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Online Colleges in New Mexico

Most Affordable Online Colleges
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Sources:

  1. College Navigator, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?s=NM&l=93&ct=2+3
  2. Eastern New Mexico University, http://www.enmu.edu/future-students/onlinedegrees.shtml
  3. Eastern New Mexico University Notable Alumni, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_New_Mexico_University#Notable_alumni
  4. Fun Things to Do in Albuquerque, http://www.visitalbuquerque.org/things-to-do/
  5. Fun Things to Do in Las Cruces, http://www.meetlascruces.com/
  6. Fun Things to do in Santa Fe, http://santafe.org/Visiting_Santa_Fe/Things_to_Do/Kids_Activities/
  7. National American University, http://www.national.edu/programs/online
  8. New Mexico Highlands University, http://nmhu.edu/statewidecenters/distancelearning/index.aspx
  9. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, http://act.nmt.edu/distance/
  10. New Mexico State University, http://distance.nmsu.edu/degree-programs/?order=degree
  11. Notable Alumni New Mexico State University, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Mexico_State_University
  12. Regional Accrediting Organizations 2016-2017, Council for Higher Education Accreditation (Accessed January 2017), http://www.chea.org/Directories/regional.asp
  13. Teresita Aguilar, interview with the author, June 2015
  14. U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder, http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=CF
  15. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nm.htm
  16. University of New Mexico, http://statewide.unm.edu/online/index.html
  17. University of New Mexico Notable Alumni, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_University_of_New_Mexico_alumni
  18. University of New Mexico Los Alamos, http://statewide.unm.edu/nm/los-alamos/index.html
  19. University of the Southwest, http://www.brownmackie.edu/
  20. Western New Mexico University, http://online.wnmu.edu/offerings/#undergraduate
  21. Western New Mexico University Notable Alumni, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_New_Mexico_University#Notable_alumni
  22. NM HED - Teacher Loan for Service Program, Accessed April 2017, http://www.hed.state.nm.us/students/teacher_lfs.aspx
  23. NM HED - Allied Health Loan for Service Program, Accessed April 2017, http://www.hed.state.nm.us/students/alliedheatlh_lfs.aspx
  24. NM HED - Nursing Loan for Service Program, Accessed April 2017, http://www.hed.state.nm.us/students/nursing_lfs.aspx
  25. NM HED - Index of Grants, Loans, Scholarships and Work Study, Accessed April 2017, http://www.hed.state.nm.us/students/fa_quicklist.aspx
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the unemployment rate in New Mexico was 6.6 percent in 2012, better than that of the rest of the country. Some growing industries in New Mexico are:

  • Mining and Lodging
  • Leisure and Hospitality
  • Education and Health Services

Of the 1.3 million New Mexicans who are older than 25, one in 10 has a graduate or professional degree and nearly 15 percent have earned a bachelor's degree, according the U.S. Census Bureau. One in three has an associate degree or have attended college without earning a diploma. Among the 200,000 residents who are between 18 and 24, more than 40 percent have earned an associate degree or have attended some college.

New Mexico's 784,000 workers earn an average of $19.94 an hour, for an annual average income of $41.470, according to the BLS. Those who are interested in returning to school, either to complete their undergraduate degree or to simply get started on earning a diploma, can choose from 20 different colleges or universities that offer Bachelor's degrees. More than half of those schools are public institutions.

Affordable Online Colleges in New Mexico

The following list presents a few of the schools in New Mexico that offer online degrees at low tuition costs. If you would like to see a ranking of the top online schools in New Mexico based on various criteria, check out the Top Colleges tool.

Featured Two-Year Online College in New Mexico

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University of New Mexico - Los Alamos

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
$1,904
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.
68.39%
Institution Type
Public

About

In recent years, the Los Alamos branch of the University of New Mexico has been greatly expanding its online degree programs. Bachelor's degrees are now offered online in business administration; communication; computer science; dental hygiene; early childhood & multicultural education; emergency medical services; liberal arts and integrative studies; medical laboratory sciences; nursing; and radiologic sciences. Master's degree programs range from dental hygiene to nuclear engineering. Their doctoral program is in nursing.

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Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in New Mexico

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Eastern New Mexico 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
$3,065
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.
94.99%
Institution Type
Public

About

Eastern New Mexico's accredited online degrees cover a wide range of disciplines and are noted for their personal, flexible approach. Online bachelor's degree programs range from Aviation Science, Communicative Disorders, Electronics Engineering Technology, Nursing and Religion. Their extensive options for online master's degree programs include Business Administration, Education Administration, Elementary Education, Pedagogy and Learning (with an emphasis in reading, TESOL, ELED, SPED, Ed Tech, and BLED), Physical Education (emphases in coaching or sports administration), Career and Technical Education, Reading and Literacy, Special Education-Early Childhood and Nursing-Nursing Education.

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New Mexico Highlands 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
$3,352
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.
38.55%
Institution Type
Public

About

New Mexico Highlands University, located in the Four Corners area of the state, offers many courses online that can lead to earning a bachelor's or master's degree. However, it's only fully online degree program is Nursing. That program is offered to students who have earned an associate degree in nursing.

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Western New Mexico 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
$3,740
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.
61.57%
Institution Type
Public

About

Western New Mexico University offers primarily asynchronous online programs, which means students can access their course assignments at any time or place. Some programs do require synchronous meetings for such things as labs or scheduled meetings via web-conference. Associate degree programs are offered in Liberal Studies and Criminal Justice. Bachelor's degree programs are offered in Criminal Justice; Interdisciplinary Studies; Nursing; Rehabilitation Services; and Social Work. Online graduate degree programs include Business Administration; Educational Leadership; Interdisciplinary Studies; Occupational Therapy; Reading; Social Work; and Teaching.

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New Mexico State 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
$4,956
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.
38.82%
Institution Type
Public

About

New Mexico State University has become a leader in the Land of Enchantment through its online degree-completion programs for bachelor's degrees as well as its offerings for graduate and doctoral students. The seven undergraduate degrees include Sociology; Business Administration (General business); Criminal Justice; Information and Communication Technology; Business Administration (Marketing); Elementary Education; and Nursing. Their 18 master's degree programs run from Agricultural and Extension Education to Nursing Administration. Doctorate programs are offered in Curriculum and Instruction; Nursing; and Educational Leadership.

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New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

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
$5,563
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.
4.74%
Institution Type
Public

About

At NMIMT, distance students are brought into the classroom through Tech's multimedia-enabled classrooms, which allows online students to hear the same lectures and ask questions just like those who are physically present. Students can earn graduate degrees in mechanical engineering; materials engineering; and engineering management, and a certificate in hydrology engineering. A Master of Science for Teachers degree is also available.

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College Accreditation in New Mexico

Before enrolling in any degree program, students should confirm a school is properly accredited. The Department of Education requires accreditation from an approved body before federal financial aid can be granted. What's more, accreditation means the college or university has met acceptable quality standards.

Colleges in New Mexico are accredited by the following regional body:

  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

This is the commission recognized by the government for regional accreditation. Other agencies may accredit specific types of schools or degrees within the state.

School Interviews

Teresita Aguilar
Online courses offer a diverse array of subject matter and convenience, but the exchange of ideas is still a major foundation of the learning process.

Dr. Teresita E. Aguilar

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

New Mexico Highlands University

Q. Can you tell us about the online educational opportunities available at the New Mexico Highlands University?

New Mexico Highlands offers two fully online undergraduate degrees, a Bachelor of Science in nursing for students who already hold an associate of nursing and a bachelor of business administration for students holding an associate degree. Our graduate MBA program is also fully online.

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

Highlands is currently developing its five-year strategic plan, and the expansion of online offerings is a major component of the plan. NMHU currently offers a very limited number of fully online degree programs and several online and hybrid courses. In our strategic planning process for HU Vision 2020, the steering committee is recommending that we "leverage technology ... to support quality and innovation in teaching and learning." To that end, we anticipate increasing the number of fully online graduate programs and undergraduate degree completion programs for transfer students.

Q. What tips would you be provide to students who are considering online education, at your school or elsewhere?

Online courses offer a diverse array of subject matter and convenience, but the exchange of ideas is still a major foundation of the learning process. Students taking online courses should try to get to know other students and the professor if possible.

We have found that our more successful online students are highly motivated, disciplined, and have a good support base from family members or employers. Many students describe their appreciation for access to course materials 24-7, clear directions on assignments, and accessibility of faculty and tech support as benefits to being an online student.

Financial Aid in New Mexico

New Mexico Loans

New Mexico offers its students multiple loan-for-service programs, particularly in the fields of education and health services, in order to address the state's shortages in these areas. For each of these loans, students promise to put their degree to use and practice their field of study within the state of New Mexico after they've graduated. In doing so, 100 percent of the loan is eligible to be forgiven as long as the entire service agreement is fulfilled. However, whether or not you intend to study in one of these fields, you should always look into all of your scholarship and grant options first before applying for a state, federal, or private loan. If you do seek federal financial assistance for your degree, keep in mind that you will need to fill out the FAFSA with details about your family's financial situation in order to apply.

This program aims to address the shortage of teachers in New Mexico by providing students with financial assistance to help them complete their education. Eligible students must have been a New Mexico resident for at least 12 months, and be enrolled at least half-time in an undergraduate or graduate teaching or alternative licensure teacher preparation program at an in-state public college or university.

  • Application deadline:  July 1, 2017
  • Award amount:  Up to $4,000 per year, renewable up to five years
This program hopes to increase the number of physician assistants throughout New Mexico and across various fields, including but not limited to: physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, laboratory technology and nutrition. Eligible students must have been a New Mexico resident for at least 12 months, and be enrolled at least half-time at an in-state public college or university. The student must also declare his/her intent to practice as a health professional in a designated shortage area within the state of New Mexico.

  • Application deadline:  July 1, 2017
  • Award amount:  Up to $12,000 per year, renewable up to four years
The Nursing Loan-for-Service program intends to expand the number of nurses in areas of New Mexico that have been affected by shortages, including community health centers, migrant health centers, homeless healthcare centers, non-profit clinics and hospitals, and rural health clinics. Eligible students must have been a New Mexico resident for at least 12 months, and have an Official Acceptance into a nursing program at a New Mexico public college or university.

  • Application deadline:  July 1, 2017
  • Award amount:  Up to $12,000 per year, renewable up to four years

Find out more about student loans in our Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in New Mexico

Featured Cities in New Mexico

Data in the following charts is sourced from the 2015 American Community Survey (census.gov).

Albuquerque, NM Metro Area

Total Population

902,731

Median salary for high school grads

$26,785

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$44,555

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

31.3%

Median rent

$814

Fun Facts

Science and Native American heritage are strong influencers in New Mexico, and this is reflected in many of the Albuquerque area's popular attractions. Many visitors make sure to stop at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, the Petroglyph National Monument and the National Museum of Nuclear Science.

Las Cruces, NM Metro Area

Total Population

213,963

Median salary for high school grads

$21,761

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$40,380

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

37.3%

Median rent

$709

Fun Facts

As a farming community, it's not surprising that Las Cruces is rich in farmers markets and good restaurants serving locally grown foods. As a college town, it's no surprise that the city also has a vibrant nightlife and cultural heritage. The New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum is one of the area's top attractions.

Santa Fe, NM Metro Area

Total Population

147,108

Median salary for high school grads

$26,293

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$42,581

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

29.4%

Median rent

$945

Fun Facts

Santa Fe is an artists' mecca, so it's not surprising that galleries and showings are a big part of the cultural life here. The Georgia O'Keefe Museum is located in Santa Fe, as is the Museum of International Folk Art. Visitors want to make sure to roam the Santa Fe historic district and visit the Loretto Chapel.

 
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