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Online Colleges in New Hampshire

Most Affordable Online Colleges

Introduction

Online colleges in New Hampshire provide many great opportunities for students pursuing a higher education degree. In addition, the state itself offers opportunities for those looking to advance or get started on a new career. For example, New Hampshire residents have a low cost of living, don't pay income taxes and, as of October 2015, the unemployment rate of 3.3 percent was 34 percent lower than the national average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

What follows is a breakdown of the economy and workforce outlook in New Hampshire, as well as a school-by-school analysis of online colleges in New Hampshire that offer online degree programs or online classes.

The 627,000 workers in New Hampshire earn an annual mean salary of $47,060, or about $22.63 per hour, according to 2014 BLS data. The wages in New Hampshire vary according to geographic location. Workers in the southern part of the state, where many commute to high-tech jobs in Boston and other parts of Massachusetts, earn more than residents living in more rural areas. In Nashua, for instance, which is just over the border from Massachusetts, the average mean salary was $50,680 in 2014, according to the BLS. This is about 10 percent higher than the state average and 35 percent higher than average salaries in the rural north, according to an analysis of data from the BLS.

There are about 1.3 million residents of New Hampshire, and among the 919,000 residents who are older than 25, 21.5 percent have a bachelor's degree and 12.8 percent have a graduate or professional degree.

Those college degrees are paying off for workers in New Hampshire who have them. While high school graduates earn a median annual salary of $33,089, bachelor's degree holders earn a median salary of $51,592 and those with a graduate or professional degree earn a median salary of $65,871, according to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2014.

There are 28 two- and four-year colleges and universities in New Hampshire, and workers looking to earn a bachelor’s degree in an effort to get a better job can attend one of the 17 colleges and universities in New Hampshire that offer bachelor's degrees.

In 2013-14, 24,775 of the 77,567 students in New Hampshire were enrolled exclusively in online colleges in New Hampshire. The bulk of those online learners, nearly 21,000 students, were taking courses from Southern New Hampshire University. Meanwhile, 26,002 of the state's 92,440 students who were attending community colleges were taking online classes exclusively.

According to the New Hampshire Department of Education's Division of Higher Education, online colleges in New Hampshire offer nearly 200 different programs via distance education. Here's a breakdown:

  • Online associate degree: 20 programs
  • Online bachelor's degree: 77 programs
  • Online master's degree: 65 programs
  • Online doctoral degree: 1 program
  • Online certificate (less than 1 year): 4 programs
  • Online certificate (more than 1 year, less than 2 years): 7 programs
  • Online postbaccalaureate certificate: 23 programs

Most Affordable Colleges in New Hampshire

The following list ranks 12 online colleges in New Hampshire by tuition costs, from lowest to highest. Read on to learn more about the affordable online colleges that are available in New Hampshire.

1

NHTI-Concord's Community College

Tuition/Year
$6,400
Graduation Rate
22%
# of Online Degrees
7
Accredited
 
School Type
2-Year

About

NHTI offers six fully online associate degree programs in accounting, business administration, criminal justice, early childhood education, general studies, and hospitality and tourism management. Its two online certificate programs are in early childhood education and early childhood education advanced. The Brookings Institution ranked NHTI as the top two-year college in the nation for the mid-career salaries of its graduates.
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2

White Mountains Community College

Tuition/Year
$6,400
Graduation Rate
48%
# of Online Degrees
4
Accredited
 
School Type
2-Year

About

White Mountains, located in the mountainous area of the state in Berlin, New Hampshire, offers four fully online associate degree programs: accounting, business administration, criminal justice, and health and wellness. Online certificate programs are available in autism education, business administration, health and wellness advocacy, health and wellness coaching, library technology and water quality technology.
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3

River Valley Community College

Tuition/Year
$6,400
Graduation Rate
19%
# of Online Degrees
0
Accredited
 
School Type
2-Year

About

Although River Valley doesn't offer a fully online degree program, it is plugged into a network of seven community colleges in New Hampshire that offer a variety of courses for online learners. River Valley uses Blackboard software to manage those online offerings, and it provides online students with a distance learning support center.
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4

Manchester Community College

Tuition/Year
$6,400
Graduation Rate
15%
# of Online Degrees
3
Accredited
 
School Type
2-Year

About

Manchester Community College's five online degree or certificate programs include three associate degree programs in accounting, liberal arts and management, and two certificate programs in accounting and management. Distance education students can choose from dozens of online courses in such areas as psychology and sociology to accounting and macroeconomics.
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5

Nashua Community College

Tuition/Year
$6,400
Graduation Rate
23%
# of Online Degrees
0
Accredited
 
School Type
2-Year

About

While Nashua Community College does not have any fully online degree programs available, it does offer a variety of online classes. The college gives students the tools they need to navigate the online learning environment to succeed in their online classes. The school also offers a number of hybrid courses that combine online classes with face-to-face sessions at the campus in southern New Hampshire.
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6

Great Bay Community College

Tuition/Year
$6,400
Graduation Rate
13%
# of Online Degrees
0
Accredited
 
School Type
2-Year

About

Although Great Bay doesn't offer a complete degree program fully online, it does offer online classes and online professional certificates in such areas as customer service, customer research, data analysis, nonprofit administration, eMarketing essentials, inbound marketing, managing social media platforms, mobile marketing, presentation media, social media for business, and video marketing. Great Bay, located in the historic town of Portsmouth, is also tied into New Hampshire's community college online network.
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7

Granite State College

Tuition/Year
$6,840
Graduation Rate
14%
# of Online Degrees
45
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

About

Granite State's distance education degree programs include six associate degree programs, 30 bachelor's degree programs and four master's degree programs. Associate degree programs are offered in general studies, business, general studies with an education concentration, communication sciences and disorders, behavioral sciences and early childhood education. Its 30 online bachelor's degree programs include accounting and finance, communication studies, English, allied health leadership, criminal justice, health and wellness, applied studies, digital and social media, health care management, business management, early childhood education, health information management, history, information technology, psychology, technology management, human resources administration, marketing, public service management, individualized studies, human services, nursing, service and hospitality management, humanities, operations management, social science and education. Online master's degree programs are offered in leadership, management, project management and school leadership.
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8

Mount Washington College

Tuition/Year
$9,000
Graduation Rate
27%
# of Online Degrees
7
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

About

Mount Washington College announced recently that it is closing due to declining enrollments. It's not certain how that will affect its online offerings. As of late 2015, the school offered seven online bachelor's degree programs, including business administration, business administration-accounting, business administration-information technology, business administration-management, business administration-marketing, information technology, and information technology-management. Associate degree programs offered entirely online include business administration and information technology.
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9

Plymouth State University

Tuition/Year
$10,410
Graduation Rate
58%
# of Online Degrees
8
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

About

Plymouth State, located in lovely Plymouth, New Hampshire, offers several fully online degree programs. You can earn a bachelor's degree online in nursing and several different master's degrees. A master’s of education is available in online instructional design, curriculum and instruction, library media and education technology integration. There also is an online master of business administration program and a Master of Science in accounting program.
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10

University of New Hampshire at Manchester

Tuition/Year
$13,350
Graduation Rate
47%
# of Online Degrees
0
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

About

University of New Hampshire-Manchester does not offer any online degree programs of its own. However, it does offer many online courses, including classes on biotechnology and society, business ethics, history, and social psychology. The UNH Manchester campus, which is centrally located in the state, also offers a number of hybrid courses for those who want to study partly on their own and partly on the Manchester campus.
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11

University of New Hampshire-Main Campus

Tuition/Year
$13,670
Graduation Rate
76%
# of Online Degrees
2
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

About

University of New Hampshire in Durham, which is near the New Hampshire seacoast, offers a rich selection of online courses. Three of its master's degree programs can be completed entirely online. These programs include business administration, education and social work. The classes are taught by the same faculty to who deliver face-to-face instruction.
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12

Daniel Webster College

Tuition/Year
$15,630
Graduation Rate
53%
# of Online Degrees
7
Accredited
 
School Type
4-Year

About

Daniel Webster College in Nashua offers students a chance to study on their own time while they pursue their career or attend to family obligations. They offer an online Associate of Science degree program in business administration, a master's degree program in business administration, and Bachelor of Science degree programs in accounting, business administration, construction business management, health services management, homeland security, marketing management and sport management.
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Top Cities For Students In New Hampshire

Manchester, New Hampshire

Mean Wage

$48,230

Average Cost of a House

$209,900

# of Employed People

103,000

Total Population

110,065

Avg Salary with a Bachelor's Degree

$50,756

Economics

Manchester is home to about 110,000 people, and there are about 103,000 workers living in the city and surrounding towns. According to the BLS in 2014, Manchester workers earn a mean annual salary of $48,230, about 2 percent higher than the state average. In 2014, the Census Bureau reported that bachelor's degree holders in Manchester earn a median salary of $50,756 and that graduate or professional degree holders earn a median of $63,886 a year.

Demographics

Workers in Manchester constitute about 16 percent of the state's entire workforce.

Fun Facts

Manchester is often ranked high on lists of the cheapest places to live in the U.S. If you don't mind the bone-chilling winters, there is plenty of outdoor recreation to the north and west of Manchester. Depending on what direction you head, it is an hour’s drive to the majestic White Mountains or to the New Hampshire coast. It also takes less than an hour to drive south to Boston.

Nashua, New Hampshire

Mean Wage

$50,680

Average Cost of a House

$234,000

# of Employed People

131,030

Total Population

86,494

Avg Salary with a Bachelor's Degree

$54,014

Economics

Nashua is home to 87,259 people, but according to the BLS, there are 131,030 workers living in the city and in the surrounding villages. The BLS reported in 2014 that they earn an annual mean salary of $50,680, which is about 8 percent higher than the state average. It's even better for college graduates: Bachelor's degree holders earn a median of $54,010 annually and those with a graduate or professional degree pull down a median salary of $80,563, according the Census Bureau in 2014.

Demographics

Nashua workers constitute 21 percent of the New Hampshire workforce. Many residents of Nashua work in Massachusetts but live in New Hampshire to avoid paying state income taxes.

Fun Facts

Nashua, located in the southern part of New Hampshire, is less than an hour from Boston, which is rich in history, culture and dining. It is also only about 75 minutes from the lake-and-mountain studded Monadnock Region of southwestern New Hampshire. Mine Falls Park and SkyVenture are popular attractions in Nashua.

Concord, New Hampshire

Mean Wage

$44,180

Average Cost of a House

$210,800

# of Employed People

39,910

Total Population

42,695

Avg Salary with a Bachelor's Degree

$44,271

Economics

Concord, the capital of New Hampshire, is located a short drive north of Manchester. It is home to 42,444 residents, and according to the Census Bureau in 2014, the median salary is $39,153. The bureau also reported that those with a bachelor's degree earn a median of $44,271 and those with a graduate or professional degree earn a median salary of $62,829, as of 2014 data.

Demographics

Average salaries in Concord, where state government is a major employer, are slightly below the state average. The population has declined over the last five years, but only by a few hundred people.

Fun Facts

Concord is very close to New Hampshire's popular Lakes Region, including the majestic and sprawling Lake Winnipesaukee. It is only an hour to great hiking and skiing in the White Mountains. Concord itself features many historic sites and is rich in museums and art galleries.

 
Other New Hampshire Resources

New Hampshire has some of the most expensive colleges in the country, but compared to colleges in most other states, New Hampshire colleges have extra funding and do not need to make budget cuts in higher education. National online colleges and universities offer additional educational options for New Hampshire residents. These schools are traditionally geared toward working adults, but today they feature courses and programs suited to a variety of academic and professional goals.

Sources:

  1. 100% Online Degree & Certificate Programs, NHTI Concord's Community College, https://www.nhti.edu/academics/online-continuing-education/online-degree-programs
  2. Academics, Online Learning, White Mountains Community College, http://www.wmcc.edu/academics/online-learning
  3. American Factfinder, U.S. Census Bureau, accessed December 2015, http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/community_facts.xhtml
  4. Associate Degree Programs, Granite State College, http://www.granite.edu/academics/degrees/associate.php
  5. Bachelor's Degree Programs, Granite State College, http://www.granite.edu/academics/degrees/bachelor.php
  6. Division of Higher Education, New Hampshire Department of Education, http://www.education.nh.gov/highered/research/other_reports.htm
  7. Great Bay Community College, http://greatbay.edu/online-learner
  8. Manchester Community College, http://www.mccnh.edu/academics/online-learning/opportunities
  9. Master's Degree programs, Granite State College, http://www.granite.edu/academics/degrees/masters.php
  10. Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Nashua, Bureau of Labor Statistics, accessed December 2015, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_75404.htm
  11. Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Manchester, Bureau of Labor Statistics, accessed December 2015, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_74950.htm
  12. Mount Washington College, http://www.mountwashington.edu/index.aspx
  13. Online Education, Daniel Webster College, http://www.dwc.edu/onlineprograms/
  14. Online Learning, Nashua Community College, http://www.nashuacc.edu/academics/information/online-learning
  15. Online Learning, River Valley Community College, http://www.rivervalley.edu/academics/online-learning
  16. Plymouth Online, Plymouth State University, https://www.plymouth.edu/online/online-degrees/
  17. UNH Online, University of New Hampshire, https://online.unh.edu/
  18. University of New Hampshire-Manchester, http://manchester.unh.edu/