Where to Start?
Degree seeking students who are US Citizens or eligible non-citizens should start the financial aid process by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Degree seeking students who are not eligible to submit the FAFSA (DACA, continuing international, undocumented) are encouraged to complete the Institutional Methodology for Non-FAFSA Eligible Students. Maximum consideration for financial aid and scholarships is given to those who submit the application by February 1st each year and they each open each October 1.
What about Scholarships?
- New freshmen who submit a complete application for admission by Feb. 1 are automatically considered for admission based university scholarships.
- Continuing students must submit the Graduate & Undergraduate Scholarship Application found in MyNEVADA supplemental forms. Application deadline is February 1st annually.
October – February
- Complete and submit the FAFSA annually beginning October 1st and before February 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 records in mid October but we don't prepare new financial aid offers until March.
- Students begin receiving Student Aid Reports (SAR) by e-mail or US 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 FAFSA. Review the data on the form and respond immediately to any required corrections.
- By e-mail (to your MyNEVADA preferred e-mail account), the financial aid office will begin contacting students for missing information and/or additional materials after we have received your FAFSA record from the federal processor. If you are requested to submit additional materials, please submit them to our office by the May 1 priority deadline.
- The Graduate & Undergraduate Scholarship Application is available in MyNEVADA supplemental forms and is required for eligibility for any institutional scholarship such as college, department, Foundation and Alumni scholarships.
March – June
- Our office will send a Financial Aid offer e-mail to your preferred MyNEVADA email address in March.
- To accept Federal Direct Loans, you much be an active student (continuing or have accepted admission in MyNEVADA and, for new first year students, paid the $250 fully refundable Advanced Registration Fee and completed the Advanced Registration Questionnaire.
- You must be registered for classes at least half-time by June 15 to ensure that aid funds are held for you.
- If you accept 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.
- If you are a dependent undergraduate student who has submitted the FAFSA and your parents want to apply for a Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) loan, they should complete the application at studentloans.gov and the student financial offer email will be updated one to three weeks after the parent receives a notice of approval from the federal processor.
- Complete the entrance counseling on your lender’s website.
August (fall) and January (spring)
- Students, who promptly return all necessary forms and who complete all promissory notes and entrance counseling, can expect disbursement of aid the week prior to the first week of each term. Enrollment must match the funding status (i.e. undergraduates full-time= 12+ credits, ¾=9 credits or ½ time=6 credits).
- Make sure you check your MyNEVADA "To Do List" frequently and resolve any financial aid related items as quickly as possible.
- Our office sends periodic e-mail messages throughout the year. Be sure to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your personal contacts and check your preferred e-mail account listed in MyNEVADA frequently for important correspondence from our office.
- If any of your aid awards must be adjusted at any time during the year, you will be sent a revised award notice.
Continuing Eligibility for Aid
Generally, your aid offers will remain similar throughout your degree program if all of the following statements are true:
- Your family’s financial circumstances, number of family members, and family members enrolled in college remain the same.
- The federal aid programs and regulations remain the same.
- Federal, state, and institutional funding for aid programs is not reduced.
- You submit the appropriate application materials by the priority deadlines.
- You continue to meet enrollment, GPA 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.
- You provide accurate information (income, assets, etc.) on all application materials.