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On this page, we’ve collected resources that will help you approach earning a degree from one of Nebraska’s online colleges. We begin by providing fact-driven surveys on postsecondary and online education in Nebraska today, which will give you a good idea of things like funding and enrollment trends.

Following these surveys are our rankings of online colleges in Nebraska, ranked by affordability. You can find state-specific scholarship information, as well ― keep in mind that most funding opportunities are open to both online and on-campus students. Following rankings and aid info is our list of resources, which consists of trusted sites designed to help you with your higher education research. Finally, you can explore our database of virtually all online colleges across the country.


Postsecondary Education in Nebraska

As of the 2009-10 school year, Nebraska had 51 Title IV institutions.

First-year retention rates for Nebraska remain high, at 78.2%, the 25th highest rate in the U.S.

The Center on Budget and Policies Priorities reported that in the 2013-14 school year there was a 5.4% increase ($441, inflation adjusted) in state spending per student.

CollegeBoard.org reports that in current dollars, average tuition at public 4-year schools sits at $7,404, while private nonprofit 4-year tuition sits at $22,998.


Online Education in Nebraska

NCES Report

According to a recent NCES report, in fall 2012, 16.9% of students enrolled in Title IV institutions in Nebraska (23,826 students) were in exclusively online programs.

  • 66.6% of those students were undergraduates
  • 27.5% were in public 4-year institutions
  • 38.2% were in private not-for-profit 4-year institutions
  • 2.8% were in private for-profit 4-year institutions
  • 63% were living in Nebraska
  • 33.9% were living elsewhere in the United States

Four Nebraska universities have collaborated to launch the Online Worldwide program, a directory of distance-based courses and programs, amounting to over 100 online degrees, certificates, minors and auditable classes.


Most Affordable Online Colleges in Nebraska

Below you’ll find the very best online colleges in Nebraska, sorted by affordability. These rankings identify the fully online programs in a school’s catalogue, explain how the school’s online interface works and spotlight the recognition a school has received for its online initiatives.

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Chadron State College

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Chadron State College
Chadron
$185
$4,437

An Online Education at Chadron State College

CSC is the home to several bachelor's and master's programs that students can complete entirely online. At the undergraduate level, programs come in a number of formats, including fully online programs that award degrees, fully online minors that can be taken in conjunction with in-person programs and partially online programs that require students to take some amount of courses at the Chardon campus.

At the bachelor's level, much of what is fully offered online is centered around business education, with five specializations in business administration alone. Meanwhile, the partially online offerings focus on education, catering to students interested in becoming elementary, middle school and special needs educators.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Applied Sciences in Technical Occupations
  • Business Administration ― Option in Accounting
  • Business Administration ― Option in Accounting CPA Path
  • Business Administration ― Option in Business Information Systems
  • Business Administration ― Option in Management
  • Business Administration ― Option in Marketing/Entrepreneurship
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Mathematics

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Education (MAE) - History
  • Master of Arts in Education (MAE) - Mathematics
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) - Curriculum and Instruction
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) - Educational Administration
  • Master of Science in Organizational Management (MSOM)

The MyCSC virtual learning environment is powered by the Sakai platform, a hub where students can access shared class files, chat rooms, forums and wiki pages. Online graduate students are invited to use CSC's student services for assistance with academic decisions and financial aid information. Distance learners can also receive technical support 24/7 by submitting a ticket or calling 1-(877)-722-6131.

Contact Information

1000 Main St
Chadron, NE 69337-2690
(308) 432-6000

Peru State College

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Peru State College
Peru
$225
$5,400

An Online Education at Peru State College

Peru State College uses the widespread Blackboard learning management system to create an online classroom environment with features like live video conferencing, discussion boards and instant messaging, connecting students and instructors. Digital courses run for 8-16 weeks at a time. PSC recommends that students spend about 12-15 hours each week studying for each class.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Business Administration - B.S. Accounting
  • Business Administration - B.S. Management
  • Business Administration - B.S. Marketing
  • Business Administration - B.A.S. Management
  • Criminal Justice - B.S. Justice Administration
  • Criminal Justice - B.S. Justice Counseling
  • Psychology - B.S.

Graduate applicants do not need to take the GRE, GMAT or MAT to be considered for admission. Prospective grad students must hold a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Education majors need to submit a copy of a valid teaching certificate with their application.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Masters of Science in Education: Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters of Science in Organizational Management

PSC's remote tutors provide academic assistance to students over the phone or via email. Online learners also have the support of the Distance Education and Online Services Department, which provides technical help seven days a week at 1-(888)-258-5558 and (402) 819-8181.

Contact Information

600 Hoyt Street
Peru, NE 68421-0010
(402) 872-3815

University of Nebraska at Omaha

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University of Nebraska at Omaha
Omaha
$244
$5,856

An Online Education at University of Nebraska at Omaha

The University of Nebraska Omaha provides students with innovative routes to a fully online education ― undergraduates can design their own bachelor's curricula, while graduate students have several academic specialties to choose from. Undergraduates start their online coursework with 41 credit hours of general education courses, followed by primary and secondary subject concentrations.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Aviation Studies
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • General Administration
  • Geography
  • Information Technology
  • Management Information Systems
  • Nonprofit Administration

Since some graduate programs do require pre-admissions exams scores, such as the GRE or GMAT, prospective students should carefully review the requirements for their respective programs. Generally, applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Social Gerontology
  • Master of Fine Arts in Writing (MFA)
  • Master of Science in Political Science
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Special Education with a concentration in Behavior Disorders

UNO uses several digital tools to provide students with an immersive academic experience, with courses hosted on Blackboard and webmail managed by Google Apps. The Blackboard system encourages collaboration through features like threaded discussion posts, shared educational documents and multimedia chat. Online learners can get assistance with their technical questions by calling the support teams at (402) 554-4357 or 1-(866) 866-2721.

Contact Information

6001 Dodge St
Omaha, NE 68182-0225
(402) 554-2800


Acclaim for online programs

  • #58 on the U.S News and World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs

University of Nebraska at Kearney

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University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kearney
$252
$6,048

An Online Education at University of Nebraska at Kearney

The Kearney campus in the University of Nebraska system embraces a multimedia approach with its fully online degree programs, distributing curricula via streaming video and disc media. Students sign onto the Blackboard learning management system to have discussions with instructors and classmates using discussion forums, video conferencing tools and webmail. A nine-person UNK eCampus team serves as an ongoing resource for online learners.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Early Childhood Inclusive
  • Organizational & Relational Communication Comprehensive
  • Sociology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Business Administration

Prospective graduate students are not required to submit scores for pre-admissions exams like the GRE, GMAT or MAT.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Biology
  • Curriculum and Instruction: K-12
  • History
  • Instructional Technology
  • Physical Education
  • Science/Math Education
  • Spanish Education

Finally, non-degree seeking students are invited to enroll in undergraduate or graduate courses on an individual basis.

Contact Information

905 W 25th St
Kearney, NE 68849-1212
(308) 865-8441


Acclaim for online programs

  • #23 on the U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs

University of Nebraska – Lincoln

5
University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Lincoln
$257
$6,174

An Online Education at University of Nebraska – Lincoln

The Office of Online and Distance Education provides certificate, bachelor's, master's and doctorate programs both fully online and in blended formats. Additionally, students currently enrolled in high school can get a head start toward earning a degree by enrolling in online courses through the Advanced Scholars Program. One very unique feature of UNL is that online students are eligible for all of the same institutional scholarships available to campus-based students, with the exception of fellowship experiences.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Applied Science B.S.A.S.
  • Early Childhood in a Mobile Society B.S.

Graduate applicants should be prepared to submit GRE or GMAT scores, since most programs require these pre-admission exams. Other common supplemental materials include resumes, recommendation letters and a personal essay.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Agronomy M.S.
  • Applied Science M.A.S.
  • Business Administration M.B.A.
  • Business Analytics M.B.A.
  • Community Development M.A.S.
  • Deaf Education M.A, M.Ed.
  • Dietetics M.S.

Courses are delivered asynchronously through the Blackboard virtual classroom environment, a platform where students access academic materials, forum discussions and video conferences remotely. To help ensure academic success, UNL provides online learners with services such as advising, disability assistance, library reference help and career counseling administered via Skype. Tech support can be reached through a toll-free hotline at 1-(866)-472-3970.

Contact Information

14th and R St
Lincoln, NE 68588
(402) 472-7211


Acclaim for online programs

  • #40 on the U.S News and World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #21 on the U.S News and World Report's Best Online MBA Programs
  • #5 on the U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs
  • #34 on the U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs

York College

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York College
York
$350
$8,400

An Online Education at York College

York is the home to a modest selection of fully online bachelor's and master's degree programs, along with individual courses for students who aren't seeking a degree. The general education courses are even accommodating for current high school students who want to get a head start on their bachelor's degrees. This college, associated with the Churches of Christ, may hold particular interest for prospective volunteers or missionaries, since a fifth of the student population is involved within Christian service experiences. Undergraduate program applicants are expected to hold a minimum high school GPA of 2.0 and a class rank of at least 50.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology

York does offer a single distance program at the graduate level: the Master of Education in Curriculum Instruction. While courses are held entirely online, students must also partake in a mandatory seminar in York.

Students access their course materials through LearningHouse and Moodle. These platforms feature collaborative tools such as private messaging, forum posts and screen-sharing for presentations.

Contact Information

1125 E 8th St
York, NE 68467-2699
(402) 363-5600

Bellevue University

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Bellevue University
Bellevue
$385
$9,240

An Online Education at Bellevue University

Blackboard Learn drives the Bellevue Real-Time User Information Network (BRUIN), a system characterized by lecture videos, live chat sessions, multimedia conferencing and shared educational documentation. Courses are available asynchronously, which gives students the ultimate scheduling flexibility. The OneStop Service Center is a centralized resource for distance learners, providing 24/7 technical support accessible both online and over the phone at 1-800-756-7920.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Accounting - BS
  • IT Operations Management - BS
  • Advanced Manufacturing in the Business Enterprise - BBA
  • Banking Operations Management - BS
  • Health Science - BA
  • Management - BS
  • Nursing (RN to BSN) - BS

Graduate applicants do not need to submit scores for standardized tests such as the GRE or GMAT. However, prospective master's students should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 to be considered for admissions.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Human Services - MA
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creativity - MFA
  • Master of Science in Accounting - MS
  • Master of Science in Cybersecurity - MS
  • Master of Science in Human Resources Strategic Management - MS
  • Master of Science in Management - MS
  • Master of Science in Organizational Performance - MS

Distance learners can select from several curriculum delivery formats: an accelerated cohort program that reduces bachelor's programs to just 16 months; free MOOC courses; or continuing education courses for students who are not seeking a degree.

Contact Information

1000 Galvin Rd S
Bellevue, NE 68005-3098
(402) 291-8100


Acclaim for online programs

  • #63 on the U.S News and World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #123 on the U.S News and World Report's Best Online MBA Programs
  • #78 on the U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA)
  • #33 on the U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs

Clarkson College

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Clarkson College
Omaha
$504
$12,096

An Online Education at Clarkson College

Clarkson goes to great measures to ensure a quality academic experience online, by maintaining a maximum student-to-teacher ratio of 25:1 and maintaining brief instructor response times. CC offers an impressive range of certificate, associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs entirely online. Non-degree seeking students may also enroll in continuing education programs or individual courses. Distance learners need to have a webcam and microphone, since they occasionally participate in live multimedia web conferences.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Associate Degree in Health Information Technology
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Health Information Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging
  • RN to BSN

Scores for pre-admissions exams like the GRE or GMAT are not required to apply to the graduate programs at CC. Some graduate programs, particularly within the nursing fields of study, have additional experience and licensure requirements.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Doctor in Health Care Education & Leadership (Ed.D.)
  • Master in Health Care Administration
  • RN to MSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Clarkson's Online Campus is managed by the eCollege and LearningStudio platform, which is distinguished by its cloud-based file storage, group pages and mobile-compatible sites. Students may occasionally need to take proctored exams at off-site testing facilities, a process that may include separate fees.

Contact Information

101 S 42nd St
Omaha, NE 68131-2739
(402) 552-3100


Acclaim for online programs

  • #21 on the U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs

Concordia University – Nebraska

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Concordia University – Nebraska
Seward
$506
$12,144

An Online Education at Concordia University – Nebraska

Concordia University provides future undergraduates with three potential bachelor's degree tracks that can be completed entirely online. Each program is delivered on an accelerated schedule, so that online students can obtain a degree in just under two years. Prospective students are expected to submit copies of their ACT or SAT scores along with their high school transcripts.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • B.A. in Business Administration
  • B.A. in Professional Studies
  • R.N. to B.S.N.

Students and instructors communicate and exchange course materials through the Blackboard platform on an asynchronous basis. Online learners can join web conferences, post assignment responses on message boards and message their instructors through this virtual learning environment. The CU help desk can be reached for technical support at (402) 643-7321.

Contact Information

800 N Columbia Ave
Seward, NE 68434-1556
(800) 535-5494


Acclaim for online programs

  • #138 on the U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs

Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health

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Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health
Omaha
$590
$14,160

An Online Education at Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health

This private college gives prospective students the opportunities to earn bachelor's or master's degrees completely online. Courses are hosted asynchronously, so that students are free to sign on at any time 24/7 to access coursework and participate in discussion. The virtual classroom is facilitated through the MyMethodist system, where students will collaborate on classroom blogs, social media platforms and conference calls.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Healthcare Administration, BS

Generally, graduate applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 to apply, unless their health care field has different requirements. GRE and GMAT scores are not necessary. Nursing applicants are expected to have unencumbered RN licensure.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Academic Program Administration & Leadership, MS
  • Healthcare Operations Management, MS
  • Health Promotion Management, MS
  • RN to MSN, Nurse Educator
  • RN to MSN, Executive
  • MSN, Nurse Educator
  • MSN, Nurse Executive

Contact Information

720 North 87th Street
Omaha, NE 68114-2852
(402) 354-7000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #41 on the U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs


Scholarships and Financial Aid in Nebraska

Board of Regents Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $14,000 See Scholarship

Available to freshmen entering Concordia University – Nebraska. The Regent’s Scholarship is awarded based on applicants’ high school GPA and SAT/ACT scores. The award ranges from $13,00 to $14,000, and may be renewed annually if recipient maintains a GPA of 2.0+.

Board of Trustees’ Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount Full tuition See Scholarship

This scholarship is open to Nebraska high school graduates with an ACT score of 25+ or SAT score of 1700+. The award may be used at Chadron, Peru, or Wayne State Colleges. Selection is competitive, based on academic merit. The award totals $16,800.

Clifton & Alberta White Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount Amount varies See Scholarship

Administered by the Phelps County Community Foundation, this scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors in Gosper or Furnas County, Nebraska. Applicant must be enrolled in a Nebraska college, university, technical or trade school; demonstrate financial need; and have a GPA of 2.5+.

Humpert Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount Amount varies See Scholarship

The Humpert Memorial Scholarship is for graduating high school seniors in Franklin County. Applicants must be enrolling at a Nebraska college, technical, or trade school. Selection is based on financial need. Award amount varies. Funding provided by the Phelps Foundation.

Presidential Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $18,000 See Scholarship

Open to freshmen entering Concordia University – Nebraska. This highly competitive scholarship is awarded based on applicants’ high school GPA and SAT/ACT scores. The award is $18,000, and may be renewed annually if recipient maintains a GPA of 2.0+.

Regents Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount Full tuition See Scholarship

Open to University of Nebraska – Lincoln freshmen who graduated from a Nebraska high school. Selection is based on applicants’ academic merit and personal accomplishments. The award is renewable if recipient maintains a GPA of 3.5 or ranks in upper 25% of their class.

Rodney E. Forsberg Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount Amount varies See Scholarship

For graduates of a Phelps County high school who will pursue a two-year or four-year degree at University of Nebraska – Kearney. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0+ and demonstrate financial need. Award amounts vary. Funds are administered by the Phelps Foundation.

University of Nebraska Regents Transfer Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount Full tuition See Scholarship

Available to students who graduated from a Nebraska high school and earned 45 credits at a Nebraska community college. A transfer GPA of 3.5 is required. The award covers in-state tuition for 4 semesters at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

Vincent & Mildred Abrahamson Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $1,000 See Scholarship

For Nebraska high school seniors who will pursue higher education in carpentry, electronics, mechanics, nursing, teaching, or social services. To be eligible, applicants must be residents of Holdrege, Funk, or Axtell school districts, and have a GPA of 2.0+. Funding is provided by the Phelps Foundation.

Walter J. & Elsie E. Stark Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount Amount varies See Scholarship

For graduates or GED recipients from Loomis School District (#55) who will enroll full-time in a Nebraska postsecondary institution. Students pursuing a two-year, four-year, or advanced degree are eligible. Selection is based on academic performance, extracurricular activities, and work experience. Funding is provided by the Phelps Foundation.


Higher Education Resources in Nebraska