Spring Three-Week Session

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Spring Three-Week Session

Registration for the Spring Three-Week Session opens Oct. 26. We anticipate classes will fill up fast, so sign up as soon as you're able!

Current Nebraska Students

Register for classes in MyRED, just like for any other term. Search for "three week" in the session search field.

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Visiting Students
(from another University)

Even if you're not currently enrolled at Nebraska, you're still welcome to join us for a Spring Three-Week Session class. Complete an application for the Spring 2021 term as a "visiting" student before Dec. 18, and you will be able to register for classes once you are admitted.

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Spring Three-Week Session

Interested students can take a three-week course at the beginning of the regular spring semester to catch up or get ahead on their degree requirements, broaden their career skills or explore a new topic.

Course Dates: Jan. 4–Jan. 22

Registration Starts: Oct. 26 (register as soon as you're able as classes will fill quickly)

Application Deadline for New or Visiting Students: Dec. 18

Check in MyRED to see if a class has a synchronous component, meaning you'll be required to attend class on Zoom at specific days and times, or if the class is asynchronous, meaning you'll complete all coursework on your own and not be required to join a live class section.


Catch Up or Get Ahead
Now is the perfect time to manage your degree requirements. Taking a three-week course can help you catch up or get ahead on your progress toward your degree.

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Broaden Your Career Skills
Many of the three-week classes are designed to help you prepare for what's next after graduation through the exploration of specific career-related topics.


Explore Something New
Stretch your strengths and expand your understanding of the world by exploring new topics or ideas outside of your typical course of study—collaborate and co-create with your peers and professors to solve grand challenges.

Spring Three-Week Session Classes

All Spring Three-Week Sessions will be fully remote—there will be no on-campus instruction. If a class has a synchronous component, meaning you'll be required to attend class on Zoom, specific days and times will be listed in MyRED.

We've organized all session courses into one of four categories. See them all below:


Degree Completion

MUNM 287 The History of Rock Music (3 Credits)
The origin story of Rock and Roll includes influence from Roots, Ethnic, and Indigenous music, as well as the British Invasion. From the beginning of the recorded Blues to the Kent State Massacre and Neil Young's seminal song "Ohio," explore the effects of popular recorded music on American culture with an emphasis on 1920-1971 in this ACE 7 course.

THEA 112G Introduction to Theatre (3 Credits)
Explore theatre from page to stage as a live performing art through reading plays and watching video archives of live performances in this ACE 7 course. Dig into the relationship between theatre and society (historical and contemporary), dramatic structure, the craft of theatre artists such as actors, playwrights, designers, directors, and stage managers, and theatre of diversity and social change, as well as American Musical Theatre.

ARTP 160 Street Art: Visual Voice in the Urban Environment (3 Credits)
Graffiti and Street Art are revolutionary mediums that explore the intersection between race, citizenship, and discourses of exclusion. Street Art enables a wide scope of creative freedom and facilitates the voice of marginalized communities previously not recognized for their contributions to the art world. No artistic experience is necessary for this ACE 2 course, but an open mind and willingness to embrace experimental practices is expected.

MUNM 301 Music and Sports: Performance and Perception (3 Credits)
Compare and contrast the domains of music and sports in this ACE 6 and 7 course open to non-majors. See how artistic and athletic performance can provide an enjoyable means of better understanding ourselves and the world we live in.

MUSC 282 Introduction to Music Composition and Digital Audio Production (3 Credits)
Learn how to compose original music using digital software instruments via MIDI in this ACE 7 course. You'll have hands-on experiences in working with multi-track sequencing by creating content for acoustic and electronic instruments such as drums, keyboards, guitars, and synths. This class is also an elective for the Music Technology minor.

MATH 102 Trigonometry (2 Credits)
Explore fundamentals and applications of trigonometric functions with the goal of developing a more mature understanding of functions. Actively study identities, trigonometric equations, solution of triangles, inverse trigonometric functions, and graphs.

CIVE 491 Infrastructure Sustainability through the Envision Rating System (1 Credit)
An ideal course for all engineers who are concerned with sustainability and who plan on working with public infrastructure projects from transportation to public water supply to power systems including wind and solar farms. Earn certification as an "Envision Sustainability Professional - ENV SP" when you successfully complete this course while also completing an Envision rating evaluation of an infrastructure project. This course meets the CIVE 1-credit requirement for the Calc II supplement.

FDST 396 Food Microbiology Lab Practicum (1 Credit)
Complete this required component if you've taken FDST 396 section 700 - Food Microbiology Lab Theory. Together, these courses fulfill the Food Microbiology Lab requirement for Food Science undergraduates.

COMM 210 Communicating in Small Groups (3 Credits)
As organizations continue to flatten their structure for efficiency, working in teams may become an inevitable part of the future workplace. Students in this ACE 2 course will learn and apply practical strategies to make both in person and virtual small groups more productive and enjoyable.

MATH 203 Contemporary Mathematics (3 Credits)
Explore the use of mathematics for reasoning and decision making in contemporary, real-world settings like voting methods, modeling epidemics, and more in this ACE 3 course.

ANTH 232 Introduction to Archaeology (3 Credits)
Excited about the past and the primordial behaviors of human culture? Covering methods, theory, and major questions from the earliest rituals to the effects of the modern world on human development, this ACE 4 course offers students an intensive introduction to human and cultural evolution over the last 100,000 years.

HIST 222 History of American Sport (3 Credits)
Discover the cultural history of the United States through the prism of sports history in this ACE 5 course, from early British Festive culture sports and games to present-day athletics.

ENGL 303 Short Story (3 Credits)
In this ACE 5 course, students will investigate history and culture through the lens of the short story, where folk and fairy tales meet Kurosawa films, and where today's writers revolutionize this bite-sized storytelling form to produce masterpieces of contemporary literature.

POLS 150 Introduction to Biology, Psychology, and Politics (3 Credits)
How can research from psychology, biology, and neuroscience inform our thinking about political behavior? Find out in this interdisciplinary ACE 6 course about political psychology.

PSYC 288 Social Psychology (3 Credits)
Explore how our thoughts, feelings, and actions are influenced by others and our relationships to various social groups in this ACE 6 course. Analyze and apply basic social psychological concepts to everyday interactions and psychological processes, such as attention, prejudice, and persuasion.

ENGL 252 Introduction to Fiction Writing (3 Credits)
Learn to write vivid, imaginative, engrossing short fiction in this ACE 7 workshop-style class, where your writing will receive focused and constructive feedback from peers and instructor.

ETHN 201 Introduction to Native American Studies (3 Credits)
From creation stories to comic books, broken treaties to #landback, learn about Indigenous histories and contemporary issues from Indigenous perspectives in this ACE 8 and 9 course.

HIST 114 History of Modern Crime (3 Credits)
Dive into the world of criminality with this ACE 9 course and learn about the inner workings of history's most famous criminal societies. Who truly was Jack the Ripper? Can you analyze and solve the world's most notorious cold cases?

HIST/ETHN 113 History of Hip-Hop (3 Credits)
In 1989, Public Enemy released "Fight the Power," with these memorable lyrics: "Fight the Power. We got to fight the powers that be." Explore the history of hip-hop in this ACE 9 course, from the 1970s to the present, focusing on the political and social commentary in the genre.

GEOG 140 Human Geography (3 Credits)
Explore global interconnections and human-environment relationships in this ACE 9 course by learning about human populations, conflicts, cultures, and landscapes.

WMNS 201 Introduction to LGBTQ Studies (3 Credits)
Challenge your perspectives about identities, gain a deeper understanding of LGBTQ people in history, and expand your awareness of current political debates surrounding LGBTQ rights with this transformative ACE 9 and CAS-Human Diversity course that explores sexuality and gender diversity issues.

CSCE 423/823 Design and Analysis of Algorithms (3 Credits)
Learn the fundamentals of algorithm design and analysis, including core concepts such as dynamic programming, NP-completeness, and divide-and-conquer. Practice these methods via group-based homework, take-home quizzes, and exams.

IDES 222 Designing in Revit (1 Credit)
Get a head-start with Revit software in this class, which is required for second-year Interior Design students. You'll gain the skills needed prior to use and application in the studio.

ECON 212 Principles of Microeconomics (3 Credits)
This required foundational course also meets the ACE 6 requirement and teaches models of decision-making by firms, consumers, workers, governments, and the interactions of these economic agents.

ADPR 221 Strategic Writing for Advertising and Public Relations (3 Credits)
In this required course for Advertising and Public Relations majors, which is also an ACE 1 class, students will practice writing styles and techniques to develop effective, goal-oriented communications designed for diverse audiences, tactics, and media and explore styles from objective news writing to digital storytelling, persuasive ad copywriting and promotional direct marketing.

SPMC 250 Beginning Sports Writing for News and Promotion (3 Credits)
In this required course for Sports Media and Communication majors, which is also an ACE 1 class, students will learn a variety of writing styles and techniques to develop effective sports-oriented communications for diverse audiences and media.

JOUR 200A Fundamentals of Editing and Reporting I (3 Credits)
Learn the fundamentals of reporting, writing and editing for news media in print, digital and broadcast platforms in this course, which is required for all Journalism and Mass Communications majors.

MNGT 360 Managing Behavior in Organizations (3 Credits)
This core requirement for Management majors teaches the basics for managing people in organizations. Build critical thinking skills by examining the role of perception, personality and attitudes, motivation, leadership, group dynamics, employee engagement, organizational culture, communication and decision making in the management of work.

GEOL 109 Oceanography (3 Credits)
Explore earth's oceans through a lens of sustainability in this ACE 4 course to learn why ocean biodiversity matters, how increasing carbon dioxide impacts coral reefs, and why coastal wetlands are important.

JGEN 200 Technical Communication I (3 Credits)
Students in this ACE 1 course will practice written and oral communication and document design principles and strategies as applied in the sciences and technology.

ADPR 361 Connecting Through Owned, Earned and Paid Media (3 Credits)
Learn how to understand the connections between paid media (advertising) and owned and earned media (public relations) as part of integrated marketing communications strategy.

TEAC 259 Instructional Technology (3 Credits)
Explore the future role of technology in the teaching professions, as well as the role of technology and learning in your collegiate present, in this ACE 2 course.

ACCT 202 Introductory Accounting II (3 Credits)
This course covers the fundamentals of financial accounting, including the construction and analysis of financial statements and financial reporting conventions.

AGRI 310 Around the World with Coffee: A Socio-Economic and Historical Journey (3 Credits)
Coffee is more than a beverage—it's a way of life with history, geography, and questions of equity in each cup. This ACE 9 course will also explore sociology and the economics of coffee.


Career and Research Skills

AECN 396/896 Introduction to Customer Discovery for Agricultural Technology (2 Credits)
How do agricultural innovations move from research to the real world? Get hands-on learning with the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute and NUtech Ventures, testing technologies, and business ideas while learning from professionals like startup founders, investors, farmers, and others.

ALEC 397 Strategic Risk Communication and COVID-19 (2 Credits)
Learn the principles of effective risk communication through numerous case studies, including environmental and food safety risks, with a special emphasis on COVID-19. Because risk communication is a highly interdisciplinary concept, this course is for all those interested in communications, public health, food safety, psychology, and scientific disciplines.

CSCE 496 Art and Science of Training Deep Neural Networks (3 Credits)
Deep Learning is a useful part of modern Artificial Intelligence to solve hard problems and is valuable for many disciplines. Dive into the fundamentals of training deep neural networks effectively and efficiently.

CIVE 491/891 Machine Learning in Civil Engineering (3 Credits)
Be the job applicant who gets hired in the industry with the experience in data science offered in this class.

CIVE 991 Technical Writing in CEE: Journal Manuscripts (1 Credit)
Technical writing is a critical component of the doctorate degree. This course will offer discipline-specific training and the opportunity to complete a full journal manuscript draft with feedback from faculty and students.

CYAF 490 Transitioning with Confidence: Skill Development for Career Success (3 Credits)
Focus on career readiness by developing critical soft skills like interviewing and working collaboratively with diverse groups of colleagues and important hard skills like the software program experience needed to thrive in the dynamic, ever-changing, contemporary work-force.

JOMC 391 How To Get Your Drone License (1 Credit)
Master the knowledge and skills needed to conquer the hardest parts of the Federal Aviation Administration's drone license exam. This course gives students a competitive advantage in the hiring process against those who do not have a drone license.

JOMC 191 Adobe Bootcamp: Video Editing (1 Credit)
Want to learn more about the Adobe apps? This course will get you going with Adobe Premiere and Adobe Rush. Master the basics of editing video for the web and social media. Take advantage of your free access to the Creative Cloud as part of UNL being designated a Adobe Creative Campus.

JOMC 191 Adobe Bootcamp: Audio Production (1 Credit)
Learn the basics of capturing and editing audio for a variety of formats including podcasts, audio books, and interviews in this Adobe Audition course. The basics of the software will be explored to develop a foundational level understanding of multitrack editing and mixing. Take advantage of free access to the Creative Cloud as part of UNL being designated a Adobe Creative Campus.

JOMC 191 StayCation: Travel Write Where You Are (1 Credit)
Travel blogs, vlogs, and photo and art blogs create stories that help us imagine lavish retreats, abroad adventures, or tranquil getaways. But what are the best ways to blog about fancy staycations? What travel stories can we tell about walks around neighborhoods, community centers, and local parks? This course provides students with travelogue strategies, tools, and multi-media experiences in digital media. Gain storytelling skills needed for brand content creators, communication strategists, and freelancer writers. Practice the art of travel writing right where you are.

CASC 291 CAS Career Launcher (0 Credits)
Work closely with a College of Arts and Sciences Career Coach to develop an individualized action plan to help you work toward your career goals.

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GRPH 121 Digital Literacy (3 Credits)
Learn foundational skills for graphic design and the advertising industry from a creative director in this introduction to Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign programs. Take your design projects from concept to print-ready files.

WATC 257 Beginning Watercolor I (3 Credits)
Use historical and contemporary watercolor painting techniques to explore landscape, still-life, and portrait-based subjects using the theme of winter in Nebraska.

NRES 417 Agroforestry (3 Credits)
Do you love nature? Are you interested in knowing the benefits of integrating forests and trees on public and private lands? Learn about the environmental, social, and economic attributes and opportunities associated with incorporating forests and trees in land use decisions.

BSEN 492/892 Aeriel Imagery Processing and Analysis Using Python (2 Credits)
In this course, students will get hands-on practice with open-source software to process aerial imagery collected by drones.

ENTO 896 Insects in Popular Culture (1 Credit)
Enjoy a wide variety of books, movies, video games, and other media that feature entomologists or insects as major characters or themes and explore how entomology is represented (or misrepresented) in popular culture. Learn how such resources can be used to introduce entomological topics into educational programs that reduce fear, convey accurate information about biology and behavior, and increase appreciation of insects.

HIST 250 Historian's Craft (3 Credits)
In todays' world, history matters. Learn the skills and what it takes to study the past in order to move forward into the future.

JOMC 491/891 Bias in Media (3 Credits)
Learn how to identify the bias present in the media beyond conservative or liberal. Explore the concept of unconscious bias, how it manifests in our decision making when creating content, and steps to take to reduce bias in content creation.

SLPA 990 Accent Modification (2 Credits)
This elective course in the Speech and Language Pathology master's program will broaden students' knowledge base of assessment and treatment options that align with the current scope of practice.

EDAD 991 Leadership Role Development in P-20 and Intercollegiate Athletics (3 Credits)
In this course, students will examine the lives and experiences of higher education leaders including those in collegiate athletics.

NUTR 496 Independent Study: BOC Exam Preparation (1 Credit)
Prepare to pass the Board of Certification Examination on your first-attempt with this helpful class.

ARCH 597 BIM Analysis (1 Credit)
Design and develop an architectural massing concept using Revit, a leading platform for exploring early design concepts within a Building Information Modeling environment. Produce 3D diagrams and family schedules as the final deliverable.

ARCH 597 BIM Interoperability (1 Credit)
Explore how to connect data and geometry using Building Information Modeling, part of the AEC industry's efforts to continue to build new workflows and feedback loops that allow designers and engineers to create seamless feedback loops between design and production. Get hands-on practice with tools like Rhino, ideal for complex geometry, and Revit, ideal for production and fabrication.

NRES 299 Introduction to Zoo and Aquarium Science (2 Credits)
Gain professional certificates from the San Diego Zoo Global Academy while building the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to work in a zoo or aquarium. In this course, you will become familiar with the concepts and challenges associated with biological, educational, ethical, and administrative aspects of zoo science and captive animal care.

HORT 396 Turf Competitions (1–5 Credits)
Group and individual activities to help students develop professional turfgrass industry knowledge while preparing for contests held at the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and Sports Turf Managers Association national conferences.

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Solving Grand Challenges:
Interdisciplinary and Innovative

MUSC 498/898 Reimagining the Music School (3 Credits)
What purpose does the college music program serve in the 21st century, during and after the era of the coronavirus and the Black Lives Matter movement? How and what should the music school of the future teach its students? Ideal for aspiring music teachers and professional musicians alike, this discussion-based class will review the most pressing and contentious issues facing college music programs. Students will form, debate, and defend their vision for the future of music in colleges and universities.

CYAF 495/895 Human Trafficking: A Multi-Disciplinary Phenomenon of Global Proportions (3 Credits)
Human trafficking is a global phenomenon with far-reaching impacts. Using an interdisciplinary lens, this course focuses on the practical application of the latest research to produce well-informed, globally-minded, anti-trafficking advocates.

CHME 496 Modern Challenges in Air Pollution (2 Credits)
This course is for anyone interested in environmental work. Join majors from across the campus to explore a pressing modern problem: the environmental impact and cost tradeoff issues regarding air pollution in our world.

CRPL 467/867 Active and Healthy Community (3 Credits)
Gain experiential learning on a current pressing issue: healthy communities. Dig into how cities and neighborhoods can have both positive and adverse effects on our health, safety and active living and how to improve these outcomes.

NRES 498 Resilience Thinking in Landscape Systems (1 Credit)
View landscapes as systems—from cities to croplands and rangelands to forests — and evaluate their abilities to maintain function in the face of disturbance. Trace pathways toward resilient futures.

CRPL 495/895 Planning and Resiliency in the Face of a Pandemic (3 Credits)
This multi-disciplinary course will look at current events such as the coronavirus pandemic and how they affect society and a variety of disciplines. It will engage students with a desire to learn about public health, policies, and planning principles to see how COVID-19 can be an opportunity for planning transformation.

ANTH 292 Pandemics: From Past to Present (1 Credit)
Explore, through an anthropological lens, how humans have experienced and dealt with widespread disease outbreaks from antiquity to modern day, including the current coronavirus pandemic.

PSYC 492 Mental Health (In)Equity (1 Credit)
In this course, students will learn about mental health inequity and its likely causes.

SOCI 391 Rom-Coms, Gender, and Sexuality (1 Credit)
How have romantic comedies reflected and subverted American attitudes and practices around sexuality and gender roles? This course will contextualize the "rom-com" within broader theories surrounding gender, race, class, and sexuality.

MNGT 398 Entrepreneurial Creativity (2 Credits)
Entrepreneurial creativity isn't useful just to those trying to create a new business. Learn specific skills such as purposefully observing problems and their incomplete solution, asking questions to develop an understanding of the problem and how to formulate a better solution, networking with people of different backgrounds to gain different perspectives, experimenting via prototyping to better understand the problem and potential solution, and ultimately build up the ability to engage in associational thinking by combining seemingly dissimilar things to create unique solutions to problems.

CNST 498/898 2020-2021: The Surprise Challenges in Occupational Safety and Health for Construction Engineering and Management (3 Credits)
Tackle very serious problems in the construction industry in unconventional ways by bringing engineering and public health together to identify contingencies and plan for responses to unexpected threats during the next 25 years.

NRES 299 Environmental Education (1 Credit)
Become certified in the award-winning curricula Project Learning Tree, Project WET, and the new "Climate, Water and Resilience" and add over 165 lessons to your speaking and teaching toolbox. This course is an excellent choice for science and education majors.

PHIL 225 Environmental Ethics (3 Credits)
Learn about ethical dimensions in human relations to the environment in this ACE 8 or ACE 9 course. What is the nature of moral value generally, and what are the range of things that are morally valuable? Are there things that are fundamentally morally valuable beyond humans or human happiness?

CRIM 101 Survey of Criminal Justice (3 Credits)
Learn about the justice process and the criminal justice system in this ACE 6 course. Concepts covered include crime, deviance and justice, general theories of crime causality, individual rights in a democratic society, and the legal definitions of various crimes. Law enforcement, judicial, juvenile justice, and corrections subsystems will be explored and a number of reform proposals will be presented.

ENVR 189H From Terraforming to Space Exploration: Environmental Ethics in Science Fiction (3 Credits)
From the stories of Isaac Asimov to successful television franchises like Doctor Who and Star Trek, the genre of science fiction has a long history of examining ethical, social, and moral issues in futuristic and sometimes dystopian settings. In this ACE 8 course, students will survey how environmental issues have been portrayed through science fiction and the impact on audiences to understand how and why science fiction can be effective where other means of presenting these issues to readers and viewers often fail. Contact uhon-office@unl.edu for a permission code.

POLS 160H Introduction to International Relations: A New World (Dis)Order (3 Credits)
At one time, the United States defined, defended and decided on the meaning and construction of world order. Those days are gone. In this introductory international relations ACE 9 course, students will consider the past, present and the future of the United States in international politics.

Spring Three-Week Session Cost

Tuition and fees for the Spring Three-Week Session are the same as the regular semesters:

  • Undergraduate Nebraska Resident Base Tuition: $259 per credit hour
  • Undergraduate Nonresident Base Tuition: $830 per credit hour
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The Spring Three-Week Session is a part of the spring semester, so the total of your Online Course Fees plus University Program/Facilities Fees is capped at $722. That means the total of these fees for your spring semester, inclusive of the Spring Three-Week Session, will not exceed $722. Students will receive a Spring 2020 Fee Reduction if their total Online Course Fees plus Program Facilities Fees are more than $722.

You can purchase books for your three-week session coursework through the bookstore using your Ncard or other payment options. Ncard payment will be billed through your student account in MyRED.

Scholarship and
Financial Aid Options

Undergraduate Scholarships

Scholarships may be available to you for the Spring Three-Week Session. Because every student's situation is unique, we recommend you contact us through Husker Hub to see if your current scholarships can be used toward the three-week session.

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Need-Based Grants

Nebraska residents who are Pell eligible or have a family adjusted gross income of $60,000 or below may qualify for up to $950 in need-based aid tuition assistance for three credit hours. A prorated amount will be available for qualified students enrolled in one to two credit hours. Students will not qualify for this grant if they are already receiving a full-tuition scholarship, such as the Regents, Chancellor's, or Nebraska Achievement Tuition scholarship. The availability of financial aid awards will be based on available funding.

Once you are enrolled in the Spring Three-Week Session and have a 2020–2021 FAFSA on file, an application for the need-based grant and loans for financial aid eligible students will be available in early November in MyRED on the Financial Aid tab.

Note: Federal Pell Grant eligibility for the Spring Semester, including the Three-Week Session, will be based on your enrollment status as of February 1, 2020. If the hours in which you are enrolled for the Spring Three-Week Session were used to calculate your Federal Pell Grant and you drop or withdraw from a class prior to that date, your Federal Pell Grant may be reduced or cancelled, even if you were offered this grant prior to February 1, 2020.

Student Loan Options

Additional student loan eligibility may be offered to you if you have not already accepted your annual grade level limit. Your parent may also qualify for a parent loan. Students must be at least half time in the spring semester (15-week and three-week sessions combined) to be considered for additional loan eligibility.

Federal loans will be released once a student reaches half time enrollment (6 credits for undergraduate students). Most loans will not disburse until the 15-week session as that is when most students will reach half time enrollment.

If you would like to borrow a private loan, please visit financialaid.unl.edu/loan-aid for more information.

Student Billing

Tuition and fees for the three-week session appear on your student account as soon as you register for classes and are due the next billing cycle. The first spring billing due date, including the three-week session, is February 12, 2021.

Scholarships and financial aid for the three-week session will be released to your student account.

If you have questions about scholarships, financial aid, course registration, or student billing, please contact Husker Hub at huskerhub@unl.edu or 402-472-2030.

View the academic calendar regarding add, drop, withdrawal, and tuition refund periods.