The University of Nebraska is reminding students that in order to qualify for free tuition through Collegebound Nebraska, the university’s tuition assistance program, they must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (the FAFSA) by April 1.
Students are also encouraged to apply for financial aid at the University of Nebraska campus they are attending or plan to attend as soon as possible.
The FAFSA can be accessed online at www.fafsa.gov or through a student’s guidance counselor or financial aid officer. No separate application is required for Collegebound Nebraska, but students do need to submit a FAFSA annually.
“I urge students to take advantage of this great opportunity to make their college education more affordable,” NU President James B. Milliken said. “Collegebound Nebraska offers a wonderful promise: that if you meet our financial and academic requirements, you will pay no tuition at the University of Nebraska.”
Qualifying students must be Nebraska residents and full-time undergraduates at the University of Nebraska; they must also maintain a 2.5 grade point average. To qualify for Collegebound Nebraska tuition assistance, students must either receive a federal Pell Grant or have a family income that is just beyond Pell eligibility. Generally, a family of four with one student in college and an annual income of $50,000 or less will qualify.
Collegebound Nebraska will cover all of a student’s tuition costs, up to 30 credit hours per academic year, that are not covered by Pell funds or other grants or scholarships. The program does not cover non-tuition expenses such as room and board, fees or books.
For the 2009-2010 academic year, nearly 6,000 students qualified for Collegebound Nebraska, up from about 5,100 the previous year.
For more information, visit www.collegeboundnebraska.com.