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 seeking their first baccalaureate degrees.
Federal Pell Grant
Awarded to undergraduate students with the greatest financial need who meet federal eligibility requirements. For 2015-2016, award amounts for a full-time student range from $626 to $5,775 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.
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.