KEARNEY – Tina Smets is a busy mother of three.

She works nights at the Alley Rose restaurant in Kearney, opposite of her husband Aaron’s schedule at the local Baldwin Filters plant so they can save money on child care.

Tina Smets will attend UNK this fall with financial assistance from Nebraska Promise, a new University of Nebraska program that covers tuition for in-state students from low- and middle-income families. The 31-year-old mother of three will study business administration with a management emphasis through UNK’s online program. (Photo by Corbey R. Dorsey, UNK Communications)

Like many young families, finances are a major factor in their decision-making – and college tuition never seemed to fit into their plans.

Although Smets enjoys her job at the Alley Rose, where she’s worked the past decade, the 31-year-old recently started to realize she wanted…

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