The state college Tuition Guarantee, which was established in 2020, ensures that Pell-qualified students can attend Wayne State College tuition-free. The program applies to new undergraduate students. The program also only applies to fall and spring semesters and cannot be used for any summer tuition amounts.
Qualified first-time freshman and transfer students pursuing an undergraduate degree will receive a combination of federal grants, state or private grants, college remissions, or College Foundation scholarships to fill any tuition gap left after the Pell Grant. The state college Tuition Guarantee does not cover additional costs such as room and board, books, and fees. However, the student's private or community scholarships will not be considered when providing support to cover tuition costs.
To qualify, students must meet the following requirements:
- First-time freshman at one of the state colleges or an incoming transfer
- Admission to Chadron State, Peru State, or Wayne State College
- Pell Grant eligible as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester, including one or more on-campus classes
The Guarantee is renewable for up to four years as long as the student remains Pell-eligible, in good academic standing, and continues as a full-time on-campus student.