The Nevada Promise Scholarship was approved by the 2017 Legislature and will be available beginning Fall 2018 for students that qualify and attend participating institutions. Currently the participating institutions are all Nevada public community colleges, CSN, GBC, TMCC, WNC. Nevada Promise Scholarship is a “last dollar scholarship” which means it will cover costs for registration fees and other mandatory fees that are not covered by other gift aid program. Examples of other gift aid programs would be the Pell grant, the Millennium Scholarship, and SSOG. With this program, a student could attend for up to three years at no cost.
The eligibility and requirements for this program are:
- Students must enroll in a minimum of 12 semester credit hours in an associate degree program, a bachelor’s degree program or a certificate of achievement program at their home school for each semester of the school year immediately following the school year in which the student graduates from high school.
- Students must be bona fide residents of the state of Nevada.
- First-time recipients must be less than 20 years of age.
- Award amount varies based on amount of remaining registration fees and other mandatory fees after all other gift aid has been applied.
- Students who have earned a prior associate or bachelor’s degree do not qualify.
- Students must complete 20 hours of community service
- Mentoring is required.
- Students must not be in default or owe a refund to and federal financial aid program.
The program does have a special application. The deadline to file the application was
October 31. Please see the institutional website for additional eligibility and application information.
Steps To Complete the Nevada Promise Scholarship Application
1. Fill out the online Nevada Promise Scholarship Application and submit it before midnight on October 31. The application will open in August
2. Apply for Admission at a Nevada Community College
3. Complete the Nevada Promise Program Training
4. Complete the FAFSA
All Nevada Promise Scholarship applicants must file a 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than March 1.
- Available: October 1
- DACA students are required to complete the 2021-2022 FAFS
- Students not eligible to complete a 2021-2022 FAFSA must complete and submit the Non-FAFSA Filer Declaration no later than March 1.
5. Complete and Report Community Service Hours
All students must complete and report eight hours of community service no later than June 1.
6. Take a Placement Test or submit ACT or SAT Test Scores
7. Meet with your Assigned Mentor
You are required to meet with an assigned mentor at least one time no later than June 1.
8. Confirm Financial Aid Eligibility
9. Register for Classes
You must register for at least 12 credits that are required for your certificate or degree program for fall.
As a last-dollar scholarship, the Nevada Promise Scholarship can cover up to three years of tuition and other mandatory fees not covered by other gift aid.
Gift aid is defined as a Federal Pell Grant, a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), a Silver State Opportunity Grant (SSOG), or a Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship (GGMS).
Scholarship Funding and Renewal
The Nevada Promise Scholarship is a state funded program and has been impacted by budget cuts related to COVID 19. Awards are contingent on available funding. In the event that sufficient funds are not available to all eligible students, scholarships will be awarded based on the following priorities.
- First, students who have received the award in previous academic years, on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the FAFSA completion date.
- Second, students who would be receiving the award for the first time on a first-come, first-served basis based on the FAFSA completion date.
Students working with CSN’s Disability Resource Center who are unable to enroll full time should submit the Nevada Promise Scholarship Appeal form to the CSN Financial Aid Office. Students who are considering requesting an appeal, should be aware that funding is limited, and there is a possibility that your request may be denied solely due to lack of funding.