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MCC Scholarship FAQs

Who can apply for a scholarship?

Scholarship opportunities are open to all students attending or planning to attend Metropolitan Community College.

What scholarship opportunities are available for me?

Many scholarships are set up by academic program areas, and others are more general in nature. See the MCCF Scholarship list for a complete listing of scholarships held at the MCC Foundation.

Current Nebraska High School students, grades 9 - 12, are automatically eligible to take credit classes at no tuition cost. Students will be responsible for tools, textbooks, and any other associated course fees.  Tuition for dual enrolled students will be paid for by federal funding, directed by the State and CCPE.  Learn more about the tuition waiver here.

What can I use my scholarship award for?

Scholarship awards can be used to cover the cost of tuition, books, fees or other supplemental expenses such as equipment or tools. Your award letter from the MCC Scholarships Office will spell this out for you. Scholarships may only be used as designated.

Can a scholarship be suspended or revoked?

Yes, it is possible to lose a scholarship if a recipient does not follow the guidelines associated with the award. The two most important areas are grade point average (GPA) and hours taken. Some scholarships require periodic check-ins with academic advisors, as well.

Are the scholarship award amounts fixed year to year?

No. The award amounts are determined each year by the Foundation Board of Directors. Please plan accordingly, since the scholarship payouts may vary from year to year.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Log on to your AwardSpring student account and complete the required information. View the scholarships you qualify for and select which scholarships you are interested. Submit your applications, it’s just that easy.

When do I apply?

Students only need to apply one time per academic year for scholarships (June - May). There are application deadline dates every quarter. Dates vary and are subject to change, so check the Scholarship page for current dates.  Students should check their Scholarship Dashboard periodically through the academic year to see if there are scholarships that need more information, such as essays.
Please be sure to submit your application on time; the Scholarships Office is not able to process late applications.

I didn't receive an MCC scholarship. Are there other opportunities for me?

Yes. Students can view local and national scholarships by visiting our External Scholarships web page. Scholarships on this page are not awarded by the MCC Scholarships office. They are posted as a service to Metropolitan Community College students.

Are there any other forms of financial aid?

The College offers a variety of financial assistance for students. Students may apply based on financial need or merit. Don’t forget to visit FAFSA to see if you qualify for federal assistance. Information and applications are available at the Financial Aid page, or contact the MCC Financial Aid Office at 531-MCC-2330.

Will a scholarship affect the amount of my student loan?

Scholarships can reduce the amount of loans you need to meet your expenses. Since loans need to be repaid and scholarships do not, scholarships are definitely worth applying for!

Will a scholarship affect the amount of my Pell grant?

If you are awarded a Scholarship, it will not decrease the amount of any Pell grant you receive.

How do scholarships affect work-study?

Scholarships might reduce the maximum number of work-study hours available for some students. Scholarships can give you more time to devote to your studies without losing income because of decreased work-study hours. Check with the Financial Aid office to see how this might impact you.

Why do I need to complete a FAFSA to apply for a scholarship?

MCC Foundation scholarships are awarded in partnership with the offices of MCC financial aid and MCC student accounts. Even if you don’t qualify for other forms of financial aid, completing the FAFSA helps us determine your level of financial need for those scholarships that require it. Remember, “financial need” does not necessarily mean that you have no income—some scholarships are set up to assist those who are working full-time and going to school, too.

How will I know if I’ve been selected to receive a scholarship?

Emails are sent to your MCC email address. High school and prospective MCC students will be send a scholarship notification to their personal email. To ensure our emails continue to reach your inbox, please add the following emails to your contacts:

Why do I need to send a thank-you letter before my scholarship is added to my student account?

Students are required to write a thank-you letter in the scholarship acceptance form that accompanies a scholarship offer. Scholarships are funded through the generous donations of staff, faculty and community members. Donors give money to the MCC Foundation to make a difference in a student's life. Showing the donors how much their generosity means to you can make the difference in whether they give to the MCC Foundation.

Will I receive a check in the mail or will the scholarship be put on my student account?

Scholarship awards are placed on student accounts approximately three weeks after the start of the quarter. For textbook scholarships, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 531-MCC-2330 at least 48 hours before you plan to pick up your books.

If I receive a scholarship, does that make me an MCC Foundation Scholar?

If you receive a scholarship from the MCC Foundation, you are an MCCF scholar and will receive a blue and white honor cord to wear at graduation.