Scholarships and Financial Aid
Nevada provides high quality education at competitive price with a variety of funding opportunities. Approximately 80% of international graduate students receive graduate assistantships from academic departments.
Continuing Students: To be eligible for any scholarships/awards, you MUST complete the Graduate & Undergraduate Scholarship (GUS) Application in your MyNEVADA account between November 1 and February 1 annually by going to Student Center, Supplemental Forms, Scholarship Application. The GUS application is available until May 31 but scholarship application preference is given to those that complete by February 1. This is required in addition to the scholarships/awards offered by OISS and many other University departments.
International students are not eligible to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) applications. Due to this, the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships has the Institutional Methodology for Non-FAFSA Eligible Students to allow international students to be considered for need-based scholarships. Please complete and submit the application to the Financial Aid Office between January 1 and March 1 annually. Completing this application makes students eligible for more scholarship awards.
- New/Transfer International Student Award is a partial scholarship offered to incoming undergraduate and graduate students in F-1 or J-1 status. Due February 1 for priority consideration.
- International Student Awards are offered to currently enrolled international undergraduate and graduate students. Students must complete the Graduate & Undergraduate Scholarship (GUS) Application in MyNEVADA by February 1 for priority consideration. Selections are made in mid-April. If students do not complete the GUS application by May 31 at the latest, they will not be considered for the awards at all.
- Kayoko Okumoto Scholarship is offered to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in Business and History; preference is given to students from Japan. Interested applicants who have accepted admission to the University of Nevada, Reno should complete the supplemental form Graduate & Undergraduate Scholarship in MyNEVADA application between November 1 and May 31 annually with preference to those who complete by February 1.
- Wilter Ocampo Scholarship offered to undergraduate and graduate Bolivian students. Interested applicants who have accepted admission to the University of Nevada, Reno should complete the supplemental form Graduate & Undergraduate Scholarship in MyNEVADA application between November 1 and May 31 annually with preference to those who complete by February 1.
- Neslihan Aybek Memorial Scholarship is offered to undergraduate and graduate female students that are citizens of Turkey. Interested applicants who have accepted admission to the University of Nevada, Reno should complete the supplemental form Graduate & Undergraduate Scholarship in MyNEVADA application between November 1 and May 31 annually with preference to those who complete by February 1.
- Undergraduate Research through the Office of Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Research offers funded research opportunities for undergraduate students through a network of faculty mentors to guide the research projects as well as provide support for research grant proposal writing.
- Graduate Assistantships (Teaching and Research) are awarded to graduate students and are valued at an estimated $33,600 and include a monthly stipend of $1,550, a per credit grant-in-aid, health insurance, and in-state resident status for tuition purposes. The academic departments make decisions on awarding the graduate assistantships and students should contact the intended academic department directly. Assistantships do not have to be from the department you are studying in. You may find a list of available assistantships at Job Opportunities.
- The Graduate Student Association (GSA) offers graduate students assistance in variety of ways:
- $500 travel grants for students to attend professional conferences
- Outstanding International Graduate Student Scholarships offered to outstanding, full-time international graduate students
- Research grants of up to $2,500, computer loans up to $1,500, financial crisis grants, medical hardship and child care scholarships are available to international graduate students
- GSA Household Items Program distributes free furniture items and other household necessities to current graduate students.
You may also go to Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships for information on scholarships offered by the University and departments on campus.
External Scholarships and Financial Aid
Grants, Scholarships, and Loan Programs from Other Organizations. Please note, you SHOULD NOT pay to apply for any financial aid.
- FastWeb: FastWeb claims to be the largest and most accurate scholarship search database.
- EduPass: EduPass provides information for international students who are thinking about pursuing an undergraduate, graduate, or professional education in the United States. It also contains material of interest to international students who are already in the United States.
- Institute of International Education: Study America is a service for qualified students wishing to study in the US at the undergraduate or graduate level who are unable to afford such study without financial assistance. Through Study America, students gain the help needed to locate and gain admission into the program of study most suited to their academic and professional goals as well as their financial reality. Founded in 1919, the Institute of International Education is America's most experienced educational exchange agency. IIE maintains offices in many overseas locations and works closely with Fulbright Commissions, educational advising centers and educational foundations worldwide.
- International Peace Scholarship: The International Peace Scholarship Fund, established in 1949, provides scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States.
- International Student: Allows students to search for scholarships based on the country they are from and/or what they will be studying.
- NAFSA: Provides information about financing your education in the United States.
Please use loans as the last option if there is no other way to finance your studies. Please note, you SHOULD NOT pay to apply for loans. Most U.S. student loan applications require a U.S. Permanent Resident or Citizen as a co-signer.
- International Student Loan Center: InternationalStudentLoan.com is owned and operated by Envisage International Corporation and has been helping students achieve their goals of international education since 1998. and loans for international students.
- Sallie Mae, Inc.: Sallie Mae, Inc., the largest provider of student loans in the United States, offers some loans for international students.
- The Global Student Loan Corporation: The Global Student Loan Corporation works with financial institutions in many countries and does not require a U.S. citizen to co-sign.