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Davis-Chambers Scholarship Minimum $2,000 up to full direct cost of attendance per year as calculated by the financial aid office February 1 N/A

Davis-Chambers Scholarship

The Davis-Chambers Scholarship seeks to identify and attract talented student scholars who have demonstrated knowledge and experience in diverse communities or backgrounds and are prepared to use such knowledge to contribute to the education of their fellow students.


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How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by February 1.
  2. Complete and submit the Diversity Enhancement Application in MyRED by February 1.
  3. Complete the FAFSA by February 1 of your senior year in high school.
  4. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED by May 1.

Review Basis

Must be a Nebraska resident.

Selection is based on financial need, student's academic profile and demonstrated knowledge and experience with people from diverse communities and backgrounds.


Renewability

The Davis-Chambers Scholarship is renewable for an additional three academic years provided renewal criteria is met. Recipients will receive full eligibility and renewal policies and expectations when offered the scholarship.


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Chancellor's Scholarship Full Tuition per year + $2,000 annual stipend May 1 See Details

Chancellor's Scholarship

The Chancellor’s Scholarship is awarded to finalists in nationally recognized scholar competitions (e.g., National Merit, National Hispanic Recognition). National Merit finalists must select the University of Nebraska–Lincoln as the first-choice school through the National Merit Corporation.


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How to Apply

National Merit Finalist
  1. Apply for admission by May 1.
  2. Select the University of Nebraska–Lincoln as your first-choice school through the National Merit Corporation.
  3. Complete the ACT/SAT on or before the February national test date and submit scores to Nebraska.
  4. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED by May 1.
National Hispanic Recognition
  1. Apply for admission by May 1.
  2. Complete the ACT/SAT on or before the February national test date and submit scores to Nebraska.
  3. Score a minimum of 28 on the ACT or the SAT equivalent.
  4. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED by May 1.

Review Basis

Selection is based on recognition in national scholar competition.


Renewability

The Chancellor’s Scholarship is renewable for an additional three academic years and three inclusive summers or the completion of a bachelor’s degree, whichever occurs first, provided renewal criteria is met. Students must maintain a 3.500 cumulative GPA and complete 24 hours each academic year. Students must also complete a minimum of nine graded hours each semester. Recipients will receive full eligibility and renewal policies and expectations when offered the scholarship.


Regents Scholarship Full tuition for up to 135 credit hours, including summers (or the completion of a bachelor’s degree, whichever occurs first) February 1 32

Competitive ACT: 32

Regents Scholarship

As a commitment to academic distinction, the Regents Scholarship is awarded to Nebraska students who have demonstrated academic excellence.


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How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by February 1.
  2. Complete the ACT/SAT on or before the February national test date and submit scores to Nebraska.
  3. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED by May 1.

Review Basis

A competitive University of Nebraska–Lincoln Regents Scholar demonstrates superior academic potential and has a 32 ACT (or SAT equivalent) and an outstanding high school grade point average or excellent class rank.


Renewal Information

The Regents Scholarship is renewable for up to 135 credit hours, or the completion of a bachelor’s degree, whichever occurs first, provided renewal criteria is met. These hours are exclusive of credit hours for dual enrollment while in high school and hours earned as a University of Nebraska–Lincoln visiting student (i.e., credits earned while in high school prior to university enrollment). However, credit hours earned at a University of Nebraska campus, through education abroad and extended education are included. Coursework at another University of Nebraska campus is included in the University of Nebraska– cumulative GPA calculation. Students must maintain a 3.500 cumulative GPA (or rank in the top 25% of their relevant class) and complete 24 hours each academic year. Students must also complete a minimum of nine graded hours each semester. Recipients will receive full eligibility and renewal policies and expectations when offered the scholarship.


Transfer Regents Scholarship Full Tuition, renewable for an additional academic year Fall: March 1
Spring: October 1
N/A

Transfer Regents Scholarship

As a commitment to academic distinction, the Transfer Regents Scholarship is awarded to Nebraska students transferring from a Nebraska community college who have demonstrated academic excellence.


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How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by March 1 (for fall) or October 1 (for spring).
  2. Complete and submit the Transfer Student Personal Statement.
  3. Complete the FAFSA by April 1.
  4. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED.

Review Basis

Selection is based on completion of over 75% of your courses at a Nebraska community college, a cumulative transfer GPA of 3.500 or higher, and completion of at least 45 credit hours from a Nebraska community college (of which 30 credits must be accepted toward your Nebraska degree requirements at the time of application).


Renewability

The Transfer Regents Scholarship is renewable for an additional academic year provided renewal criteria is met. Recipients must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.500, complete 24 credit hours each academic year, and complete a minimum of nine graded hours each semester. Recipients will receive full eligibility and renewal policies and expectations when offered the scholarship.


Tribal College Scholarship Full in-state tuition for up to 135 credit hours (inclusive of all transfer credits) or completion of a bachelor's degree, whichever occurs first Fall: March 1
Spring: October 1
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Tribal College Scholarship

The Tribal College Scholarship is awarded to graduates of Nebraska high schools who are in progress or recently completed a 2-year degree from certain Native American community/tribal colleges and universities.


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The award provides in-state tuition for up to 135 credit hours (inclusive of all transfer credits) or completion of a bachelor's degree, whichever comes first, provided certain academic criteria is met.

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How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by March 1 (for fall) or October 1 (for spring).
  2. Complete and submit the Transfer Student Personal Statement.
  3. Complete the FAFSA by April 1.
  4. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED.

Review Basis

Must be transferring from one of the following tribal colleges:
Blackfeet Community College, Cheyenne River Community College, Dull Knife Memorial College, Fort Belknap College, Fort Berthold Community College, Fort Peck Community College, Haskell Indian Nations University, Little BigHorn College, Little Priest Tribal College, Nebraska Indian Community College, Oglala Lakota College, Sinte Gleska University, Sisseton Wahpeton Community College, Sitting Bull College, Turtle Mountain Community College, or United Tribes Technical College

Selection is based on a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.500 or higher from transfer coursework, progress or recent completion of a 2-year degree with no break in enrollment and experiences that have helped shape your story as demonstrated by your personal statement.


Renewability

The Transfer Tribal College Scholarship is renewable for up to 135 credit hours (inclusive of all transfer credits) or completion of a bachelor's degree, whichever occurs first. Recipients will receive full eligibility and renewal policies and expectations when offered the scholarship.


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Health Sciences Scholarship Up to 30 credit hours of base tuition for up to two years February 1 N/A

Health Sciences Scholarship

Awarded to academically promising students interested in health science careers that statistically have low college-going rates. Health Sciences Scholars receive pre-health advising services through the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising (Explore) Center, tutoring and mentoring through the Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services (OASIS) and a mid-semester review by Health Sciences Scholars Program Co-Coordinators.


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How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by February 1.
  2. Complete and submit the Diversity Enhancement Application in MyRed by February 1.
  3. Complete the FAFSA by February 1 of your senior year in high school.
  4. Complete the ACT/SAT on or before the February national test date and submit scores to Nebraska.
  5. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED by May 1.

Review Basis

Must be a Nebraska resident.

Selection is based on financial need, interest in serving in a health related field, student's academic profile and demonstrated knowledge and experience with people from diverse communities and backgrounds.


Renewability

The Health Sciences Scholarship is renewable for a second year provided the recipient completes the program's first-year requirements and satisfies the university's scholarship renewal requirements. Health Science Scholars enroll in CASC 191 in the fall semester, CASC 150 in the spring semester, and develop and complete an academic course plan appropriate to their healthcare interest. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 and complete a minimum of 24 credit hours by the end of the first academic year. Recipients will receive full eligibility and renewal policies and expectations when offered the scholarship.


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Health Science Scholars will:

  • tour a health care facility once per semester.
  • participate in a social activity as a group and attend two diversity-related workshops each semester
  • meet at least once a semester with the Health Science Scholars Program Co-Coordinator in the Explore Center to review academic progress.
  • develop an engagement plan with the Program Co-Coordinator in OASIS.
  • participate in at least one service activity per semester as a group.
  • complete at least 4 hours of shadowing a health care practitioner each semester.
  • participate in math and science study groups let by a peer mentor.

Native American Heritage Scholarship Minimum $2,000 up to full direct cost of attendance per year February 1 N/A

Native American Heritage Scholarship

The Native American Heritage Scholarship seeks to identify and attract talented student scholars who have demonstrated knowledge and experience in the Native American community or backgrounds and are prepared to use such knowledge to contribute to the education of their fellow students.


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How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by February 1.
  2. Complete and submit the Diversity Enhancement Application in MyRED by February 1.
  3. Complete the FAFSA by February 1 of your senior year in high school.
  4. Complete the ACT/SAT on or before the February national test date and submit scores to Nebraska.
  5. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED by May 1.

Review Basis

Must be a Nebraska resident (certain out-of-state tribes qualify for Nebraska residency).

Selection is based on financial need, student's academic profile and demonstrated knowledge and experience with people in the Native American community or backgrounds.


Renewability

The Native American Heritage Scholarship is renewable for an additional three academic years provided renewal criteria is met. Recipients will receive full eligibility and renewal policies and expectations when offered the scholarship.


Nebraska Achievement Scholarship $1,000 toward tuition or full tuition per year February 1 N/A

Nebraska Achievement Scholarship

The Nebraska Achievement Scholarship is awarded to high-achieving first-year college students who have demonstrated knowledge and experience with leadership or diversity.


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How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by February 1.
  2. Complete and submit your personal statement by February 1.
  3. Complete the ACT/SAT on or before the February national test date and submit scores to Nebraska.
  4. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED by May 1.

Review Basis

Must be a Nebraska resident.

Selection is based on financial need, student's academic profile and demonstrated knowledge and experience with leadership.


Renewability

The Nebraska Achievement Scholarship is renewable for an additional three academic years provided renewal criteria is met. Students must maintain a 2.500 cumulative GPA and complete 24 credit hours each academic year. Recipients will receive full eligibility and renewal policies and expectations when offered the scholarship.


George Beadle Scholarship $15,000 toward tuition per year to help offset out-of-state tuition Priority: February 1
Final: May 1
29

Competitive ACT: 29

George Beadle Scholarship

As a commitment to academic excellence, the George Beadle Scholarship is awarded to high-achieving nonresident students to offset the cost of out-of-state tuition.


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How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by May 1 (apply by February 1 for priority consideration).
  2. Complete the ACT/SAT on or before the February national test date and submit scores to Nebraska.
  3. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED by May 1.

Review Basis

A competitive George Beadle Scholar demonstrates superior academic potential and has a 29 ACT (or SAT equivalent) and an outstanding high school grade point average or excellent class rank.


Renewability

The George Beadle Scholarship is renewable for an additional three years provided renewal criteria is met. Students must maintain a 2.000 cumulative GPA and complete 24 credit hours each academic year. Recipients will receive full eligibility and renewal policies and expectations when offered the scholarship.


Transfer George Beadle Scholarship $15,000 toward tuition per year to help offset out-of-state tuition Fall: May 1
Spring: December 1
N/A

Transfer George Beadle Scholarship

As a commitment to academic excellence, the Transfer George Beadle Scholarship is awarded to high-achieving nonresident transfer students to offset the cost of out-of-state tuition.


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How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by May 1 (fall) or December 1 (spring).
  2. Submit official high school and college transcripts to the Office of Admissions.
  3. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED.

Review Basis

Students with an outstanding transfer GPA and are considered for the Transfer George Beadle Scholarship.


Renewability

The Transfer George Beadle Scholarship is renewable for an additional two years for students with 52 credit hours or fewer or for an additional year for students with more than 52 credits. Students must maintain a 2.000 cumulative GPA and complete 24 credit hours each academic year. Recipients will receive full eligibility and renewal policies and expectations when offered the scholarship.


George Beadle International Baccalaureate Scholarship $15,000 toward tuition per year to help offset out-of-state tuition Priority: February 1
Final: May 1
25

Competitive ACT: 25

George Beadle International Baccalaureate Scholarship

As a commitment to academic rigor, the George Beadle International Baccalaureate (IB) Scholarship is awarded to high-achieving nonresident students who have completed an international baccalaureate course or set of courses. The scholarship helps offset the cost of out-of-state tuition.


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How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by May 1 (apply by February 1 for priority consideration).
  2. Complete the ACT/SAT on or before the February national test date and submit scores to Nebraska.
  3. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED by May 1.

Review Basis

A competitive George Beadle IB Scholar demonstrates high academic potential through IB coursework, has a 25 ACT (or SAT equivalent) and an outstanding high school grade point average or excellent class rank.


Renewability

The George Beadle IB Scholarship is renewable for an additional three years provided renewal criteria is met. Students must maintain a 2.000 cumulative GPA and complete 24 credit hours each academic year. Recipients will receive full eligibility and renewal policies and expectations when offered the scholarship.


Midwest Student Exchange Program Scholarships Those who academically qualify are awarded the George Beadle Scholarship to help offset the cost of out-of-state tuition Priority: February 1
Final: May 1
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Competitive ACT: 29

Midwest Student Exchange Program Scholarships

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln welcomes students from Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) states who want to grow intellectually and socially. Admission to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is competitive. Students who exhibit superior academic performance will receive university scholarships that provide an offset to out-of-state tuition comparable to the MSEP benefit such as the George Beadle Scholarship. The MSEP “discount” is provided via these scholarships.


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How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by May 1 (apply by February 1 for priority consideration).
  2. Complete the ACT/SAT on or before the February national test date and submit scores to Nebraska.
  3. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED by May 1.

Review Basis

Scholarships equivalent to the MSEP benefit are awarded to students who exhibit superior academic performance and are from select Midwestern states (MN, MI, MO, WI, ND, KS, IL, IN, OH). A competitive George Beadle Scholar demonstrates superior academic potential and has a 29 ACT (or SAT equivalent) and an outstanding high school grade point average or excellent class rank.


Renewability

The George Beadle Scholarship is renewable for an additional three years provided renewal criteria is met. Students must maintain a 2.000 cumulative GPA and complete 24 credit hours each academic year. Recipients will receive full eligibility and renewal policies and expectations when offered the scholarship.


Transfer Midwest Student Exchange Program Those who academically qualify are awarded the Transfer George Beadle Scholarship to help offset the cost of out-of-state tuition Fall: May 1
Spring: December 1
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Transfer Midwest Student Exchange Program

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln welcomes transfer students from Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) states who want to grow intellectually and socially. Admission to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is competitive. Transfer students who exhibit superior academic performance will receive university scholarships that provide an offset to out-of-state tuition comparable to the MSEP benefit such as the Transfer George Beadle Scholarship. The MSEP “discount” is provided via these scholarships.


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How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by May 1 (fall) or December 1 (spring).
  2. Submit official high school and college transcripts to the Office of Admissions.
  3. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED.

Review Basis

Scholarships equivalent to the MSEP benefit are awarded to transfer students who exhibit superior academic performance and are from select Midwestern states (MN, MI, MO, WI, ND, KS, IL, IN, OH). Students with an outstanding transfer GPA are considered for the Transfer George Beadle Scholarship.


Renewability

The Transfer George Beadle Scholarship is renewable for an additional two years for students with 52 credit hours or fewer or for an additional year for students with more than 52 credits. Students must maintain a 2.000 cumulative GPA and complete 24 credit hours each academic year. Recipients will receive full eligibility and renewal policies and expectations when offered the scholarship.


Nebraska Legacy Scholarship $14,000 toward tuition per year to help offset out-of-state tuition Priority: February 1
Final: May 1
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Competitive ACT: 26

Nebraska Legacy Scholarship

The Nebraska Legacy Scholarship is awarded to high-achieving nonresident students with a parent alumnus to offset the cost of out-of-state tuition.


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How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by May 1 (apply by February 1 for priority consideration).
  2. Complete the ACT/SAT on or before the February national test date and submit scores to Nebraska.
  3. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED by May 1.

Review Basis

The Nebraska Legacy Scholarship is awarded to high-achieving students who score a 26 ACT or higher (or SAT equivalent) and a 3.000 high school GPA or higher. Confirmation of parent alumnus status is required.


Renewability

The Nebraska Legacy Scholarship is renewable for an additional three years provided renewal criteria is met. Students must maintain a 2.000 cumulative GPA and complete 24 credit hours each academic year. Recipients will receive full eligibility and renewal policies and expectations when offered the scholarship.


Transfer Nebraska Legacy Scholarship $14,000 toward tuition per year to help offset out-of-state tuition Fall: May 1
Spring: December 1
26

Transfer Nebraska Legacy Scholarship

The Transfer Nebraska Legacy Scholarship is awarded to high-achieving nonresident transfer students with a parent alumnus to offset the cost of out-of-state tuition.


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How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by May 1 (fall) or December 1 (spring).
  2. Submit official high school and college transcripts to the Office of Admissions.
  3. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED.

Review Basis

The Transfer Nebraska Legacy Scholarship is awarded to high-achieving students who scored a 26 ACT or higher (or SAT equivalent) and a 3.500 transfer GPA from all other undergraduate institutions are considered. Confirmation of parent alumnus status is required.


Renewability

The Transfer Nebraska Legacy Scholarship is renewable for an additional two years for students with 52 credit hours or fewer or for an additional year for students with more than 52 credits. Students must maintain a 2.000 cumulative GPA and complete 24 credit hours each academic year. Recipients will receive full eligibility and renewal policies and expectations when offered the scholarship.


Spark Scholarship No award for freshmen; $5,000 toward tuition can be earned for years 2, 3 and 4 to help offset out-of-state tuition September 1 (during a student’s first fall semester) N/A

Spark Scholarship

The SPARK Scholarship is an opportunity for nonresident students to earn a scholarship after their first year of college to help offset out-of-state tuition if their academic profile was not quite high enough to qualify for a scholarship at Nebraska upon admission. To qualify for the SPARK Scholarship, students must complete the SPARK agreement form, which becomes available after May 1st, meet with an academic advisor and an academic success coach during the fall semester of their first year, file the FAFSA by April 1st, earn a 2.700 cumulative GPA or better at the end of their first year and complete at least 24 credit hours.


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How to Apply

  • Apply for admission by May 1 (apply by February 1 for priority consideration).
  • Complete the SPARK agreement form that will be available in MyRED by September 1.
  • Meet with an academic advisor during the fall semester.
  • Meet with an academic success coach during the fall semester.
  • File the FAFSA by April 1.
  • Earn a 2.700 cumulative GPA at the end of the first year and complete 24 credit hours or more.

Review Basis

The SPARK Scholarship is an opportunity for out-of-state students who do not qualify for campus-wide merit-based scholarships when they are admitted to earn a scholarship beginning their sophomore year. To do so, a student must earn a 2.700 cumulative GPA, complete 24 credit hours and meet other basic eligibility requirements during their first year. The financial benefit of the scholarship does not begin until the second year at Nebraska.


Renewability

The SPARK Scholarship is not available for the first year. If initial eligibility is confirmed and the student is awarded the scholarship for their second year, it is renewable for an additional two years provided renewal criteria is met. To retain the scholarship for years 3 and 4, students must maintain a 2.000 cumulative GPA and complete 24 credit hours each academic year. Recipients will receive full eligibility and renewal policies and expectations when offered the scholarship.


Ruth Leverton Scholarship $13,000 toward tuition per year to help offset out-of-state tuition Priority: February 1
Final: May 1
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Competitive ACT: 24

Ruth Leverton Scholarship

The Ruth Leverton Scholarship is awarded to nonresident students with high academic potential to offset the cost of out-of-state tuition.


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How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by May 1 (apply by February 1 for priority consideration).
  2. Complete the ACT/SAT on or before the February national test date and submit scores to Nebraska.
  3. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED by May 1.

Review Basis

A competitive Ruth Leverton Scholar demonstrates high academic potential and has a 24 ACT (or SAT equivalent) and an outstanding high school grade point average or excellent class rank.


Renewability

The Ruth Leverton Scholarship is renewable for an additional three years provided renewal criteria is met. Students must maintain a 2.000 cumulative GPA and complete 24 credit hours each academic year. Recipients will receive full eligibility and renewal policies and expectations when offered the scholarship.


Transfer Ruth Leverton Scholarship $10,000 toward tuition per year to help offset out-of-state tuition Fall: May 1
Spring: December 1
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Transfer Ruth Leverton Scholarship

The Transfer Ruth Leverton Scholarship is awarded to nonresident transfer students with high academic potential to offset the cost of out-of-state tuition.


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How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by May 1 (fall) or December 1 (spring).
  2. Submit official high school and college transcripts to the Office of Admissions.
  3. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED.

Review Basis

Students with an excellent transfer GPA are considered for the Transfer Ruth Leverton Scholarship.


Renewability

The Transfer Ruth Leverton Scholarship is renewable for an additional two years for students with 52 credit hours or fewer or for an additional year for students with more than 52 credits. Students must maintain a 2.000 cumulative GPA and complete 24 credit hours each academic year. Recipients will receive full eligibility and renewal policies and expectations when offered the scholarship.


Husker Heritage Scholarship $5,000 or $7,000 toward tuition per year to help offset out-of-state tuition Priority: February 1
Final: May 1
32

Competitive ACT: 32

Husker Heritage Scholarship

As a commitment to academic distinction, the Husker Heritage Scholarship is awarded to nonresident students who have demonstrated academic excellence. This scholarship helps offset the cost of out-of-state tuition and can be combined with the George Beadle Scholarship.


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How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by May 1 (apply by February 1 for priority consideration).
  2. Complete the ACT/SAT on or before the February national test date and submit scores to Nebraska.
  3. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED by May 1.

Review Basis

A competitive Husker Heritage Scholar demonstrates superior academic potential and has a 32 ACT (or SAT equivalent) and an outstanding high school grade point average or excellent class rank.


Renewability

The Husker Heritage Scholarship is renewable for an additional three years provided renewal criteria is met. Students must maintain a 3.000 cumulative GPA and complete 24 credit hours each academic year. Recipients will receive full eligibility and renewal policies and expectations when offered the scholarship.


David Distinguished Scholarship $3,500 toward tuition per year February 1 30

Competitive ACT: 30

David Distinguished Scholarship

The David Distinguished Scholarship is awarded to outstanding first-year college students with a high academic potential.


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How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by February 1.
  2. Complete the ACT/SAT on or before the February national test date and submit scores to Nebraska.
  3. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED by May 1.

Review Basis

A competitive University of Nebraska–Lincoln David Distinguished Scholar demonstrates high academic potential and has a 30 ACT (or SAT equivalent) and an outstanding high school grade point average or excellent class rank.


Renewability

The David Distinguished Scholarship is renewable for an additional three years provided renewal criteria is met. Students must maintain a 3.500 cumulative GPA and complete 24 credit hours each academic year and a minimum of nine graded hours each semester. Recipients will receive full eligibility and renewal policies and expectations when offered the scholarship.


Transfer Aaron Douglas Scholarship $4,000 toward tuition per year to help offset out-of-state tuition Fall: May 1
Spring: December 1
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Transfer Aaron Douglas Scholarship

The Transfer Aaron Douglas Scholarship is awarded to nonresident transfer students with high academic potential to offset the cost of out-of-state tuition.


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Deadline


How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by May 1 (fall) or December 1 (spring).
  2. Submit official high school and college transcripts to the Office of Admissions.
  3. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED.

Review Basis

Students with a high transfer GPA are considered for the Transfer Aaron Douglas Scholarship.


Renewability

The Transfer Aaron Douglas Scholarship is renewable for an additional two years for students with 52 credit hours or fewer or for an additional two years for students with more than 52 credits. Students must maintain a 2.000 cumulative GPA and complete 24 credit hours each academic year. Recipients will receive full eligibility and renewal policies and expectations when offered the scholarship.


Nebraska Emerging Leaders Scholarship $2,000 toward tuition per year February 1 N/A

Nebraska Emerging Leaders Scholarship

The Nebraska Emerging Leaders Scholarship is awarded to academically capable first-year college students identified as emerging leaders in the Nebraska community who have demonstrated interest, knowledge and/or experience with leadership and diversity.


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How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by February 1.
  2. Students who are nominated or attend one of these events will be considered: Diversity Leadership Symposia, DREAM Big Academy, First Generation Symposia, Native College Days and/or Nebraska Achievement Banquet.
  3. Complete the ACT/SAT on or before the February national test date and submit scores to Nebraska.
  4. Complete the FAFSA by February 1 of your senior year in high school. While financial need is not a requirement, students should complete the FAFSA to finalize the award.
  5. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED by May 1.

Review Basis

Must be a Nebraska resident.

Selection is based on attendance at one of the university’s diversity programs, student’s academic profile and demonstrated interest, knowledge and/or experience with leadership and diversity.

Students must meet academic requirements as determined by a scholarship committee.


Renewability

The Nebraska Emerging Leaders Scholarship is renewable for an additional three academic years provided renewal criteria is met. Students must maintain a 2.500 cumulative GPA and complete 24 credit hours each academic year. Emerging Leader Scholars participate in a campus retention program and may be required to meet regularly with a campus mentor. Recipients will receive full eligibility and renewal policies and expectations when offered the scholarship.


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The Emerging Leaders Program supports recipients of the Nebraska Emerging Leaders Scholarship. Designed to create experiences for personal leadership development and reflection, the program guides scholars toward continued success during their first year. Through direct connections with inspiring campus leaders and individualized academic success coaching from staff in the office of First-Year Experience and Transition Programs, Emerging Leaders provides opportunities for scholars to build their own inclusive network.

During the fall term, scholars enroll in a weekly 1-credit seminar course that meets Fridays from 1:30–2:20 p.m. and a weekly supplemental recitation facilitated by the two Emerging Leaders peer mentors.


Husker Living & Learning Scholarship $2,500 nonrenewable February 1 26

Competitive ACT: 26

Husker Living & Learning Scholarship

The Husker Living & Learning Scholarship is awarded to Nebraska residents or nonresidents (who are not awarded a full tuition scholarship) who will live in University Housing and who have demonstrated an interest in rigorous academic scholarship and zeal for leadership, community service and/or diversity. This scholarship is made possible by a generous contribution from Husker Athletics.

Note: Students who will participate as a member of any University of Nebraska varsity NCAA team are not eligible to receive this award.


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How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by February 1.
  2. Complete and submit your personal statement by February 1.
  3. Complete the ACT/SAT on or before the February national test date and submit scores to Nebraska.
  4. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED by May 1.
  5. Complete the steps to live in University Housing (see housing.unl.edu/signup).

Review Basis

A competitive Husker Living & Learning Scholar demonstrates high academic potential and has a 26 ACT (or SAT equivalent) and an outstanding high school grade point average or excellent class rank. While a student must live in University Housing, the award is not limited to University Housing charges.


Renewability

The Husker Living and Learning Scholarship is non-renewable.


Davis-Chambers Transfer Scholarship $2,000 per year April 1 N/A

Davis-Chambers Transfer Scholarship

The Davis-Chambers Transfer Scholarship recognizes that academically promising students from diverse backgrounds often find the financial demands of higher education to be a major obstacle. This scholarship seeks to identify these talented student scholars who have demonstrated knowledge and experience in diverse communities or backgrounds and are prepared to use such knowledge to contribute to the education of their fellow students.


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Deadline


How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by April 1.
  2. Complete the Davis-Chambers Transfer Application by April 1.
  3. Complete the FAFSA by April 1.
  4. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED.

Review Basis

Must be a Nebraska resident.

Must be a transfer student from a Nebraska Community College or State College.

Selection is based on financial need, student's academic profile and demonstrated knowledge and experience with people from diverse communities and backgrounds.


Renewability

The Davis-Chambers Transfer Scholarship is renewable for an additional two academic years provided renewal criteria is met. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.500, complete 24 credit hours each academic year and complete a minimum of nine graded hours each semester. Recipients will receive full eligibility and renewal policies and expectations when offered the scholarship.


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Husker Traditions Scholarship $2,000 renewable February 1 27

Competitive ACT: 27

Husker Traditions Scholarship

The Husker Traditions Scholarship is awarded to Nebraska residents who have demonstrated high academic potential. This scholarship is made possible by a generous contribution from Husker Athletics.

Note: Students who will participate as a member of any University of Nebraska varsity NCAA team are not eligible to receive this award.


Award

Deadline


How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by February 1.
  2. Complete the ACT/SAT on or before the February national test date and submit scores to Nebraska.
  3. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED May 1.

Review Basis

A competitive Husker Traditions Scholar demonstrates high academic potential and has a 27 ACT (or SAT equivalent) and an outstanding high school grade point average or excellent class rank.


Renewability

The Husker Traditions Scholarship is renewable for an additional three academic years provided renewal criteria is met. Students must maintain a 3.250 cumulative GPA and complete 24 credit hours each academic year. Husker Traditions Scholars may be required to participate in a campus retention program. Recipients will receive full eligibility and renewal policies and expectations when offered the scholarship.


Husker Power Scholarship $1,500 nonrenewable February 1 23

Competitive ACT: 23

Husker Power Scholarship

The Husker Power Scholarship is awarded to Nebraska residents who have demonstrated high academic potential. This scholarship is made possible by a generous contribution from Husker Athletics.

Note: Students who will participate as a member of any University of Nebraska varsity NCAA team are not eligible to receive this award.


Award

Deadline


How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by February 1.
  2. Complete the ACT/SAT on or before the February national test date and submit scores to Nebraska.
  3. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED May 1.

Review Basis

A competitive Husker Power Scholar demonstrates high academic potential and has a 23 ACT (or SAT equivalent) and a strong high school grade point average or excellent class rank.


Renewability

The Husker Power Scholarship is non-renewable.


Chancellor's Leadership Class Scholarship $1,000 nonrenewable February 1 N/A

Chancellor's Leadership Class Scholarship

The Chancellor’s Leadership Class Scholarship is awarded to passionate first-year college students who demonstrate a potential to be future student leaders on campus. This scholarship can be combined with other campus-wide scholarships.


Award

Deadline


How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by February 1.
  2. Complete and submit your personal statement by February 1.
  3. Complete the ACT/SAT on or before the February national test date and submit scores to Nebraska.
  4. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED May 1.

Review Basis

Selection is based on a demonstrated passion for leadership and involvement in activities during high school.


Renewability

The Chancellor’s Leadership Class Scholarship is nonrenewable.


More Info

Recipients of the Chancellor's Leadership Class participate in a program designed to build leaders on campus. Benefits of the program include an increased understanding of how to develop leadership skills and make a difference in your community. Recipients experience close interaction with Chancellor Ronnie Green and other community leaders, and a supportive network of first-year and upper class leaders.


Nebraska Legends Scholarship $1,000 nonrenewable February 1 N/A

Nebraska Legends Scholarship

Nebraska Legends Scholarships are awarded to high-achieving first-year college students who have demonstrated knowledge and experience with leadership and represent the geographic diversity of our student body and alumni through a partnership with the Nebraska Alumni Association. This scholarship can be combined with other campus-wide scholarships.


Award

Deadline


How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by February 1.
  2. Complete and submit your personal statement by February 1.
  3. Complete the ACT/SAT on or before the February national test date and submit scores to Nebraska.
  4. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED May 1.

Review Basis

Selection is based on high school achievement, passion for leadership and a demonstrated commitment to becoming involved at the university.


Renewability

The Nebraska Legends Scholarships are nonrenewable.


More Info

Recipients of a Nebraska Legends Scholarship participate in an academic success program sponsored by the Nebraska Alumni Association designed to help students successfully transition into college and academic life and gain an unforgettable Husker experience.

With the help of a campus support system, including peers, mentors and academic advisors, Legends Scholars will learn about and utilize resources to keep them on the path to academic success. They also receive a complimentary annual membership to the Student Alumni Association.


Pepsi Service Scholarship $1,000 nonrenewable February 1 N/A

Pepsi Service Scholarship

The Pepsi Service Scholarship is awarded to first-year college students with demonstrated interest in integrated community service with academic instruction and reflection that enriches learning experiences and strengthens communities. This scholarship can be combined with other campus-wide scholarships.


Award

Deadline


How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by February 1.
  2. Complete and submit your personal statement by February 1.
  3. Complete the ACT/SAT on or before the February national test date and submit scores to Nebraska.
  4. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED May 1.

Review Basis

Selection is based on a demonstrated passion for leadership and involvement in service activities during high school.


Renewability

The Pepsi Service Scholarship is nonrenewable.


More Info

Recipients of the Pepsi Service Scholarship participate in a program designed to encourage and facilitate life-long service learning. Students will assess community needs, volunteer, reflect, evaluate and celebrate accomplishments.


Transfer Student Scholarship $1,000 toward tuition, nonrenewable Fall: March 1
Spring: October 1
N/A

Transfer Student Scholarship

The Transfer Student Scholarship is awarded to Nebraska resident transfer students who have demonstrated high academic potential.


Award

Deadline


How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by March 1 (for fall) or October 1 (for spring).
  2. Complete and submit the Transfer Student Personal Statement.
  3. Complete the FAFSA by April 1.
  4. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED.

Review Basis

Students with an excellent transfer GPA and experiences that have helped shape your story as demonstrated by your personal statement are considered for the Transfer Student Scholarship.


Renewability

The Transfer Student Scholarship is nonrenewable.


Nebraska Achievement Community College Scholarship $1,000 toward tuition per year Fall: March 1
Spring: October 1
N/A

Nebraska Achievement Community College Scholarship

The Nebraska Achievement Community College Scholarship is considered for students transferring from a Nebraska community college with a cumulative GPA of 3.000 or higher.


Award

Deadline


How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by March 1 (for fall) or October 1 (for spring).
  2. Complete and submit the Transfer Student Personal Statement.
  3. Complete the FAFSA by April 1.
  4. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED.

Review Basis

Must be transferring from a Nebraska community college.

Selection is based on a preference for financial need and on experiences that have helped shaped your story as demonstrated by your personal statement.


Renewability

The Nebraska Achievement Community College Scholarship is renewable for an additional academic year provided renewal criteria is met. Recipients will receive full eligibility and renewal policies and expectations when offered the scholarship.


University Honors Program Scholarship $500 per year Priority: November 2
Final: February 15
30

Competitive ACT: 30

University Honors Program Scholarship

Students admitted into the University of Nebraska–Lincoln University Honors Program (a program for high-ability, hard-working students that combines the university’s research expertise with community resources) are considered for the University Honors Program Scholarship. This scholarship can be combined with other campus-wide scholarships.


Award

Deadline


How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Apply to the Honors Program in MyRED on the Admissions tab.
  3. Complete the ACT/SAT on or before the February national test date and submit scores to Nebraska.
  4. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED by May 1.

Review Basis

The Honors Program Scholarship is based on a holistic review. Competitive applicants will have a score of 30 or greater on the ACT, a combined score of 1340 or better on the SAT (Mathematics and Critical Reading total), rank in the top 10% of their high school class and/or demonstrate a desire for academic rigor or distinctive accomplishments in academics, service and/or leadership. There is a limited number of scholarships available to award.


Renewability

The University Honors Program Scholarship is renewable for an additional three years, or the completion of a bachelor's degree, whichever occurs first, provided the student continues to meet Honors Program requirements.


Transfer Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship $500 nonrenewable Fall: March 1
Spring: October 1
N/A

Transfer Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

The Transfer Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship is awarded to Nebraska resident students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa transferring to Nebraska. Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs.


Award

Deadline


How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by March 1 (for fall) or October 1 (for spring).
  2. Complete and submit the Transfer Student Personal Statement.
  3. Complete the FAFSA by April 1.
  4. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED.

Review Basis

Students with an excellent transfer GPA and experiences that have helped shape your story as demonstrated by your personal statement are considered for the Transfer Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship.


Renewability

The Transfer Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship is nonrenewable.


Scarlet Scholarship $5,000 toward tuition per year to help offset out-of-state tuition Priority: February 1
Final: May 1
23

Competitive ACT: 23

Scarlet Scholarship

The Scarlet Scholarship is awarded to high-achieving nonresident students who demonstrate academic potential. This scholarship helps offset the cost of out-of-state tuition.


Award

Deadline


How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by May 1 (apply by February 1 for priority consideration).
  2. Complete the ACT/SAT on or before the February national test date and submit scores to Nebraska.
  3. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED by May 1.

Review Basis

A competitive Scarlet Scholar demonstrates high academic potential, has a 23 ACT (or SAT equivalent), an outstanding high school grade point average or excellent class rank and be in the top 25% of high school graduating class.


Renewability

The Scarlet Scholarship is renewable for an additional three years provided renewal criteria is met. Students must maintain a 2.000 cumulative GPA and complete 24 credit hours each academic year. Recipients will receive full eligibility and renewal policies and expectations when offered the scholarship.


Nebraska Now Scholarship Commitment $1,000 toward tuition, nonrenewable February 1 N/A

Nebraska Now Scholarship Commitment

The Nebraska Now scholarship commitment is a scholarship guarantee for admitted students who earn a 3.000 GPA or better in University Nebraska Now coursework. Students will receive at least $1,000 in merit-based scholarships from college, department or university sources.


Award

Deadline


How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by February 1.
  2. Complete and submit your personal statement by February 1.
  3. Complete the ACT/SAT on or before the February national test date and submit scores to Nebraska.
  4. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED by May 1.

Review Basis

Selection is based on completion of Nebraska Now coursework with a 3.000 or better GPA prior to the final semester of a student’s senior year in high school. If a student meets the requirements and has not already been awarded a university scholarship, he/she will receive the Nebraska Now commitment.


Renewability

The Nebraska Now commitment is nonrenewable.


More Info

Get more information about enrolling in Nebraska Now coursework
Susan T. Buffett Scholarship Maximum $5,000 per semester for full time (12+ credits) February 1 at 4 p.m./5 p.m. MST/CST N/A

Susan T. Buffett Scholarship

The Susan T. Buffett Foundation has offered scholarships to Nebraska students for more than 50 years. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to first-time, entering first-year students who are residents of Nebraska and graduates of a Nebraska high school. The University of Nebraska–Lincoln does not participate in making the selections for this scholarship.


Award

Deadline


How to Apply

  1. Apply at buffettscholarships.org.

Renewability

The Susan T. Buffett Scholarship is renewable for up to 5 years.


Resident Nebraska Housing Credit $1,500 toward housing, renewable for second year February 1 N/A

Resident Nebraska Housing Credit

The Resident Nebraska Housing Credit is provided to select students who will live in University Housing traditional or suite-style residence halls. This credit is made possible by a partnership with University Housing.


Award

Deadline


How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by February 1.
  2. Complete the ACT/SAT on or before the February national test date and submit scores to Nebraska.
  3. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED by May 1.
  4. Complete the steps to live in University Housing (see housing.unl.edu/signup).

Review Basis

A competitive Nebraska Housing Credit recipient demonstrates academic potential. Students who plan to live in university-approved fraternities or sororities are not eligible for this credit.


Renewability

The Nebraska Housing Credit may be renewed for a second year based on continuance in living in eligible University Housing residential living.


Nonresident Nebraska Housing Credit $3,000 toward housing, renewable for second year May 1 N/A

Nonresident Nebraska Housing Credit

The Nonresident Nebraska Housing Credit is provided to select students who will live in University Housing traditional or suite-style residence halls. This credit is made possible by a partnership with University Housing.


Award

Deadline


How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission by May 1.
  2. Complete the ACT/SAT on or before the February national test date and submit scores to Nebraska.
  3. Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED by May 1.
  4. Complete the steps to live in University Housing (see housing.unl.edu/signup).

Review Basis

A competitive Nebraska Housing Credit recipient demonstrates academic potential. Students who plan to live in university-approved fraternities or sororities are not eligible for this credit.


Renewability

The Nebraska Housing Credit may be renewed for a second year based on continuance in living in eligible University Housing residential living.


International Nebraska Housing Credit $3,000 toward housing, renewable for second year July 15 N/A

International Nebraska Housing Credit

The International Nebraska Housing Credit is provided to select international students who will live in University Housing traditional or suite-style residence halls. This credit is made possible by a partnership with University Housing.


Award

Deadline


How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission for fall.
  2. Complete the steps to live in University Housing (see housing.unl.edu/signup).

Review Basis

A competitive Nebraska Housing Stipend recipient demonstrates academic potential.


Renewability

The Nebraska Housing Credit may be renewed for a second year based on continuance in living in eligible University Housing residential living.


Out-of-State Students: Estimate Your Scholarships

Makers and doers come from every state. To help offset the cost of nonresident tuition, we want to reward your achievements with as much as $13,000 (or more).

See how much you could get

Nebraska Students: You May Qualify for Free Tuition

As a student from Nebraska, you could qualify for a full tuition grant through Collegebound Nebraska if you demonstrate financial need. To see if you're eligible for this amazing program, file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 1.

If your financial need qualifies you for a Federal Pell Grant and you've been admitted to Nebraska, just accept your awards by June 1 and Collegebound Nebraska will cover your entire tuition bill.

Learn more about the program. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so submit your information as soon as you're able.

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College Pays Off

College grads make an average of 50% more money and have half the unemployment rate of those who don’t have degrees*

*U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics

You're Not Buying a Piece of Paper

College isn’t about dumping facts into your head—you have Google for that. College offers access to world-leading experts, state-of-the-art equipment and a network of like-minded people. The challenges you’ll overcome and the experiences you’ll have will set you up for a better career.

At Nebraska, Opportunity + Access = Jobs

Nebraska is large enough to offer all the opportunities you would expect from a Big Ten university, but small enough that you’ll actually have access to them. To see how students turn their experiences at Nebraska into careers, visit go.unl.edu/career-guide.

Nebraska Takes Cost Seriously

Nebraska strives to make college affordable for all families. We offer tuition that’s among the lowest in the Big Ten, and our students who take out loans typically borrow $6,000 less than the national average.*
*The national average federal student loan debt per borrower is $27,857; Nebraska’s current average federal student loan debt per borrower is $21,500.

Make Paying for College Make Sense

Financial Advisors

Meet Vanessa, your First-Year Financial Aid Advisor.

Working out how to pay for college can be a little complicated, but with expert help, you'll have no problems. If you have any questions about financial aid, scholarships, grants or any other aspect of paying for college, feel free to email Vanessa at firstyearaid@unl.edu or call 402-472-2030.

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Financial Aid

Beyond scholarships, financial aid from the government can provide monetary assistance to help you make your goals a reality. Most Huskers receive at least one of the three forms below after they file their FAFSA. Read on to understand your options and what you might be eligible for.

Grants

State and Federal Grants = free money from the government to help you have awesome experiences, earn your degree and get a great job—with no repayment required. Grants are based on financial need, which is determined by your FAFSA, so file yours soon to see what awards you can get.

Loans

Federal loans are money you can borrow from the government to pay for your education at Nebraska. The structure of federal loans keeps your needs in mind, often not requiring repayment until after you graduate and always having reasonable interest rates to ease the cost of college. To qualify for federal loans, file your FAFSA as soon as possible, but no later than the priority deadline of April 1.

Federal Work-Study Program

Get help in covering the cost of attendance while earning on-the-job experiences by enrolling in the Federal Work-Study program. When you file your FAFSA, simply request consideration for the federally-sponsored program and, if your financial need qualifies you, the university will set you up with a paid, part-time, on- or off-campus job that’s related to your program of study. Work-Study jobs are granted on a first-come, first-served basis, so complete your FAFSA as early as possible to secure a position.

Unlock Your Financial Aid With the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) takes your family’s tax information into account to determine what types of financial assistance you’ll require to cover the cost of attending college. You can fill out the FAFSA as soon as October 1 of your senior year. You won’t be able to secure any need-based assistance until you’ve filed—so don’t wait.

The priority deadline to file is April 1, but funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Select the University of Nebraska–Lincoln when you file, and your results will be sent directly to us.

If you have any questions about completing your FAFSA, feel free to get in touch with us at financialaid@unl.edu or 402-472-2030 and we’ll be happy to guide you through the process.

Personal Statement

Your personal statement is what the university uses to award leadership and diversity scholarships. We want to see who you are and reward you for accomplishments and character that go beyond the classroom.

Use up to 500 words to tell us about the experiences that have shaped you as person—the community circumstances you’ve overcome, your leadership experiences, your career goals, examples of your commitment to help underserved communities and experiences you’ve had with the global community.


Submit Your Statement

Before you start, you should know there’s a 500 word limit and once it’s submitted, your statement can’t be edited or deleted.

Deadlines

Submit your personal statement between the following dates to be considered:

  • First-year students:
    August 1–February 1
  • Spring transfer students:
    May 1–October 1*
  • Summer/fall transfer students:
    September 1–February 1*

*Only transfer students who are Nebraska residents need to submit a personal statement.

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