Financial Aid

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When family and personal resources are not enough, financial aid can help provide the finances needed to accomplish your academic goals.

Your college education is one of the most important investments you will make.

At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, more than 2/3 of students receive some form of financial aid to help finance their education. Learn more about how UNL can be affordable for you.

Nebraska residents:

Out-of-state AND Nebraska residents:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

In order to be considered for federal financial aid, you will need to complete the FAFSA by April 1.

UNL’s FAFSA code: 002565.

For more information, visit the Student Financial Aid website.

Types of Aid


Scholarships are forms of aid you do not have to repay. Recipients typically qualify for scholarships based on academic merit, special talents, leadership accomplishments, and/or financial need.

  • Repayment is not required.
  • Personal statement is required for leadership, service and diversity enhancement scholarships.
  • The FAFSA is recommended but not required (unless otherwise noted).
  • Freshman applicants, who wish to receive consideration for merit scholarships must apply for admission, submit test scores and transcripts by
    • January 15 for Nebraska residents
    • May 1 for non-residents


Federal loans allow students or their families to borrow money at low interest rates.

  • Repayment is required.
  • To be considered, file the FAFSA by April 1.


Grants are forms of aid you do not have to repay. Recipients are selected based primarily on financial need, and are available through the federal and state governments.

  • Repayment is not required.
  • Funding levels may vary from year to year according to legislative appropriation.
  • To be considered, file the FAFSA by April 1.

Federal Work-Study

The Federal Work-study program provides funds for jobs for eligible students.

  • Students are awarded the dollar amount they earn over the course of the academic year.
  • Student Financial Aid refers students to jobs on- or off-campus.
  • To be considered, submit the FAFSA, requesting work-study, by April 1.


During the application process:

  • Submit your application for admission by April 1.
  • Check your e-mail regularly for official correspondence from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln regarding financial aid.
  • Check your financial aid status through MyRed for outstanding to-do list items and for your financial aid award.


  • Supply your Social Security Number on your application for admission if you plan to file a FAFSA and want the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to receive it. If you have already applied for admission and have not reported your SSN on your application, please contact Undergraduate Admissions if you would like to report it now.
  • Submit the FAFSA by April 1.
    The FAFSA website provides helpful steps to guide you through the process.

    1. The first step is to apply for a PIN.
    2. Indicate the University of Nebraska-Lincoln code #002565 in step 6 of the FAFSA.

Verification Process:

Some applicants will be asked to submit tax forms and W-2s as part of “verification.”

As required by federal regulation, the verification process is used by the University to confirm the accuracy of information supplied on a percentage of FAFSAs each year. If you and your family are selected, be prepared to supply additional information and copies of documents.


  • Freshman applicants need to apply for admission and submit all required materials (test scores and transcripts) to be considered for merit scholarships by:
    • January 15 for Nebraska residents
    • May 1 for non-residents
  • To apply for leadership, service and diversity enhancement scholarships you will need to complete the personal statement

Scholarship Estimator & Early Planning

Scholarship Calculator

Out-of-state students can use the scholarship calculator to estimate scholarships and the total annual costs of attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Early College Planning

It's never too early to starting planning.

  • College Board: The "Plan for College" section kicks off with a high school action plan.
  • FinAid: This comprehensive source of financial aid information includes a scholarship search tool and clear descriptions of loans.
  • Collegebound Nebraska: Nebraska believes college can be a reality for everyone, no matter your income or background. Collegebound Nebraska helps make it possible.
  • First-Generation Students: A guide to success for first-generation college students.