University of Nebraska celebrates Collegebound Nebraska Week 2013

These are three of the 6,671 University of Nebraska students – almost one-quarter of Nebraska undergraduates at the university – who qualify for full tuition support through Collegebound Nebraska this year. Collegebound Nebraska guarantees that any Nebraska undergraduate who qualifies for a federal Pell Grant and meets the university’s admission requirements can attend NU and pay no tuition.

Sharon Ward

Graduate of Omaha North High Magnet School and student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha who hopes to have a career in athletic training.

 

Tabitha Paul

Gothenburg native who runs track and majors in family studies at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

 

Donovon Allen

First in his family to attend college when he enrolled at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with dreams of working in the medical field and who wants to be a positive role model for his little sister.

 

These are three of the 6,671 University of Nebraska students – almost one-quarter of Nebraska undergraduates at the university – who qualify for full tuition support through Collegebound Nebraska this year. Collegebound Nebraska guarantees that any Nebraska undergraduate who qualifies for a federal Pell Grant and meets the university’s admission requirements can attend NU and pay no tuition.

In an effort to make more students and families aware of the financial aid opportunities available to them, the university last year began celebrating Collegebound Nebraska Week during the third week of October, as proclaimed by Gov. Dave Heineman. As part of its promotion, the university mailed a packet of information about the program to Nebraska high school principals and counselors and nonprofit organizations. NU also has enlisted nearly 20 former Husker student-athletes – including football players Rex Burkhead, Prince Amukamara, Austin Cassidy and DeJon Gomes, and volleyball players Jordan Larson, Lauren Cook and Gina Mancuso – to help promote the program and college-going on social media.

“To students and families in Nebraska who are thinking about college, I would say this: Dream big. I learned so much about myself in college and I’m proud to say that no matter where I go in life, I’ll always have my University of Nebraska degree,” said Cassidy, a native of Lincoln who earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction from UNL in 2011 and was an Academic All-American while playing for the Huskers. “Collegebound Nebraska is helping thousands of students pay for their education and I hope even more students will take advantage of this amazing opportunity.”

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken noted that expanding affordable access to higher education is one of the key goals of the Nebraska P-16 Initiative. Gov. Heineman chairs the P-16 Initiative and Milliken is a co-chair.

“Together with the many other scholarships and financial aid options available to our students, Collegebound Nebraska helps the university meet our most fundamental obligation: that we will provide affordable, high-quality education to the people of our state,” Milliken said. “I hope many more students and families will take advantage of the tremendous opportunity Collegebound Nebraska provides.”

Collegebound Nebraska covers all of a student’s tuition costs, up to 30 credit hours per academic year, that are not covered by Pell funds or other grants or scholarships. To qualify for Collegebound Nebraska, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 1 each year. No separate application is required. Generally, a student from a family of four with one in college and an income of about $53,000 or less will qualify for Collegebound Nebraska aid. A student must maintain a 2.5 grade point average to remain eligible for the program.

While Collegebound Nebraska does not cover expenses beyond tuition such as room and board, books or fees, many students receive additional financial aid that helps cover those costs.

For more details, visit collegeboundnebraska.com or follow Collegebound Nebraska on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. The program also has a YouTube channel featuring videos of Amukamara, Larson and students from all four NU campuses who are attending college with support from Collegebound Nebraska.

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