2018 Directory of Online Colleges and Universities in Nebraska

Distance learning options are available all throughout the state of Nebraska, where online colleges  offer accredited degrees for undergraduates, graduates, and for working adults seeking to obtain professional certificates.

Nebraska has more than 50 post-secondary institutions. Of these, 22 offer online programs. Of these accredited online colleges, seven are public four-year colleges or universities and five are public community or technical colleges and 10 are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools.

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These schools offer 154 online certificate programs, 1,180 online associates programs, 2,386 online bachelors programs, 835 online masters programs, 1,006 online professional programs, and 171 online doctoral programs.

Of the online colleges in Nebraska, University of Nebraska offers the most number of programs online. It is a 4-year research university. It offers 65 online programs.

Job Outlook

Nebraska has an unemployment rate of 3.7 percent, which is much lower than the national average. The largest industry in the state is trade, transportation, and utilities, which employs nearly 200,000 people; other major employers include the government and education services. Although no industry in the state has expanded about 4 percent recently, manufacturing has seen a steady growth in job numbers since late 2012.
Nebraska has the 15th weakest economy amongst the states in the nation. In 2010, the total gross state product for Nebraska was $90.00 billion.

There are a total of 901,690 workers employed in the state. The three largest industries in the state are:

  • Educational and health care services
  • Construction
  • Infrastructure

An estimated 24 percent of Nebraska employees are working in the educational and health care services industry. Additionally, Nebraska’s construction industry employs an estimated 6 percent of the total number of employees. Also, an estimated 6 percent of Nebraska workers are employed in the infrastructure industry.

The average wage in Nebraska is less than the national average. In the US, workers earn about $42,871 per year. However, in Nebraska, workers earn about $38,300 per year. The highest paid workers in the state earn over $67,920 annually, while the lowest paid workers earn under $16,960 annually. The median annual income for employees is around $30,320.

  • Nebraska Employment Resource: Allows users to browse job openings, create a resume, and review labor market facts.
  • Economy At a Glance: A breakdown that provides updated employment numbers in Nebraska, including industry and geographical breakdowns, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Tuition for online college courses varies depending on factors such as the type and location of the institution as well as the program. On average, public four-year colleges and universities in Nebraska charge students approximately $5,455 per year. Tuition at public community and technical colleges was $2,140 per year on average. Private accredited online college tuition ranged from $6,000 to $29,226 per year.

College students in Nebraska received an estimated $6,090,063,130 worth of financial aid each year to help offset tuition. Approximately 45 percent of this aid was in the form of scholarships and grants. The remainder was in the form of loans that had to be paid back. Additionaly, an estimated 95 percent of the scholarships and grants consisted of institutional grants.


Online colleges and universities in Nebraska must be accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, or another recognized party, in order for them to issue accredited degrees. Completing online degree programs in Nebraska from any institution that has obtained school accreditation helps ensure that employers or even other schools will consider your degree valid and legitimate. Check accreditation information before deciding on any Nebraska online schools.

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Distance Learning Resources

  • NebraskAccess: A Nebraska digital library where Nebraska residents can browse full-text articles, journals, books, and other resources.
  • Directory of Postsecondary Institutions : A list where you can locate and compare information on all of the public community colleges, tribal colleges, and universities in Nebraska. Private career school information is also available.

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Nebraska, named from the Oto Indian word meaning “flat water”, is located in the Northern Rockies and Plains region of the United States. With an area of 77,348 square miles, it is the 16th largest state in the US. Approximately 49°F is Nebraska’s average annual temperature.

Of the states in the country, Nebraska has the 14th smallest population. It has an estimated population of 1,826,341 residents residing in its 93 counties. Approximately 42 percent of Nebraska’s population is under the age of 30. Additionally, it has one of the least diverse populations in the nation with about 18% of the population identifying itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group.

The capital city of Nebraska is Lincoln. However, with a population of 408,958 residents, Omaha is the state’s largest city. Of the state’s residents, an estimated 4.47 percent reside in the greater Omaha area. Some of the other populous cities in Nebraska include Lincoln, Bellevue, Grand Island, and Kearney.

As compared to residents in other states around the US, Nebraska residents normally have an average level of education. According to the 2010 Census, approximately 18 percent of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have graduated from high school, 6 percent have at least an associate degree, 5 percent have degrees at the bachelor’s level or higher, and 1 percent hold a graduate level degree.