Scholarships and Grants

A wide range of scholarship programs has been established to recognize excellent high school achievement by incoming freshman students and exceptional scholastic performance by upperclass students already in attendance at the University. Scholarship funds have been provided for students by corporations, clubs, community organizations and friends of the University. Most incoming freshmen are not required to submit a scholarship application. Please visit the Web at www.ses.unomaha.edu to see if an application is required.

Awards are based upon factors stipulated by the donors. UNO offers scholarships to the most worthy, promising applicants who meet the qualifications of the particular scholarship programs.

Entering freshman students must take the ACT test no later than the December testing date of their senior year to be eligible for scholarship consideration.

Regents’ Scholarships

The Regents of the University of Nebraska have provided funds for the Regents’ Scholarships, offered to entering graduates of Nebraska high schools with high academic potential. These scholarships provide for the payment of resident tuition for the freshman year, and are renewable each year upon maintenance of a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher. The award is renewable for up to five total years, or until 135 credit hours or a bachelor’s degree is earned. Visit the financial aid Web site at www.ses.unomaha.edu/finaid to learn more about the current eligibility criteria.

Distinguished Scholarships

The University annually awards five Distinguished Scholarships. These scholarships have a total value over a four-year period of $26,000 to $28,000. All five are awarded through the UNO Distinguished Scholarship Competition. Academically talented high school seniors are invited to campus each spring to compete in the exam.

Funds for the Distinguished Scholarships are provided by the Scottish Rite Foundation of Omaha, UNO Alumni Association, Isaacson Trust, Helen Hansen estate, and the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska.

Chancellor’s Scholarship

The Chancellor’s Scholarship ($2,200/academic year) is awarded to seniors graduating from Nebraska high schools. The scholarship is renewable for 3 additional years if the student maintains full-time enrollment and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. This award cannot be stacked with other scholarships that together would equal or exceed tuition and fees. Visit the financial aid Web site at www.ses.unomaha.edu/finaid to learn more about the current eligibility criteria.

Dean’s Scholarship

The Dean’s Scholarship ($1,000/academic year) is awarded to residents of Nebraska that are graduating seniors of Nebraska high schools. The scholarship is renewable for three additional years if the student maintains full-time enrollment and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Visit the financial aid website at www.ses.unomaha.edu/finaid to learn more about the current eligibility criteria.

UNO Alumni Association Scholarship

The UNO Alumni Association awards four $2,500/year scholarships to graduating high school seniors that have demonstrated leadership and involvement during high school. The scholarship may be renewed for up to four years total. To be considered, applicants must complete the on-line application (www.ses.unomaha.edu/finaid) including the essay question and meet the following criteria:

  • be a graduating high school senior;
  • have a minimum ACT composite score of 24; and
  • either rank in the top 25 percent of your class or have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale

Nebraska Legacy Scholarship

The UNO Alumni Association awards four $2,500/year scholarships to graduating high school seniors who have demonstrated leadership and involvement during high school. The scholarship may be renewed for up to four years total. To be considered, applicants must complete the on-line application including the essay question and meet the following criteria:

  • Graduating high school senior
  • Minimum ACT composite score of 24
  • Either rank in the top 25 percent of your class or have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

More information can be seen at http://unoalumni.org/scholarships-alumni.

UNO Advantage Scholarship

UNO offers scholarships for an amount up to the difference between resident and non-resident tuition to selected new students who are not residents of Nebraska.

For consideration, students must complete and submit an Application for Undergraduate Admission by February 1 and meet the minimum eligibility criteria (minimum 23 composite ACT score/minimum 1060 composite SAT or rank in top 25 percent of high school class). Transfer students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) to be considered. Meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee that a scholarship will be awarded. There are a limited number of scholarships, and they are awarded competitively.

Maverick Advantage Scholarship

Through a tuition initiative called the Metropolitan Advantage Program (MAP), residents of Pottawattamie, Mills and Harrison Counties of Iowa will be eligible to attend undergraduate and graduate programs at UNO for 150 percent of resident tuition. UNO also will offer Iowa undergraduate students in this three-county area an opportunity to reduce tuition even further through the Maverick Advantage Scholarship (MAS).

To qualify for the Maverick Advantage Scholarship, incoming undergraduate students from the three designated counties in Iowa must present a 23 or higher ACT composite score or rank in the top 25 percent of their high school classes. Transfer students must present a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A. on a 4.0 scale.

The Maverick Advantage Scholarship will cover the difference between the resident tuition rate and the MAP rate of 150 percent of resident tuition.

University Honors Scholarships

Approximately 40 University Honors Scholarships are available to sophomore, junior and senior students enrolled at UNO. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, and provide for up to 15 hours of resident tuition per semester. Students are nominated for this award by their college.

Veteran Tuition Waivers

Students who are children or spouses of veterans who died or were totally disabled as a result of service in World War I, World War II, Korea or Vietnam should contact their county Veteran’s Assistance Office to determine their eligibility for tuition remission under the laws of the State of Nebraska.

University Tuition Grants

A limited amount of University Tuition Grant funds are available to UNO students, and are normally awarded on the basis of financial need. The purpose of this assistance is to provide financial aid to students who need help paying their educational expenses. To be considered for this aid, a student must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, preferably by March 1.

Federal Work-Study

Students may be considered for Federal Work-Study assistance, a type of federal aid that provides part-time employment opportunities on campus. Eligible students are paid at least the minimum wage according to the number of hours worked each pay period.