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Nevada Scholarships and Financial Aid

Grants, Student Loans, & Fellowships

Nevada was the 36th state to enter the union. It is well-known for Las Vegas and, despite its reputation as a desert state, Nevada is also a great place for water sports due to the many rivers and lakes in the state, including the Colorado River to the south and Lake Tahoe to the north. It is also home to eight universities and colleges, including the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, three private institutions, and several independent institutions. Students enrolled at these post-secondary institutions may qualify for financial assistance from the U.S. Government, the state of Nevada, and other funds.

Four Types of Nevada Scholarships and Financial Aid

Nevada scholarships and financial aid can be narrowed down to four groups:

  • Federal grants and low-interest loans
  • Nevada grants and scholarships
  • Nevada university and college scholarships
  • Other Nevada scholarships—organizations, foundations, and businesses

U.S. Government Provides Financial Aid to Nevada Students

In order to qualify for federal financial aid, you have to have financial need. To see if you qualify, file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Applications are usually due on June 30, the year you need the aid, and applications are made available January 1, the year prior. Your school may have its own FAFSA deadline, so check with your financial aid/scholarship office to make sure you don’t miss it.

Federal grants and loans are administered through your school’s financial aid/scholarship office. Financial aid officers will decide how much financial assistance you need and offer you a financial aid package. Grants do not need to be paid back, but loans do. You may choose to accept as much or as little as you want.

Nevada State Financial Aid Programs

The state of Nevada offers financial aid programs to assist students with educational expenses. Here is a list of programs currently available at most universities and colleges:

Millennium Scholarship
Nevada high school seniors with a 3.25 GPA may qualify for this Nevada financial aid program. Students must have been residents of Nevada for a minimum of two of their high school years. Eligible students will receive a letter with the award and disbursement information. For more information, contact the Millennium Scholarship Office at (702) 486-3383 or MillenniumScholars@nevadatreasurer.gov.

Access Grant
Nevada residents who have financial need may qualify for this Nevada financial aid program. See your financial aid/scholarship office for more information.

Nevada Student Incentive Grant
This grant is offered to Nevada residents who have financial need. See your financial aid/scholarship office for more information.

The Nevada ETV Program
Foster children who are 18, 19, or 20 years old may qualify for a $5,000 grant per year to help with educational expenses. Call (775) 684-4450 or talk to your financial aid/scholarship office for more information.

Nevada Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Programs (LEAP)
This federal/state program offers financial assistance to students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $7,200 or less, as determined by the FAFSA. File a FAFSA and talk to your financial aid/scholarship office.

Nevada Bureau of Indian Affairs Grants
Nevada residents who are of American Indian ancestry may qualify for a grant up to $2,000. Students must have an EFC of $7,200 or less. File a FAFSA and submit a certificate of Indian blood to your financial aid/scholarship office.

Each individual university or college may also offer more state-supported grants or scholarships. Check with your financial aid/scholarship office.

Scholarships from Nevada Universities and Colleges

Another group of scholarships come from individual Nevada universities and colleges. These scholarships may be offered to students based on academic achievement, financial need, and major. Many scholarships based on academic achievement are administered through the admissions office upon admission to the university or college. Scholarships based on financial need and major may require separate applications, including the FAFSA. Talk to your financial aid office for specific application procedures.

Scholarships from Nevada Organizations, Foundations, and Businesses

If you still need funds, the next best place to search for scholarships is Nevada organizations, foundations, and businesses. Here is a list of available scholarships within the state of Nevada:

Community Foundation of Western Nevada
The foundation has a large number of scholarships available to students. Each scholarship has different requirements and application procedures. Click here for a list of scholarships.

Reno Rodeo Charitable Foundation Scholarships
The foundation offers 24 scholarships and one academic award program. To qualify, students must be pursuing a degree in business, agriculture, education, biotechnology and natural resources, nursing or communications at the University of Nevada, Reno. The UNR scholarship office selects recipients, who are then approved by the foundation. Click here to see scholarships and application procedures.

Nevada Women’s Fund
The Nevada Women’s Fund supports and empowers women by providing scholarships to women who are studying at accredited post-secondary institutions in northern Nevada. Awards are offered at a minimum of $500. Freshmen students are not encouraged to apply unless they have an extraordinary or exceptional circumstance. Click here for more information.

Nevada DECA Scholarships
There are several scholarships available for marketing, finance, and business students. Scholarship awards range in amount from $250 to $10,000.

Nevada Association of Land Surveyors
Scholarships are available to students studying in related fields at Nevada post-secondary institutions.

Nevada Community Foundation
The Nevada Community Foundation, in collaboration with the Public Education Foundation, offers a number of scholarships to students pursuing post-secondary degrees. The deadline is in April for most scholarships. Awards, requirements and application procedures differ for each scholarship. For more information, contact the Nevada Community Foundation at (702) 892-2326 or info@nevadacf.org. You can also contact the Public Education Foundation at (702) 799-1042.

Three Things to Remember While Searching for Nevada Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • Some states have state FAFSA deadlines. Because Nevada doesn’t, be sure to check with your financial aid/scholarship office for your school’s FAFSA deadline. Remember that federal programs are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Nevada state financial aid programs are offered through Nevada universities and colleges, so check with your financial aid/scholarship office for all available programs.
  • Remember that local businesses, organizations and foundations offer many scholarships to students. Search locally before applying for scholarships that are offered state-wide or nation-wide.

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