Cost & Aid

"Price is what you pay.
Value is what you get."

What you pay.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln offers among the lowest tuition in the Big Ten. On top of that, most first-year college students receive scholarships or gift aid. That's why we're named a "Best Value" by The Princeton Review.

What you get.

A Top National University with 150 majors and a world-class faculty located in the growing city of Lincoln. Yeah, you could say life here just feels right.

Best Value Colleges | Public Schools - Princeton Review 2015 Edition

Tuition and Fees

Tuition cost is determined based upon whether or not you are a resident of Nebraska. See Residency Calculator

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Financial Advisors

Make Paying for School Make Sense

Meet Vanessa, your First-Year Financial Aid Advisor. Working out how to pay for college can be a little complicated, but with her 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 her at or call 402.472.2030.


Personal Statement

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln offers scholarships that focus on leadership, service to community, and diversity enhancement. To qualify for one of these scholarships, you will need to submit a personal statement.

At Nebraska your story matters, so here's your chance to share it with us. Tell us about community circumstances you've overcome, your leadership experiences, your career goals, examples of your commitment to help under-served communities, experiences you've had with the global community and any desire to study abroad—basically, the experiences that have helped shape you as a person.


You can submit your personal statement anytime between the following dates:

  • Freshmen: August 1 – March 1
  • Spring transfer students: May 1 – October 1
  • Summer/fall transfer students: September 1 – March 1

Submit Your Statement

Before you start, you should know there's a 350-word limit and once it's submitted, your statement can't be edited or deleted.

If you're a transfer student, you only need to submit a personal statement if you're a Nebraska resident.

Out-of-State Scholarship Estimator

If you're a student coming from outside Nebraska, no doubt you've noticed that your tuition is higher than in-state students.

We still want to make Nebraska affordable, so we've created some great scholarships just for you.

See how much you might qualify for

Financial Aid

When family and personal resources aren't enough, financial aid can help provide the finances needed to accomplish your academic goals. At the university, more than 2/3 of students receive some form of financial aid to help finance their education. Here are a few ways to help pay for your education.

CollegeBound Nebraska

Collegebound Nebraska

If you're a student from Nebraska, you may be eligible for total gift assistance equal to, or greater than, 15 credit hours of tuition each semester if you:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 1 each year.
  2. Complete the financial aid process by June 1.
  3. Are found to be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant.

Funds are available on a first come, first served basis, so the sooner you submit your information, the better.

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

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


Federal loans allow students or their families to borrow money at low interest rates. Keep in mind that:

  1. Repayment is required.
  2. To be considered, file the FAFSA by April 1.
Federal Work Study

Federal Work-Study

The Federal Work-Study program provides funds for jobs for eligible students to help them pay for their education. Keep in mind that:

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


To be considered for federal financial aid, you will need to Complete the FAFSA by April 1. What you will need in order to file:

  1. Nebraska's FAFSA code: 002565.
  2. Your Social Security Number on your application for admission. If you've already applied and you didn't include your SSN, you can report it to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
  3. A PIN, which you can get through the FAFSA website.

It can be a complicated process, but we're here to help.

More FAFSA Information
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