While New Hampshire is one of the smallest states, it boasts 45 post secondary schools, with over 101,500 estimated individuals enrolled in degree seeking programs in 2013. Manchester Community College alone now offers more than 250 online courses, along with fully online associate degree programs; all seven of the New Hampshire community college campuses offer fully online courses in various fields. Southern New Hampshire University has emerged as a leader in online education, enabling students to access resources and over 180 online programs.
New Hampshire also offers professional developmental courses through e-Learning for Educators and engages high school students through the Virtual Learning Academy. At the end of 2014, New Hampshire announced it would become the first New England state to join the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), an initiative working to make distance education courses more accessible to students across state lines.
Due to a combination of general inflation and a dramatic drop in state spending (by 32.8%), tuition for public four-year institutions has risen 48% within a span of five years. As students continue to shoulder the majority of expenses associated with earning a degree, enrollment rates suffer; between 2006 and 2011, New Hampshire’s enrollment rate increased a mere 7%. First year retention rate, however, is at a sturdy 80.8%, and the state graduation rate is 69.5%.
For more information on New Hampshire’s top online degree programs, explore our extensive database. In the State Facts page you’ll find financial planning resources and links to a number of scholarship and loan resources applicable to online and offline students enrolled at New Hampshire schools.