Grants are need-based gift assistance awarded to qualified students demonstrating exceptional financial need.
You are not required to pay back a grant as long as you maintain the required enrollment status for the semester in which you received it.
Pell Grant - Pell Grant awards are reserved for students who do not already hold a bachelor's degree and are enrolled in an undergraduate degree seeking program. This is federal gift aid and is usually considered the foundation of a student's financial aid package. It is the base upon which other awards are built. Annual Pell Grant awards are dependent on your financial need, your Expected Family Contribution, and the number of hours you are enrolled.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) - A federal gift aid awarded to undergraduate students with high levels of financial need.
Nebraska Opportunity Grant (NOG) - Available to undergraduate students with high levels of need. This is a combination of federal and gift aid administered through the state of Nebraska.
University Tuition Grant (UTG) - Institutional gift assistance awarded to undergraduate students with high levels of need.
Nebraska Promise - Nebraska Promise is a University of Nebraska expanded financial aid program which guarantees eligible undergraduate students will have up to 30 credit hours of tuition per year paid in grant and scholarship aid. It replaces the tuition guarantee program previously known as Collegebound Nebraska. The program is available to undergraduate nursing, dental hygiene, and allied health professions students meeting the Nebraska Promise eligibility criteria. It does not apply to students seeking a second bachelor’s degree.
UNMC NEBRASKA PROMISE CRITERIA:
- Nebraska resident.
- UNMC undergraduate student seeking their first bachelor’s degree.
- Full-time (12 credit hours or more/semester) undergraduate student.Family income of $60,000 or less (Adjusted Gross Income or AGI) or Pell grant recipient.
- Family income will be measured as parent and student AGI on the FAFSA for dependent students; student AGI only for independent students. Student dependency is determined by the FAFSA/Department of Education application information.
- Maintain your UNMC academic program GPA to ensure you successfully progress through the program to remain enrolled full-time each semester. If you fail to maintain your program’s GPA, you may be placed on remediation in subsequent terms and not be eligible for full-time enrollment. *This an important difference for UNMC students. A 2.5 GPA may not be sufficient in your academic program to remain enrolled full- term from term to term.
- Submit the FAFSA by June 1, 2020.
- Complete all verification requirements within 30 days of the verification letter being sent to your MyRecords Message Center- Notifications Sent inbox
There is no separate Nebraska Promise application. Eligible students are identified automatically through the annual Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application.
The UNMC Financial Aid Office downloads FAFSA application information on MONDAYS only. To ensure your FAFSA is received on a Monday, we encourage you to submit your application by Wednesday of the previous week.
Prior to announcement of the Nebraska Promise program on April 17, 2020, several students were awarded CollegeBound Nebraska grant funding to fulfill the Collegebound Nebraska tuition guarantee to undergraduate full-time Nebraska residents, eligible for PELL grant. This program also guaranteed up to 30 credit hours of tuition to be paid in grant and scholarship aid. Students receiving Collegebound Nebraska grant awards as part of their 2020-2021 financial aid award package will not have this award changed to use the naming convention of Nebraska Promise. The Collegebound Nebraska award accomplishes the same intent.
Scholarship aid received from outside private donors (student has applied for scholarship aid independently-local community, church, private organizations) will NOT be used to meet the Nebraska Promise unless the donor specifically requires the scholarship to be applied to the student’s tuition costs.