Current requirements for establishing residency for the purpose of paying in-state tuition at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln went into effect beginning with the Fall Semester, 1995-96. It is important that students who are making plans to attend the University and who are not Nebraska residents are familiar with the effect residency policies may have on their financial preparation for attending the University.
Students who are not attending a Nebraska high school and whose permanent address is not in Nebraska at the time they are admitted, and who are not graduates of an accredited Nebraska high school, will automatically be classified as nonresidents. Students who qualify for any of the residency categories listed below should complete and return the University's "Application for Residency Classification for Tuition Purposes," within the time frame indicated on the application.
The Residency Application and a complete list of the residency requirements can be downloaded. You can view and print a copy of the Residency application on a PostScript printer using Adobe Acrobat© Reader.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers a variety of scholarships to out-of-state students. Visit the scholarships page for more information.
Costs can be found here.
The Nebraska Legacy Scholarship provides qualified applicants with one of two levels of scholarship awards, one which pays the full nonresident portion of tuition and another which pays 50% of the nonresident portion of tuition charges. The scholarship is available to qualified children of University of Nebraska graduates and is renewable for up to four years.
Individuals who reside outside of Nebraska but pay Nebraska income tax, and the spouses or dependents of such individuals, are entitled to tuition credit upon documented evidence of such payment to the State. The tuition credit granted shall equal the amount of Nebraska income tax paid for the immediately preceding calendar year except that the remaining obligation cannot be less than the amount of resident tuition.
Paying property taxes isn't considered a way of demonstrating residency for the purpose of paying in-state tuition at the University of Nebraska.
Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) Scholarships are awarded to academically qualified students from Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, North Dakota, or Wisconsin who exhibit superior academic performance. Students meeting the MSEP academic requirements will be awarded the George Beadle Scholarship. Use the online scholarship estimator to determine your eligibility for this scholarship.
*UNL does not participate in the MSEP at the graduate level.
If you have additional questions about the University's residency policy, or if you would like to have more detailed information about the University of Nebraska Board of Regents' policy on establishing residency, please contact the Office of Admissions at 402-472-2023.