Approximately 1 in 4 students at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln identify as the first in their families to attend a four-year college or university.
As a first-generation student, you may find that navigating the transition to higher education can be a bit daunting. We want to assure you that Nebraska has the support, resources and guidance you need to succeed in college and beyond.
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln has been recognized as a First Scholars Institution for its commitment to improving experiences and outcomes of first-generation college students. Studying at Nebraska means your identity as a first-generation college student will be celebrated from day one.
The Nebraska Promise
Attend Nebraska Tuition-Free
If you are a Nebraska resident with a family income of $65,000 or less (Adjusted Gross Income) or Pell Grant-eligible, you may qualify to attend Nebraska tuition-free through the Nebraska Promise.Learn More About Nebraska Promise
EducationQuest Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission to improve access to higher education in Nebraska. They provide free resources to help you explore career options, find scholarships, file the FAFSA and more.Learn More About EducationQuest
- Find your academic circle in a Learning Community.
- Join one of over 500 student organizations.
- Build meaningful relationships with your peers and professors.
- Study abroad to immerse yourself in a different culture.
Learn by Doing
- Gain access to classrooms and labs filled with the latest technology.
- Engage in undergraduate research with top Nebraska faculty.
- Get 1-to-1 support through academic advising.
- Create real solutions that matter to real people.
Build a Foundation for Your Career
- Network with Nebraska faculty and staff who were first-generation students through the First Generation-Nebraska Initiative.
- Collaborate with professors and other students to engage in unique hands-on learning opportunities—like internships, work-study and pre-professional clubs.
- Work 1-to-1 with a Career Services Advisor to find the right internships so you can kickstart your path to a career you'll love.