Estimated Expenses and Financial Aid

The following is a list of some of the expenses incurred during the experience component of the program. Of course, there are many variables and expenses are at best only approximations of various expenses during the year.

Materials Fee - $900.00 will be collected at the beginning of the Internship Program. This fee will cover professional resources, registration costs to attend local/state professional meetings and other program expenses.

Room and Board - Students provide their own living arrangements.

Transportation - Students must have a car and auto insurance. All transportation to meetings and affiliation assignments will be the student's own expense.

Tuition/Application Fee to Graduate College - There is a $50.00 application fee for admission to the Graduate College. Students accepted into the dietetic internship program will be required to satisfactorily complete 10-12 hours of graduate credit in the fall semester. Students will register for 6 hours of graduate credit for the dietetic internship in the spring semester.

The 2018-2019 tuition rates are $323.25 per graduate credit hour for residents and $935.25 per graduate credit hour for non-residents. In addition, you will need to pay approximately $1000.00 in program and facilities fees for the academic year.

Lab coats or Approved Scrubs- Students provide their own lab coats or approved scrubs (if required). Students are expected to adhere to the appropriate dress code for each facility and to dress in a professional manner.

Food Handler's Permit- Interns will be required to have a current food handler's permit, which can be obtained by successful completion of an online training program through the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department. Cost is $20.00.

Health Insurance - Health insurance is required. Students are eligible for the University's Student Health Insurance Plan.

Criminal and Abuse Background Check - While not required for application, final admission to the program is dependent upon completing a criminal and abuse background check. The UNL dietetic internship program hires an outside vendor to conduct criminal and abuse background checks for incoming UNL interns. Interns are responsible for the cost of this process: $27.89. The results of the checks will be maintained in the intern’s placement file.  If the criminal and abuse background check reveals questionable information, an intern may be denied direct patient/client access in facilities. This could result in unsuccessful completion of the program.

Professional Liability Insurance - Liability insurance is required and will be provided by the internship program.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Student Membership - Interns are required to become student members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The $58.00 membership fee includes membership in the Nebraska Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  In addition, interns are required to become members of the Nebraska Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics-Lincoln District (membership dues = $5.00). 

Registration Examination - upon successful completion of the program. Cost: $200.00.

Financial Aid – Interns are eligible to apply for financial aid during the fall semester when they are enrolled as full-time students.  Interns do not qualify for financial aid during the January-August supervised practice component of the internship.  However, they do qualify for loan deferments.  Students who need to borrow funds for college expenses should inquire at the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, 17 Canfield Administration Building, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68588-0411, (402)472-2030.