Nebraska is home to more than 40 Title IV degree-granting institutions. Title IV schools have five things in common. They have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, they have been in business for at least 2 years, they have signed a participation agreement with the Department, they grant an associate's degree or higher, and they offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length. These requirements make the state’s 40+ Title IV schools eligible for Title IV federal financial-aid programs. This offers greater access to students with financial need.
Nebraska’s Title IV schools offer a number of degree programs from art to zoology. This includes animation programs. While Nebraska’s Title IV schools are eligible for financial aid, most are quite affordable yet still competitive, well respected, and high on the list of top schools for animators. Just a few of the state’s most respected (affordable) schools include Wayne State College, University of Nebraska, and Peru State College.
If you’re ready to shop and compare Nebraska animation schools to others across the nation, scroll through the list of most expensive to least expensive schools below and what you can expect to pay. Keep in mind that resident tuition is usually lower than nonresident tuition and graduate programs are typically more expensive than undergraduate programs.
Most Expensive Nebraska Animation Schools
Concordia University, Seward – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $22,860 for the 2011 – 2012 school year.
Least Expensive Nebraska Animation Schools
Union College, Lincoln – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $18,120 for the 2011 – 2012 school year. Tuition does not include annual fees of $660.
University of Nebraska, Lincoln – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $4,992, nonresidents $14,826; graduate residents $6,954, nonresidents $17,784 for the 2011 – 2012 school year. Tuition does not include fees of approximately $1,400 per year.
Chadron State College, Chadron – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $4,328, nonresidents $7,576 for the 2011 – 2012 school year.
University of Nebraska, Omaha – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $4,092, nonresidents $12,060 for the 2010 – 2011 school year. Tuition does not include fees of approximately $623 per year.
University of Nebraska, Kearney – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $4,038; nonresidents $8,280 for the 2011 – 2012 school year. Tuition does not include fees of $1,151 per year.
Peru State College, Peru – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $3,246, nonresidents $3,246 for the 2011 – 2012 school year. Tuition does not include annual fees of $1,070. Nonresidents are able to pay the in-state tuition rate as of this writing.
Wayne State College, Wayne – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $3,246, nonresidents $6,492 for the 2011 – 2012 school year. Tuition does not include annual fees of $1,182 or per-course studio fees.
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Nebraska Animation Scene
Nebraska is home to a hearty population of more than 11,100 salaried artists. Around 70 are animators and multimedia artists (up from 60 in 2009). Hundreds more are freelancers. They work in the film & video industry, gaming, advertising, web and graphic design, and education. While job opportunities in these industries can be found all over the state, a greater number can be found in major cities such as Omaha and Lincoln.
Opportunities for film animators can be found at Lincoln studios such as Outpost12 Studios, Archrival, and Green Room Media. Just a few Omaha studios include InFlight Productions, Delinea Design, and Castlegate Pictures. Nebraska is also home to more than 500 technology companies. Many of these tech companies hire seasoned animators with a solid computer science background. Turbine Interactive in Lincoln, and Five Nines Technology in Omaha and Lincoln are just a few options.