NU To Offer Free Tuition To Students From Families Making $60K Or Less

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The University of Nebraska will offer free undergraduate tuition this fall at its Lincoln, Kearney, and Omaha campuses to middle-income Nebraska residents.

President Ted Carter says the Nebraska Promise could attract another thousand students per year at a time when many families are struggling with the economic impact of the coronavirus pandermic.


The Nebraska Promise is in addition to an existing program providing tuition-free education for nearly 3,000 students from low income families.

It’s open to returning, transfer and new students, both on-campus and online, taking at least 12 credit hours and needs no application beyond the already required Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Students must take at least 12 credit hours per semester and maintain a 2.5 grade point average. It will cover up to 30 credit hours per academic year, participants must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA, and the program does not cover costs beyond tuition such as fees, books, or room and board

President Carter, the former superintendent of the Naval Academy, says Nebraska Promise will cost about $5-million dollars but no additional state funding will be needed because the university will cover the lost tuition by trimming elsewhere in the budget.

Carter says “accessibility for the people of Nebraska has been core to the mission of the University for more than 150 years,” and living up to that commitment is more important than ever with the coronavirus pandemic.

The Nebraska Promise has the strong support of the University Regents, the 3 campus chancellors, Governor Peter Ricketts, and legislative leaders.

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