1. Am I eligible to apply for the scholarship?
To be eligible to apply for the Susan T. Buffett Scholarship, you must:
2. Where can I use the scholarship?
You can use the scholarship at any of the following Nebraska public colleges:
Nebraska Community Colleges-
Nebraska State College System-
University of Nebraska System-
The scholarship can only be used at the above Nebraska public colleges. The scholarship cannot be used at private or out-of-state colleges.
3. When should I apply for the scholarship?
The application is available online every November 1st. The online application is due on February 1st at 5 pm CST/4 pm MST.
4. How are students selected for the scholarship?
All eligible applications will be reviewed and awards will be determined based on the following criteria:
Note: This is a competitive scholarship and meeting the eligibility requirements does not guarantee a scholarship award.
5. When do applicants find out if they have received the scholarship?
Every applicant who completes an application will receive a decision notification via email by May 1st.
6. Do I need to submit a high school transcript?
Yes. A copy of your high school transcript must be uploaded to the online application. It must include the following information:
If your transcript is missing any of the information above, it is invalid and will not be accepted until it is corrected.
7. Am I required to file a FAFSA?
Yes. If you are eligible for federal financial aid, you are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa, because financial need is one of the application requirements. If you are not eligible for federal financial aid due to your citizenship status (DACA, undocumented or DACA eligible), you are required to complete the College Funding Estimator (CFE) instead of the FAFSA. The CFE can be found here: https://apps.educationquest.org/estimator/20212022/estimator.htm
8. How do I submit the recommendation?
You must list the full name, title, email address, and phone number for your Recommender in the Recommendation section of the application. The recommendation must be professional and come from a teacher, school administrator, counselor, coach, employer, clergy, or other adult mentor in your life. Recommendations from family members, family friends (including neighbors), or personal friends will NOT be accepted. The Recommender will receive an email with the recommendation form. Once they fill out and submit the form, the recommendation will automatically upload to your application. You will receive an email confirmation once the recommendation is complete.
9. If I receive a scholarship, do I need to reapply each year?
No. The scholarship will automatically renew each semester for up to five years at a four-year college or up to three years at a two-year college if you continue to meet the scholarship requirements, or until you graduate or obtain your bachelor's degree, whichever comes first.
10. What costs are covered with this scholarship?
The table below shows the maximum term (semester or quarter) award of The Susan T. Buffett Foundation Scholarship at each public college in Nebraska for the 2020-2021 academic year based on tuition and fee amounts at each college. The scholarship funds can be applied to any part of your cost of attendance (COA) at any of the eligible Nebraska public colleges. COA can include resident tuition, fees, books, room and board, personal expenses and transportation. You must be considered a Nebraska resident at the college where you enroll. Any unused portion of this award does not accrue and may not be applied to subsequent terms.