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Net Price of Nebraska Colleges by Income

Cost of Nebraska Colleges Zoom In

Source: National Center for Educational Statistics. This is the most recent data available as of January 2020

Questions & Answers

  • What do all these numbers mean?

    All costs are the average net cost paid by families in each income bracket. Net cost is the total cost of attendance minus government grants and institutional scholarships. Loans of any kind are not included. Figures are based on data from the 2017-18 school year, which is the latest available as of January 2020.

  • What is “Total Cost” on the chart?

    Total cost is the total cost of attendance for that particular college. It includes:

    • Tuition and fees (in-state tuition for public schools)
    • Room and board (on campus)
    • Books and supplies
    • Other expenses (travel and personal)

    There are detailed chart below for each school that shows these expenses. Click here to go to the individual cost breakdown for schools.

  • How can I use this information?

    This information is useful for building a realistic college budget. It's a good place to start until you better understand your specific circumstances. For example, let's say your income is $100,000 per year. This chart shows that the average state school would run $17,753 and the average private school would be $23,594. You can also get information on specific Nebraska schools in the chart above or the tables below.

  • Will my family pay the amount on this chart?

    Probably not. The numbers are averages. You may be below average or above average. However, there are two key points we can learn from this data:

    1. Families with higher incomes ($75,000-$110,000 and $110,000+) will most likely pay close to full price at the public schools.
    2. Private colleges have a higher list price but offer more discounts. This brings their net price much closer to the cost of state-funded schools.

  • Where did this information come from?

    As part of federal financial aid, colleges are required to provide detailed cost information to the U.S. government. This data is made available to the public through the National Center for Education Statistics. For more details, click here.

  • What about athletes, merit aid or minority students?

    Athletes, high achieving students, and those with minority status are averaged in with everyone else. Within each income bracket, there are families that pay more than average and families that pay less than average.

  • The costs on this chart seemed large, how can families afford to pay it?

    For many families paying for college is not easy, but in the end they figure out. Most families will pay their net cost of college with some combination of:

    • college savings and investments
    • payments from current income
    • loans
    • outside scholarships (check out our Scholarship Guide For Busy Parents, which describes how you and your student can win scholarships for college and save money!)
    • tax planning
    • student work
Cost of Nebraska Schools Explanation

Net Price:

Net price is the total cost of attendance minus the average amount of government grants and institutional scholarships awarded. This is an average, so you may pay above the average or below the average. Your exact net price is likely to be different and sometimes drastically different.

Most families will pay the net price with some combination of savings and investments, current income and various loans. Some students will also receive scholarships from sources other than the federal or state government or the college. Any scholarships and grants from these outside sources are not included in the data. However, government grants and institutional scholarships are included in the averages.

Total Cost at University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2017-18)
Tuition and Fees $8,978
Room and Board $11,044
Books $1,070
Other Expenses $3,970
Total $25,062

Total Cost:

Total cost is the total cost of attendance for that particular institution for the 2017-18 school year. This is the latest data available as of January 2020. Total costs include:

  • Tuition and fees (in-state tuition for public schools)
  • Room and board (on campus)
  • Books and supplies
  • Other expenses (travel and personal)

College Total Cost
Family Income NE Public $21,467 NE Private $37,722
$0 - $30k $11,850 $18,074
$30,001 – $48k $12,731 $18,592
$48,001 – $75k $15,055 $20,521
$75,001 – $110k $17,753 $23,594
$110,001+ $18,571 $22,994

Public vs. Private Averages

This table shows the average total cost of attendance for the Nebraska public and private colleges we have included in our analysis. The costs include a breakdown of the average net price paid by family income. Notice that the average private college is $5,000-$7,000 more than the average public school, depending on your income bracket. It is important to stress that these are averages. Most families will not be average, and their individual circumstances could be drastically different. I encourage all families to work with their preferred colleges to get information specific to their family.

Below are similar charts for each individual private and public college in Nebraska. Click a school to view its complete chart.

Public NE Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Chadron State College

    Chadron
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,122 $7,384
    Room and Board $7,072 $7,446
    Books $1,680 $1,800
    Other Expenses $4,794 $5,032
    Total $20,668 $21,662
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,364 $11,911
    $30,001 - $48k $13,092 $13,722
    $48,001 - $75k $14,627 $15,330
    $75,001 - $110k $16,386 $17,174
    $110,001+ $17,098 $17,920
  • University of Nebraska at Kearney

    Kearney
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,294 $7,512
    Room and Board $10,050 $10,208
    Books $908 $928
    Other Expenses $4,334 $4,392
    Total $22,586 $23,040
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,659 $13,934
    $30,001 - $48k $13,862 $14,141
    $48,001 - $75k $16,102 $16,426
    $75,001 - $110k $19,452 $19,843
    $110,001+ $20,806 $21,224
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha

    Omaha
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,630 $7,790
    Room and Board $9,406 $9,690
    Books $1,148 $1,140
    Other Expenses $3,648 $3,680
    Total $21,832 $22,300
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,211 $10,430
    $30,001 - $48k $10,868 $11,101
    $48,001 - $75k $13,415 $13,703
    $75,001 - $110k $17,232 $17,601
    $110,001+ $18,797 $19,200
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    Lincoln
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,978 $9,242
    Room and Board $11,044 $11,430
    Books $1,070 $1,016
    Other Expenses $3,970 $3,248
    Total $25,062 $24,936
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,161 $13,095
    $30,001 - $48k $14,111 $14,040
    $48,001 - $75k $17,296 $17,209
    $75,001 - $110k $20,513 $20,410
    $110,001+ $22,149 $22,038
  • Peru State College

    Peru
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,512 $7,512
    Room and Board $8,640 $8,640
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,880 $2,880
    Total $20,232 $20,232
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,711 $12,711
    $30,001 - $48k $13,439 $13,439
    $48,001 - $75k $15,474 $15,474
    $75,001 - $110k $17,565 $17,565
    $110,001+ $16,918 $16,918
  • Wayne State College

    Wayne
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $6,848 $7,172
    Room and Board $7,430 $7,800
    Books $1,192 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,952 $3,006
    Total $18,422 $19,178
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,992 $10,402
    $30,001 - $48k $11,016 $11,468
    $48,001 - $75k $13,414 $13,964
    $75,001 - $110k $15,371 $16,002
    $110,001+ $15,658 $16,301

Private NE Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Bellevue University

    Bellevue
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,752 $7,827
    Room and Board $8,532 $8,724
    Books $1,350 $1,350
    Other Expenses $2,700 $3,069
    Total $20,334 $20,970
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,411 $12,799
    $30,001 - $48k $13,177 $13,589
    $48,001 - $75k $11,515 $11,875
    $75,001 - $110k $18,574 $19,155
    $110,001+ $9,880 $10,189
  • Clarkson College

    Omaha
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $16,290 $13,392
    Room and Board $7,800 $7,800
    Books $1,400 $1,400
    Other Expenses $4,370 $4,250
    Total $29,860 $26,842
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,184 $17,245
    $30,001 - $48k $18,961 $17,045
    $48,001 - $75k $27,869 $25,052
    $75,001 - $110k $25,397 $22,830
    $110,001+ $27,023 $24,292
  • Concordia University-Nebraska

    Seward
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $31,000 $32,220
    Room and Board $8,100 $8,470
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,420 $2,420
    Total $42,520 $44,110
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,754 $17,381
    $30,001 - $48k $19,119 $19,834
    $48,001 - $75k $19,884 $20,628
    $75,001 - $110k $21,354 $22,153
    $110,001+ $22,672 $23,520
  • Creighton University

    Omaha
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $38,750 $39,916
    Room and Board $10,702 $11,036
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,800 $2,800
    Total $53,452 $54,952
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $25,429 $26,143
    $30,001 - $48k $23,949 $24,621
    $48,001 - $75k $25,879 $26,605
    $75,001 - $110k $29,321 $30,144
    $110,001+ $33,152 $34,082
  • Doane University-Arts & Sciences

    Crete
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $32,250 $33,800
    Room and Board $9,090 $9,400
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $4,370 $4,370
    Total $46,710 $48,570
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,072 $20,871
    $30,001 - $48k $20,336 $21,146
    $48,001 - $75k $23,036 $23,953
    $75,001 - $110k $27,004 $28,079
    $110,001+ $25,945 $26,978
  • Grace University

    Omaha
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $32,250 $33,800
    Room and Board $9,090 $9,400
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $4,370 $4,370
    Total $46,710 $48,570
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,072 $20,871
    $30,001 - $48k $20,336 $21,146
    $48,001 - $75k $23,036 $23,953
    $75,001 - $110k $27,004 $28,079
    $110,001+ $25,945 $26,978
  • Hastings College

    Hastings
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $29,200 $30,050
    Room and Board $9,400 $9,700
    Books $1,134 $1,134
    Other Expenses $3,793 $3,794
    Total $43,527 $44,678
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,664 $18,131
    $30,001 - $48k $20,649 $21,195
    $48,001 - $75k $21,529 $22,098
    $75,001 - $110k $23,757 $24,385
    $110,001+ $23,428 $24,048
  • Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health

    Omaha
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $16,308 $16,308
    Room and Board $9,568 $9,586
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $4,922 $4,922
    Total $32,098 $32,116
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $22,703 $22,716
    $30,001 - $48k $20,423 $20,434
    $48,001 - $75k $21,680 $21,692
    $75,001 - $110k $25,588 $25,602
    $110,001+ $24,805 $24,819
  • Midland University

    Fremont
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $31,630 $32,598
    Room and Board $8,274 $8,600
    Books $1,020 $1,020
    Other Expenses $2,476 $2,060
    Total $43,400 $44,278
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $21,413 $21,846
    $30,001 - $48k $22,955 $23,419
    $48,001 - $75k $23,727 $24,207
    $75,001 - $110k $24,941 $25,446
    $110,001+ $20,443 $20,857
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University

    Lincoln
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $32,894 $34,202
    Room and Board $9,150 $9,622
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $3,500 $3,500
    Total $46,544 $48,324
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,404 $19,108
    $30,001 - $48k $18,841 $19,562
    $48,001 - $75k $21,759 $22,591
    $75,001 - $110k $25,115 $26,075
    $110,001+ $26,701 $27,722
  • College of Saint Mary

    Omaha
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $19,950 $20,350
    Room and Board $7,550 $7,700
    Books $952 $972
    Other Expenses $2,518 $2,568
    Total $30,970 $31,590
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,295 $8,461
    $30,001 - $48k $8,696 $8,870
    $48,001 - $75k $11,120 $11,343
    $75,001 - $110k $20,234 $20,639
    $110,001+ $20,246 $20,651
  • Union College

    Lincoln
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $23,070 $23,780
    Room and Board $7,100 $7,300
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $3,620 $3,620
    Total $34,990 $35,900
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,610 $19,094
    $30,001 - $48k $22,081 $22,655
    $48,001 - $75k $22,136 $22,712
    $75,001 - $110k $24,446 $25,082
    $110,001+ $25,010 $25,660
  • York College

    York
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $18,760 $19,310
    Room and Board $7,000 $7,220
    Books $300 $300
    Other Expenses $2,200 $2,750
    Total $28,260 $29,580
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,952 $16,697
    $30,001 - $48k $13,916 $14,566
    $48,001 - $75k $16,121 $16,874
    $75,001 - $110k $17,401 $18,214
    $110,001+ $16,621 $17,397
 

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