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These forms are used if you are seeking financial aid based on the hours you are taking at UNK and another qualified school. You must be degree seeking at UNK, enrolled in at least one class at UNK, and taking one or more classes at a qualified school. Some changes have been made to the co-enrollment policies.
COE forms will be available and processed according to the below deadlines. Forms submitted after these deadlines will not be processed.
Please see the FAQ's below for more information on Co-Enrollment
UNK will not award aid based on courses taken at all schools. There must be a consortium (a written agreement) between the schools. The consortium states that UNK is your degree-seeking school and the other school is called your “host school”. The following institutions qualify as host schools:
Nebraska University System Schools: UNL, UNO, UNMC, NCTA
Nebraska State Colleges: Chadron, Peru, Wayne
Central Community Colleges: Columbus, Grand Island, Kearney, Hastings
Mid-Plains Community Colleges: McCook, North Platte
Metro Community College: Omaha
Northeast Community College
Southeast Community College
Each academic year you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have it submitted to UNK.
If your host school is in the Nebraska University System (UNL, UNO, UNMC, or NTCA) complete the online notification form.
If your host school is a state or community college, thoroughly read the agreement, print, complete the student section, and forward to your host school.
COE forms will be available and processed according to the following deadlines:
Forms submitted after these deadlines will not be processed.
Within ten days of receiving your completed co-enrollment form from your host school you will receive a revised award notice by email. There will be a comment on it that says you are being awarded based on a certain number of hours at UNK and a certain number at the other school. If we are unable to award you aid when we receive your co-enrollment form you will be sent an email explaining what you need to do.
You are responsible for paying the bill at your host institution. The financial aid you accepted at UNK will credit to your UNK billing account. If there is money remaining after the UNK bill is paid it will be refunded to you. It will take about 5-7 days for you to receive the refund from the time it is ordered. You should use that refund to pay your bill at the other school.
If your host institution is quarter-based (e.g. Metro Community College and Southeast Community College) this information will affect you. Equivalent hours, for financial aid purposes, means that we will base a student’s financial aid on how many credit hours will transfer into UNK, and not necessarily the actual credit hours at the host school. If a 4.5 credit hour class will transfer into UNK as 4.5 credit hours, the equivalency hours are the same and financial aid will be based on the 4.5 credit hours. However if the 4.5 credit hour class will transfer into UNK at 3 credit hours, financial aid will be based on 3 UNK credit hours.
For example, a student registers for one 3 credit hour UNK class and two 4.5 credit hour classes at his/her host school. The 4.5 credit hour classes transfer into UNK at 3 credit hours each. Since the host school classes only transfer into UNK at 3 credit hours each (6 hours total) the student will be considered a part-time (9-11) student rather than a full-time (12+) student for financial aid.
Please click here to check your course equivalencies.
Two things we consider when awarding financial aid are the budget and the number of hours in which a student is enrolled. Part of the budget is tuition and fees. If you are taking 12 credit hours at UNK the amount allowed for tuition and fees is higher than if you are taking 9 credit hours. When COE is involved we utilize the UNK budgeted amount of tuition and fees for the hours taken at UNK and add the tuition and fees the host school budgets for their credit hours. The exception to this is when the co-enrollment is at a NU System School. In that case we use the UNK budgeted amount. If 12 or more hours are taken at UNK no adjustment is made for any additional COE hours.
The number of hours in which a student is enrolled may affect grant eligibility. For most grants, excluding the Pell Grant, a student must be enrolled in 12 credit hours. If a student takes 3 credit hours at UNK and 9 credit hours at the host school, that student would be considered full time. Please refer to UNK Equivalent Hours question to determine credit hour enrollment. Pell Grant eligibility would be adjusted based on enrollment, if applicable.
If you add classes at the other school after a co-enrollment form has been submitted, you must complete a new form that shows all hours in which you are registered, and you must have the host school complete and submit the updated verification.
If you drop hours at the host school during their "free drop" or "drop and add" period, you MUST notify UNK. If you fail to do this at the time you drop the class it will be reported when grades are requested at the end of the semester. You are not entitled to aid for classes you never participated in. UNK will retroactively cancel aid you are not entitled to, and you will be required to repay the aid to UNK.
If you withdraw from all classes at both UNK and your host school, a portion of your aid may be returned to the federal programs.
Yes, you may take hours at more than one host school at the same time. You must submit a co-enrollment form completed by each school.
It is your responsibility to contact the other school. If they say they sent the form, ask them to re-submit it.
For most UNK Scholarships you must be enrolled for at least 12 UNK hours. You cannot meet the 12 hour requirement using hours at a host school. Please review the scholarship agreement you received when you were awarded the scholarship. In some cases you can receive a Continuing Student Scholarship based on co-enrolled hours. Please contact the Financial Aid Office to be sure.
Your progress at the host school is used in determining your academic progress at UNK. At the end of each semester we request your grades from the host school and review them in conjunction with your UNK grades to be sure you are meeting the UNK SAP standards.
If a student is co-enrolled during a semester that they are on warning or probation, aid for the upcoming semester will not be released until progress at the host school is confirmed.