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Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

University of Nebraska Lincoln tuition is $7,125 per year for in-state residents. This is 1% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 60% cheaper than the average Nebraska tuition of $17,656 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 6th in Nebraska amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 20th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $22,245 which represents a 212% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,853 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $8,978.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $11,044 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Lincoln should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,070.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,970 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,970 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Nebraska residents to go to University of Nebraska-Lincoln is $25,062 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Nebraska residence can expect a one year cost of $40,182.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 IPEDS survey response for University of Nebraska Lincoln and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for University of Nebraska Lincoln
Estimated Budgets
Nebraska Resident Total Budget $25,062
   In-State Tuition$7,125
   Other Fees$1,853
   Room and Board$11,044
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,970
   Books and Supplies$1,070
Non-Resident Total Budget $40,182
   Out-of-State Tuition$22,245
   Other Fees$1,853
   Room and Board$11,044
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,970
   Books and Supplies$1,070

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What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $25,062 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported University of Nebraska-Lincoln net price for in-state students is $15,109* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

74% of University of Nebraska Lincoln students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $7,412. 26 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,059. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of Nebraska Lincoln, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of Nebraska Lincoln
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$15,109*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid74%
Average Total Grant Aid$7,412
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants26%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,059

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$11,395
$30,001 to $48,000$12,149
$48,001 to $75,000$15,016
$75,001 to $110,000$19,067
$110,000+$19,869

Average Financial Aid Mix - $25,062 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $25,062. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

35%
25%
40%

Grants and Scholarships

 35% - $7,412

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, University of Nebraska Lincoln or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 25% - $5,227

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 40% -  $8,453

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.


*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Is it Worth the Cost?

To make a comparative assessment if University of Nebraska-Lincoln is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 66/100 for University of Nebraska Lincoln. Considering an average net price paid of $13,108, this leads to an overall value ranking of 77/100. This places the school 64th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. University of Nebraska Lincoln
University of Missouri Columbia18.7% more expensive
University of Iowa5.1% more expensive
Missouri University of Science and Technology10.8% more expensive
University of Wisconsin La Crosse6.5% more expensive
University of Illinois at Springfield32% more expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at University of Nebraska Lincoln.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at University of Nebraska-Lincoln is $100,248 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $13,108 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $52,432**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $125,310 or $65,540 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at University of Nebraska Lincoln.

Nebraska Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,562
Nebraska Resident Total Cost Per Semester$12,531
Non-Nebraska Resident Tuition Per Semester$11,122
Non-Nebraska Resident Total Cost Per Semester$20,091

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at University of Nebraska Lincoln are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at University of Nebraska Lincoln
Price per credit hour for Nebraska residents$238
Cost for one class for Nebraska residents (3 credit hours)$714
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$748
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,244
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,992

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Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 51% of University of Nebraska Lincoln students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,227. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $23,951.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of Nebraska Lincoln? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $52,432, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $65,056.09. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of Nebraska Lincoln. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 74% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $13,108. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our University of Nebraska Lincoln student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

University of Nebraska Lincoln Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$542.13
Amount Borrowed$52,432.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$12,624.09
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$65,056.09

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend University of Nebraska-Lincoln? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending University of Nebraska Lincoln, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $65,056.09 would be needed to afford a $542.13 monthly payment in the example $52,432.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to University of Nebraska Lincoln in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $6,480 to $7,125. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 2%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $100,248.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for University of Nebraska Lincoln.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$34,466$137,864
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$43,988$175,954
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $56,142$224,567
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $64,991$259,964

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at University of Nebraska Lincoln to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Advertising Bachelor's Degree 117 3% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 114 13% costlier
Family and Consumer Economics and Related Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 88 20% costlier
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 81 19% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 72 5% cheaper
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 68 10% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 67 5% cheaper
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 59 5% cheaper
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 51 16% cheaper
Natural Resources/Conservation, General Bachelor's Degree 50 0% cheaper
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 47 11% costlier
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 43 5% cheaper
Architectural Engineering Bachelor's Degree 39 6% cheaper
Agricultural Economics Bachelor's Degree 34 6% costlier
Biological/Biosystems Engineering Bachelor's Degree 32 6% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 32 5% cheaper
Agronomy and Crop Science Bachelor's Degree 31 12% costlier
Interior Architecture Bachelor's Degree 29 2% costlier
Agricultural Business and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 28 17% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 27 3% cheaper
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Bachelor's Degree 26 23% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 26 8% costlier
Social Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 24 27% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 24 3% cheaper
Special Education and Teaching, Other Bachelor's Degree 24 13% costlier
Human Development and Family Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 23 8% costlier
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Bachelor's Degree 23 11% costlier
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 20 8% costlier
Agricultural Mechanization, General Bachelor's Degree 20 23% costlier
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 19 15% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 19 7% cheaper
Agricultural Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 17 21% costlier
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 17 12% cheaper
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 17 6% costlier
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 17 15% costlier
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 16 18% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 16 2% cheaper
Agriculture, General Bachelor's Degree 15 22% costlier
Forensic Science and Technology Bachelor's Degree 15 5% costlier
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 14 14% cheaper
Food Science Bachelor's Degree 14 2% costlier
Pre-Veterinary Studies Bachelor's Degree 13 1% costlier
Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree 13 0% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 13 1% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 13 0% costlier
Business Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 12 32% costlier
Horticultural Science Bachelor's Degree 12 9% costlier
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 12 14% costlier
Construction Engineering Bachelor's Degree 12 5% costlier
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 11 7% costlier
Management Science Bachelor's Degree 11 3% cheaper
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels Bachelor's Degree 10 6% costlier
Agricultural Engineering Bachelor's Degree 9 3% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 9 2% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 9 8% costlier
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor Bachelor's Degree 9 16% costlier
Geography Bachelor's Degree 9 9% costlier
Landscape Architecture Bachelor's Degree 9 2% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 9 10% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 8 2% cheaper
Spanish Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 8 11% costlier
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General Bachelor's Degree 8 0% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 8 3% cheaper
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 8 17% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 8 10% costlier
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 7 0% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 7 11% cheaper
Turf and Turfgrass Management Bachelor's Degree 7 10% costlier
Agricultural Communication/Journalism Bachelor's Degree 6 14% costlier
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 6 100% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 5 14% cheaper
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 5 11% costlier
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 5 11% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 5 1% cheaper
Botany/Plant Biology Bachelor's Degree 4 1% cheaper
Entomology Bachelor's Degree 4 11% cheaper
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 15% cheaper
Range Science and Management Bachelor's Degree 4 22% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 4 11% cheaper
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other Bachelor's Degree 4 6% costlier
Broadcast Journalism Bachelor's Degree 3 4% costlier
Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 23% cheaper
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 3 30% costlier
Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 18% cheaper
Journalism, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 12% costlier
Medieval and Renaissance Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 32% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 3 9% costlier
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 2 19% costlier
Ancient Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 2 29% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 13% cheaper
Soil Science and Agronomy, General Bachelor's Degree 2 2% costlier
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness Bachelor's Degree 2 7% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 2 7% cheaper
Actuarial Science Bachelor's Degree 2 5% cheaper
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 15% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 2 16% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 2 4% cheaper
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 2 18% cheaper
Natural Resources Management and Policy Bachelor's Degree 1 4% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 9% cheaper
Banking and Financial Support Services Bachelor's Degree 1 17% costlier
Apparel and Textiles, General Bachelor's Degree 1 8% costlier
Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management Bachelor's Degree 1 1% costlier
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 1 3% cheaper
Latin American Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 24% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 0% costlier
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 1 24% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 1 1% costlier
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant Bachelor's Degree 1 11% costlier
Pre-Pharmacy Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 4% costlier
German Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 7% costlier
Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 21% cheaper
Western European Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 24% cheaper
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 1 18% cheaper
Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Management Bachelor's Degree 1 3% cheaper

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About University of Nebraska Lincoln

University of Nebraska Lincoln is a four year public college located in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Full time enrollment is 22,062 and part time is 3,835. Learn more about getting accepted at University of Nebraska Lincoln at CollegeSimply.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Address
University of Nebraska Lincoln
14th and R St
Lincoln, Nebraska
68588

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

University of Nebraska Lincoln is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

University of Nebraska Lincoln cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=181464 IPEDS survey data.