Types of Financial Aid

Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant provides a foundation of financial assistance to which aid from other federal and non-federal sources may be added for eligible students.  Funds received through this program can be used to pay for tuition, books, and fees.  For PELL grant summer funding, please see Financial Aid Office.

Federal Pell Grant rules and regulations have changed effective in the 2012-2013 award year.  The duration of eligibility has been reduced from 18 semesters or its equivalent to 12 semesters or its equivalent.  This provision applies to all Federal Pell Grant eligible students.  The calculation of a student’s eligibility will include all years of the student’s receipt of Pell funding.

The income threshold that previously allowed for an automatic zero in expected family contribution (EFC) has changed from $30,000 to $23,000 per household for both dependent and independent students. 

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The FSEOG is a campus-based financial aid award based on the following: exceptional student need, the availability of FSEOG funds dispensed to LPTC, and the amount of other aid being received by the student.  A student must be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant in order to receive FSEOG.

Federal Work-Study Program (FWS)
The Federal Work-Study Program provides employment opportunities for students who demonstrate a financial need, as determined by the Financial Aid Office.  Hourly rates start at federal minimum wage for the work performed on the Work-Study Program.  The maximum number of hours allowed cannot exceed 20 hours per week. Applications are available in the LPTC Financial Aid Office.

Nebraska Opportunity Grant (NOG)
The purpose of the NOG is to enhance the educational opportunities of Nebraska resident students by providing financial assistance to eligible students attending eligible post-secondary institutions. Awards are made on a basis of need and satisfactory academic progress.

Other Financial Aid Sources
Other scholarships that LPTC provides are listed below. (Students are strongly encouraged to seek outside scholarship opportunities as well.)  Information about other opportunities is available in the Financial Aid Office.

American Indian College Fund (AICF)
All students are eligible to apply for the AICF scholarship.  Amounts and awards vary.  Students must apply online for these scholarships each semester.  Additional information is available at Check with the Financial Aid Office for more information about this important source of funding for LPTC students.

Miscellaneous Scholarships
Occasionally some scholarships are available from religious and service organizations, and private individuals. 

Presidential Scholarship
This scholarship is offered on an occasional basis depending on the availability of funds.

Tribal Higher Education Grant
The Tribal Higher Education Grant is available to enrolled tribal members.  In order to be eligible, a person must be a high school graduate or GED recipient and enrolled as an undergraduate in a post-secondary institution.  Grants are renewable providing students meet the Tribal Higher Education Grant academic requirements. Grant amounts vary.
A complete application generally consists of the following:

  • Application form filed before the deadline.
  • Official high school transcript or GED certificate.
  • Class schedule printed from mylittlepriest.
  • Student needs analysis.
  • Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB).
  • Letter of Acceptance.

A student renewing the Tribal Higher Education Grant must submit the following:

  • Application form filed before the deadline.
  • Class schedule printed from mylittlepriest.
  • Transcripts printed from mylittlepriest.
  • Student needs analysis.
  • Current college transcript.
  • Letter of acceptance (transfer student only).

Veteran’s Benefits
Veteran’s benefits are available to veterans of active military service.  Contact should be made through the local Veteran’s Administration Service office at (402) 420-4008.

Scholarship List

*Read through ALL requirements and eligibilities before continuing application process!

*Check for deadline dates!

Native Americans:

  • American Indian College Fund – Full Circle Scholarship/TCU ()

Deadlines: FC – Jan 1-May 31 each year

TCU – Contact financial aid office

  • American Indian Services Scholarship ()

Deadline: Award I      Feb 15th         Classes starting Apr / May

Award II         May 15th        Classes starting Jun

Award III       Aug 15th        Classes starting Aug / Sep

Award IV       Nov 15th        Classes starting Jan

  • Association on American Indian Affairs Scholarship ()

June 1, 2016. Please check back in March 2017 for information on the 2017-2018 Scholarship year.

  • Bureau of Indian Education ()

Deadline: Varies, financial aid office

  • Cobell Scholarship ()

Deadline: Open Now until March 31st 2017.

  • College Scholarships ()

Deadline: Varies, financial aid office

  • Go College ()

Deadline: Varies, financial aid office

  • IHS Scholarships Program ()

Deadline: No later than March 28, 2016. 

  • Wells Fargo American Indian Scholarship ()

Deadline: Contact financial aid office

  • Winnebago Higher Education Application ()

Deadline: Fall – July 15th

Winter/Spring – November 15th

African Americans:

  • Coca Cola Pay It Forward Scholarship Program ()

Deadline: No longer accessible for the 2016/2017 academic year. For next year, May 15, 2017

  • United Negro College Fund ()

Deadline: Varies, financial aid office


  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund ()

Deadline: Varies, financial aid office

  • Scholarships for Female Hispanics ()

Deadline: Varies, financial aid office


*Enter in your information to find scholarships (ethnicity, major, gender, etc)

  • Big Future Scholarship Search ()

Deadline: Varies

  • Cappex ()

Deadline: Varies

  • College Niche ()

Deadline: Varies

  • College Scholarships ()

Deadline: Varies

  • Fast Web ()

Deadline: Varies

  • Free College Scholarships ()

Deadline: Varies

  • Sallie Mae ()

Deadline: Varies

  • Scholarship Portal ()

Deadline: Varies

  • Scholarship Search ()

Deadline: Varies

  • School Soup ()

Deadline: Varies

  • Student Scholarship Search ()

Deadline: Varies

  • Super College ()

Deadline: Varies

  • Unigo - Education Matters Scholarship ()

Deadline: Varies

  • Unigo ()

Deadline: Varies

  • Weird Scholarships ()

Deadline: Varies

Nebraska Residents:

  • Governor's Opportunity Award ()
  • Susan T. Buffet Foundation Scholarship ()

 Application Tips

When applying for scholarships, you want to follow all of the directions very closely and make sure all of the requirements have been met. Here are some tips to make sure your scholarship application is the best it can be.

  • Take your ACT test in April or June of your junior year, or in October of your senior year.
  • Type everything, use spell-check, re-read everything, and have someone else proofread your application.
  • Put your name on the top of each page.
  • Make your scholarship application about you and who you are; it is OK to brag about yourself!
  • Ask credible people to write your letters of recommendation. Best friends, parents and siblings are usually not a good idea. Remember to give your letter writers plenty of time to write their recommendation.
  • Write your scholarship essay well in advance of the deadline.
  • Write on the essay topic and stick to it. Keep to the word limit. There are no bonus points for an extra-long essay.
  • Do not start your essay with a dictionary definition.
  • Remember to make your essay stand out to the scholarship committee. You want them to remember your essay when it comes time to make scholarship selections.
  • Read and re-read all instructions to ensure that your application is complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered for scholarships.
  • Send all required documents together, in the same envelope. Make copies for yourself in case something happens and we do not receive your initial documents.
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