Free Tuition at the University of Nebraska at Kearney

We want to make sure that Nebraskans don’t let cost get in the way of earning a college degree. The Nebraska Promise covers undergraduate tuition for students who meet qualifications. In response to COVID-19, the priority deadline for Nebraska Promise has been extended to June 1, 2020.

Do I Qualify?

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Family Income is $60,000 or Less

Your family’s Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) is $60,000 or less or you qualify for a Pell Grant.

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Nebraska Resident

You must be a Nebraska Resident.

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Full-Time Under-Graduate Student

You must take at least 12 credit hours each semester.

Maintain 2.5 GPA

Maintain 2.5 GPA

You must maintain a 2.5 GPA to renew the Nebraska Promise.


The Nebraska Promise covers your cost of tuition, up to 15 credit hours per semester (no more than 30 credit hours per academic year). If your tuition is already fully covered by another scholarship or grant, the Promise is not additional payment. The program does not cover additional costs such as fees, room and board, books, or any indirect costs such as transportation. However, you may be eligible for additional financial aid from UNK that exceeds what the Nebraska Promise covers. If you have questions, check our FAQ below or contact The Office of Financial Aid at or call 308-865-8520.

Eligible students are automatically identified after they are admitted to UNK and have submitted the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). If you have already submitted the FAFSA and COVID-19 has impacted your finances, start by completing our Special Circumstances Form. Financial Aid may still be available.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do transfer students qualify?
    • Yes, as long as you meet the requirements.
  • What if I’m taking all my classes online?
    • Your tuition will be covered for any online classes that apply towards an undergraduate degree.
  • Does the Nebraska Promise cover summer classes?
    • It is not applicable over the summer.
  • Will I need to apply for the Nebraska Promise every year?
    • You will need to file a FAFSA each year and maintain the four qualifications listed above.