These are four types of financial aid to help you pay for college.Scholarships come from private donors or from your college and are not repaid.  Some are based on financial need, while others are based on criteria such as academics, leadership, athletics, talents, or military involvement.

Grants* are based on financial need and you don’t repay them. They include:

  • Pell Grant
  • Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
  • Nebraska State Opportunity Grants
  • College-based grants

Work-Study*, also based on financial need, allows you to earn money while attending college.  You get paid for hours worked, so don’t expect money up-front to pay tuition.  Work-Study earnings will not affect future financial aid eligibility.

Loans* are a type of financial aid you must repay with interest.  Some are in your name and some are for the parent(s).

Several types of loans are available for both students and parents. View our loan chart for details.

*These types of financial aid are based on FAFSA results.