Regents Scholarship Guidelines for 2020-2021

General information and continuing eligibility requirements for new freshmen recipients.

The Regents Scholarship covers the cost of tuition for up to 135 credit hours or completion of a bachelor’s degree, whichever comes first.  These hours are exclusive of transfer hours from UNO, UNK, UNMC, extended education, transfer hours from another institution for education abroad, and hours earned as a UNL visiting student. However, credit hours earned at a University of Nebraska campus are included in the UNL cumulative grade point average calculation. See #11 below for information regarding which education abroad courses are eligible for this scholarship benefit.

2 Renewal of this scholarship for each subsequent year is dependent upon the recipient maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.500 or ranking in the upper 25% of the relevant class in a degree-granting undergraduate college.  The University computes grade point averages to three decimal places and does not round.  For students enrolled in the Exploratory and PreProfessional Advising Center, and the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service, the norms for the College of Arts & Sciences will be used in determining the upper 25% of the relevant class.  Renewal determinations are made at the end of each spring semester.

In order to complete the requirements for a degree in eight semesters, a student must earn an average of 15 credit hours each semester. Scholarship recipients must enroll full-time (at least 12 credit hours) during each semester of the academic year (fall and spring semesters) in order to receive the benefit. These hours must be officially registered by the sixth day of classes each semester.

4 Recipients must successfully complete 24 credit hours each academic year (fall and spring semesters), including the successful completion of at least 9 graded hours each semester. Successful completion is defined as the sum of all UNL credit hours completed with a grade of A through D- or Pass (P). Grades of I, N, W, F, and NR are not considered successfully completed. Repeated courses will only count once and must be registered for consecutive semesters (i.e., full time by sixth day of classes each semester).

When meeting renewal criteria, scholarship funds may be used to pay tuition for summer enrollment at UNL after the completion of the first academic year if the student completes the Summer Aid Application in MyRed prior to enrollment.

6 After completing at least one year of study on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus and successfully completing requirements 2, 3, and 4 above, a Regents Scholar may transfer to another campus of the University of Nebraska system to pursue a curriculum not offered on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.  The Regent Scholar would retain his or her scholarship for one additional year at the current funding level.  During the additional year at another campus, all University of Nebraska-Lincoln requirements explained here still apply.  Any opportunity to receive Regents Scholarship support beyond this first year of transfer will be determined by the policies and practices of the new campus.
7 The scholarship cannot be used for non-credit courses or non-term specific correspondence courses.  Recipients cannot combine this award with any other tuition waiver from federal, state, or University sources (e.g., Employee Dependent Waiver).  The scholarship cannot be used for courses taken at UNO, UNK or UNMC.
8 The scholarship will be discontinued if the recipient withdraws from school or fails to register for consecutive semesters, unless an exception is granted because of extenuating circumstances.
9 Recipients must pay for the mandatory student service fees, laboratory fees related to particular courses, and other miscellaneous fees (for example drop/add charges, registration fees, and credit-by-examination fees).
10 An amount of money equal to the semester tuition charges will be credited to the recipient's student account and will appear on his or her billing statement.  Any student whose total scholarship and/or financial aid awards exceed his or her total institutional charges for a given semester will receive a refund for the difference from the Office of Student Account.

For education abroad programs, this scholarship may be applied toward UNL course credit (where tuition is charged). This scholarship cannot be applied toward course credit that will be transferred from another institution. Students may apply for a variety of scholarships specific to education abroad:


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