Enrollment Deposit

What is the Enrollment Deposit?

The University of NebraskaLincoln requires a $250 enrollment deposit to be paid by the deadlines below to finalize your admission and secure your space in the incoming class.

  • Spring deposit deadline: December 1
  • Fall/Summer deposit deadline: May 1

The enrollment deposit is not a new fee. The $250 applies directly toward student orientation and new student programs.

Who is Required to Pay the Enrollment Deposit?

The enrollment deposit is required for all new freshmen, transfer and international students who are admitted.

Why Do I Need to Pay the Enrollment Deposit?

The enrollment deposit allows the UNIVERSITY to:

  • Effectively plan for class offerings and student resources in preparation for your arrival.
  • Provide an incentive for students to actively consider their college choice on an appropriate timeline, which increases their selection in housing, New Student Enrollment dates and classes.
  • Accurately report new student class data as part of the budgeting process.

The enrollment deposit allows YOU to:

  • Register for and attend orientation activities.
  • Receive more information about housing and other opportunities offered to students at NEBRASKA.

Deferment & Refunds

Criteria which may be considered for a deferment of the enrollment deposit include, but are not limited to:

  • Free/Reduced Lunch Status
  • Pell Grant Eligibility
  • GI Bill
  • A scholarship or combination of university scholarships which equal(s) the total cost of tuition, room and board,  and student fees.

Requests for deferment of the fee begin with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

You must also submit a formal application for deferment by May 1 (fall/summer applicants) or December 1 (spring applicants).

If your deferment request is approved, your advanced housing payment will also be deferred.


The enrollment deposit is fully refundable prior to the deposit deadlines.

  • Spring deposit deadline: December 1
  • Fall/Summer deposit deadline: May 1

If you choose not to attend UNL and do not request a refund on or before May 1, you will forfeit the full amount of your enrollment deposit.

To request a refund, you must submit the form below or request it in writing. To request in writing, an email may be sent from the email address you used on your application and be signed by you (the applicant).

Requesting Reinstatement

Admitted students who do not pay the deposit prior to the deadline forfeit their admission and aid. Students may request reinstatement by sending a letter to the admissions committee at:

UNL Admissions Committee
1410 Q St
Lincoln, NE 68588-0417

OR email the committee at: admissions@unl.edu

  • Reinstatement of admission cannot be guaranteed.
  • Reinstatement of federal, state, and university aid is not guaranteed.
  • Please indicate the circumstances surrounding your late payment in your reinstatement request.

*NOTE - The Enrollment Deposit is not waived under any circumstance. The Enrollment Deposit is Non-Transferable.