UCHA  administers a comprehensive student financial aid program to assist students in meeting college costs. The amount of financial Aid awarded varies from student to student, depending on the individual's needs and resources. Financial Aid is intended to help students who might not otherwise be able to attend college. Although the primary responsibility for meeting college costs rests with the student and their family, the college recognizes that many families have limited resources and cannot meet the cost of a college education. Federal and state financial aid programs have been established to assist students with documented financial needs.​

Awards are initially offered based on full-time enrollment. The number of units in which students actually enroll may impact the various programs' Financial Aid.

We know cost is an important factor in your education decision. That's why Universal College of Healing Arts works hard to keep our tuition competitively priced. Making sense of financial Aid is not difficult once you understand it. The first step is filing a FAFSA form. Remember to add UCHA's School Code to your FAFSA: 038214-00

Types of Finacial Support Programs

Education Quest Foundation

Education Quest Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission to improve access to higher education in Nebraska.  EducationQuest provides free college planning services, need-based scholarship programs, college access grants for high schools, college access resources for middle schools, and community agencies' outreach services. 

For advice on student assistance, call 402-391-4033 or

Pell Grants

Pell grants are a federally funded program designed to be the foundation of financial aid for undergraduates who demonstrate need. The amount of the Pell Grant is based on the cost of attendance minus the expected calculated family contribution and the student’s enrollment status at the time of payment. Award amounts vary according to eligibility and enrollment. 


Pell Grants are limited to 6 years or 12 full-time semester enrollments

Further Assistance

The Department of Veterans Affairs may pay monthly educational allowances to qualified students to help defray the cost of tuition and living expenses. Applications can also be made for assistance through some Workforce Development or Vocational Rehabilitation Programs and Veterans Assistance Programs. Students are responsible for their tuition payments under these programs, not the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Veteran Affairs Benefits

Veteran Benefits and Transaction Act of 2018

UCHA  will not impose any penalty including 1) the assessment of late fees; 2) the denial of access to classes; 3) libraries or other institutional facilities and/or 4) the requirement that a Chapter 31 or Chapter 33 recipient borrow additional funds to cover the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement of payment by the U.S. Department of

Veteran Affairs.

Veterans Standards of Process Policy

A veteran and/or eligible person must make satisfactory progress toward an approved educational objective leading to employment. Veteran and/or eligible person Standard of Progress will be determined utilizing the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy as listed in the college catalog consisting of overall grade point average, pace, program length, the maximum time for completion, attendance, and conduct.

Applying to FASFA

Make a List of Schools

Students will need to share their FAFSA with schools they are interested in applying to. For this reason, students should make a list of schools they are potentially interested in before they even begin filling out the form. 

As part of completing their application, students will be able to look up the federal school codes of colleges and universities they are interested in sending their information to.

Making a list of target schools is a good way for students to inspire and motivate themselves to complete the FAFSA.

Gather Financial Documents

The FAFSA determines how much financial assistance students qualify for, which is why applicants must submit documentation about their family’s financial status. Before starting the FAFSA, applicants should be sure to gather all of the forms and documents they’ll need.

To complete the FAFSA, students will need:

  • A Social Security number

  • An Alien Registration number (For non-U.S. citizens)

  • Federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned (Thanks to the newly-updated IRS data retrieval tool, applicants may be able to transfer their tax return information instead automatically.)

  • Bank statements and records of any investments

  • Records of any untaxed income

Create a Federal Student Aid ID 

Having prepared a list of schools and documentation, the next step is for applications to visit the FAFSA website ( or the myStudentAid app.

To log into the site, students and parents need to create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID, which will require making a username and password. Once applicants have created an FSA ID, they can start the FAFSA, save their progress and log in and out as they wish.

Start the FAFSA for the Desired Year

Each year there is a nine-month period during which students can submit financial aid applications for both the current year and future years.

Students should carefully select which year’s FAFSA application they would like to complete:

  • Students attending college from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020, can file the 2019 - 2020 FAFSA between October 1st, 2018, and June 30th, 2020 using their 2017 tax information.​

  • Students attending college from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021, can file the 2020 - 2021 FAFSA between October 1st, 2019, and June 30th, 2021 using their 2018 tax information.

Follow the Instructions Carefully

The FAFSA itself is broken into seven sections: student demographics, school selection, dependency status, parent demographics, financial information, sign and submit, and confirmation.

Complete each of these sections carefully, making sure that the information is accurate:

  • Student demographics: The student’s name, social security number, date of birth, address, email, gender, telephone number, driver’s license number (if the student has a driver’s license), marital status, citizenship status, education history, and interest in work-study.

  • School selection: The name and location of the high school the student attended and the colleges they’re interested in applying to.

  • Dependency status: Whether the student has children or dependents and the size of their household.

  • Parent demographics: Parents’ marital status; parents’ names, social security numbers, and birthdays; parents’ email address and household information, such as who lives with them. (Note: If the student is independent, they will not need to complete this section.)

  • Financial information: Applicants can either use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool or input information from their W-2s manually.

  • Sign and submit: Applicant’s signature.

  • Confirmation: Applications will receive a confirmation when their FAFSA has been completed.


Once applicants have accurately input all of the necessary information, press “submit.”

The Department of Education says that online FAFSA applications are typically processed within three to five days, and that paper applications are typically processed within seven to 10 days.

After their application is processed, students should receive a copy of their Student Aid Report, which includes their Expected Family Contribution and determines their eligibility for Pell Grants. An applicant’s aid report will be shared with the colleges they listed on their FAFSA application.

After a student has been admitted to a college, colleges use the information on their aid report to determine how much they will provide.