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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, tend to 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
Affordable Online Colleges in New Hampshire
The following list displays several online colleges in New Hampshire with low tuition costs. Read on to learn more about the affordable online colleges that are available in New Hampshire.
For New Hampshire schools ranked by quality and other factors, use our Top Colleges tool.
Affordable Two-Year Online Colleges in New Hampshire
NHTI-Concord's Community College
White Mountains Community College
River Valley Community College
Manchester Community College
Nashua Community College
Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in New Hampshire
Granite State College
Mount Washington College
Plymouth State University
University of New Hampshire at Manchester
University of New Hampshire-Main Campus
College Accreditation in New Hampshire
Accreditation is a voluntary process colleges and universities undergo to show they meet specific educational standards. Some accreditations are for a specific type of school or degree program while others apply to the entire institution. The Department of Education recognizes a regional accrediting body for every state, and the following commission has been designated for the state of New Hampshire:
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC-CIHE)
Colleges in New Hampshire that are not regionally accredited may have credentials from other organizations. However, students need to be aware not all organizations listed by a school may be recognized by the government. Before applying, check with the Department of Education to ensure a listed accreditation is valid.
Financial Aid in New Hampshire
New Hampshire Loans
New Hampshire does not currently offer student any state-based loans. It's recommended that students look into all opportunities for scholarships and grants anyway, as those types of financial aid do not have to be repaid. If you still find that you are in need of financial assistance, you will need to fill out the FAFSA and supply information about your family's financial situation to qualify for federal student loans. You may also apply for loans through private lenders.
For more about student loans and how they work, check out the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.
Additional Resources for Financial Aid in New Hampshire
- NHHEAF Financial Aid Process offers a wealth of information on the financial aid process, including FAFSA tips and financial aid FAQs.
Featured Cities in New Hampshire
Data on this featured metropolitan area is sourced from the 2015 American Community Survey (census.gov).
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. Nashua, located in the southern part of New Hampshire, 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.