Nebraska Law Enforcement Scholarships

Nebraska Law Enforcement Education Act

The University of Nebraska is proud to partner with the State of Nebraska in supporting Nebraska law enforcement officers who are completing their baccalaureate degrees. Under the Nebraska Law Enforcement Education Act, sworn officers may be eligible for a waiver of 100% of their resident tuition charges. This waiver is available to officers for up to five years.

Application Process:

To apply for this tuition waiver as a Nebraska law enforcement officer, please complete the Nebraska Law Enforcement Education Act Application and return your completed application to the UNK Financial Aid Office either by fax, email, mail, or by turning it into the Financial Aid Office in person.

Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act

The 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act included an amendment authorizing the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship. Under this scholarship, a Pell-eligible student whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer is eligible to receive a maximum Pell Grant for the award year for which the determination of eligibility is made. To qualify for this scholarship, the student must be Pell-eligible, have a Pell eligible EFC (as determined through completion of the FAFSA & related requirements), and must be less than 24 years of age or enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of his/her parent’s or guardian’s death. In subsequent years, the student continues to be eligible for the scholarship, as long as the student has a Pell-eligible EFC and continues to be an eligible student.


For purposes of the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship, a public safety officer is:

  • As defined in section 1204 of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796b); or
  • fire police officer, defined as an individual who is serving in accordance with State or local law as an officially recognized or designated member of a legally organized public safety agency and provides scene security or directs traffic in response to any fire drill, fire call, or other fire, rescue, or police emergency, or at a planned special event.

Application Process:

Since students who meet the conditions of this scholarship are not necessarily easily identifiable, please call the Office of Financial Aid if you believe you meet the criteria of this scholarship: (308) 865-8520 or email: