Why This Matters


    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that college degree holders earn $502 more per week than workers who only graduated from high school.


    College Board estimates that, in New Mexico, the median sum paid by college students for tuition to attend in-state public colleges during the 2020-21 school year was $8,120.


    In the 2019-20 school year, the median amount U.S. college students received in financial aid was $14,940.

Our Research

While curating this list of the best online colleges in New Mexico, we evaluated various educational institutions that offered online courses, from mid-sized liberal arts colleges to major universities, based on their online programs, required credits, and tuition.

The institutions we evaluated were accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to ensure that your credits are professionally recognized and easy to transfer if needed. HLC makes sure that schools meet their standards for academic excellence and effectiveness in student learning.

  • 21 hours to write this article
  • 28 universities and colleges we assessed
  • 50 education programs we compared

The Top 50 Online Colleges in New Mexico

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What You Should Know About Graduating From College in New Mexico

When researching online colleges, it’s important to evaluate the career potential of various fields of study you may be interested in pursuing so that you get the most out of your education. In 2019, the five top highest paying occupations in New Mexico that you need a bachelor’s degree to work in are architectural and engineering managers, advertising and promotions managers, materials engineers, health and safety engineers, and chemical engineers.

For college graduates seeking jobs in New Mexico, the five occupations with the most available jobs are general and operations managers, registered nurses, business operations specialists, accountants and auditors, and elementary school teachers.

The occupations that are declining at the highest rate for people who work in these career fields and graduated with a bachelor’s degree are reporters and correspondents, literacy teachers, buyers and purchasing agents, insurance underwriters, and radio and television announcers.

What’s Next?

Financial aid is also important to research while looking into what online college options are interesting to you. You can find scholarships, grants, and other types of aid with the help of federal and state educational agencies such as these listed below:

  • New Mexico Higher Education Department. The New Mexico Higher Education Department provides information about grants, scholarships, and other types of financial aid and provides the forms you need to apply for them right on the website.
  • Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Around $120 billion in financial aid is made available for college students through the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid. Financial aid includes loans, work-study programs, grants, and scholarships. To find out what financial aid you can qualify for, go to FAFSA4caster and fill out the application online.
  • CareerOneStop. The Bureau of Labor Statistics sponsors CareerOneStop, which provides an overview of available grants and scholarships and is searchable by state.