Accelerate Your Academic Journey
Undergraduates who enroll by December 18 as full-time students for the Spring 2021 semester will be entered into a Spring semester drawing. From this drawing, there will be 100 certificates awarded worth $400 each to the UNO Bookstore to be applied toward educational materials (books, art supplies, laptops, etc). Awardees will be able to make purchases for these educational materials at the Bookstore and charge their student accounts. A credit up to $400 will be applied to the awardee’s student account after eligible education material purchases are made and charged to the student account. The awardees will have until April 2021 to purchase these educational materials and use this credit. Students who already have their books paid for by a third party, such as the Veterans Administration, would not be eligible.
Unused funds are not returned to the student. Please note that, in some cases, the credit would be 1098T reportable to the IRS. Please also note this type of credit is also a countable resource for financial aid purposes, meaning a student who receives it who already has their financial need met and/or has received other aid up to cost of attendance, may see an impact in his/her financial aid package.
We recognize that this “COVID semester” has been a challenge for many. As an undergraduate student, if you are worried about a non-passing grade in one of your Fall ’20 undergraduate classes and end up taking a “W,” and if we are offering the class again in Spring ’21, and if seats are still available for registration in Spring ‘21, you are invited to retake one class in Spring ‘21 tuition-free.
This option is only available for the case of a “W” in the Fall 2020 semester. Students are strongly recommended to meet with an advisor. If strongly considering this option, students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to review their course options and check-in with Financial Support and Scholarships to ensure taking a “W” won’t affect their financial aid. In some instances, a “W” is not the best option as it can negatively impact Satisfactory Academic Progress. Certain programs may have requirements that may limit this option. To accommodate this opportunity, the University has extended the deadline to request a “W” in an undergraduate class to be December 11.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Course Retake
What is the eligibility criteria for the free course retake?
a. Not eligible: graduate, non-degree, visiting, intercampus, UNL-based classes, part-time students.
b. Students must be enrolled full-time in Spring 2021 to qualify (at least 12 credit hours).
c. Tuition only will be covered. Tuition will be covered for the lowest cost course. In instances where multiple courses were withdrawn, tuition for the lowest cost course will be covered. An exception to this is science courses with separate lecture and lab courses. In this situation, if both were withdrawn, tuition for the lecture would be covered, and not the lab.
d. One free course’s tuition retake is covered, regardless of the number of credit hours.
e. W’s incurred between these dates are eligible: September 21st-December 11th.
f. Students will have until January 8th to enroll to be considered for eligibility.
What important dates do I need to know?
September 21-December 11
A student may withdraw from a course they wish to repeat.
Last day to enroll in a course to be considered for the retake and last day to complete the form in the MavLink message center.
The change will be visible on student's billing statement.
How will I be notified if I qualify for the free course?
After a student has re-enrolled in the withdrawn course, eligible students will be notified in the MavLink message center.
I have the notification that I am eligible in my MavLink message center. What do I need to do to take advantage of this incentive?
Complete the form link in MavLink message center and make sure you are enrolled full-time for the spring 2021 semester.
How will taking a W impact Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid purposes?
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards are reviewed annually after the final posting of Spring semester grades and apply to a student’s entire academic record. Students who do not meet one or more of the SAP standards are no longer eligible to receive federal student aid. Taking a W in a course negatively impacts SAP in two ways:
1. You must successfully complete (with a “D” grade or higher) at least 67% of the total credit hours you attempt. Taking a W in a course means your overall completion percentage will be negatively impacted because you have attempted the course, but did not successfully complete with a “D” grade or higher.
2. Undergraduate students must complete degree requirements within 180 attempted credit hours. Attempted hours include both hours attempted at UNO and any transfer hours accepted from other schools you have attended. All credit hours for repeated courses will be included in the attempted hours calculation.
Are students that already have a tuition waiver (including, but not limited to, Regents, UHOP, Employee and Dependent Scholarship Program, Nebraska Waiver of Tuition, the Nebraska Reserve Tuition Credit (a waiver of 50% of tuition for Reservists) and athletic aid) eligible?
Yes, you are eligible to retake a class that you withdrew from, but there is no financial benefit to doing so as your tuition is already covered at 100%.
I withdrew from my course before September 21st- why am I not eligible for the free class?
Students who withdrew before September 21st received full and partial refunds for withdrawing. For those reasons, W’s incurred between September 21st and December 11th are the only ones that qualify.
If I drop below full time after the first week of classes, would my bill change showing that they owe for the free class?
Yes, students must remain enrolled full-time in Spring 2021 to keep the incentive. If the student drops below full time, or if the student drops the retaken class and no other retake is available, the incentive will be removed.
How does withdrawing from a course impact the renewal of my UNO scholarship?
Please refer to your scholarship agreement for specifics on renewal criteria. In most cases, successfully completing full-time enrollment each semester is required. If it is a non-UNO scholarship, please check with the donor for renewal criteria.
Recognizing that many students are currently working increased hours or caring for family and children during the pandemic, we are exploring shifting more of our “remote” (synchronous ‘820’ sections) classes to be “online” (asynchronous ‘850’ sections) classes to give you greater flexibility. These shifts will have no impacts on student bills (tuition or fees).
We have received funding from the Nebraska Legislature for scholarships for undergraduate students who newly enroll in programs (majors and minors) in:
- Computer Science
- Engineering, Architectural
- Engineering, Civil
- Engineering, Computer
- Engineering, Construction
- Engineering, Electrical
- IT Innovation
- Management Information Systems
- Medical Humanities
- Public Health
You can find out more about these scholarships, called “Nebraska Career Scholarships,” from the Office of Financial Aid. There is no application to complete. Eligible students enrolled in qualifying programs (majors and minors) will be considered automatically. Additionally, many departments and colleges host scholarship opportunities for students enrolled in specific academic programs ranging from history to IS&T to education.
As announced by Chancellor Gold on November 16, we took steps to reduce student fee bills for both the Fall and Spring Semester for those students enrolled in both online and in-person courses. Over 7,000 students received on average a $200 credit on their account for fall, and approximately 7,000 more will benefit in spring – approximately $2M in aid.
Students graduating in December 2020 or who are enrolled full time and graduating in Spring 2021 may want to take advantage of a free graduate class as a jump-start to enrolling in a graduate program here at UNO. Now is the perfect time to invest in career-ready credentials. Contact the UNO Office of Graduate Studies for assistance at 402-554-2341 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On-campus employment is a tried-and-true way to apply the knowledge and skills you’ve attained in the classroom to a real-world setting. Not only will it help you earn extra money while you are enrolled in courses, the experience you gain and the relationships you build will improve your full-time employment prospects. You can explore on-campus employment opportunities through the UNO Human Resources Student Employees page.
Students with insufficient technology resources can request free access to laptops and WiFi hotspots by contacting our IT team.
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