Cost & Aid


Higher education doesn't have to come at a high price!

Compared to other four-year colleges and universities in the area, WNCC is a smart investment—and a GREAT VALUE—costing thousands of dollars less.

In fact, Western Nebraska Community College was ranked in the Top 50 Most Affordable Community Colleges in the country by Affordable Colleges for 2015!

The WNCC Financial Aid Office helps students understand financial aid options and provides them with as many funding opportunities as possible. We recognize that every student's situation is unique, and we strive to help students meet financial needs and attain educational goals. WNCC students received more than $4 million in aid this academic year, including:

    • More than $2.6 million in federal and state grants
    • Over $1.8 million in scholarships
    • More than $180,000 in earnings from work study jobs and other campus employment.
    • You may be eligible for aid, but you must apply to find out!Cost-AidFinancial Aid Director Sheila Johns assists student financial affairs.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at

Important Financial Aid Dates for Fall 2016 Semester

July 18-September 2: book charging allowed for qualifying students
September 1: WNCC general scholarship application deadline for 2nd round of scholarship awards
September 9: first disbursement of financial aid 
September 16: first disbursement of loans for first-time borrowers
October 21: second disbursement of fall-only loans 
December 19-20: Satisfactory Academic Progress calculated and letters sent

Important Financial Aid Dates for Summer 2016 Semester

June 10: first disbursement of financial aid
July 8: first disbursement of loans for first-time borrowers
July 8: second disbursement of loans
August 1-2: Satisfactory Academic Progress calculated and letters sent

Upload your Financial Aid documents securely!

To securely transfer your confidential documents to the Financial Aid Office, simply upload them through this secure WNCC Financial Aid Filedrop. Please include the student's name and WNCC ID in the Subject line.

Financial Literacy Program

Western Nebraska Community College recently launched a CashCourse Financial Literacy Program because WNCC believes that financial literacy is an essential life skill for the 21st century. This is something that is especially important for college students who, on campus and off campus, will have more financial choices and opportunities to be made than any generation before. 

WNCC's CashCourse website contains comprehensive, non-commercial information designed to help our students make the best and most informed financial decisions possible.