Nebraska Financial Aid: Grants & Scholarships

Students looking for additional Nebraska State financial aid can rest assured they have a few options. If you’re planning to go to college and need more funding that the FAFSA® provided you, there is an opportunity to get more aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

First File Your FAFSA®

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is the first financial aid for any potential college student should fill out. You can apply for free here on Frank and our dedicated financial aid experts will help to guide you through the process. Once you’ve filed your application, you’ll be eligible for federal financial aid as well as institutional-based aid, based on availability and financial necessity.

Apply for Nebraska Financial Aid

In addition to the FAFSA®, there are a few other options for Nebraska financial that student should pay attention to. Keep reading to find out what’s out there and what you’re eligible for.

Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship Program

To qualify for the scholarship the student must be enrolled in an eligible course being taken for a grade (courses taken as audit or as CR/NC are not eligible), and the student or student’s family must be approved to participate in one of the federal need-based government programs listed below, have experienced an extreme hardship that affects family income, or be participating in a designated Career Education program as established by the Nebraska Department of Education.

Nebraska Opportunity Grant (NOG)

The State of Nebraska provides the Nebraska Opportunity Grant (NOG) – formerly the Nebraska State Grant – to students who meet certain qualifications.  Qualifications include being a Nebraska resident, attending a Nebraska postsecondary institution, and having a minimum EFC as determined by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Community College Gap Assistance Program

The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce predicts that 71 percent of Nebraska jobs will require at least some postsecondary education by 2020.

The Community College Gap Assistance Program aims to address this looming shortage by offering financial aid to community college students enrolled in credit or non-credit programs that are not eligible for Pell grants that could lead to jobs in high-need fields. These are 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. 

For any questions about Nebraska financial aid like scholarships or school-based aid, you’ll want to reach out to your financial aid office directly to better understand what is needed from you. If you have questions about the FAFSA®, the team at Frank is standing by to help.