On Monday, Governor Dave Heineman announced that the week of October 22-26th is Collegebound Nebraska Week. He spoke from the Van Brunt Visitors Center on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.
A program called Collegebound Nebraska helps university students with tuition. Because of the program, thousands of Nebraska students have their tuition paid each year.
A student will pay no tuition as an undergraduate at the University of Nebraska if they are admitted as a Nebraska resident, qualify for the Federal Pell Grant Program and maintain satisfactory academic progress.
To be eligible, a student must fill out a FAFSA by April 1 of the calendar year prior to fall enrollment.
Tuition assistance may be available even if family income is a little too high to qualify for a Pell Grant.
There is not set income level to qualify, but a general guideline is that typical family of four with one student in college and an annual family income of $53,000 or less, or an EFC of $5,300 of less, may qualify for Collegebound Nebraska assistance.
President of the University of Nebraska, James B. Milliken, said on Monday that they will do their best to help students with their tuition.
"Our commitment is we will find through private grants, through university funds through any resources available to us, the means to cover tuition and typically more than just tuition," said President Milliken.
A student does not have to apply separately for Collegebound Nebraska tuition assistance. When a student files out the FAFSA, the University will automatically review an applicant's Student Aid Report to determine eligibility.
The Collegebound Nebraska program does not cover fees, books, room and board, or transportation.