Hastings College expands Path to HC program, increasing access to the top-ranked value school

Hastings College expands Path to HC program, increasing access to the top-ranked value school
September 18th, 2023 | Hastings College

(Hastings, Nebraska) – On Wednesday, September 13, Hastings College announced the expansion of its Path to HC program, with students from 10 additional high schools now eligible for the program. By expanding this program, the College aims to continue its legacy as a top-ranked value school, ensuring that a world-class education remains within reach for students.

The Path to HC program covers 100 percent of tuition when combining Hastings College scholarships with state and federal aid for first-time, first-year students who qualify for a Pell Grant. Many families with an adjusted gross income at or below $60,000 may qualify.

“We believe every talented and motivated student should have the opportunity to pursue higher education without financial constraints,” said Dr. Annette Vargas, vice president for access, enrollment and performance. “Our commitment to affordability and accessibility is part of who we are, it’s why we’ve been recognized nationally as being a top value school. Doubling the number of high schools in the Path to HC program reinforces our dedication to providing outstanding educational experiences while minimizing the financial burden on families.”

Students from the schools below are now eligible for the program; schools being added for fall 2024 enrollment are bolded.

  • Adams Central
  • Blue Hill
  • Cozad
  • Doniphan-Trumbull
  • Giltner
  • Gothenburg
  • Grand Island Senior High
  • Grand Island Northwest
  • Grand Island Central Catholic
  • Harvard
  • Hastings Senior High
  • Hastings St. Cecilia
  • Heartland Lutheran
  • Kenesaw
  • Lexington
  • Overton
  • Sandy Creek
  • Silver Lake
  • Sumner-Eddyville-Miller
  • Wood River

For best consideration, high school seniors are encouraged to apply in the fall and send their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) results to Hastings College. The FAFSA, which is being revised this year, is slated to open in December.

The Path to HC program is renewable for full-time students who enroll for four years. Students will need to maintain at least a 2.0 GPA. Outside scholarships, unsubsidized federal student loans and on-campus work study may be used to help pay for non-tuition expenses, such as room and board for students who live on campus.

While Hastings College has a residency requirement, students who live within 30 miles can live at home with their parents or guardian. This means students in the program who live within 30 miles of Hastings will only need to pay student fees of about $1,200 per semester to attend Hastings College. 

For more information, go to hastings.edu/pathtohc.

The program, established in 2021 to help bridge the gap between aspiration and access, has undergone significant enhancements to further reduce financial barriers and increase opportunities for students. 

Hastings College is a four-year residential college that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. Discover more at hastings.edu.

Note: For more information, contact Michael Howie at mhowie@hastings.edu or 402.984.9408. 


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