WSC, Nebraska State College System Offer Advantage Program
The newly approved Nebraska State College System Advantage program guarantees first-time freshmen students who receive federal Pell Grants will pay no tuition at the Nebraska State Colleges for the 2009-10 academic year. The NSCS Advantage offers another innovative way for Chadron, Peru and Wayne State to serve students, communities and the state of Nebraska.
The NSCS Board of Trustees approved the program during its board meeting held Feb. 27 at Peru State College. The program fulfills the promise of excellent educational programs combined with unrivaled affordability.
“The board asked the chancellor, his staff and the colleges to continue to find new ways to meet our system mission of providing access to high quality educational opportunities,” NSCS Board Chairman Bill Roskens said. “With the recent economic downturn, access to college has become more challenging and this program will assist first-time freshmen in their pursuit of earning a degree.”
Participants in the NSCS Advantage Program must be:
- A Nebraska resident
- A federal Pell Grant recipient
- A new first-time freshman for the 2009-10 year
- Enrolled in at least 12 on-campus credit hours
“The program provides the difference between the cost of tuition and the amount of all other awards for Pell Grant recipients,” NSCS Chancellor Stan Carpenter said. “About one-third of our students in the NSCS qualify for Pell Grant assistance and we are attempting to remove the financial barriers many face. Continuation in the program requires the recipient to receive a federal Pell Grant every semester and to remain enrolled in one of the Nebraska State Colleges.”
“The new Nebraska State College System Advantage scholarship program is designed for first-time, full-time freshmen enrolling at Wayne State, Chadron State, or Peru State Colleges who receive a federal Pell Grant,” said Dr. Richard Collings, Wayne State College president. “In these unstable economic times, this program will allow Pell grant recipients at Wayne State to cover the cost of tuition not covered by other awards.”
For information about the NSCS Advantage, go to the NSCS Web site at www.nscs.edu or visit Wayne State’s Web site at www.wsc.edu/advantage.
Wayne State College is a member of the Nebraska State College System, which serves 8,500 students from Nebraska and surrounding states through three geographically diverse institutions: Chadron, Peru and Wayne State Colleges. Combined, the three colleges offer more than 200 degree and pre-professional programs that are accessible on the three campuses, via the Internet, and in several satellite locations throughout the state. With more than 250 credentialed faculty members and 50,000 successful graduates, the NSCS provides significant human and intellectual capital that contributes to the current and future economic strength of the state of Nebraska.