Access NWU Scholarship Program

The Access NWU Scholarship Program fully funds tuition through federal, state and NWU merit-based and need-based aid for Nebraska first-time, first-year students who qualify for the federal Pell Grant. The program will serve most students whose family adjusted gross incomes are at or below $60,000.

For Access NWU students, Nebraska Wesleyan first applies state and federal grants to the cost of tuition. Next, NWU applies a subsidized student loan of $3,500 and then provides scholarships to cover the remaining tuition cost. Scholarships and grants comprise 90% of the cost of tuition. Outside scholarships, family financial resources, unsubsidized federal student loans and on-campus work study may be used for additional educational expenses, such as room and board, fees and books.

To qualify, a student must:

  • be a Nebraska resident
  • be federal Pell Grant eligible as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • apply and be admitted to NWU
  • be a first-year, first-time student from Nebraska
  • carry a full-time academic course load of 12-18 credit hours per semester

How to Apply for Access NWU

Step 1 – Apply for admission to Nebraska Wesleyan University

Access NWU candidates must apply and be admitted as a new first-year student.

Step 2 – Submit a FAFSA

Interested students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://fafsa.ed.gov/ and add NWU’s school code (002555). If required, recipients must complete the federal verification process to confirm eligibility for the Access NWU Scholarship Program. While there is no formal closing date, students are strongly encouraged to complete the application for admission and the FAFSA by March 1.

Step 3 – Watch for SAR

Completing the FAFSA will generate the Student Aid Report (SAR) on which the expected family contribution is listed. Eligibility will be specified when the financial aid award is formally announced. The NWU financial aid staff will confirm your official eligibility for the Access NWU Scholarship Program.

Renewal Process

Students will remain eligible for up to four years of Access NWU funding provided they file a FAFSA prior to March 1 each year and remain Pell-eligible. Students must also maintain full-time status and at least a 2.0 GPA. Access NWU funding covers the full cost of tuition after state and federal funds (including the maximum Subsidized Federal Direct Loan eligibility) are applied. Outside scholarships, family financial resources, unsubsidized federal student loans and on-campus work study may be used for additional educational expenses, such as room and board, fees and books.