The University of Nebraska is reminding students and families that in order to qualify for Collegebound Nebraska, the university’s signature tuition assistance program, they must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 1.
Students also are encouraged to apply for financial aid at the NU campus they are attending or plan to attend as soon as possible.
The FAFSA can be accessed online at www.fafsa.gov or through a student’s guidance counselor or financial aid officer. No separate application is required for Collegebound Nebraska, but students do need to submit a FAFSA annually.
Collegebound Nebraska guarantees that any Nebraska undergraduate who qualifies for a federal Pell Grant and meets NU’s admission requirements can attend the university and pay no tuition. Generally, a student from a family of four with one in college and an income of about $53,000 or less will qualify for Collegebound Nebraska. A student must maintain a 2.5 grade point average to remain eligible for the program.
Collegebound Nebraska covers all of a student’s tuition costs, up to 30 credit hours per academic year, that are not covered by Pell funds or other grants or scholarships. It does not cover non-tuition expenses such as room and board, fees or books.
In 2010-11, nearly 6,200 NU students qualified for the Collegebound Nebraska promise, up from about 6,000 the year before.
FAFSA completion also is required for other financial aid opportunities in Nebraska, including the college scholarships provided through the Susan T. Buffett Foundation. The foundation provides scholarships to Nebraska high school graduates who are incoming freshmen at a Nebraska public college or university. Applications for Buffett Foundation scholarships are being accepted until March 1. More information is available here.
EducationQuest Foundation in Nebraska offers free tools to help students and parents with FAFSA completion. Questions can be directed to EducationQuest’s offices in Lincoln (800-303-3745), Omaha (800-357-6300) or Kearney (800-666-3721).