Nebraska’s Community College Gap Assistance Program offers financial aid to community college students taking non-credit courses that could lead to jobs in high-need fields. Eligible fields include renewable energy. Qualifying applicants are low-income students who would not be eligible for federal financial aid because, although they’re enrolled in college, they are not enrolled in courses for credit that lead directly to a degree.
The program will begin July 1, 2016, and will receive 9 percent of the available Nebraska Lottery funds set aside for education every year. This equates to about $1.4 million for FY 2016-17. Gap Program funds will be distributed to the state’s community colleges, which will recruit and select eligible low-income students in identified high-need fields to receive grants. Eligible students must have a family income at or below 250 percent of federal poverty guidelines. Student grants can be used for tuition, direct training costs, required books and equipment, and fees, including those for industry testing services and background check services.
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION
Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
Nebraska Community College Gap Assistance Program Guidelines (PDF)
COMMUNITY COLLEGE GAP CONTACT INFORMATION
Central Community College – Ronald Kluck: 402-562-1253 firstname.lastname@example.org
Metropolitan Community College – Scott Broady: 402-738-4526 email@example.com
Mid-Plains Community College – Angela Raby: 308-535-3678 firstname.lastname@example.org
Southeast Community College – Amy Chesley: 402-437-2711 email@example.com
Western Nebraska Community College – Doug Mader: 308-630-6556 firstname.lastname@example.org