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Whether you’re a resident of Nevada or a non-resident interested in earning your degree from one of Nevada’s online colleges, we’ve got everything you need to get started. We review state trends in higher education funding and tuition, as well as the state’s online education landscape, looking at enrollment figures and info on education consortiums and initiatives to advance distance learning in the state.

Following this section, we’ve ranked Nevada’s online colleges and universities by affordability. Each school is fully accredited and offers at least one fully-online degree program. Compare program options, tuition rates and distance learning formats by expanding the overviews below. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, scroll to our program search tool, which allows you to browse our entire directory of online colleges.

At the bottom of the page you’ll find a full list of resources offered to college students in Nevada. We’ve compiled the best scholarships, state boards, educational non-profits and college savings programs. Bear in mind that online students who attend an accredited college or university full-time within Nevada qualify for the same programs and benefits as their campus-based peers.

Postsecondary Education in Nevada

The Center on Budget and Policies Priorities reported that from 2013 to 2014 there was an 4.1% increase ($301) in state spending per student in Nevada.

CollegeBoard reports that, for in-state students, 2014-15 tuition in Nevada’s public four-year schools came to $6,418, compared to a national average of $9,139.

Private nonprofit four-year tuition and fees in Nevada sit at $28,999 on average.

Online Education in Nevada

NCES Report

According to a recent NCES report, in fall 2012, 9.8% of students enrolled in Title IV institutions in Nevada (12,038 students) were in exclusively online programs.

  • 92.3% of those students were undergraduates
  • 83% were in public 4-year institutions
  • 1.6% were in private not-for-profit 4-year institutions
  • 1.5% were in private for-profit 4-year institutions
  • 89.5% were living in Nevada
  • 6.7% were living elsewhere in the United States

Nevada is part of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), a collection of states that work to expand access to distance education courses nationwide.

Most Affordable Online Colleges in Nevada

Below you’ll find the very best online colleges in Nevada, 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.

Want to know what it takes to make our rankings? Check out our distinct approach.


We use data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Every ranked school offers a range of programs that can be completed fully online. Schools with narrow program offerings were not included. Tuition rates reflect the annual cost of enrolling full-time in state. Rates are pulled directly from the schools' websites or from IPEDS. Unless otherwise stated, these figures do not include program-specific fees. If schools do not share a general tuition rate, we provide the institution's quoted rate for a bachelor's degree in liberal arts or estimate a full-time annual course load of 24 credits. When tuition rates were equal, schools that reported higher rates of aid ranked higher.

Great Basin College

Great Basin College

An Online Education at Great Basin College

WebCampus, hosted by Canvas, is the online portal through which GBC students access their online courses. Live WebCampus orientations are available for any prospective student to become familiar with the online learning environment prior to the start of a course, and technical help for any issues that may arise during the length of the course. Most communication in this virtual classroom is done via email or phone, however students and instructors will post to discussion boards, receive and submit assignments and participate in instant chat sessions. Students should be capable of effectively organizing their time, as they are expected to study approximately 15 hours per course, per week.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Land Surveying/Geomatics
  • Bachelor of Arts in English

High school students have the option to enroll in GBC’s dual enrollment program, which provides the opportunity to take distance education courses for college or high school credit. Beyond internet classes, GBC offers two other types of distance learning: synchronous LiveNet classes and interactive video classes (IAV) which most closely replicate the traditional classroom environment.

Contact Information

1500 College Parkway
Elko, NV 89801
(775) 738-8493

Nevada State College

Nevada State College

An Online Education at Nevada State College

Canvas is the online learning management system powering NSC's WebCampus portal. This particular delivery platform enables online students to collaborate on group projects and assignments, communicate with instructors through email, chat sessions and discussion forums and keep tabs on their progress throughout the course.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

The undergraduate degree in nursing has three possible track options: accelerated, part-time and online. The online BSN option is designed for license-holding registered nurses who would like to maintain their responsibilities outside of school while earning their degree. NSC nursing students have the unique opportunity to practice at The Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas (CSCLV).

All nursing courses fit into the traditional semester schedule; once registered, students can take as many classes as they want at one time. Some of the general education courses can be taken in an accelerated format during the two 6-week summer sessions of January term. Transfer students are welcome to apply.

Contact Information

1125 Nevada State Drive
Henderson, NV 89002
(702) 992-2000

University of Nevada – Las Vegas

University of Nevada – Las Vegas
Las Vegas

An Online Education at University of Nevada – Las Vegas

UNLV’s WebCampus is powered by the Blackboard LMS, a popular web-based interface where students can find everything they need for their online courses. Curious applicants can watch a course tour to discover the layout of a typical online course and to see how to navigate the interface. The table of contents organizes a course into announcements, learning modules, course instructions and learning guides. Within each section, students will find assignments, discussions, messages and a number of helpful tools, such as a course calendar, blogs, wikis, journals or groups for collaborative projects. External materials such as links, videos and websites can also be found here. Feedback from instructors comes via email and in each students’ MyGrades folder. Exams are administered through the online ProctorU tool.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Public Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Science

In addition to the degree programs listed here, certificate programs at the graduate level are also offered online through UNLV.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Educator Track
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner Track
  • Master of Science in Educational Psychology
  • Master of Hospitality Administration
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing - Post Doctor of Nursing Practice Track
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing - Sustainable Health
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice

Even though classes are asynchronous, students are graded on active participation and should therefore regularly login to check updates and take part in interactive discussions. Prospective students residing outside the state of Nevada should check the State Compliance page prior to applying to be sure the University is authorized to deliver distance education in their home state.

Contact Information

4505 S Maryland Pky
Las Vegas, NV 89154
(702) 895-3011

Acclaim for online programs

  • #6 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs

Touro University Nevada

Touro University Nevada

An Online Education at Touro University Nevada

Distance education at TUN is conducted through Blackboard. This web-based learning platform provides numerous tools that enrich the online learning environment and ensure students receive a quality education. They can instantaneously respond to their instructor’s lectures and presentations using the TurningPoint ResponseWare tool and all exams and tests can be taken from any location using the Respondus Lockdown Browser tool. Instructors give students personal feedback by way of the MyGrades folder or through discussion board posts. Outside Blackboard, students collaborate using the web-conferencing tool Wimba. Since participation in online courses is assessed as part of their grade, students should dedicate time to actively engage in their online classes.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Science in Camp Administration Leadership
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • Master of Education - Curriculum and Instruction

Typically, TUN nursing degrees take anywhere from 16 to 30 months to complete and do not require any on-site components. The RN to BSN program totals just 30 credit hours. Beyond these programs, there are several hybrid online degrees in the subject areas of education and nursing. Technical support is provided for all online users.

Contact Information

874 American Pacific Drive
Henderson, NV 89014
(877) 575-8687

Scholarships and Financial Aid in Nevada

Boren Scholarships

Deadline: January 31, 2016
Scholarship Amount Amount varies See Scholarship

The Boren Award for International Studies totals $20,000. It is open to undergraduate students at the College of Southern Nevada who will study abroad with a focus on foreign languages including Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, and Swahili.

Freshman Presidential Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $6,000 See Scholarship

The Presidential Scholarship is available to incoming freshmen at Sierra Nevada College who have a GPA of 3.25 to 3.74. Students are automatically considered for this scholarship upon being accepted to the college. Award amount is $6,000 per year for 4 years.

Freshman SNC Eagle Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $4,000 See Scholarship

Sierra Nevada College offers the SNC Eagle award to freshmen who have a GPA of 2.8 to 2.9. The college automatically considers incoming freshmen for this scholarship, so no separate application is required. Maximum award is $4,000 per year for 4 years.

Freshman Trustee Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $11,000 See Scholarship

Sierra Nevada College provides the merit-based Trustee Scholarship for incoming freshmen with a GPA of 3.75+. The award is $11,000 per year for 4 years. SNC automatically considers all freshmen for this award, so no separate application is required.

Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

Deadline: October 25, 2015
Scholarship Amount $30,000 See Scholarship

The Jack Kent Cooke scholarship is open to community college students in Nevada who will transfer to the College of Southern Nevada to earn a bachelor’s degree. The maximum award is $30,000 per year. Interested students should contact the College of Southern Nevada for eligibility requirements.

Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $5,000 See Scholarship

The Morris K. Udall Scholarship is open to full-time undergraduates at the College of Southern Nevada who are pursuing careers related to the environment; the scholarship is also open to Native American and Native Alaskan students pursuing careers in tribal public policy. Maximum award is $5,000.

National Honor Society Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $20,000 See Scholarship

Provided by the Art Institute of Nevada, this scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors who belong to the National Art Honor Society. Applicants must submit six different original pieces of artwork, and a personal statement describing their artistic career goals. Maximum award is $20,000.

Sierra Nevada College

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $5,000 See Scholarship

The Provost Scholarship is open to incoming freshmen at Sierra Nevada College who have a GPA of 3.0 to 3.24. The award is $5,000 per year for 4 years. Once students are admitted to the college, no separate application for this scholarship is required.

Transfer Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $11,000 See Scholarship

This merit-based scholarship is available to incoming transfer students at Sierra Nevada College. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required. The award is $11,000 per year for a maximum of 4 years.

Higher Education Resources in Nevada