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Metropolitan Advantage Program


The Metropolitan Advantage Program (MAP) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha offers residents or high school graduates of specific counties in southwestern Iowa (listed below) the opportunity to attend UNO undergraduate and graduate programs at a special reduced tuition rate. Eligible UNO undergraduate and graduate Iowa residents will pay 150 percent of resident tuition. This tuition variance is very attractive to nonresident students to attend UNO.

Current MAP Counties Expanded MAP Counties (Starting Fall 2012)
Harrison Cass
Mills Crawford
Pottawattamie Fremont
  Monona
  Montgomery
  Page
  Shelby
  Woodbury

For the past 100 years, UNO has done an outstanding job serving the needs of students in the greater Omaha metro area. The Metropolitan Advantage Program is another example of how our dedicated faculty and staff have worked to help more students meet their educational needs at UNO.
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What is the Metropolitan Advantage Program?


The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) offers students in and residents of these western Iowa counties the opportunity to attend UNO at significantly reduced tuition rates through an initiative called the Metropolitan Advantage Program.

Who is eligible for the Metropolitan Advantage Program?


Eligible students include residents of the counties listed above and/or graduates of high schools within those counties who meet UNO’s admission requirements. Students who are currently enrolled at either Iowa Western Community College or Western Iowa Tech Community College and transferring to UNO could also be eligible for the MAP tuition rate. These transfer students must either be a graduate of a high school within those counties OR a a current resident of a MAP county OR be a full-time* (12 semester hours) student. *Full-time student must be a direct transfer to UNO, maintaining continuous enrollment between the two institutions. International students on a visa are not eligible for MAP rates.

What does it cost?


2012-2013 Cost per Credit Hour
  Undergraduate Graduate
Resident $196.75 $245.25
Nonresident $580.50 $645.75
Metropolitan Advantage Program $295.12 $367.87
NOTE: MAP rates apply only to courses taken on the UNO campus. For UNL-administered Engineering and Architecture programs, please see Tuition/Fees for additional information.

2012-2013 Estimated Undergraduate Costs for Attendance for eligible Iowa Residents*
w/Parent Off Campus On-Campus
Tuition/Fees $9,130.00 $9,130.00 $9,130.00
Room/Board 2,500.00 7,440.00 8,466.00
Books/Supplies 1,000.00 1,000.00 1,000.00
Transportation 1,300.00 1,300.00 1,300.00
Personal Expense 2,260.00 2,260.00 2,260.00
Total $16,190.00 $21,130.00 $22,156.00
*These totals are for two semesters with enrollment of 13-14 credit hours each.

How does this program compare to what I'd pay attending college in Iowa?


The UNO tuition is close to the rates charged by the University of Iowa, Iowa State and the University of Northern Iowa. With this new initiative, UNO competes well on the basis of quality, cost and convenience.

Can the tuition rate be reduced even more for Iowa students who excel in school? Are there scholarships?


Yes, In addition to the Metropolitan Advantage Program (MAP), UNO also offers Iowa undergraduate students (those seeking their first undergraduate degree) in the eleven county area an opportunity to reduce tuition even further through the Maverick Advantage Scholarship. To qualify for the Maverick Advantage Scholarship, new freshman MAP students must present a 23 or higher ACT score OR rank in the top 25 percent of their high school classes. Transfer students must present a 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Does the MAP tuition rate extend to distance education (online) classes?


The MAP rates are not applicable towards distance education (online) courses, and students participating in the MAP program will be assessed the standard non-resident distance education rates for those classes. For the current Non-Resident Distance Education Tuition Rates, please see the Cashiering/Student Accounts website.

What is the value of this program?


This tuition variance is an important strategy to attract nonresident students to UNO and the state of Nebraska, many of whom tend to stay in the area to live and work, according to studies on migration. In offering this opportunity to metropolitan Iowans, UNO’s goal is ultimately about improving education levels and increasing economic growth in the greater Omaha area.

Are transfer students from Iowa Western Community College or Western Iowa Tech Community College eligible for MAP?


Students who are currently enrolled at either Iowa Western Community College or Western Iowa Tech Community College and transferring to UNO could also be eligible for the MAP tuition rate. These transfer students must either be a graduate of a high school within those counties OR a current resident of a MAP county OR be a full-time* (12 semester hours) student. *Full-time student must be a direct transfer to UNO, maintaining continuous enrollment between the two institutions. International students on a visa are not eligible for MAP rates.