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Grants provide free money to eligible students. Most are based on the student’s need as determined by the FAFSA results. Funding for most grants is limited, so early application is advisable. Most of the grants listed below are limited to students who have not yet earned their first baccalaureate degree


Federal Pell Grant

Available to undergraduate students with the greatest financial need, who meet federal eligibility requirements and do not yet have a bachelor's degree. For 2023-2024, the annual amount for a full-time student ranges from $767 to $7,395 based on a formula and payment schedule issued by the U.S. Department of Education. (Amounts are subject to change for 2024-2025).  In certain situations, an eligible student can receive up to 150% of the scheduled Pell Grant for an academic year. Grants 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.

To apply for a Federal Pell Grant, fill out your FAFSA and continue to submit your FAFSA for each year you are enrolled.

During the Spring 2024 semester, 28 percent of full-time undergraduate students received a Federal Pell Grant. Of these recipients, 90 percent were female. Female students represent 88 percent of the total undergraduate student body. 58 percent of Federal Pell Grant recipients were of White/Non-Hispanic ethnicity, which represents 76 percent of the student body. The table below is a breakdown of Spring 2024 enrollment by gender and race/ethnicity of students receiving Federal Pell Grants.

Spring 2024 Federal Pell Grant Recipients

Race/Ethnicity Female Male
American Indian or Alaska Native 1 0
Asian 3 2
Black or African American 19 0
Hispanic of Any Race 20 0
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0 0
Race and Ethnicity Unknown 4 3
Two or More Races 1 0
White 68 6


Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

For 2023-2024, available to eligible undergraduate students who do not yet have a bachelor's degree, with first priority given to Pell Grant recipients with the lowest Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the FAFSA. Although amounts may range from $100 to $4,000, the typical grant is $3,000.  Must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits or more). Subject to change for 2024-2025. 

Fill out your FAFSA to apply for a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and continue to submit your FAFSA for each year you are enrolled. 

Nebraska Opportunity Grant

Available to Nebraska residents with substantial financial need who do not yet have a bachelor's degree. The maximum grant amount is based on available funding and current legislative guidelines. For 2023-2024, a typical grant is $3,000, but this is subject to change for 2024-2025. Must be enrolled at least half-time. This program is funded by the State of Nebraska.

To apply for a Nebraska Opportunity Grant, fill out your FAFSA and continue to submit your FAFSA for each year you are enrolled. 

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 grant  is $3,000.