The State of Nebraska offers a few scholarships and grants for students.

The programs below help students who demonstrate financial need. If you want to attend college in Nebraska, but need financial assistance to do so, these programs can help. The opportunities are administered by the Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (CCPE).

It’s important to know that most state scholarships require students to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is used to help determine your expected family contribution (EFC), which may be necessary to meet eligibility requirements for various prizes.

It’s a good idea to read eligibility requirements, always. The criteria will tell you whether you qualify for a scholarship opportunity. For some prizes, applicants must be a high school senior while others are merit or need-based. There may be other criteria, too. This is why it’s always good practice to read terms and conditions prior to applying for a scholarship.

Now, let’s get to the prizes that can help you pay for your college education.

Nebraska Scholarship Programs

Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship Program

The Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship Program pays tuition and mandatory fees low-income high school students who enroll in college courses from Nebraska colleges or universities.

To qualify for the scholarship you must be enrolled in an eligible course being taken for a grade. Additionally, you or your family must be approved to participate in an eligible federal need-based government program. You must also demonstrate experience of extreme hardship influencing family income.

Recipients of this prize must attend an accredited college like the University of Nebraska, or a wide range of other schools.

Nebraska Grant Programs

Nebraska Opportunity Grant Program (NOG)

The Nebraska Opportunity Grant (NOG) offers money for college to Nebraska residents, attending a Nebraska post-secondary institution, who have a minimum EFC (as determined by completing the FAFSA). .

The NOG is awarded through postsecondary institutions within the state. Therefore, you must apply to the school you plan to attend to be considered for the grant.

The grant offers students up to $60,000 for Nebraska college students.

Community College Gap Assistance Program

The Community College Gap Assistance Program aims to address labor shortages in high-need fields. The program offers financial aid to community college students that are not eligible for Pell grants. Specifically, the prize is for low-income students who would not be eligible for federal financial aid because, although they’re enrolled in college, they are not enrolled in programs for credit that lead directly to a degree.

Gap Program funds are distributed to the state’s six community colleges, which recruit and select eligible low-income students in eligible programs to receive grants. Eligible students must have a family income at or below 250 percent of federal poverty guidelines. Student grants can be used for tuition, direct training costs, required books and equipment, and fees, including those for industry testing services and background check services.

Find More Nebraska College Grants and Scholarships

In addition to the Nebraska state financial aid opportunities above, there are many private scholarships for Nebraska college students. You can speak with high school counselors, contact the financial aid office at your college, or use a scholarship database to find prizes available to students like you.

Attending schools in Nebraska can be expensive. However, there are many scholarships that can help ease the financial pressure of paying for college.

Remember, the more you apply for awards, the better your chances are of winning one. So don’t wait. Apply, apply, apply. You just never know how many scholarships you may be able to pull in. Good luck!