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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 2021

Questions & Answers

  • What do all these numbers mean?

    All costs shown here are the average net cost paid by families in each income bracket for one year at the college in question. Net cost is the total cost of attendance for one year, minus government grants and institutional scholarships. Figures are based on data from the 2018-19 school year, which is the latest available as of January 2021.

  • What is “Total Cost” on the chart?

    Total cost is the total cost of attendance for one year at 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 $17,185 and the average private school would be $23,511. 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 seem 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 the Scholarship Guide For Busy Parents to learn how your student can win scholarships)
    • Tax planning
    • Student work
Cost of Nebraska Schools Explanation

Net Price:

Net prices is the total cost of attendance for one year, minus the average amount in government grants and institutional scholarships the school awards. 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 (2018-19)
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 2018-19 school year. This is the latest data available as of January 2021. 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 $21,891 NE Private $38,493
$0 - $30k $11,779 $18,093
$30,001 – $48k $12,340 $18,220
$48,001 – $75k $14,602 $21,085
$75,001 – $110k $17,185 $23,511
$110,001+ $18,320 $24,274

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 $6,000-$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 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $7,384 $7,556
    Room and Board $7,446 $7,820
    Books $1,800 $1,800
    Other Expenses $5,032 $5,270
    Total $21,662 $22,446
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,553 $13,007
    $30,001 - $48k $11,172 $11,576
    $48,001 - $75k $15,132 $15,680
    $75,001 - $110k $15,997 $16,576
    $110,001+ $16,770 $17,377
  • University of Nebraska at Kearney

    Kearney
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $7,512 $7,752
    Room and Board $10,208 $10,452
    Books $928 $952
    Other Expenses $4,392 $4,496
    Total $23,040 $23,652
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,078 $13,425
    $30,001 - $48k $13,417 $13,773
    $48,001 - $75k $15,343 $15,751
    $75,001 - $110k $18,669 $19,165
    $110,001+ $19,831 $20,358
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha

    Omaha
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $7,790 $7,980
    Room and Board $9,690 $9,920
    Books $1,140 $1,162
    Other Expenses $3,680 $3,688
    Total $22,300 $22,750
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,490 $10,702
    $30,001 - $48k $11,460 $11,691
    $48,001 - $75k $13,833 $14,112
    $75,001 - $110k $17,400 $17,751
    $110,001+ $19,823 $20,223
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    Lincoln
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $9,242 $9,522
    Room and Board $11,430 $11,830
    Books $1,016 $1,044
    Other Expenses $3,248 $3,320
    Total $24,936 $25,716
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,216 $12,598
    $30,001 - $48k $13,508 $13,931
    $48,001 - $75k $16,197 $16,704
    $75,001 - $110k $19,663 $20,278
    $110,001+ $20,947 $21,602
  • Peru State College

    Peru
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $7,512 $7,704
    Room and Board $8,640 $9,088
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,880 $2,944
    Total $20,232 $20,936
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,005 $12,423
    $30,001 - $48k $12,946 $13,396
    $48,001 - $75k $13,616 $14,090
    $75,001 - $110k $15,287 $15,819
    $110,001+ $16,112 $16,673
  • Wayne State College

    Wayne
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $7,172 $7,202
    Room and Board $7,800 $8,270
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $3,006 $3,080
    Total $19,178 $19,752
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,333 $10,642
    $30,001 - $48k $11,534 $11,879
    $48,001 - $75k $13,492 $13,896
    $75,001 - $110k $16,094 $16,576
    $110,001+ $16,436 $16,928

Private NE Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Bellevue University

    Bellevue
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $7,827 $7,851
    Room and Board $8,724 $8,940
    Books $1,350 $1,350
    Other Expenses $3,069 $3,069
    Total $20,970 $21,210
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,933 $15,104
    $30,001 - $48k $13,777 $13,935
    $48,001 - $75k $16,615 $16,805
    $75,001 - $110k $18,043 $18,250
    $110,001+ $18,491 $18,703
  • Clarkson College

    Omaha
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $13,392 $14,040
    Room and Board $7,800 $7,068
    Books $1,400 $790
    Other Expenses $4,250 $2,914
    Total $26,842 $24,812
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,060 $17,619
    $30,001 - $48k $14,595 $13,491
    $48,001 - $75k $18,984 $17,548
    $75,001 - $110k $24,442 $22,594
    $110,001+ $23,109 $21,361
  • Concordia University-Nebraska

    Seward
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $32,220 $33,490
    Room and Board $8,470 $8,850
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,420 $2,440
    Total $44,110 $45,780
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,973 $16,578
    $30,001 - $48k $17,155 $17,804
    $48,001 - $75k $19,567 $20,308
    $75,001 - $110k $22,884 $23,750
    $110,001+ $23,299 $24,181
  • Creighton University

    Omaha
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $39,916 $41,400
    Room and Board $11,036 $11,274
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,800 $2,800
    Total $54,952 $56,674
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $24,458 $25,224
    $30,001 - $48k $28,108 $28,989
    $48,001 - $75k $28,383 $29,272
    $75,001 - $110k $30,636 $31,596
    $110,001+ $33,821 $34,881
  • Doane University-Arts & Sciences

    Crete
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $33,800 $35,300
    Room and Board $9,400 $9,800
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $4,370 $4,370
    Total $48,570 $50,470
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $22,490 $23,370
    $30,001 - $48k $23,349 $24,262
    $48,001 - $75k $25,399 $26,393
    $75,001 - $110k $28,311 $29,418
    $110,001+ $27,956 $29,050
  • Hastings College

    Hastings
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $30,050 $31,560
    Room and Board $9,700 $9,990
    Books $1,134 $76
    Other Expenses $3,794 $3,794
    Total $44,678 $45,420
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,260 $16,530
    $30,001 - $48k $20,122 $20,456
    $48,001 - $75k $22,431 $22,804
    $75,001 - $110k $22,782 $23,160
    $110,001+ $23,782 $24,177
  • Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health

    Omaha
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $16,308 $16,284
    Room and Board $9,586 $9,604
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $4,922 $5,082
    Total $32,116 $32,270
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $21,026 $21,127
    $30,001 - $48k $21,126 $21,227
    $48,001 - $75k $25,395 $25,517
    $75,001 - $110k $27,016 $27,146
    $110,001+ $26,706 $26,834
  • Midland University

    Fremont
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $32,598 $34,040
    Room and Board $8,600 $8,914
    Books $1,020 $1,020
    Other Expenses $2,060 $2,184
    Total $44,278 $46,158
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,257 $19,032
    $30,001 - $48k $16,324 $17,017
    $48,001 - $75k $20,360 $21,224
    $75,001 - $110k $23,029 $24,007
    $110,001+ $23,469 $24,465
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University

    Lincoln
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $34,202 $35,564
    Room and Board $9,622 $10,172
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $3,500 $3,500
    Total $48,324 $50,236
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,946 $19,696
    $30,001 - $48k $20,264 $21,066
    $48,001 - $75k $23,878 $24,823
    $75,001 - $110k $26,202 $27,239
    $110,001+ $26,881 $27,945
  • College of Saint Mary

    Omaha
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $20,350 $20,750
    Room and Board $7,700 $7,850
    Books $972 $848
    Other Expenses $2,568 $2,934
    Total $31,590 $32,382
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,944 $11,218
    $30,001 - $48k $8,336 $8,545
    $48,001 - $75k $12,206 $12,512
    $75,001 - $110k $17,359 $17,794
    $110,001+ $19,967 $20,468
  • Union College

    Lincoln
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $23,780 $24,620
    Room and Board $7,300 $7,170
    Books $1,200 $1,600
    Other Expenses $3,620 $3,210
    Total $35,900 $36,600
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,383 $20,780
    $30,001 - $48k $20,656 $21,059
    $48,001 - $75k $22,573 $23,013
    $75,001 - $110k $23,233 $23,686
    $110,001+ $24,739 $25,221
  • York College

    York
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $19,310 $19,310
    Room and Board $7,220 $8,450
    Books $300 $300
    Other Expenses $2,750 $2,750
    Total $29,580 $30,810
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,383 $14,981
    $30,001 - $48k $14,832 $15,449
    $48,001 - $75k $17,224 $17,940
    $75,001 - $110k $18,189 $18,945
    $110,001+ $19,071 $19,864
 

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