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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 2022

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 2019-20 school year, which is the latest available as of January 2022.

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 $17,713 and the average private school would be $22,874. 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 (2019-20)
Tuition and Fees $9,522
Room and Board $11,830
Books $1,044
Other Expenses $3,320
Total $25,716

Total Cost:

Total cost is the total cost of attendance for that particular institution for the 2019-20 school year. This is the latest data available as of January 2022. 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 $22,542 NE Private $39,402
$0 - $30k $12,079 $17,593
$30,001 – $48k $12,582 $18,577
$48,001 – $75k $14,640 $20,239
$75,001 – $110k $17,713 $22,874
$110,001+ $18,529 $24,502

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-$6,000 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 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $7,556 $7,634
    Room and Board $7,820 $8,126
    Books $1,800 $1,800
    Other Expenses $5,270 $5,508
    Total $22,446 $23,068
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,533 $13,908
    $30,001 - $48k $13,026 $13,387
    $48,001 - $75k $14,693 $15,100
    $75,001 - $110k $17,222 $17,699
    $110,001+ $17,671 $18,161
  • University of Nebraska at Kearney

    Kearney
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $7,752 $7,962
    Room and Board $10,452 $10,776
    Books $952 $700
    Other Expenses $4,496 $4,640
    Total $23,652 $24,078
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,087 $14,341
    $30,001 - $48k $14,018 $14,270
    $48,001 - $75k $16,311 $16,605
    $75,001 - $110k $19,463 $19,814
    $110,001+ $20,741 $21,115
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha

    Omaha
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $7,980 $8,136
    Room and Board $9,920 $10,196
    Books $1,162 $1,120
    Other Expenses $3,688 $3,770
    Total $22,750 $23,222
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,578 $10,797
    $30,001 - $48k $11,294 $11,528
    $48,001 - $75k $13,574 $13,856
    $75,001 - $110k $17,624 $17,990
    $110,001+ $18,468 $18,851
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    Lincoln
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $9,522 $9,690
    Room and Board $11,830 $12,186
    Books $1,044 $1,000
    Other Expenses $3,320 $3,374
    Total $25,716 $26,250
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,672 $11,914
    $30,001 - $48k $13,453 $13,732
    $48,001 - $75k $15,394 $15,714
    $75,001 - $110k $19,553 $19,959
    $110,001+ $21,462 $21,908
  • Peru State College

    Peru
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $7,704 $7,920
    Room and Board $9,088 $8,680
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,944 $1,736
    Total $20,936 $19,536
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,995 $11,193
    $30,001 - $48k $12,026 $11,222
    $48,001 - $75k $13,839 $12,914
    $75,001 - $110k $15,963 $14,896
    $110,001+ $16,380 $15,285
  • Wayne State College

    Wayne
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $7,202 $7,428
    Room and Board $8,270 $8,580
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $3,080 $3,142
    Total $19,752 $20,350
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,608 $10,929
    $30,001 - $48k $11,672 $12,025
    $48,001 - $75k $14,029 $14,454
    $75,001 - $110k $16,450 $16,948
    $110,001+ $16,451 $16,949

Private NE Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Bellevue University

    Bellevue
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $7,851 $7,851
    Room and Board $8,940 $9,090
    Books $1,350 $1,350
    Other Expenses $3,069 $3,780
    Total $21,210 $22,071
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,383 $18,089
    $30,001 - $48k $17,911 $18,638
    $48,001 - $75k $14,728 $15,326
    $75,001 - $110k $19,121 $19,897
    $110,001+ $14,705 $15,302
  • Clarkson College

    Omaha
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $14,040 $14,496
    Room and Board $7,068 $7,284
    Books $790 $814
    Other Expenses $2,914 $3,012
    Total $24,812 $25,606
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,332 $16,855
    $30,001 - $48k $19,026 $19,635
    $48,001 - $75k $22,708 $23,435
    $75,001 - $110k $16,444 $16,970
    $110,001+ $24,917 $25,714
  • Concordia University-Nebraska

    Seward
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $33,490 $34,900
    Room and Board $8,850 $9,240
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,440 $2,455
    Total $45,780 $47,595
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,229 $17,912
    $30,001 - $48k $18,115 $18,833
    $48,001 - $75k $21,221 $22,062
    $75,001 - $110k $24,364 $25,330
    $110,001+ $24,423 $25,391
  • Creighton University

    Omaha
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $41,400 $43,018
    Room and Board $11,274 $11,600
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,800 $2,800
    Total $56,674 $58,618
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $23,398 $24,201
    $30,001 - $48k $24,655 $25,501
    $48,001 - $75k $27,314 $28,251
    $75,001 - $110k $29,805 $30,827
    $110,001+ $34,110 $35,280
  • Doane University-Arts & Sciences

    Crete
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $35,300 $36,800
    Room and Board $9,800 $10,000
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $4,370 $4,730
    Total $50,470 $52,530
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,088 $20,908
    $30,001 - $48k $19,878 $20,689
    $48,001 - $75k $21,950 $22,846
    $75,001 - $110k $24,240 $25,229
    $110,001+ $25,835 $26,889
  • Hastings College

    Hastings
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $31,560 $32,770
    Room and Board $9,990 $10,290
    Books $76 $100
    Other Expenses $3,794 $3,994
    Total $45,420 $47,154
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,615 $16,211
    $30,001 - $48k $17,872 $18,554
    $48,001 - $75k $18,584 $19,293
    $75,001 - $110k $21,303 $22,116
    $110,001+ $24,129 $25,050
  • Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health

    Omaha
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $16,284 $16,708
    Room and Board $9,604 $9,802
    Books $1,300 $1,000
    Other Expenses $5,082 $5,148
    Total $32,270 $32,658
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,995 $20,235
    $30,001 - $48k $17,705 $17,918
    $48,001 - $75k $23,897 $24,184
    $75,001 - $110k $25,178 $25,481
    $110,001+ $25,715 $26,024
  • Midland University

    Fremont
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $34,040 $35,528
    Room and Board $8,914 $9,226
    Books $1,020 $1,020
    Other Expenses $2,184 $2,092
    Total $46,158 $47,866
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,493 $18,140
    $30,001 - $48k $16,800 $17,422
    $48,001 - $75k $19,729 $20,459
    $75,001 - $110k $22,453 $23,284
    $110,001+ $23,880 $24,764
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University

    Lincoln
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $35,564 $36,854
    Room and Board $10,172 $10,258
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $3,500 $3,500
    Total $50,236 $51,612
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,225 $20,779
    $30,001 - $48k $22,970 $23,599
    $48,001 - $75k $25,748 $26,453
    $75,001 - $110k $28,831 $29,621
    $110,001+ $28,816 $29,605
  • College of Saint Mary

    Omaha
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $20,750 $21,370
    Room and Board $7,850 $8,000
    Books $848 $864
    Other Expenses $2,934 $2,986
    Total $32,382 $33,220
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,739 $8,965
    $30,001 - $48k $10,321 $10,588
    $48,001 - $75k $9,729 $9,981
    $75,001 - $110k $18,943 $19,433
    $110,001+ $20,400 $20,928
  • Union College

    Lincoln
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $24,620 $25,340
    Room and Board $7,170 $7,170
    Books $1,600 $1,600
    Other Expenses $3,210 $3,790
    Total $36,600 $37,900
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,584 $20,280
    $30,001 - $48k $22,238 $23,028
    $48,001 - $75k $17,145 $17,754
    $75,001 - $110k $24,381 $25,247
    $110,001+ $26,298 $27,232
  • York College

    York
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $19,310 $19,810
    Room and Board $8,450 $8,790
    Books $300 $300
    Other Expenses $2,750 $2,750
    Total $30,810 $31,650
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,031 $15,441
    $30,001 - $48k $15,430 $15,851
    $48,001 - $75k $20,117 $20,665
    $75,001 - $110k $19,427 $19,957
    $110,001+ $20,796 $21,363
 

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