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You're the next success and we're going to help you get there. Tutors, mentors, Study Stops, Learning Communities and academic coaching programs are just some of the resources offered at Nebraska to keep you on track to reach your full potential.


The Office of Academic Success & Intercultural Services serves students with an emphasis on meeting the needs of ethnic minority students.

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Student Support Services/TRiO

SSS supports and serve undergraduates who are first-generation, low-income or may have a disability, with their goal of successful completion of postsecondary education.

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Center for Academic Success and Transition

Get academic support through study stops, workshops, and one-on-one coaching.

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Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center

A home away from home with a study and lounge, student org offices, a music room, and a computer lab.

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Emerging Leaders Program

First-year students who receive an Emerging Leaders Scholarship are enrolled in this leadership program.

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Emerging Leaders Program

Students who receive an Emerging Leaders Scholarship will participate in the Emerging Leaders Program for first year students. The program is designed to:

  • Support their transition to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Connect them to campus leaders and networks
  • Hone their leadership and diversity skills

Emerging Leader scholars will participate in a leadership seminar through the Center for Academic Success and Transition (CAST). The program is designed to create experiences for personal leadership development and reflection, guiding scholars toward continued success. Through direct connections with inspiring campus leaders and individualized academic success coaching, scholars can build their own inclusive network and make a difference in their community.

Melvin W. Jones Learning Community

Make the most of your first year through a focus on leadership, diversity, academic excellence and service.

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The Nebraska Promise: Attend Nebraska Tuition-Free

If you are a Nebraska resident who has a family income of $65,000 or less (Adjusted Gross Income) or are Pell Grant-eligible, you may qualify to attend Nebraska tuition-free through the Nebraska Promise.

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Financial Aid Programs for Nebraskans

You never know how many scholarships you might qualify for until you check what Nebraska can offer you.

The Nebraska Promise (formerly "Collegebound Nebraska") is the university's affordability promise to students that provides, at a minimum, that tuition costs will be covered by federal, state and institutional scholarships and grants during the standard fall/spring term for students who meet academic qualifications and have a family income of $65,000 or less (Adjusted Gross Income) or are Pell Grant-eligible.


In order to be considered for the Nebraska Promise, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Apply and Get Admitted - You must be admitted to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln to qualify.
  • File the FAFSA - You must complete the FAFSA by the priority deadline each year. This year, the deadline is June 1, 2023.
  • Family Income: $65,000 or Less - You will qualify for the Nebraska Promise if your family’s annual income is $65,000 (AGI) or below, or if you qualify for a Pell Grant. Applicants must at least meet basic Title IV eligibility criteria to be considered.
  • Nebraska Resident - You must be a Nebraska resident.
  • Full-Time Undergraduate Student - You must take at least 12 credit hours each semester.
  • Maintain 2.5 GPA - You must maintain a 2.5 GPA to renew the Nebraska Promise.

Susan T. Buffett Foundation College Scholarship

Nebraska residents who meet academic and income requirements may also be eligible for an additional $11,100 per year from the Susan T. Buffett Foundation College Scholarships. If you qualify for the Free or Reduced Lunch program, you may qualify for the Susan T. Buffett College Scholarship.

First-Year Sample Financial Aid Package

Nebraska student with $0 Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from FAFSA who applies early.

Estimated Direct Cost (How much college costs at Nebraska): $22,284, Estimated Housing & Meal Plan: $12,430, Tuition & Fees: $9,854, Estimated Financial Aid Package: $23,100, Buffett Scholarship: $11,100, Nebraska Scholarships & Grants: $4,230 (varies), Nebraska Promise: $7,770 (Federal, State & University Grants)

Estimated Direct Cost (How much college costs at Nebraska): $22,284 Estimated Financial Aid Package: $23,100
Buffett Scholarship: $11,100
Estimated Housing & Meal Plan: $12,430 Nebraska Scholarships & Grants: $4,230 (varies)
Tuition & Fees: $9,854 Nebraska Promise: $7,770 (Federal, State & University Grants)

This is just one example of a financial aid package. The example shown is not exactly how yours will work, but rather a way to see how financial aid might measure up against costs and tuition.

You may receive more scholarships from Nebraska or other sources or receive an offer to earn Federal Work-Study through on-campus employment. A modest amount of student loans may also be an option to help cover additional educational expenses.

See All Diversity Scholarships

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

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You Belong Here

Not only will you succeed in the classroom but you'll have tons of options to connect with students outside of class and find a home away from home. There are a diverse range of student groups and regular campus events where students of all backgrounds can connect, grow and belong.

College Success Showcase

We're here to support you as you prepare to become a Husker until the day you receive your college diploma. During these events, you’ll explore your next steps to Nebraska with the guidance of the admissions team, including applying to Nebraska if you have not already.

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Multicultural Greeks

Many historically African American, Latina/o, and Asian sororities and fraternities are available at Nebraska. These organizations are designed to attract students invested in academic achievement, community service, and leadership. Organizations are open to all students that have an interest in the African American, Latina/o, and Asian cultures.

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