Grants provide free money to eligible students. Most awards are based on the student's need as determined by the FAFSA results. Funding is limited for all grants, except Pell Grant. Early application is advisable. All grants, except NMC grants, are limited to students who have not yet earned their first baccalaureate degree.

Federal Pell Grant

Awarded to undergraduate students with the greatest financial need who meet federal eligibility requirements. For 2016-2017, award amounts for a full-time student range from $598 to $5,815 based on a formula and payment schedule issued by the U.S. Department of Education. Awards are prorated for enrollment less than full-time. In some cases, a student enrolled less than half-time may qualify for a Pell Grant. Eligibility is limited to no more than 12 full-time equivalent semesters.

During the Spring 2016 semester, 33% of undergraduate students received a Federal Pell Grant. Of these recipients, 92% were female. Female students represent 88% of the total undergraduate student body. 78.8% of Federal Pell Grant recipients were of White/Non-Hispanic race/ethnicity which represents 78% of the student body race/ethnicity. The table below is a breakdown of Spring 2016 enrollment by gender and race/ethnicity of students receiving Federal Pell Grants.

Spring 2016 Pell Grant Recipients

Race/Ethnicity Female Male
American Indian or Alaska Native 1 0
Asian 3 1
Black or African American 15 3
Hispanic of Any Race 16 0
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0 0
Race and Ethnicity Unknown 7 1
Two or More Races 6 0
White 182 15

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Available to eligible undergraduate students with first priority given to Pell Grant recipients with the lowest Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the FAFSA. Although award amounts may range from $100 to $4,000, the typical award is $1,500.  Must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits or more).

Nebraska Opportunity Grant

Available to Nebraska residents who have substantial financial need. The maximum award amount is based on available funding and current legislative guidelines. A typical award is $1,500. Must be enrolled at least half-time. This program is funded by the State of Nebraska.

Residents of states other than Nebraska should contact the respective state's higher education agency for information on sources of state funding that may be available to you. For more information, check the listing of state agencies and contact information.

Nebrask Methodist College (NMC) Grant

Available to undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate financial need and are enrolled at least half-time. Funds are provided by the Methodist Hospital Foundation.  A typical award is $1,500.