The Path to HC program covers 100 percent of tuition through Hastings College merit- and need-based scholarships when combined with state and federal aid for first-time, first-year Adams County (Nebraska) students who qualify for a Pell Grant. This means many families with an adjusted gross income at or below $60,000 would qualify.

The program is limited to the first 15 eligible students who apply, are admitted and make a deposit to attend Hastings College.

As such, students are encouraged to apply early in the fall of their senior year of high school, and send their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) results to Hastings College as soon as they are able. The FAFSA can be completed beginning October 1. 

How to Qualify

To qualify for the Path to HC program, students must:

  • Be a first-time, first-year student who attends high school in Adams County, Nebraska
  • Have a high school GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Be eligible for a Pell Grant determined by the FAFSA, completed at fafsa.gov
    • Send us your FAFSA results by adding the Hastings College school code — 002548
  • Apply and be admitted to Hastings College (there is no additional program application)
  • Maintain full-time status at Hastings College (12-18 credit hours per semester) and a GPA of 2.0 or higher

How it Works

For Path to HC students, Hastings College applies federal and state grants to the cost of tuition. We then add a Hastings College academic scholarship, talent scholarship (if applicable) and a subsidized student loan of $3,500. A need-based HC Grant is then applied to fill out the award to reach full tuition. Outside scholarships, family resources and/or an unsubsidized federal student loan can be used to pay fees, and room and board should a student choose to live on campus. (Students who reside in Adams County can receive a housing exemption to live at home.)

How to Renew

To remain eligible for the Path to HC program, students must remain full time Hastings College with a GPA of 2.0 or higher, complete their FAFSA by March 1 each year and remain eligible for a Pell Grant.  The program covers the full cost of tuition after state and federal funds (including the maximum Subsidized Federal Direct Loan eligibility) are applied.  Outside scholarships, family resources and/or an unsubsidized federal student loan can be used to pay fees, and room and board should a student choose to live on campus. (Students who reside in Adams County can receive a housing exemption to live at home.)