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Online Colleges in Nevada

Most Affordable Online Colleges
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that Bachelor's degree-holders earn about $20,000 more annually than those with only high school diplomas. However, due to recent budget cuts in Nevada and around the country, higher education funding has been drastically reduced, which has resulted in increased tuition, teacher layoffs, reduced programs, and enrollment caps. In Nevada, one of the states hardest hit and a state that contains many rural areas underserved by traditional college campuses, Nevada online colleges might provide valuable educational opportunities.

There are 2.7 million residents in Nevada, and of those 18 to 24 years old, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that 34 percent are high school graduates and about 38 percent have an Associate's degree or have attended some college. Only 5.7 percent have a Bachelor's degree. Among those older than 25, one in four have taken some college courses but only 7 percent have an Associate's degree, while 15 percent have a Bachelor's degree, and 7 percent have a graduate or professional degree.

According to the BLS, there are 1.1 million workers in Nevada earning an average hourly wage of $20.30, or about $42,220 a year. There are 17 colleges and universities in Nevada where students can earn a Bachelor's degree, and six of those are public, nonprofit institutions.

Most Affordable Online Colleges in Nevada

These schools in Nevada offer online degree programs at the lowest tuition costs. To see a ranking of the top online Nevada schools based on other criteria, check out the Top Colleges tool.

Most Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in Nevada

1

College of Southern Nevada

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
$2,535
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.
39.97%
Institution Type
Public

About

The College of Southern Nevada, the largest higher education institution in the state, has emerged as a leader in online degree programs in Nevada with 20 online associate degree programs and an online bachelor's degree program in dental hygiene. Students can also attend face-to-face classes at one of the three main campuses in the Las Vegas Valley.

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2

Great Basin 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
$2,535
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.
79.23%
Institution Type
Public

About

Great Basin College, with various physical campuses located around northwestern Nevada, offers an online bachelor's degree program in nursing. The program is fully accredited and fully online, allowing students to continue working while they earn their degree on their own time.

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Nevada 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
$4,147
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.
59.1%
Institution Type
Public

About

Nevada State College, located in the foothills outside of Henderson in Southern Nevada, is a four-year college that bridges the gap in the Silver State between two-year schools and the big four-year research institutions. NCS, established in 2002, offers bachelor's degree programs in speech pathology and nursing.

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University of Nevada-Las Vegas

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
$6,044
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.
32.21%
Institution Type
Public

About

UNLV is the larger of the two state universities, and while it has been highly regarded for some of its athletics teams, its growing selection of online degree programs is becoming more notable in the field of web-based education. UNLV offers online bachelor's degree programs in public administration and social science studies; master's degrees in nursing, with both a nurse educator track and a family nurse practitioner track, and hospitality administration. Its online Ph.D. programs include Philosophy in Nursing (with three tracks in nursing education, sustainable health and post doctor of nursing), and Nursing Practice.

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University of Nevada-Reno

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
$6,105
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.
17.37%
Institution Type
Public

About

UNR is the land-grant university in the Silver State, but it has expanded its horizons in recent years by adding online degree programs in a number of areas. It now offers an online certificate and an online minor in Addiction Treatment Services. In addition, it offers master's degree programs in literacy studies; equity and diversity in education; and business administration. Its doctor of nursing practice degree is also offered fully online.

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Sanford-Brown College-Las Vegas

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
$14,400
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

Sanford-Brown is a network of colleges around the country. It recently combined with the International Academy of Design and Technology in Las Vegas and is offering an online associate degree in building information modeling and two online bachelor's degrees in game design and production; and digital media production.

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College Accreditation in Nevada

Attending a properly accredited college or university is of the utmost importance. Accreditation means student's degrees are valid because educational programs have been peer-reviewed and conform to rigorous quality standards.

The University of Nevada system is the main college system in Nevada and has campuses in Las Vegas and Reno. The system, as well as the state's handful of community colleges, are accredited through one main body:

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

NWCCU accreditation applies to the entire university system rather than individual colleges within the system. The NWCCU accredits colleges and universities throughout seven western states, including Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Utah.

There is another accrediting body for certain career and technical colleges in Nevada, however:

  • Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)

Students interested in attending college in Nevada can check how their prospective institution is accredited by searching the Department of Education's website.

School Interviews

Terry Norris
Online learning is evolving due to new and emerging support technologies.

Terry Norris

Director of eLearning

College of Southern Nevada

Q. Can you overview your top degree program(s)?

CSN has many online degree programs from a bachelor's degree in dental hygiene to Associate of Arts and Science degrees in criminal justice, small business management, special education, and more. One that stands out is The International Languages degree program. It's unique in that CSN embeds tutors into the courses to provide assistance to the students enrolled. The tutors use a web conferencing tool to meet in real time with the students to answer questions and provide assistance.

Q. What advice do you have for prospective students about choosing an online program?

Be prepared to keep up with the work and log into the course on a regular basis. Be diligent about communicating with the instructor if you are confused about anything in the course. Make sure you are aware of any support services that might be available to help such as online tutoring.

Q. What are your thoughts on the future of online learning?

Online learning is evolving due to new and emerging support technologies. It is easier for students to take part in online learning due to the mobile technologies available that truly allows access to information anytime anywhere. Online learning allows higher education to be easily accessible to working adults, caregivers, students with disabilities, and others who have schedules and responsibilities that are incompatible with attending traditional on-campus instruction.

Financial Aid in Nevada

If you're a Nevada resident who is planning on attending college in your home state, you should explore the various state financial aid programs that are available. Scholarships and grants are offered to students who either demonstrate academic excellence, financial need or a combination of both, while other programs are specific to those who attend a specific institution or have other affiliations.

The average student loan debt in Nevada is $20,211, according to the Institute for College Access and Success reports on average student loan debt, which is among the lowest in the country. However, learning more about state financial aid opportunities can help reduce the cost of college even further.

Start by exploring how Nevada scholarships and grants are helping to fund college educations.

Nevada Scholarships

The most popular Nevada scholarship is open to any student who has a strong academic record and is attending a Nevada institution of higher learning. Get the details below, as well as information on another award earmarked for female students.

High-achieving students that have completed a core curriculum established by the Board of Regents can receive this award administered through the Nevada State Treasurer's Office. Recipients must attend an approved post-secondary institution in the state of Nevada.

  • Application deadline: N/A; data is submitted by student's high school
  • Award amount up to $10,000
  • Number of scholarships awarded: N/A
  • Renewable Yes
  • Minimum GPA: 3.25
  • Merit vs. need-based: Merit
  • Ethnicity:/strong> All
  • Academic status: Be a high school senior with an SAT score of 1070 or ACT score of 21
  • Residency required: Yes
Female residents of northern Nevada are eligible for this award from the Nevada Women's Fund. Women attending a postsecondary institution in northern Nevada will be granted preference, but if the student is pursuing a degree not offered in that part of the state, she will still be considered.

  • Application deadline: February 28th
  • Award amount $500-$5,000
  • Number of scholarships awarded: N/A
  • Renewable: N/A
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Merit vs. need-based: Merit
  • Ethnicity All
  • Academic status Must be enrolled in 6-8 credit hours in an accredited two- or four-year degree or certifying program
  • Residency required: Yes

If you want to score scholarships, learn more about where to find them and how to maximize your chances in our Ultimate Guide to Scholarships.

Nevada Grants

Grants are an important part of financial aid packages for students who have financial need since they do not have to be repaid. Nevada provides students who are the most in need with assistance; when coupled with scholarships, such grants help make college more affordable.

Administered on a first-come, first-served basis, this grant aims to assist the most financially needy Nevada residents as determined by the FAFSA. Award amounts will be determined by the Expected Family Contribution as well as the student's course load.

  • Application deadline: January 15th
  • Award amount up to $2,500 for undergraduates, and up to $3,000 for graduate students
Full-time students at the University of Las Vegas Nevada with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 may be eligible for this award if they are pursuing their first baccalaureate degree. Financial need is determined by the FAFSA, and the student's Expected Family Contribution must be $0.

  • Application deadline: priority FAFSA filing date of November 1st
  • Award amount: Up to $600

For top-notch guidance on how to find and apply for college grants, learn more in our Ultimate Guide to Grants.

California Loans

Nevada financial aid is comprised of scholarship and grant programs, but when it comes to loans, students are encouraged to look into federal and private programs. While scholarships and grants are a more favorable source of funding, oftentimes loans are needed to cover any out-of-pocket expenses that are leftover between financial aid and the total cost of college.

Don't miss more on how student loans can help make college possible in our Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Nevada

Top Cities For Students In Nevada

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV Metro Area

Total Population

2,035,572

Median salary for high school grads

$29,498

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$45,092

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

24.4%

Median rent

$999

Economics

A remarkable 73 percent of the state's 1.15 million workers are located in southern Nevada, mostly in Las Vegas and Clark County. Las Vegas workers earn less than the state average, taking home about $20.09 an hour for an annual salary of $41,790. The Cost of Living Index in the Las Vegas area is 104.6, with house prices averaging $310,295.

Demographics

There are 1.9 million residents in Clark County, which includes three of the four largest cities in Nevada — Las Vegas, Henderson and North Las Vegas. According to the state demographer, the population of Clark County grew nearly 42 percent from 2000 to 2010, a decade in which the city added 575,504 new residents.

Fun Facts

From casino shows to golf courses to crazy nightclubs, this is the place where the world comes to let down its hair. What the tourism services don't often tell you is that Las Vegas also has a wealth of outdoor activities, including hiking at nearby Mount Charleston and boating on Lake Mead.

Reno, NV Metro Area

Total Population

438,948

Median salary for high school grads

$27,901

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$47,055

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

30.5%

Median rent

$898

Economics

Nestled along the western edge of the state along the California border, Reno-Sparks has about 190,000 workers, about 16 percent of the state's workforce. Workers there earn $20.64 an hour, or about $42,940. The two cities have been hit hard by the recession and a downturn in gaming, but it's working to restore its diminished economy by luring non-gaming employers like Cabelas, shopping mall developers, and manufacturing, such as the Tesla car-battery "gigafactory" planned just outside the metro area. Average home prices in this area are $250,050, with a Cost of Living Index of 95.8.

Demographics

SReno, the fourth-largest city in Nevada with 222,801 residents, and Sparks, the ninth-largest with 92,302, combine to make the second largest metropolitan area in Nevada.

Fun Facts

Both Reno and Sparks have built whitewater parks for paddlers and bathers, and nearby Lake Tahoe is a frequent day trip for Reno-Sparks visitors. The Sierra Nevada range, with its abundance of hiking and skiing, are just outside the window.

Carson City, NV Metro Area

Total Population

54,482

Median salary for high school grads

$28,051

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$50,315

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

27.9%

Median rent

$817

Economics

The best money for Nevada workers is in Carson City, where the 25,770 workers earn nearly $22 an hour for an annual average salary of $45,610, the best in the state. Carson City, the state's capital, is closely aligned with Reno, just 20 miles to the north, but the two cities are considered distinct metropolitan areas.

Demographics

Carson City is the 10th largest city in Nevada, with just over 56,000 residents. Every other year — and sometimes for brief periods in between — the city becomes home for visiting legislators, and the town fills up with politicians, lobbyists and citizen activists. Still, the town grew modestly in the 10 years from 2000 to 2010, adding 2,817 residents for a 5 percent growth rate.

Fun Facts

While Reno and Sparks are close to the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, Carson City is close to the South Shore. The long beaches of South Lake Tahoe are just over the hill, making the lake an easy destination for city visitors. Carson itself boasts plenty of history with the Nevada State Museum, the Nevada State Railway Museum and the nearby historic towns of Virginia City and Genoa.

 
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