Applying for Financial Aid

One of the first concerns a student may have when considering college is how to pay for it.  At Nebraska Methodist College, we are here to help you identify and understand the options available to you and to assist you throughout the process.  To get started, simply follow the steps outlined below.  If you have questions along the way, our financial aid staff is available to personally assist you, answer questions or offer insight regarding the financial aid requirements.

1: Apply for Admission to Nebraska Methodist College

To receive financial aid at Nebraska Methodist College, you must be admitted to an eligible certificate or degree program.  For federal, state and most NMC funding, eligible programs include the Medical Assistant Certificate, all Associate, Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degree programs. 

Students enrolled in other certificate programs are not eligible for federal financial aid, but do have other options available. Contact Kathryn Freed to learn more about options for undergraduate certificates.  Contact Mark Araujo to learn about options for graduate certificates. 

2: Apply for Scholarships

NMC Scholarships

Upfront Merit Scholarships are based on a student's GPA and test scores on file at the time of admission.  These are awarded automatically by the Admissions Office, and no separate scholarship application is required. 

Academic and leadership scholarships are competitive and do require a separate scholarship application.  The Admissions Office will notify eligible applicants of the application deadlines and processes.  Leadership scholarships will replace Upfront Merit Scholarships. 

NMC Upfront Merit and leadership scholarships are renewable if the necessary criteria are met. NMC requires all scholarship recipients to submit a FAFSA by June 1 each year. (Students entering the Accelerated BSN program must submit a FAFSA by October 1 prior to your January start, and by June 1 for your second year.)

Current NMC students have the opportunity to apply for donor-funded scholarships every spring. Award amounts and criteria are varied.

Additional information about NMC scholarships can be found on our Scholarships page.

External Scholarships

Students are encouraged to explore all scholarship opportunities for which they qualify.  Here are some sources to consider: your employer, your parent's or spouse's employer, your church, local civic organizations, and area foundations.  High school students should also check with your guidance counselor. 

The Financial Aid Office sends notifications of outside scholarship opportunities through the NMC email system. You can also find a list of resources on our External Scholarships page.

There are numerous legitimate scholarship programs available, but be aware there are also scams.  The Federal Trade Commission provides tips on how to spot a potential scam

3: Apply for Financial Aid

Create Your FSA ID

The FSA ID is a username and password that serves as your electronic signature and allows you to access your federal financial aid information online. If you do not already have one, you can create your FSA ID at fafsa.gov or when logging in to one of several other federal aid websites. Click here for more information about the FSA ID.

Gather Your Information

You will need to have income records, bank statements and other information available when you complete your Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA).  The FAFSA online help page provides more information about filing the FAFSA, including a list of the documents and records you will need to refer to as you complete your application.  You may also find it helpful to complete the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet before entering your information into the FAFSA application.  The worksheet will help you record all of the information you will need to provide.  Note:  Be sure to select the correct FAFSA on the Web Worksheet based on the academic year for which you are applying. Click here for the 2018-19 Worksheet. Click here for the 2019-20 Worksheet.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Be sure to complete your FAFSA via the official federal website at fafsa.gov.* (FAFSA applications may be open for multiple academic years, so be sure to select the correct one!)  Completing this form is free; if you are asked to pay a fee to submit a FAFSA, you are on the wrong site.  

*New for 2019-2020:  Download the myStudentAid app from the Apple App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android), and submit your FAFSA securely and safely from any mobile device. 

The federal school code for Nebraska Methodist College is 009937.

When completing your FAFSA, you are encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) if you are eligible to do so.  The IRS DRT allows you to transfer information from your tax return directly to your FAFSA.  This ensures that the correct information gets reported on your FAFSA, and it reduces your chances of being selected for verification. In order to enhance the security and privacy of sensitive personal data transferred to the FAFSA from the IRS, the imported data will be masked and will not be displayed for you to view.

The FAFSA is available starting October 1 in the year prior to the start of the academic year.  For example, the FAFSA for 2019-2020 (fall 2019, spring & summer 2020) is available starting October 1, 2018.  The FAFSA must be submitted each academic year for most financial aid programs.

NMC's FAFSA priority date for need-based aid is March 1 prior to the fall semester. 

This 3-minute video provides additional information on how to fill out your FAFSA. 

After the FAFSA

You should receive an email from the FAFSA processor within two weeks of submitting your FAFSA.  The email will provide instructions on how to access your Student Aid Report (SAR) online.  The SAR provides basic information about your eligibility for federal financial aid and includes the information you reported on your FAFSA. Review your information and submit any necessary corrections.  

NMC typically begins reviewing applications and corresponding with financial aid applicants in March for the following fall term.  After that time, notifications are usually sent out within 1-2 weeks of receiving the FAFSA results.  Processing for new students with spring and summer start dates will begin after those admission decisions are made. 

After NMC receives and reviews the results of your FAFSA, we will inform you of your status.  Most correspondence will be sent by email. Prior to the start of a student's first semester of enrollment, we use the personal email address reported on the FAFSA or the one on file at the College.  Once your classes begin, the majority of correspondence will be sent to your college email account. 

An email notification may tell you that we need additional information and/or documentation before we can determine your financial aid eligibility.  Once we are able to determine your eligibility, we will notify you that your estimated awards are ready for you to view.  It is your responsibility to access your account on the NMC Financial Aid Portal to view details about documentation requirements and/or your award eligibility.  It is important to act promptly when you receive these communications.  If you do not respond, we are unable to continue processing your application. 

Initial awards are typically based on full-time enrollment.  Notify the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible if you plan to enroll part-time, as it could affect your award amounts.  

Special Circumstances

If your family's financial situation has changed and the income reported on the FAFSA does not reflect your family's current ability to pay for your educational expenses, please contact the NMC Financial Aid Office to discuss your options. Examples of typical life changes include loss of employment or other income, separation or divorce, death of spouse or parent, excessive unreimbursed payments for medical/dental expenses, etc. Appropriate documentation will be needed to support your request. 

4: Renewal of Aid

Federal aid is not automatically renewed so students must reapply each academic year.  The FAFSA is available beginning October 1 prior to the fall semester of the new academic year.  The priority date to be considered for need-based aid is March 1 prior to the fall semester. 

NMC merit scholarships are automatically renewed provided the necessary criteria are met.  Note that NMC requires all scholarship recipients to submit a FAFSA by June 1 each academic year.

Academic progress is reviewed at the end of summer term in August, and notifications are sent to students who are not eligible for renewal.  Click here to review NMC's Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.