College, https://www.csc.edu/extended/online/
  4. Chadron State College notable alumni, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chadron_State_College
  5. Clarkson College, http://www.clarksoncollege.edu/academics/online-education/
  6. Clarkson College notable alumni, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarkson_University#Notable_alumni
  7. Fun things to do in Lincoln, http://www.lincoln.org/play/events
  8. Fun things to do in Grand Island, http://visitgrandisland.com/
  9. List of University of Nebraska-Lincoln people, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_University_of_Nebraska%E2%80%93Lincoln_people
  10. Nebraska Methodist College, http://www.methodistcollege.edu/about/online-students
  11. Peru State College, http://www.peru.edu/distanceeducation/index.htm
  12. Peru State College notable alumni, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peru_State_College#Notable_alumni
  13. Things to do in Omaha, http://www.visitomaha.com/things-to-do/#.VEmRsCQVxFw
  14. U.S. Census Bureau, http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=CF
  15. University of Nebraska Kearny, http://www.unk.edu/academics/ecampus/degrees-programs/
  16. University of Nebraska at Kearney notable alumni, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Nebraska_at_Kearney
  17. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, http://online.unl.edu/programs-and-courses/undergraduate-degrees.aspx
  18. University of Nebraska Medical Center, http://www.unmc.edu/publichealth/programs/onlineprograms/
  19. University of Nebraska Omaha, http://www.unomaha.edu/admissions/distance-education/masters-degree-programs.php
  20. University of Nebraska Omaha, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Nebraska_Omaha
  21. York College, http://online.york.edu/