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Guide to Online Colleges in Nebraska

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By pursuing a degree at an online college in Nebraska, you can start or advance your career in one of the state's officially targeted industries, such as health and medical services, IT, renewable energy, or more general business services. An online degree program can also give you the flexibility to study whenever and wherever — during your lunch hour at work or at home while your children are doing their own homework, for example.

Here's a closer look at what's available in terms of online colleges in Nebraska.

  • 14 online colleges in Nebraska are public, while 13 are private, including three faith-based colleges, and four focused on health care.
  • The most online programs can be found at Bellevue University and Kaplan University's Lincoln and Omaha campuses.
  • All 3 colleges in the Nebraska State College system offer online degree programs, with Chadron offering the most — more than a dozen.

The state of Nebraska, as a way to support more residents' pursuit of higher education, offers the Nebraska Opportunity Grant to eligible students — including those in online degree programs. During the 2016-17 school year, almost $17 million in grants were awarded. Further down on this page we've outlined additional scholarship and grant opportunities available through Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education, which can help make your online college experience more cost-effective.

To find the best online colleges in Nebraska, read on. You'll also see a listing of Nebraska's most affordable online colleges.

What Makes a Good Online College?

Students in the Cornhusker State can find a wealth of higher education opportunities to choose from. Sorting through those options to find the right school can be tough; that's where rankings come in. All colleges displayed in our rankings are accredited by at least one officially recognized agency. Many schools in Nebraska are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and some may be accredited by national agencies, such as the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). Accreditation is extremely important; students should always look for accredited schools when they can. Learn about why it matters on our "What is College Accreditation?" page, or learn more about accreditation in the state of Nebraska from the Nebraska State Board of Education.

To create our rankings, we took a look at the factors that make a difference in the lives of online students. A few of those points include a school's retention and graduation rates, the average amount of financial aid awarded, and academic and career services available. We used those data points (and several others!) in order to rank the best online colleges in Nebraska. Curious about why we chose these factors? Check out the "What Makes a Good Online College?" section of our "About Us" page to learn more.

Best Online Colleges in Nebraska for 2018-19

With so many online degree programs available in Nebraska, it's important to consider the state's schools carefully before choosing one to attend. To help with the process, we used data provided by the National Center for Education Statistics to rank Nebraska's online colleges on various factors, from net price to number of online programs offered. The methodology we used to create this ranking can be found at the bottom of this page (and other rankings that you can modify yourself can be made with our Top Colleges Tool). If you're considering online universities in the Cornhusker State, make sure to explore this list of the 10 best online schools in Nebraska.

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Methodology
1

Bellevue University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,752
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.
88%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
70
School Type
4-year

Bellevue University offers students dozens of fully online undergraduate and graduate programs in a wide variety of fields: business, health care management, computer information systems, psychology and more. The university has open enrollment, and most of their programs have multiple start dates throughout the year. This makes it convenient for working professionals, military members and the like to earn the education they need whenever is most convenient for them. Students who have already earned at least 60 credits can enter the accelerated cohort program, which allows students to complete their bachelor's degree program through a series of six-week courses.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

1000 Galvin Rd S, Bellevue,
NE 68005
 
2

University of Nebraska at Omaha

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,630
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.
52%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
23
School Type
4-year

The University of Nebraska at Omaha's reputation extends to its online degree programs and courses, which are taught by the same faculty as its on-campus programs. The university's online offerings encompass a wide range of bachelor's and master's degree programs, as well as graduate and undergraduate certificates and endorsements programs, in fields such as library science, sociology and criminal justice.

For those who are uncertain of what they would like to major in, or who are looking for more flexibility than the usual degree program, UN-Omaha's Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies program might fit the bill. Specifically designed for adult, transfer and military students, this program offers dozens of areas of study, as well as multiple methods of credit transfer and even a policy of academic amnesty.

3

Creighton University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$38,750
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%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
22
School Type
4-year

Creighton University's degree programs were created for the working student, with the goal of helping them to boost their career skills and knowledge. This Jesuit, Catholic university offers ample support for its online students, featuring online advising, financial services, an online personal support center, writing support and online library access.

Online programs are available at Creighton on the bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels, plus a selection of graduate certificate programs. Some of the school's programs -- such as negotiation and conflict resolution, nursing or post-professional occupational therapy -- are conveyed through online courses, but have on-campus residency requirements that students should be aware of before applying.

4

University of Nebraska-Kearney

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,294
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%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
24
School Type
4-year

Founded in 1903 as the Nebraska State Normal School at Kearney, the University of Nebraska-Kearney grew into its current name by 1991. It has grown in other ways too, including the offering of dozens of online programs and hundreds of online courses. UNK's online courses are semester-based and asynchronous, with regular deadlines. Numerous minors, endorsements and professional development courses are also available online.

The university features a particular emphasis on education-based programs: programs in curriculum and instruction, instructional technology and Montessori education are some of the school's options for online students.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

905 W 25th St, Kearney,
NE 68849
 
5

Peru State College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,260
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.
50%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
7
School Type
4-year

Nebraska's first college, Peru State College, was established as a teaching school in 1867. Over 150 years later, Peru State College is educating students both on- and off-campus in many other subjects as well as teaching -- for example, in the subjects of business administration, criminal justice and organizational management.

Transfer students may be particularly intrigued by Peru State. The college maintains articulation agreements with several institutions across the U.S., and accepts up to 90 approved transfer credits from other schools, as well as credit for life experience. Interested students can obtain an unofficial transcript evaluation for their transfer credit, and are even able to test-drive an online course to see if it's the right format for them.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

600 Hoyt St, Peru,
NE 68421
 
6

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$8,978
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.
42%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
17
School Type
4-year

Founded in 1869, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was one of the first schools west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees. Approximately 150 years later, UNL undergraduate students have the freedom to choose from an array of unique online study options -- from a degree completion program for early childhood education in a mobile society, to a certificate in meat culinology. Meanwhile, the university's graduate offerings include an online master's degree program in world language teaching, an online graduate certificate program in food safety and defense, or a hybrid program in textile history with an emphasis in quilt studies.

7

Chadron State College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,122
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.
73%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
16
School Type
4-year

Chadron State College offers an online learning format in which students can take courses in an eight-week accelerated format. This allows students the opportunity to complete their program requirements on a quicker timeline, something that appeals to many busy professionals.

CSC's online programs fall into a number of career-oriented fields, including business administration, counseling, family & consumer sciences, education and mathematics. There are undergraduate and graduate options, as well as fully online and hybrid options. Whichever program students are enrolled in, they have access to 24/7 student support and technical services, giving them plenty of avenues for assistance in case they need it.

8

Concordia University - Nebraska

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$31,000
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%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
22
School Type
4-year

Concordia University is a private university that was founded in 1894 by the Lutheran Missouri Synod. It offers a bounty of online degree programs in several fields, each with a distinct Christ-centered focus. Through the online learning platform Blackboard, Concordia distributes online master's degree programs and endorsement programs in fields such as marketing, gerontology, special education and health information technology.

Of particular note is the university's Lutheran School Ministry program. This program does not lead to a degree or certificate; it consists of four online eight-week-long modules, designed to help teach a non-Lutheran educator how to integrate "the Lutheran educational ethos" into the classroom.

9

Clarkson College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$16,290
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.
100%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
19
School Type
4-year

Those interested in a career in health services might find their way at Clarkson College, where students can pursue a wide variety of health care programs, both on campus and online. Some programs, such as the doctorate in health care education and leadership, are offered entirely online; other programs are available instead in a hybrid format. A hybrid format is particularly helpful for programs such as those in nursing -- programs that require hands-on training for completion.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

101 S 42nd St, Omaha,
NE 68131
 
10

Wayne State College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$6,848
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.
27%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
10
School Type
4-year

Wayne State College's eCampus delivers Sakai Online Education-based degree programs and courses for educators and other working professionals. Program options include a Master of Business Administration (MBA), a Master of Science in Education (MSE) and a Master of Science in Organizational Management (MSOM).

The school's online portal, WildcatsOnline, helps students register for classes, view their grades, access advising information and more. Online resources like this are a regular part of student life at WSC. In fact, as of August 2018, every WSC academic building boasts one or more "smart classrooms" that have incorporated networking, digital and/or audio-visual technology so they can be used in face-to-face or distance learning lessons.

Affordable Online Colleges in Nebraska for 2018-19

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.

  • School Type - 2 Years
  • School Type - 4 Years
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & FEES/YEAR
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    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.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL WEBSITE
    Metropolitan Community College Area$2,97029%15mccneb.edu
    Central Community College$3,00042%18cccneb.edu
    Mid-Plains Community College$3,12049%12mpcc.edu
    Northeast Community College$3,40538%21northeast.edu
    Southeast Community College Area$3,57034%21southeast.edu
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & FEES/YEAR
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    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.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL WEBSITE
    Wayne State College$6,84827%10wsc.edu
    Chadron State College$7,12273%16csc.edu
    Peru State College$7,26050%7peru.edu
    University of Nebraska at Kearney$7,29455%24unk.edu
    University of Nebraska at Omaha$7,63052%23unomaha.edu

Financial Aid Resources in Nebraska

1.Maynard Jensen American Legion Memorial ...
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be the child or grandchild of a member of the American Legion or of a POW, MIA, KIA, or any deceased veteran, be a Nebraska resident, and attend a Nebraska institution of higher education.
Award Amount
$500
Application Deadline
March 1
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
2.George L. Watters/Nebraska Petroleum Marketers ...
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicants must be the sons or daughters of a Nebraska Petroleum Marketer and Convenience Store Association member or employee. Applicants must also be current graduating high school seniors in the top one-third of their graduating class and plan to attend a college or university in the state of Nebraska.
Award Amount
$1,500
Application Deadline
March 31
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
3.Ed Johnson Memorial Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a male senior who is a member of a high school varsity basketball team in the state of Nebraska. Excellence in leadership, sportsmanship, loyalty, and citizenship must be demonstrated. Letters of recommendations from counselors, teachers, administrators, etc required.
Award Amount
N/A
Application Deadline
April 14
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
4.Nebraskans of World War II Scholarships
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicants must be high school seniors in one of the following Nebraska towns: Alda, Broken Bow, Brule, Central City, Cozad, Nelson, Gothenburg, Kearney, Lincoln, Madison, Mitchell, Ravenna, Newark, North Bend, Omaha, Palisade, Potter or St. Michael. They must have a GPA of 3.75 or higher. An essay, resume and two letters of reference are required.
Award Amount
$1,500
Application Deadline
Open
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL

Student Loans in Nebraska

Nebraska does not currently offer any state-based student loans, preferring to focus instead on several grants and scholarships provided by Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (CCPE). Keep in mind that scholarship and grant monies do not need to be paid back, so you should always seek out all available options for those awards before relying on loans. If you find that you are still in need of financial assistance, however, you may apply for federal or private loans to meet the rest of your tuition and related costs. You will need to fill out the FAFSA and supply information about your family's financial situation in order to apply for federal aid.

Get the lowdown on student loans in the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Nebraska

  • CCPE Financial Aid tackles multiple questions that Nebraska students may have regarding how and when to apply for financial aid.

Costs for Out-of-State Students in Nebraska

The Cornhusker State is part of the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP), a well-designed multi-state reciprocity system that includes 10 member states: Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Under the program, students from Nebraska may attend university in any of the other states while never paying more than 150 percent of the resident tuition rate, which can amount to steep discounts. The program even includes private institutions, which offer a 10 percent discount on their tuition rates.

The University of Nebraska attracts quite a few out-of-state students. In the fall of 2018, there were 5,493 non-resident students and 13,973 full-time resident undergraduate students. The university also offers a handy calculator that will allow you to determine if you qualify as a resident for tuition purposes and if you are not from a MSEP member state. In addition, Nebraska's flagship university maintains a list of scholarships that include those open to out-of-state residents.

Be sure to talk to your adviser for more insight into attending college in Nebraska. 

 

 
Article Sources
Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  • Level of institution is either "Four or more years" or "At least 2 but less than 4 years"
  • Data is reported for all 11 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
  • At least 1 percent of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • "Number of programs offered via distance education" was an integer greater than 0

We ranked the resulting 1,813 colleges on 11 criteria, using provisional 2016-17 data from IPEDS:

  1. Number of programs offered via distance education
  2. Ratio of students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
  3. Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
  4. Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases, and media
  5. Graduation rate
  6. Retention rate
  7. The availability of any tuition plans (Payment, Guaranteed, Other)
  8. Services (Academic/Career, Placement for Completers)
  9. Credit offerings (Dual, Life, AP, Military)
  10. Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
  11. Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional, or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

NOTE: Schools' tuition amounts are based on 2016-17 undergraduate and graduate data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. The actual cost of tuition may vary.

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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