dcsimg

Online Colleges in Nebraska

Most Affordable Online Colleges

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.

Affordable Online Colleges in Nebraska

The following list names 10 Nebraska post-secondary schools that offer online degree programs at affordable tuition costs. To see a ranking of the top online Nebraska colleges based on other criteria, check out the Top Colleges tool.

Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in Nebraska

1

Peru State College

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$4,590
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
74.98%
Institution Type
Public

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 degree programs are offered in education and organizational management.

School Website: 
GO
2

Chadron State College

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$4,590
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
55.82%
Institution Type
Public

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 degree programs are offered in fields such as applied sciences; business administration with an emphasis in either management, information systems or marketing; psychology; criminal justice; interdisciplinary studies; mathematics; and general business. Graduate degree programs are offered in education (history); education (mathematics); educational technology; history; and organizational management.

School Website: 
GO
3

University of Nebraska at Kearney

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$5,325
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
N/A
Institution Type
Public

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 degree programs 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.

School Website: 
GO
4

University of Nebraska at Omaha

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$5,420
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
40.87%
Institution Type
Public

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 focus their studies by choosing from nearly 50 different areas in which to concentrate. The school also offers graduate degree programs in social gerontology; writing; criminology and criminal justice; political science; special education; and public administration.

School Website: 
GO
5

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$6,593
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
28.14%
Institution Type
Public

About

The University of Nebraska's online degree programs from Lincoln campus 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 degree programs are Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources and Child, Youth & Family Studies. Its graduate programs range 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.

School Website: 
GO
6

Bellevue University

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$6,600
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
85.96%
Institution Type
Private

About

With 47 undergraduate degree programs offered online and 26 graduate degrees, Bellevue has a rich online education offering. Bellevue is a private, nonprofit 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 marketing and organizational performance.

School Website: 
GO
7

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$8,340
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
N/A
Institution Type
Public

About

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

School Website: 
GO
8

Clarkson College

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$11,520
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
N/A
Institution Type
Private

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 the graduate programs Healthcare Administration and Nursing.

School Website: 
GO
9

Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$13,248
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
48.10%
Institution Type
Private

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.

School Website: 
GO
10

York College

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$16,800
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
7.11%
Institution Type
Private

About

Though small, York College strives to connect with learners who may be hours or days away from campus. Undergraduate online degree programs are offered in business administration; general education; and criminal justice. A master's degree is offered in curriculum instruction.

School Website: 
GO

College Accreditation in Nebraska

Whether they are interested in an online degree or a campus-based program, students in Nebraska should be sure the institution they select is properly accredited. The accreditation process is voluntary and provides assurances a college or university has programs that meet a certain standard. What's more, accreditation from an organization recognized by the Department of Education is required for federal financial aid programs.

Colleges in Nebraska are overseen by the following regional accrediting organization:

  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

The Department of Education also recognizes other national accreditations for specific types of schools. While narrowing their choices, Nebraska students should confirm whether a college or university has an accreditation accepted by the government.

School Interviews

Alex Helmbrecht
One of the benefits to online classes is the flexibility they offer but the time spent "in class" needs to be used appropriately.

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.

Featured Cities in Nebraska

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA Metro Area

Total Population

895,919

Median salary for high school grads

$29,681

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$47,972

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

27.4%

Median rent

$810

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, NE Metro Area

Total Population

315,078

Median salary for high school grads

$28,309

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$42,499

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

42.5%

Median rent

$727

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, NE Metro Area

Total Population

84,015

Median salary for high school grads

$28,097

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$42,088

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

15.9%

Median rent

$655

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.

 
Article Sources

Sources :

  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
  5. /wiki/Chadron_State_College
  6. Clarkson College, http://www.clarksoncollege.edu/academics/online-education/
  7. Clarkson College notable alumni, http://en.wikipedia.org
  8. /wiki/Clarkson_University#Notable_alumni
  9. Fun things to do in Lincoln, http://www.lincoln.org/play/events
  10. Fun things to do in Grand Island, http://visitgrandisland.com/
  11. List of University of Nebraska-Lincoln people, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_University_of_Nebraska%E2%80%93Lincoln_people
  12. Nebraska Methodist College, http://www.methodistcollege.edu/about/online-students
  13. Peru State College, http://www.peru.edu/distanceeducation/index.htm
  14. Peru State College notable alumni, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peru_State_College#Notable_alumni
  15. Regional Accrediting Organizations 2016-2017, Council for Higher Education Accreditation, accessed January 2017, http://www.chea.org/Directories/regional.asp
  16. Things to do in Omaha, http://www.visitomaha.com/things-to-do/#.VEmRsCQVxFw
  17. U.S. Census Bureau, http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=CF
  18. University of Nebraska Kearny, http://www.unk.edu/academics/ecampus/degrees-programs/
  19. University of Nebraska at Kearney notable alumni, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Nebraska_at_Kearney
  20. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, http://online.unl.edu/programs-and-courses/undergraduate-degrees.aspx
  21. University of Nebraska Medical Center, http://www.unmc.edu/publichealth/programs/onlineprograms/
  22. University of Nebraska Omaha, http://www.unomaha.edu/admissions/distance-education/masters-degree-programs.php
  23. University of Nebraska Omaha, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Nebraska_Omaha
  24. York College, http://online.york.edu/
X
Article Sources