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Ronnie Green and guest Director of Scholarships and Financial Aid Justin Chase Brown discuss the variety of opportunities to get help paying for college and the importance of submitting applications early.
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[00:00:00.309]Welcome back, it's halftime
[00:00:01.511]of the Huskers game against Ohio State.
[00:00:02.838]Greg Sharpe back at our Huskers Sports Network studios.
[00:00:04.876]I'm delighted to be joined by University
[00:00:06.469]of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Ronnie Green.
[00:00:09.045]We hope everybody had a great holiday.
[00:00:10.896]We're still in the midst of the holiday season
[00:00:12.585]and I know a lot of college students are resting up
[00:00:14.934]after their final exams a week or so ago,
[00:00:17.165]and now you wanna kinda look ahead a little bit,
[00:00:19.441]to future college students who are thinking about next fall.
[00:00:22.411]What message do you have this holiday season
[00:00:24.745]for those high school seniors and their parents?
[00:00:27.170]Well, happy holidays
[00:00:28.655]to all of our listeners and hope everyone
[00:00:30.302]had a great Christmas and looking forward
[00:00:31.734]to a great new years ahead.
[00:00:34.051]You know there's no better way
[00:00:35.806]to ensure opportunity for the future
[00:00:38.116]for greater lifetime income throughout a person's life
[00:00:41.452]than obtaining a degree in higher education,
[00:00:44.973]especially a four-year degree like we offer
[00:00:48.450]at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
[00:00:51.206]And this is kinda the time of year when many families
[00:00:54.541]are kind of thinking about that
[00:00:56.556]because it's the time of year when a lot
[00:00:58.529]of applications are getting done for admissions
[00:01:01.646]to universities around the country.
[00:01:04.303]And I remember that really well with our four children,
[00:01:07.056]you know, Thanksgiving forward was kind of in that mode.
[00:01:11.051]And so a lot of folks are considering where they might go
[00:01:14.679]and we're certainly hoping that many of those
[00:01:17.751]come to us here at UNL.
[00:01:20.043]And another thing I know that families are thinking about
[00:01:23.042]in that process, whether they already have children
[00:01:25.721]in the university or have children considering
[00:01:28.980]coming into the university, is how they'll finance that,
[00:01:33.313]And finance the cost of education through either
[00:01:35.986]scholarship support or financial aid support.
[00:01:39.084]I'm really pleased today to have with us
[00:01:41.895]Justin Brown, who oversees our financial aid,
[00:01:45.696]Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid,
[00:01:48.349]for the University here in Lincoln.
[00:01:50.856]He came to us from a place called Missouri I think here
[00:01:53.868]a few years ago (laughter), and has really done a great job
[00:01:57.004]and is doing great job for us,
[00:01:58.801]and helping students think about ways
[00:02:01.197]that they can finance their education.
[00:02:03.122]It's great to have Justin with us.
[00:02:04.527]Justin it is good to have you here.
[00:02:05.810]What, give some hints out there for some parents
[00:02:08.009]or for some students, what should they be doing right now
[00:02:10.725]for thinking about scholarships or financial aid?
[00:02:13.291]Well first of all, thank you
[00:02:14.488]Chancellor Green for inviting me
[00:02:15.810]to help share some information today.
[00:02:18.544]The first thing to be sure is to make sure
[00:02:20.580]you apply for admission, and then you wanna
[00:02:23.587]file the FAFSA, otherwise known
[00:02:26.080]as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
[00:02:29.032]at fafsa dot gov.
[00:02:33.045]The earlier you file, the better,
[00:02:35.411]because certain aid is awarded on a first-come,
[00:02:38.227]first-complete basis, and students who file
[00:02:41.210]by April 1st have first priority.
[00:02:43.690]You wanna file now though, and don't wait
[00:02:46.253]for deadlines, because awards go out as students file.
[00:02:49.422]In fact, we have many students who have already
[00:02:51.772]been receiving scholarships and financial aid
[00:02:54.368]this semester in the mail as they submit their applications.
[00:02:58.326]Grants, loans, and federal work study
[00:03:00.818]all depend on students completing the FAFSA.
[00:03:03.821]Fantastic. What other steps
[00:03:06.163]about applying to the university should they be doing?
[00:03:08.946]Well for, again apply for admission
[00:03:11.332]as early as possible, and then for scholarship eligibility,
[00:03:14.256]one thing students should know
[00:03:16.676]is that most incoming freshman scholarships
[00:03:19.559]have a new March 1st deadline,
[00:03:21.942]and we will accept national test scores
[00:03:24.520]from the ACT or SAT through the February testings.
[00:03:27.883]Now even if you are planning to take the test again
[00:03:31.292]in February, you wanna apply now,
[00:03:33.466]and we continually review scholarships
[00:03:36.180]as new scores come in.
[00:03:37.804]Other scholarships through the academic departments
[00:03:40.900]and colleges, or through experiences
[00:03:43.275]with leadership, service, or diversity
[00:03:45.950]may have earlier deadlines, so pay close attention,
[00:03:48.884]and you can visit the admissions website for more details
[00:03:51.811]at admissions dot unl dot edu.
[00:03:54.045]Okay, that's the big thing to know,
[00:03:55.949]admissions dot unl dot edu to get that.
[00:03:58.261]Chancellor, where does Nebraska stand
[00:04:00.378]in the way of cost when it relates to its Big Ten brothers?
[00:04:03.890]Well, we think we're a very very
[00:04:05.943]high-value education at the University of Nebraska.
[00:04:09.715]We're very fortunate that across all of higher education,
[00:04:13.682]we're considered a "Best Buy."
[00:04:16.117]There's 20 universities that have been named
[00:04:19.132]as a "Best Buy" designation by the Fiske Guide
[00:04:21.830]to Colleges and Universities, and we're in that 20.
[00:04:25.227]So it tells you a little bit about the value
[00:04:27.924]of the education here relative to our cost.
[00:04:30.858]We're amongst the lowest in the Big Ten
[00:04:33.613]in terms of our tuition costs,
[00:04:35.726]so we kinda jockey back and forth
[00:04:37.231]with the University of Iowa in that regard,
[00:04:39.773]our neighbor to the east.
[00:04:41.561]And our students here who do take out loans
[00:04:44.678]to help finance their education
[00:04:46.740]typically borrow about $6,000 on average less
[00:04:50.035]than the national average, so we're very pleased
[00:04:53.727]about that in trying to keep education
[00:04:56.976]affordable and accessible here
[00:04:59.368]at our state's land grant university.
[00:05:01.864]And as we said earlier, the greatest gift,
[00:05:04.994]thinking about holiday season here,
[00:05:07.368]that a family can give to their child
[00:05:10.845]is the gift of an education, and the benefits
[00:05:15.201]from that education and specifically
[00:05:17.735]a Nebraska education from the University of Nebraska.
[00:05:21.616]Thank you Chancellor, thank you Justin.
[00:05:23.292]We've got more halftime coming up next.
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