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 2017!

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 $2.2 million in federal and state grants
    • Over $1.6 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 2017 Semester

July 24 - September 8: book charging allowed for qualifying students
September 15: first disbursement of financial aid 
September 15: deadline to submit WNCC general scholarship application for 2nd round
September 22: firstdisbursement of loans for first-time borrowers
October 1: 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) open
October 27: seconddisbursement of fall-only loans
December 21: Satisfactory Academic Progress calculated and emails 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.