Costs for first-year freshman students from Nevada


2023-24 estimated expenses for a Nevada resident freshman

What expenses do you have to consider?

As a first-year student at the University of Nevada, Reno, you may pay for tuition and fees, on-campus housing and meals. Personal expenses, transportation costs and books vary by student, but should be factored into your budget planning. For more information, you may review our undergraduate student budgets for an idea of what costs may look like after considering financial aid.

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In-state, on-campus undergraduate estimated costs
Expense Amount
Base tuition (30 credits per year)* $7,875
Mandatory fees (per year) $1,118
On-campus housing and meals (per year) $10,494**
Books and supplies (per year) $1,200**
Total $20,687

**These are starting point estimates for budgeting purposes and may vary due to housing options, mandatory fees, meal plan selections, course requirements and individual student needs.

You can afford a Nevada education

No student debt

More than 50 percent of students graduating leave with no student debt

Scholarships and grants

The total amount of scholarships and grants at the University is $87 million annually

Affordable tuition

Under $8,000 per year resident tuition and fees


Tuition-free programs for Nevada residents

Nevada Guarantee

*Covers tuition, fees and books
*Value of at least $10,500 each year
*Income verification required

Millennium Scholarship

*Maximum $10,000 award
*No application is required
*Pays $80 per credit (up to 15 credits/semester)


Applying for financial aid

To receive federal financial aid (grants, loans and Work Study) you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid each year. The FAFSA opens every October 1 and the University's priority filing date for institutional scholarships and grants is February 15.

Aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply early.


Grants are need-based aid awarded to qualified undergraduate students demonstrating exceptional financial need. Grants do not have to be repaid as long as enrollment for the semester in which you receive the grant is maintained.


If grants, scholarships and family assistance do not cover the costs of attending college, you might consider loans. Though loan money must be repaid, federal loans typically offer the lowest interest rates. Learn more about loans and if they’re the right fit.

Work Study

Students eligible for need-based financial aid programs can participate in Work Study. This federally funded program helps students pay for college by working on or off campus. You must submit a FAFSA for consideration.


First-year scholarships

All new freshmen who would like to be considered for scholarships must complete the University’s Freshman Application for Scholarships and Awards and file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or the Institutional Methodology for Non-FAFSA Eligible Students form. You do not have to demonstrate financial need to receive a scholarship or award, but the FAFSA or Institutional Methodology form allows you to be considered for supplemental funding.

All new freshmen may be considered for scholarships. The general scholarship program is restricted to Nevada residents; however, other scholarship dollars may be available to non-residents.

Learn more about first-year scholarships


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(775) 784-4700

Financial Aid and Scholarships

(775) 784-4666