Husker Hub Explains: Nebraska Promise
In this video Husker Hub explains the details of the Nebraska Promise program that guarantees funding for tuition costs up to 15 credit hours per semester for Nebraska resident students. We will provide information on eligibility criteria, how to apply, what your financial aid award will entail along with answers to frequently asked questions about the program.
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[00:00:00.390]Welcome to "Husker Hub Explains" my name's Daniel.
[00:00:03.340]I'm a student services specialist in the Husker Hub.
[00:00:06.370]And this video today will actually
[00:00:07.880]be discussing the Nebraska Promise Program,
[00:00:11.100]specifically, I'm gonna be going over-
[00:00:13.860]We interrupted regularly scheduled Husker Hub's plans
[00:00:16.240]Nebraska Promise programming,
[00:00:17.580]for this breaking news.
[00:00:19.440]Beginning with the fall of 2022 semester
[00:00:21.590]and indefinitely beyond that,
[00:00:23.230]The University of Nebraska, along with the entire
[00:00:25.630]University of Nebraska school system has expanded
[00:00:28.350]Nebraska Promise Commitment Program to now qualify
[00:00:31.090]both new, returning, full-time
[00:00:33.360]first time, undergraduate Nebraska resident students
[00:00:36.330]with a family income of 65,000 or less
[00:00:39.040]for up to 30 credit hours of free tuition
[00:00:41.648]over an academic year.
[00:00:43.538]And if that wasn't news enough,
[00:00:45.000]the federal aid FAFSA priority application deadline
[00:00:47.510]has been extended to June 1st.
[00:00:50.090]Previously the household income threshold
[00:00:52.120]for Nebraska Promise had been 60,000,
[00:00:54.570]while the previous priority deadline had been April 1st.
[00:00:57.390]This permanent expansion allows
[00:00:58.870]for more students to be considered.
[00:01:00.610]And for more time for those eligible students
[00:01:02.440]to submit their free applications
[00:01:03.690]for federal student aid.
[00:01:05.460]Eligible students have to be residents of Nebraska,
[00:01:08.900]obtaining their first bachelor's degree,
[00:01:10.870]who also must maintain a 2.5 GPA
[00:01:13.650]and either qualify for the federal Pell grant,
[00:01:15.830]or have a household income of 65,000 or less,
[00:01:19.090]and as well have their FAFSA submitted
[00:01:20.770]to UNL by June 1st.
[00:01:23.010]Nebraska Promise is a guarantee of funding
[00:01:25.380]to cover the cost of undergraduate tuition
[00:01:27.510]up to 15 credit hours per semester
[00:01:29.340]at one of the four university of Nebraska campuses.
[00:01:32.450]UNK, UNL, UNMC and UNO,
[00:01:35.660]and the two year technical college, NCTA.
[00:01:37.940]You would apply
[00:01:38.773]for admission to university of Nebraska Lincoln,
[00:01:40.670]or at one of the other University of Nebraska Institutions.
[00:01:43.250]Secondly, you would file your FAFSA
[00:01:45.120]by that priority deadline of each academic year
[00:01:47.560]that you are attending University of Nebraska Lincoln.
[00:01:49.960]For Promise eligible students selected for verification,
[00:01:52.780]the deadline to submit verification
[00:01:54.340]documentation is set for July 1st,
[00:01:56.640]an entire month after the June 1st
[00:01:58.380]priority FAFSA application deadline.
[00:02:01.130]Bear in mind each October 1st,
[00:02:02.730]the next academic year's FAFSA application opens
[00:02:06.830]And will always require prior prior year tax
[00:02:10.280]which eliminates having to delay submitting your FAFSA
[00:02:12.860]until the new year.
[00:02:14.080]This allows an eight month window
[00:02:15.550]of opportunity to have those FAFSAs
[00:02:17.280]submitted as soon as possible, you would then
[00:02:19.160]submit all requested documents within your Myra to-do list.
[00:02:22.280]If you're having any issues, finding, completing
[00:02:24.240]or submitting these documents
[00:02:25.390]please contact us at Husker hub.
[00:02:26.860]That's what we're actually here to help you out with.
[00:02:28.770]If meeting eligibility criteria,
[00:02:30.440]you would receive your financial aid award letter
[00:02:32.530]and a notification stating that you qualify
[00:02:34.350]for the Nebraska Promise for the upcoming age year.
[00:02:37.250]You'll see an actual logo
[00:02:38.460]on the first page of your financial aid award.
[00:02:41.540]It shows a red book
[00:02:42.630]and the Nebraska Promise.
[00:02:43.920]Students must actually apply for this each year
[00:02:45.800]that you're enrolled by filing a FAFSA,
[00:02:47.840]and meeting all stated deadlines that we've discussed.
[00:02:50.200]When you do receive your award letter
[00:02:51.870]there are a few things to take note
[00:02:53.280]of about how the Nebraska promise is going to appear
[00:02:55.430]in your financial aid award package.
[00:02:57.730]Now with the Nebraska Promise it being a program,
[00:03:00.150]not a scholarship,
[00:03:01.420]what this means is that you would not see an award
[00:03:03.320]within your financial aid package labeled
[00:03:05.710]as the Nebraska Promise.
[00:03:07.760]Much rather, you will see a variety
[00:03:09.310]of funding sources that will cover the cost
[00:03:10.990]of your tuition up to 15 credit hours.
[00:03:13.790]Some of those funding sources you may see
[00:03:15.290]on your award letter that fulfill the Nebraska
[00:03:17.020]Promise can include federal Pell grant, opportunity grants,
[00:03:21.700]merit based scholarships,
[00:03:23.430]and military tuition waivers.
[00:03:26.010]Items that will never fulfill the Nebraska Promise,
[00:03:28.580]or external scholarships,
[00:03:29.950]such as funds from the Buffet foundation, federal student
[00:03:32.800]or parent loans, or any other funds that will need to
[00:03:35.490]be paid back upon graduation.
[00:03:37.720]On this slide, you can see a few
[00:03:39.060]of the more come common questions that we receive
[00:03:40.770]about the Nebraska Promise Program.
[00:03:43.450]To the far left question is "why is there still a charge
[00:03:46.770]for tuition on their account,
[00:03:48.750]If they have the Nebraska promise?"
[00:03:50.900]Students will of course still be charged for tuition.
[00:03:53.280]However, their financial aid award will cover
[00:03:55.450]up to 15 credit hours worth
[00:03:56.840]of that tuition cost to offset that charge.
[00:04:00.820]Secondly, "Does Nebraska Promise cover summer coursework?"
[00:04:04.460]The answer to this is no.
[00:04:05.750]However, there is a summer tuition grant that is
[00:04:07.670]awarded based on similar criteria.
[00:04:09.890]Another question we frequently get asked is
[00:04:11.667]"If a student is a spring admit,
[00:04:13.830]can they still receive their benefits
[00:04:15.160]of the Nebraska Promise?"
[00:04:16.680]This answer is also no.
[00:04:18.440]Students must meet all applicable deadlines
[00:04:20.430]including for filing the FAFSA.
[00:04:22.020]And one of the last frequently asked questions
[00:04:23.840]that we do receive is, "Is if a student is
[00:04:25.870]in a course of study that had differential tuition
[00:04:28.120]which means higher than the base rate
[00:04:29.990]for a resident student of university, Nebraska Lincoln.
[00:04:32.320]Will, the Nebraska promise still cover those credit hours?"
[00:04:35.280]The answer to this question is yes, grants
[00:04:37.230]and scholarships will be increased to match the actual cost
[00:04:40.190]of tuition up to 15 credit hours.
[00:04:42.840]To delve deeper into the specifics
[00:04:44.360]of the Nebraska Promise commitment,
[00:04:46.010]feel free to check out the Nebraska promise frequently
[00:04:48.020]asked questions page as well as the Husker Hub landing site
[00:04:51.140]for more in depth details.
[00:04:52.780]And as always, thank you very much
[00:04:54.300]for watching Husker Hub explains, enjoy and educate yourself
[00:04:57.290]by checking out more of our videos on our website.
[00:04:59.820]And should you have any questions, please connect
[00:05:01.650]with the Husker Hub student services specialist
[00:05:03.460]either via phone, email, in person, or virtual visit.
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