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Advantage Program

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For eligible participants, the Nebraska State College System (NSCS) Advantage Program provides the difference between the cost of tuition and the amount of all other awards. Other awards include, but are not limited to: Pell, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Nebraska Opportunity Grant (NOG), institutional waivers, and foundation/outside scholarship assistance. 

Qualifications

To qualify for the program a student must be:

  • A Nebraska resident
  • A federal Pell Grant recipient
  • A new first-time freshman
  • Enrolled in at least 12 on-campus credit hours per semester

There is no separate application. Eligible students are identified automatically through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application.

Students remain eligible for the Advantage program as long as they continue to receive a Federal Pell Grant and make satisfactory progress towards a degree.

The award is not available for transfer students.

Award Maximum

The award covers up to 16 credit hours per semester. 

Maintaining Your Eligibility

Continuing to receive tuition assistance through the NSCS Advantage program is simple. You just need to:

  • Remain eligible for the Federal Pell Grant
  • Complete the FAFSA by April 1 of every year
  • Enroll in at least 12 on-campus credit hours at Wayne State per semester

Federal Pell Grant eligibility is calculated by your family's Expected Family Contribution - or EFC - toward the cost of college. The EFC is calculated in part by your family's income and assets, as well as how many children are in college.

To apply for a Federal Pell Grant, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Wayne State recommends completing the FAFSA as early as possible in your college search. If you have questions about the FAFSA process, please contact the Admissions office.

After you complete the FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (or SAR). The SAR will tell you if you’re eligible for the Federal Pell Grant and the amount of your Expected Family Contribution.

Calculating Your Assistance

Once you have qualified for a Federal Pell Grant, the amount of tuition assistance you will receive under the NSCS Advantage program will be calculated.

The Advantage program will provide the difference between the cost of tuition and the amount of other awards, including:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
  • Nebraska Scholarship Grant (NSG)
  • Institutional waivers, foundation and other outside scholarship assistance