When you’re a senior, you and your parent(s) will apply for college financial aid by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). They type and amounts of financial aid you’ll receive will be based on your family’s income and assets.

Other ways to pay

Start at a less expensive community college. If you’re striving for a bachelor’s degree, you can transfer to a four-year college.

Live at home. Living on campus can cost as much as $10,000 per year or more!

Qualify for free tuition. Some Nebraska colleges will cover the cost of tuition for students who meet income and academic criteria. These programs include Collegebound Nebraska at all campuses of the University of Nebraska, the Advantage Program at Chadron State College, Peru State College and Wayne State College, and Access NWU at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Join the military. All branches offer educational benefits for college.