To-Do List

Where to Start?

Students should start the financial aid process by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Maximum consideration for financial aid is given to those who submit the form by March 1st each year.

What about Scholarships?

  • New freshmen are automatically considered for general university scholarships.
  • Continuing students may submit the General University Scholarship Application online through MyNEVADA. Application deadline is  February 1st annually.

January – March

  • If you applied for aid the year before, the U.S. Department of Education should send you an e-mail about how to apply for aid online using your Personal Identification Number (PIN). If you did not provide an e-mail address on your FAFSA last year, they will send you a PIN by postal mail. Use your PIN to access your FAFSA on the Web. If you do not receive a Renewal FAFSA or PIN in the mail, complete the on-line FAFSA.
  • Complete and submit either the Renewal FAFSA or the FAFSA to the federal processor no sooner than January 1, but by March 1 for maximum consideration for all aid programs. Although you may submit the FAFSA later, funding may not be available in all aid programs. Grants and work-study are limited; loans are available throughout the academic year.
  • Our office begins receiving applicants' FAFSA/Renewal FAFSA records from the federal processor in late January. An acknowledgement is sent to let you know we have received the data.
  • Students begin receiving Student Aid Reports (SAR) by e-mail or postal mail four to six weeks after completing the FAFSA. The SAR assures that your FAFSA has been received by the federal processor and reports back to you the information you supplied on the Renewal FAFSA/FAFSA. Review the data on the form and respond immediately to any required corrections.
  • By e-mail (to your University assigned e-mail account), the office will begin contacting students and families for missing information and/or additional application materials after we have received your FAFSA record from the federal processor. If you are requested to submit additional materials, these materials must be received by our office by June 15.
  • General University Scholarship Application is available online through MyNEVADA; the deadline is February 1 to apply for college, department, Foundation, and Alumni scholarships.

April– June

  • Our office will send an e-mail to your University account when you have an Offer Letter ready for you to view and print from MyNEVADA. To activate the Stafford Loan, complete the (in MyNEVADA, "Accept" ).
  • (Required Reading) The Guide is available for viewing and printing on our website. This important publication describes actions you need to take, provides additional information on aid programs, and your responsibilities.
  • You must be registered for classes at least half-time by June 15 to ensure that aid funds are held for you.

July– August

  • If you accept Perkins, Nursing, Garvey-Rhodes or Blundell Loans, you will receive promissory notes in the mail to sign and return to the loan department in the Cashier's Office.
  • Complete the entrance counseling on your lender’s website.


  • Students, who promptly return all necessary forms and who complete all promissory notes and entrance counseling, can expect disbursement of aid during the first week of the term. Enrollment must match the funding status (i.e. undergraduates full-time= 12 credits, ¾=9 credits or ½ time=6 credits)
  • Our office sends periodic e-mail messages throughout the year. Be sure to check your University e-mail account for important correspondence from our office. You can forward this account to a personal e-mail.
  • If any of your aid awards must be adjusted at any time during the year, you will be sent notification that you have a revised award notice available on MyNEVADA.

Continuing Eligibility for Aid

Generally, you may receive similar aid awards throughout your degree program if all of the following statements are true:

  1. Your family’s financial circumstances, number of family members, and family members enrolled in college remain the same.
  2. The federal aid programs and regulations remain the same.
  3. Federal, state, and institutional funding for aid programs is not reduced.
  4. You submit the appropriate application materials by the required deadlines.
  5. You continue to meet the enrollment level and satisfactory academic progress requirements. Our office monitors enrollment levels (the number of credit hours you take) and earn each term. If you drop courses and fall below the minimum credit requirements or grade point average, your eligibility for all aid may be terminated and repayment of funds received may be required.
  6. You provide accurate information (income, assets, etc.) on all application materials.