Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education

NE Career Scholarship at Private Colleges

The Nebraska Career Scholarship (NCS) Program is a collaboration between the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (Commission) and participating Nebraska private colleges. The program provides renewable scholarships of up to $10,000 per year for tuition, fees, required tools and equipment (including books), room, and board to students pursuing degrees in programs of study leading to high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand careers. 

To be eligible for a Nebraska Career Scholarship at a participating private college, an applicant: 

  • Must live in Nebraska while receiving a scholarship but may be recruited from outside of Nebraska 
  • Achieved a composite score on a standard college admission test equivalent to a score of at least eighteen out of a maximum score of thirty-six, or had a high school grade-point average of 3.0 or greater on a four-point scale
  • Must be enrolled in an eligible program of study offered by a private college that falls within one of the following occupational categories: 
    • Computer Information Systems
    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Healthcare
    • Mathematics
  • Must meet any additional criteria established by the college the applicant will attend
  • Must register with the appropriate campus office to obtain a Nebraska-based internship, apprenticeship, clinical position, or employment in a major-related field prior to completion of the student's eligible program of study


Each private college determines the eligibility of students seeking an NCS, receives and processes NCS applications, and disburses funds to NCS recipients. Therefore, students must apply for the scholarship directly through their college. If you are interested in applying for an NCS, please visit your college’s website. Your college may require you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available from high school counselors, the EducationQuest College Planning offices located in Nebraska, or visit

For additional financial aid information, students can contact EducationQuest or visit the Federal Student Aid website.


NCS Guidelines (preliminary, pending Commission approval)