Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.27
Liaison Prabhakar Shrestha
Submission Date Feb. 20, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Nebraska - Lincoln
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.11 / 4.00 Cale Brodersen
Graduate Assistant
UNL Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have policies and programs to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:

A brief description of any policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students:


A brief description of any programs to equip the institution’s faculty and staff to better serve students from low-income backgrounds:


A brief description of the institution’s programs to guide and prepare students and families from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

The Office of Trio Programs offers qualified students a number of unique support services and instructional assistance to meet students' educational needs.

Direct support is provided to students whose ethnic background is African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, or Asian American, as well as qualified students who are low income and/or first-generation.

A brief description of the institution's scholarships for low-income students:

The Health Sciences Scholarship identifies academically promising students interested in health science careers that statistically have low college-going rates. Qualified candidates must have a strong desire to work in the Health Sciences field.
Award: 30 credit hours of tuition a year. The scholarship is renewable for a second year of study provided the recipient completes the Program’s first year requirements and satisfies the University’s scholarship renewal requirements.

The Davis-Chambers Scholarship recognizes academically promising students that have knowledge and experience in a diverse environment or community.
Award: Full direct cost of attendance at UNL. Student must complete a FAFSA. (Applicants must be a Nebraska high school graduate and a resident of Nebraska)

Native American tribes are woven into the fabric of Nebraska. Recognizing this, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) offers the Native American Heritage Scholarship for freshman; other Undergraduate Students can be considered for the Native American Transfer Scholarship.
Freshman and Undergraduate Scholarship - Eligibility Req.
To identify academically promising students who have knowledge and experience in the Native American community and strive to create opportunities in the advancement of this unique culture.
Award: Depends on financial need. The range per academic year will be from $2,000 to the full direct of attendance. Freshman scholarship is renewable for four years, transfers two years.

Students in progress or completed degree at one of the many tribal colleges are eligible. Subject to complete review of academic profile including course work and grades.
List of Tribal Colleges include: Blackfeet Community College, Cheyenne River Community College, Dull Knife Memorial College, Fort Belknap College, Fort Berthold Community College, Fort Peck Community College, Haskell Indian Nations University, Little BigHorn College, Little Priest Tribal College, Nebraska Indian Community College, Oglala Lakota College, Sinte Gleska University, Sisseton Wahpeton Community College, Sitting Bull College, Turtle Mountain Community College, and United Tribes Technical College.
Cumulative GPA of 2.5 during previous coursework
Award: Resident tuition for up to 120 credit hours or completion of a bachelor's degree, whichever comes first, inclusive of all undergraduate coursework at all post secondary education institutions attended. Student must complete the FAFSA.

The Spark Scholarship is awarded to out-of-state students who do not qualify for scholarships as a incoming freshman student, but earn a 2.7 GPA and meet other basic eligibility requirements during their freshman year. The Spark Scholarship provides up to $10,000 per year toward the cost of nonresident tuition charges for up to three consecutive years.

You may be eligible for additional leadership, service, or diversity scholarships by applying to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln by January 15 and by submitting your personal statement:

-The College Opportunities Scholarship is offered to Nebraska residents who express great financial need. Students can receive up to $5,000 per semester to attend UNL.
- The Susan T. Buffett Scholarship is offered to Nebraska residents who express great financial need. Students can receive up to $5,000 per semester to attend UNL.

College Bound Nebraska gives Nebraska residents who meet the admission requirements for the University of Nebraska and are eligible for a Pell Grant the opportunity to attend college tuition free.

A brief description of the institution’s targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:


A brief description of the institution’s other policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:


Does the institution have policies and programs to support non-traditional students?:

A brief description of the institution’s scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:


A brief description of the institution’s on-site child care facility, partnership with a local facility, and/or subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of students:

The UNL Children's Center is a an onsite child care facility that offers full-time care at discounted rates for students. However, it does not offer additional discounts for low income students.

A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:

UNL offers a variety of classes online both at the undergraduate and graduate levels that have been labeled some of the best prices in the U.S.

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (tracking accessibility and affordability)? (If data is not available, select 'No'):

The percentage of entering students that are low-income (0-100):

The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):

On average, the percentage of need that was met for students who were awarded any need-based aid (e.g. as reported to the U.S. Common Data Set initiative, item H2) (0-100):

The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt or for whom no out-of-pocket tuition is required (i.e. the percentage of graduates who have not taken out interest-bearing loans) (0-100):

Estimated percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from the institution’s policies and programs to support low-income and non-traditional students (0-100):

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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