University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Lincoln, NE, USA

Tuition, Cost & Aid

Affordability and Cost

Average Net Price Average net price for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution. Other sources of grant aid are excluded. Aid awarded anytime during the full aid year is included.

Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state or local government, or institutional grant and scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies and the weighted average room and board and other expenses.
$17,784
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$12,948
$30k - $48k
$13,579
$48k - $75k
$16,268
$75k - $110k
$20,245
$110k+
$21,525
Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$9,242
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$25,038
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$11,430
Books and Supplies
$1,016
Tuition Payment Plan
No
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: financialaid@unl.edu

Aid & Grants

0
100
78%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
22%
Average Aid Per Year
$8,538
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
22%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,361
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$6,977
Students receiving state aid
12%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$2,233
Students receiving federal aid
24%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,361
Total Needs Based Scholarships/Grants Total amount of grant or scholarship aid awarded to all undergraduates from the federal government, state/local government, the institution, and other sources known to the institution.
$74,626,783
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants
$41,032,925

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
47%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$6,085
Students receiving federal loans
47%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$5,104
Average Other Loans Per Year
$12,153
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$13,875
Loan Default Rate
4%
US National: 7%
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$232

What Students Are Saying

3.87 Average Rating
The professors [that I have] are all amazing and love to keep you chuckling and have you participate in class. My out-of-state tuition is horrible though. :[ Coming from a family (me, my mom, and our two cats in an apartment) with very low income helps, yet doesn't help at the same time. Financial Aid has helped a ton, but I'm still having to take out extra loans (which I vowed never to do). Other than that, what I've gained from my classes so far is very intriguing and makes you think. I love it. :]
Kathryn from Denton, TX
I am getting an amazing education for really, a lot less money than some people. Other comparable universities cost up to $12,000 more to attend than UNL, and with no greater of an educational value. The University did a great job lining me up with prospective scholarships and helping provide with me as much financial aid as they were able including grants, loans and a generous work-study.
Katie from Omaha, NE
I would say this is awesome. Tuition seems reasonable for a public school, though this is the only college I have attended. Of course, there is an increase in tuition fees for out of state students, but there are also many scholarships. Quite a few people, definitely more than I expected, have some kind of scholarship. Even if it is for $1,000 or less, it is money and incentive to do well.
Andy from TX
There are tons and tons of scholarships that you can apply for. After your first year, you just have to fill out one application for your department/college and they will do the work for you and look for any/all departmental scholarships that you qualify for!
Erica from Olathe, KS
I feel like I'm getting the full college experience and I can pay for the experience without excessive loans. ~20,000/year with room and board. Scholarships are pretty generous.
Christina from Omaha, NE
YES! One of the main factors why I choose the University of Nebraska, they offer great scholarships!
Alisha from Jackson , MO
I'm sensitive about money. I'm paying more for school than I want to (I'd like if it was free). UNL has helped me a little with scholarships and a grant or two. Mostly I have loans. I wish there were more options for financial aid, but I've exhausted the resources they've provided me with. (That's why I'm here).

Otherwise, it's a pretty solid education. I don't feel like my (huge) loans are being wasted. There are a few basic requirements that I wish I didn't have to pay for (science--I took astronomy). They make me feel like I'm in high school still, with all the wasted classes (when am I going to USE this?).

But those classes are few and far between. The classes I've taken have been meaty and interactive. At the same time I don't feel so overwhelmed that I stop going (except for that astronomy class). It's a delicate balance.
Madeline from Lincoln, NE
Although going to an out of state school is expensive, I think it is completely worth it. I recently visited my old hometown, and saw my friends that all went to the same college. They are all still the same and hanging out with the same people, where as I got away and was forced to grow up and meet new people. The football here is AMAZING and is now entering the BIG TEN! (who doesn't LOVE that?!) The campus is so pretty, and all classes are within ten minutes walking distance so you usually will never be late to a class! It is very greek here, meaning a lot of people join fraternities and sororities, which you can rush for during the summer. Overall, this is a great school for the price you are paying and although there are COLD winters, I wouldn't choose to go anywhere else!
Brittany from Iowa City, IA
The University of Nebraska College of Business in a nationally recognizable program, and I urge students to enroll!
Danielle from Lincoln, NE
This university is incredibly affordable for both in-state and out-of-state tuition. There are also many programs in place to ensure that anyone who gets accepted at UNL can afford to attend (i.e. College Bound Nebraska).
Vanessa from Los Angeles, CA