Grants provide free money to eligible students. Most awards are based on the student's need as determined by the FAFSA results. Funding for most grants is limited, so early application is advisable. The grants listed below 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 2019-2020, annual award amounts for a full-time student range from $650 to $6,195 based on a formula and payment schedule issued by the U.S. Department of Education. In certain situations, an eligible student can receive up to 150% of the scheduled Pell Grant award for an academic year. 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 Fall 2019 semester, 33% of fulltime undergraduate students received a Federal Pell Grant. Of these recipients, 95% were female. Female students represent 89% of the total undergraduate student body. Eighty-one percent of Federal Pell Grant recipients were of White/Non-Hispanic race/ethnicity, which makes up 81% of the undergraduate student body overall. The table below is a breakdown of Fall 2019 enrollment by gender and race/ethnicity of students receiving Federal Pell Grants.
Fall 2019 Federal Pell Grant Recipients
|American Indian or Alaska Native||1||0|
|Black or African American||8||0|
|Hispanic of Any Race||9||0|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||0||0|
|Race and Ethnicity Unknown||4||0|
|Two or More Races||3||0|
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 $2,000. 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 $2,000. 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.
Nebraska Methodist College (NMC) Grant
Available to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need and are enrolled at least half-time. Funds are provided by the Methodist Hospital Foundation. A typical award is $2,000.