Beginning this fall, the University of Nebraska at Omaha will waive its application fee for students who are members of the military or veterans.
“It is an extremely big deal. It will ease the process of our students being able to get admitted without having to come up with a $45 application fee out of their own pocket,” said Jennifer Carroll, director of UNO's Military and Veteran University Services Office.
About 200 military members and veterans have already applied to begin classes at UNO this fall. They will receive a refund of the fee after providing proof of their military status to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or the Office of Graduate Studies.
The fee waiver applies only to new students — whether on campus or online — seeking admission in fall 2013 and later. About 1,100 military and veteran students attend UNO, which has been ranked as a top “military-friendly” school for the past four years by G.I. Jobs magazine, said UNO spokeswoman Erin Owen.
UNO will be the first campus in the University of Nebraska system to waive the fee. The university will absorb the $9,000 loss in revenue.