Native Students

Native Students

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The University of Nebraska–Lincoln recognizes the history and significance of how the plains tribes and cultures have shaped Nebraska. We foster and support Native culture through scholarships, academic programs, research, events and celebration of Native contributions.

In-State Tuition Eligibility

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln offers in-state tuition rates to enrolled members of the following 24 tribes listed below who have historical and present ties with Nebraska, whether they are residents of Nebraska or not.

  • Arapaho
  • Arikara
  • Comanche
  • Crow
  • Sac and Fox
  • Dakota Sioux
  • Hidatsa
  • Iowa
  • Jicarilla Apache
  • Kickapoo
  • Kiowa
  • Lakota Sioux
  • Mandan
  • Missouria
  • Nakota Sioux
  • Northern Cheyenne
  • Omaha
  • Otoe
  • Pawnee
  • Ponca
  • Potawatomie
  • Santee Sioux
  • Southern Cheyenne
  • Winnebago


To be assured of your residency status, fill out the Application for Residency Classification for Tuition Purposes in MyRED. When you get to the Residency Categories section, look at category J for instructions.

View the Residency Policy

Tribal Card

It is the responsibility of the student to submit a copy of his or her tribal card to the Office of Admissions if he/she wants to be considered a resident for tuition purposes. Students who do not provide this documentation will be determined to be nonresidents without further notification.


Nebraska offers scholarships to promising students who identify and understand their Native American culture and seek to create opportunities to advance their community.

Native American Heritage Tuition Scholarship

$2,000 to full direct cost of attendance renewable for up to 4 years.

Transfer Tribal College Tuition Scholarship

Full in-state tuition for up to 120 credit hours.

Nebraska Emerging Leaders Tuition Scholarship

$2,000 award renewable for up to 4 years.

Chief Standing Bear Journey for Justice Scholarship

$1,500 for members of a recognized North American tribe.

Ponca Tribe Scholarship

$4,800 maximum for members of the Nebraska Ponca Tribe.

Many organizations outside of the University offer scholarships to college-bound students—including the Susan T. Buffett scholarship worth $11,300 per year.

View External Scholarships
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Academic Programs

The Center for Great Plains Studies

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is home to this regional research and teaching program whose mission is to foster the study of the people and the environment of the Great Plains. Explore its Native art exhibitions, events highlighting Native heritage and academic majors.

Ethnic Studies

Examine factors that have affected your life and experiences, both past and present. A variety of majors, minors and courses are offered through the Institute of Ethnic Studies, including: Native American Studies, African American and African Studies, and U.S. Latina/o and Latin American studies.

Course Examples:

  • Art & Anthropology of Native North Americans
  • Great Plains Archaeology
  • Native American History
  • Native American Literature
  • History of Plains Indians
  • Native American Women Writers
  • Indigenous Peoples of North America
  • Indigenous Peoples of the Great Plains
  • Contemporary Issues of Indigenous Peoples

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