• 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

    Fill out the online Nevada Promise Scholarship Application and submit it before midnight on October 31. The application will open in August for the high school graduating class of 2021.




    Apply for Admission

    Complete the CSN Application for Admission and review and initiate the Enrollment Steps for First Time College Students.  If you have questions, contact Student Recruitment & College Connections.


    • The CSN Application for Admission is available October 1.
    • Select the upcoming fall semester on the application for admission.
    • Must be degree-seeking to qualify.
    • If you are CTE, JumpStart, Dual Enrollment, or CSN High School you do not need to reapply to CSN.


    Complete the Nevada Promise Program Training

    The required training for the Nevada Promise Scholarship is the CSN Online New Student Orientation no later than March 1.  


    • To access the CSN Online New Student Orientation, first you must:
      • Apply for Admission to CSN for the upcoming fall semester.
      • Visit, CSN Online New Student Orientation
      • Use your CSN NSHE Student ID Number
      • Watch the CSN Online New Student Orientation and the Nevada Promise training modules
      • Print or save a copy of the certificate of completion for your records.


    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
      • For questions and assistance completing the FAFSA, please email the CSN Financial Aid Office at Contact Us.
    • DACA students are required to complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA
    • Students not eligible to complete a 2021-2022 FAFSA must complete and submit the Non-FAFSA Filer Declaration no later than March 1.


    Complete and Report Community Service Hours

    All students must complete and report eight hours of community service no later than June 1. Visit our Promise Community Service page for more information. 

    Note: Eligible service hours completed between July 1, 2020 and June 1, 2021 will be accepted. 




    Take a Placement Test or submit ACT or SAT Test Scores

    All first-time college students with fewer than six previously completed CSN credits must take placement tests for Math, Reading, and English or submit valid (less than two years old) ACT or SAT scores for course placement.


    • To schedule an appointment, to access study materials, or to submit your ACT or SAT Scores visit the Testing Center.


    Meet with your Assigned Mentor

    You are required to meet with an assigned mentor at least one time no later than June 1.


    • Mentor pairing will begin after March 1.
    • To be paired with a mentor you must complete steps #1-4, report at least 4 hours of community service, and submit the Mentoring Support Authorization Form.


    Confirm Financial Aid Eligibility

    Check your To Do list in your MyCSN account for Financial Aid updates and submit all required documentation to CSN’s Financial Aid Office no later than July 1.  




    Register for Classes

    You must register for at least 12 credits that are required for your certificate or degree program at CSN for fall.


    • Before you register for classes, you must complete the CSN Academic Advising process.  Review CSN New Student Advising for details.
    • Use the course information provided by your Advisor and use the MyCSN/Canvas Pocket Guide to register for fall semester classes. 

    Why should you complete fall registration for classes by August 1?

    • To increase your chances of receiving available funds. 
    • To increase your course enrollment options. 
      • Wait listed classes do not count toward the 12 credit enrollment requirement for the Promise Scholarship.
    • Remember, the scholarship is processed on a first come, first served basis and it can only be awarded to students enrolled in 12 credits that apply toward their degree.

    All dates are subject to change.

    Award Details


    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.

    Please review CSN Cost of Attendance for additional details.

    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.