Scholarships and financial aid

We understand that college is a major investment for you and your family. But your investment in your education is bound to pay off. That’s why the University of Nebraska is committed to ensuring that cost doesn’t stop a single Nebraska student from pursuing a college degree.

Think you won’t qualify for aid? The odds are in your favor: More than half of all NU undergraduates – including 70 percent of UNK undergraduates, 52 percent of UNO undergraduates and 53 percent of UNL undergraduates – receive some form of financial aid, including both need- and merit-based aid. The university committed nearly $11 million from its operating budget to need-based aid in 2012-13, and students have access to numerous other scholarship and aid opportunities, such as fellowships, institutional grants, Regents Scholarships, federal Pell Grants and more. The university also works with private partners like the Susan T. Buffett Foundation, which is supporting more than 3,000 of our undergraduates this year, to ensure that millions more in aid is available to you.

Check with your campus financial aid office to learn more about what options you have to help support your education:

Collegebound Nebraska tuition assistance program

More than 6,600 University of Nebraska students are attending one of our four campuses and paying no tuition thanks to our tuition assistance program, Collegebound Nebraska. Collegebound Nebraska is our promise to you that if you are a Nebraska resident, meet our admission requirements and qualify for a federal Pell Grant, you will pay NO TUITION at the University of Nebraska as long as you maintain certain academic standards.

Collegebound Nebraska covers full tuition after Pell and other awards are factored in; it does not count toward room and board, books or other expenses, although many students receive additional aid to support those costs. Collegebound Nebraska covers up to 30 academic credit hours per year. There is no set income level to qualify, but generally, a student from a family of four with one in college and an annual income of $53,000 or less will qualify for Collegebound Nebraska aid.

To receive Collegebound Nebraska support, you must:

  • Be a full-time Nebraska resident undergraduate (at least 12 credit hours per semester)
  • Be a Pell Grant recipient
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by your campus
  • Maintain a 2.5 grade point average
  • Apply for federal aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 1 and complete the financial aid process with the university no later than June 1 prior to the beginning of the academic year. No separate aid application is required.

Nebraska Legacy Scholarship

The Nebraska Legacy Scholarship, which provides the differential between in-state and out-of-state tuition, is available to qualified freshmen who are children of University of Nebraska graduates. Students eligible for review must rank in the upper one-third of their graduating class or have a minimum ACT composite of 24 or higher (or equivalent on the SAT). The scholarship must first be awarded for the student’s freshman year, and is renewable for up to four years. Please check with each campus for their specific award requirements.

Regents Scholarship

The Regents Scholarship is awarded to outstanding incoming freshmen who are graduates of Nebraska high schools. The scholarship is valued at full tuition for up to 135 credit hours or the completion of a bachelor’s degree, and is renewable as long as you: maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5; complete 24 credit hours each academic year; and complete a minimum of nine graded hours (not pass/no pass) each semester.

Other aid

Scholarships and financial aid opportunities are available to veterans, service members and their dependents; international students; and others. Check with your campus financial aid office for more information. Nebraska also is a DREAM Act state, which permits undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates if they meet certain requirements.


University of Nebraska
3835 Holdrege Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68583 | 402.472.2111 | Comments?
©2019 University of Nebraska Board of Regents