Academic and Athletic Scholarships
Student athletes participating in an NCAA sponsored sport are required to abide by the NCAA rules set forth regarding institutional aid.
Academic Scholarships from UNL
When a student is awarded academic and an athletic scholarship, he/she must meet specific NCAA criteria (in addition to the criteria for the academic award).
Incoming Freshmen must meet one of the following requirements:
- High school 3.5 cumulative GPA;
- Minimum ACT sum score of 105;
- Minimum SAT score of 1270 (critical reading and math); OR
- Ranked in the top 10% of the high school graduating class.
- Incoming Transfers must have a transferable GPA of at least a 3.0.
- Continuing student athletes must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 before the start of the fall semester.
If the above criteria is not met, the academic aid will be countable against the team’s scholarship limits. Each countable academic award will be evaluated by the head coach, compliance and the financial aid office.
Non-Academic UNL Scholarships
All UNL scholarships and/or grants awarded based on non-academic criteria (e.g. leadership, financial need) are countable against the team’s scholarship limits, if the student athlete also receives athletic aid. Each countable award will be evaluated by the head coach, compliance and the financial aid office.
Non-UNL Scholarships (External)
External scholarships must be reviewed to meet specific NCAA criteria. Email the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Student’s Name
- Name of Scholarship
- Name of Awarding Organization
- Contact Information for Organization
Reduction or Cancellation of Athletic Aid
Athletics aid may be reduced or canceled at any time if the recipient:
- a) Renders himself or herself ineligible for intercollegiate competition;
- b) Fraudulently misrepresents any information on an application, letter of intent or financial aid agreement);
- c) Engages in serious misconduct warranting substantial disciplinary penalty, as determined by the institution's regular student disciplinary authority;
- d) Voluntarily (on his or her own initiative) withdraws from a sport at any time for personal reasons;
- e) Violates a non-athletically related condition outlined in the financial aid agreement or violates a documented institutional rule or policy (e.g., academics policies or standards, athletics department or team rules or policies); or
- f) Provides written notification of transfer to the institution; however, the student-athlete’s financial aid may not be reduced or canceled until the end of the regular academic term in which written notification of transfer is received. If a student-athlete provides written notification of transfer to the institution between regular academic terms (winter break, summer break) the institution may reduce or cancel the financial aid immediately.
Per NCAA rules, student athletes who have their athletic aid reduced or cancelled shall be provided a hearing conducted by the Athletics Appeals Committee at the student’s request. A hearing must be requested within 10 days of the official reduction/cancellation notification. Requests must be sent to:
Justin Chase Brown
Director of the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid
*** Note: Students who will participate as a member of any University of Nebraska varsity NCAA team are not eligible to receive Husker Traditions, Husker Power and Husker Living & Learning Scholarships or Husker Access Grants and Scholarships.
Questions related to institutional and/or federal aid:
Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid via Husker Hub
Questions related to external scholarships:
Questions related to athletic scholarships and NCAA rules: