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Scholarships & Funding

International students at UNO find a variety of opportunities to help pay for their education.

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Scholarships, graduate assistantships, and jobs are competitive so applicants need to do their best in completing forms and writing essays. Follow these tips:

Be thorough: Read the application thoroughly before you begin responding to the questions. This will give you a chance to come up with ideas for each section and to make a plan for addressing all of the application criteria.

Be neat: Write a rough draft before submitting your scholarship. Grammar, spelling, and overall appearance are important. Whenever possible, type your answers even if it means attaching your responses on separate pieces of paper. A tidy, well organized application will please the reviewers.

Focus: Stay focused on the topic of each question. Rambling or straying into other topics will distract the reviewers and give them a negative impression.

Shine: The application is the only way the reviewers have to learn about you. This is your time to shine. See this as your opportunity to show the committee who you really are and what you value most. Tell them how your values align with the specific criteria they have asked for.

Give it your all: The form should be filled out completely. References to "see resume or statement of purpose" will not be accepted as complete. The application should look like you gave it a lot of effort.

Be thoughtful: Unless instructed otherwise, do not feel limited to the space provided on the application form. If you run out of space, include more information on a separate piece of paper. But don't stray off topic. An effective response will answer the question fully and succinctly.

New international students

UNO demonstrates its commitment to international education by awarding scholarships to academically talented students from around the world.

International Studies & Programs offers two different scholarships to new international students. Qualifying students must meet these requirements:

  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Prospective student, not currently enrolled, and ready for full-time admission.
  • F-1 or J-1 visa applicant or holder.

UNO Advantage Scholarships allow recipients to pay resident tuition rates. The scholarships typically reduce tuition charges by about 65 percent and are worth $7,600 to $9,600 per year. They are renewable each year with good academic progress.

New International Student Scholarships are worth $6,000 per academic year. Partial grants of $3,000 are sometimes awarded for a single semester. These scholarships are not renewable.

To apply, complete the online application.

Please note that we will accept online applications only. Paper applications will not be considered.

Current international students

International students currently enrolled can apply to receive a scholarship of $700 per semester. Applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled full-time at UNO
  • Hold an F-1 or J-1 visa
  • have a grade point average of 3.0
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have provided service to the campus or community

The application deadline is May 15 each year. Download the application.

Scholarships & assistantships from academic departments

Individual academic departments at UNO offer scholarship opportunities that are open to all students, including international students. Eligibility, selection criteria, amount, and duration vary by department and program. Additionally, graduate students may be eligible to apply for graduate assistantships, which pay stipends for performing teaching or research duties. Check with your department to see what opportunities may be available to you.

UNO Office of Financial Aid

Scholarships at the College of Information Science & Technology

Scholarships at the College of Business Administration

On-campus employment

Many international students choose to study and also have part-time jobs on campus. Employment opportunities are competitive. Check out the campus job postings with UNO Human Resources.

Other scholarship opportunities

International students should use tools such as fastweb to find scholarship opportunities suited for them. Be sure to read eligibility criteria and other guidelines fully before applying.

Also check with your home government, whether national or local, for other funding opportunities. Many national governments operate programs to fund a citizen's education abroad, sometimes in exchange for working at home after the completion of studies.

Another good place for advice is the nearest EducationUSA Advising Center.