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Online Colleges in New Mexico

Most Affordable Online Colleges

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Methodology

To be included in these rankings, all colleges had to meet the following criteria for the specific subject being ranked:

  1. Offer at least one degree or certificate in that subject online
  2. Have awarded at least one degree or certificate in that subject in 2014-15

Once we had our list of schools for each subject, we ranked them on six criteria, using the weights specified:

  1. In-state tuition, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014
  2. Graduation rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014
  3. Accessibility, based on the admissions rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014
  4. Program prominence, based on how many of the degrees and certificates awarded by the school in 2014-15 were in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014
  5.  Related subjects, based on the number of similar programs that the school offers at any level, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014
  6. Variety of degree levels, based on the number of degree and certificate levels out of a possible nine that the school offers in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014

Methodology Sources

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

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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Not for nothing is New Mexico known as the "Land of Enchantment." This state offers a starkly beautiful terrain from bottom to top, from the gleaming expanse of the Chihuahuan Desert in the south to the glorious colors of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at the state's northern edge. New Mexico's capital city, Santa Fe, is steeped in culture and history, famous for its Spanish Colonial architecture, its arts scene, its deliciously spicy food… and its 52 institutions of higher education, including 9 public, four-year universities; 21 community colleges; 3 private non-profit schools; and 20 for-profit schools.

While the area around New Mexico is home to many traditional colleges and universities, it also boasts several schools with a commitment to online learning. The best online universities in New Mexico tend to offer both on-campus and online learning programs in order to accommodate all the different needs of their diverse student body.

Best Online Colleges in New Mexico for 2018

Selecting a degree program is an important step that shouldn't be taken lightly. Using information from the National Center of Education Statistics, run through our customized methodology, we have created a ranking of online colleges in New Mexico based on affordability, accessibility, number of online degrees offered and other important criteria. If you're not sure where to find the right online program for your needs, start your search with this list of the 10 best online colleges in the state — or with our Top Colleges Tool, where you can create your own rankings.

1

New Mexico State 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.
$2,328
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.
72.08%
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
2-year

New Mexico State University promises to "transform lives through discovery," and that's exactly what they do via their many high-quality degree programs. New Mexico State University is a comprehensive research institution dedicated to experiential learning, teaching, and service at both undergraduate and graduate levels. And its excellence shows in the many awards and accolades it's received over the years.

One factor that helped the school earn a spot on our list of best online colleges in New Mexico is their wide selection of online learning programs. Via Aggies Online, the school's sports-themed online learning page (the school's sports teams are called "Aggies," as a callback to the school's agricultural origins), students can browse through an array of online undergraduate and graduate degree options.

A particular online option available to NMSU students is that of the "2+2" bachelor's program, which allows students to quickly and easily earn their bachelor's degree online by taking their first two years of courses through NMSU Alamogordo Community College (NMSU-A) and the second two years through NMSU Las Cruces (NMSU-LC).

2

Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell Campus

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.
$2,088
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.
48.04%
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.
8
School Type
2-year

Eastern New Mexico University is one of the most affordable online colleges in New Mexico, but that doesn't limit the quality of their degree programs. The school offers more than 15 different online degree programs each for undergraduate and graduate students, perfect for academic transfer or entry into the workforce. In particular, ENMU hosts multiple concentrations for its Bachelor's of Applied Arts and Science paths. They also offer a wide range of online courses students can take even in pursuit of an on-campus degree.

The school's online students receive special help in the form of online library services, financial aid and enrollment services, an online writing center, and an online counseling program.

3

Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus

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.
$5,510
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%
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.
25
School Type
4-year

Eastern New Mexico University's main campus has been preparing students for academic success for more than 80 years. As New Mexico's largest regional university, the school emphasizes liberal learning, cultural diversity and experiential learning via its undergraduate and graduate learning programs.

Like its Roswell campus, Eastern New Mexico University's main campus offers many different online degree programs for interested students. Options include options from accounting, business and nursing to aviation science, electronics engineering technology and hospitality management. Several online certificate programs, degree concentrations, minors and endorsements are also available.

4

New Mexico Junior 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.
$1,704
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.
100.00%
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.
5
School Type
2-year

New Mexico Junior College is a comprehensive two-year school that offers a wide range of career-driven degree programs. Many of the school's students receive financial aid in the form of scholarships or grants, which helps make this school one of the most affordable online schools in New Mexico.

While NMJC offers many on-campus programs and degrees, it also offers a robust online learning program as well. Through its chosen online learning platform, Canvas, the school offers customizable programs for Associate of Arts, Associate of Sciences and Associate of Applied Science degree programs, giving students a lot of flexibility. Speak with an NMJC counselor about putting your chosen program together, based off the courses available in the current term.

NMJC also extends many other student services to its online students. If you need help, you can surely find assistance with counseling, financial aid, admissions and more through their student website and resources.

5

Western New Mexico 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.
$5,906
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%
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

When the site of Western New Mexico University was dedicated back in 1893, the school's cornerstone was laid along with a copper box containing "coins, magazines, and other items of the period." In over a century since then, this university's bold, driven Mustang student body has built on the legacy laid down for them that day, becoming a proud and noteworthy New Mexico institution of higher learning.

WNMU offers more than 70 areas of study that range from accounting to zoology, with most programs available both on and off-campus via their online learning platform. In total, the university offers more than 200 online courses each semester, and all at a surprisingly affordable net price for its quality. Factors that helped this school stand out in our ranking include its economical tuition costs, 24/7 tech support, 24/7 online tutoring and dedicated online student advisors.

6

Northern New Mexico 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.
$4,560
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.
45.94%
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.
N/A
School Type
4-year

Founded in 1909 in order to train teachers to educate the state's Spanish-speaking population, Northern New Mexico College aims to offer affordable tuition and high-quality education in an inclusive setting. Utilizing the online learning platform Blackboard, Northern New Mexico College has prepared multiple career-focused degree programs created to impart the skills students need to enter the workforce.

The school's Ben Lujan Library goes out of its way to offer assistance to NNMC's distance learners. Students who are having trouble with Blackboard, their personal computers or course-specific hardware can contact the library's Eagle Tech Support, a team of IT students who help other students keep their technology running smoothly. Ben Lujan Library also encourages online learners to use the library as a study venue if possible, offering computers, wireless Internet, private study rooms and flexible hours to make the experience as convenient as possible.

7

Central New Mexico Community 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.
$1,472
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.
33.22%
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.
6
School Type
2-year

Central New Mexico Community College is the largest community college in the state, helping thousands of students from all over New Mexico and beyond to further their education every year. This community college understands the importance of distance education; it distributes its quality education programs to its students through a Blackboard-powered learning platform called CNM Learn. To help any of its students that are having trouble with CNM Learn or the courses offered through it, CNM hosts "CNM Learn Drop-In Labs" at different times and locations.

This is not the only resource CNM provides for its students. The school also offers online academic coaching, the help of their professional Distance Learning Achievement Coach and multiple Course Designers, and a self-paced Jump Start course that can teach students vital skills for getting the most out of their online courses.

8

University of New Mexico - Main Campus

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.
$8,050
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.
29.54%
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.
N/A
School Type
4-year

As one of the most prominent universities in the state, the University of New Mexico is known for their celebrated educational outcomes. More than 70 percent of its students also qualify for financial aid as well, which helps this school maintain a lower net price than its tuition costs might suggest. The school's large size allows it to offer more than 200 degree programs, some of which can be completed entirely or partially online.

Via the university's learning management system, UNM Learn, students can pursue bachelor's programs, master's programs and certificates by taking a variety of synchronous and asynchronous courses. New online degree programs recently added to the school's offerings include a sought-after online RN to BSN, as well as a bachelor's program in Native American studies. In addition to its many online programs, UNM offers virtual tech support and dedicated online student advisors.

9

San Juan 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.
$1,474
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.
39.58%
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.
8
School Type
2-year

San Juan College has grown from humble beginnings to one of the largest two-year schools in the state. As a regional leader in education, San Juan College promises career-driven degree and training programs at an admirably affordable price point. Financial aid is also available, as is career and college transfer counseling.

Students interested in distance education can choose from 6 different online associate degree programs — two Associate of Arts programs and four Associate of Applied Science programs — and an online certificate program in creative writing. Two options of particular note include the A.A.S. in veterinary technology and the A.A. in liberal arts.

San Juan College also features an interesting Visiting Students program, which allows students who attend a different school to take courses at San Juan and transfer the course credits back to their college.

10

New Mexico State University - Doña Ana Community 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.
$1,968
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.
38.23%
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.
8
School Type
2-year

Doña Ana Community College is a two-year branch of New Mexico State University. This school offers two-year degrees that are perfect for career preparation, along with transfer programs that can lead to bachelor's degrees. At Doña Ana, programs can be found in fields from dental hygiene to electronics technology, early childhood education to public health. Some courses for these programs can be completed online via the school's online learning platform.

This community college is justifiably proud of its membership as part of ENLACE, a collaborative that focuses specifically on improving the quality of education available for Latino and Latina students. Doña Ana also provides veterans with a helping hand through its Veterans Services Office, which works in partnership with the Veterans Administration.

Students who choose Doña Ana can pursue a two-year technical degree for a reasonable tuition at the school, then immediately enter the workforce or transfer their credits to a four-year university like New Mexico State University. Either way, the school's dynamic programming offers a perfect first step to a dream career students can be proud of.

Affordable Online Colleges in New Mexico for 2018

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.

Affordable Two-Year Online Colleges in New Mexico

If you want to see the five most affordable online two-year colleges in New Mexico, you've come to the right place.

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 Type
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute$1,095N/A12-year
Clovis Community College$1,24843.70%222-year
Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso Campus$1,46898.89%22-year
Central New Mexico Community College$1,47233.22%62-year
San Juan College$1,47439.58%82-year

Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in New Mexico

Here is a list of the five most affordable four-year colleges in New Mexico that offer online courses.

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 Type
Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development$4,70018.46%34-year
Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus$5,51094.99%254-year
New Mexico Highlands University$5,55038.55%54-year
Western New Mexico University$5,90661.57%234-year
New Mexico State University-Main Campus$6,09438.82%274-year

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 Resources 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 about Albuquerque

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 about Las Cruces

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 about Santa Fe

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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