Institutional Methodology for Non-FAFSA Eligible Students

University of Nevada, Reno values the enrichment that comes from having diverse and talented students. We recognize that many need financial assistance in order to participate in higher education. This includes our degree seeking students not eligible to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our institutional need-based funds are generally distributed based on financial need determined by the FAFSA. The FAFSA can only be filed by citizens or eligible non-citizens so we are pleased to offer an annual institutional calculation to determine financial need for our Non-FAFSA eligible students: The Institutional Methodology for Non-FAFSA Eligible Students.

This calculation will be used to determine eligibility by demonstrating financial need. In cases of very high financial need students may receive up to $3,000 of Access Grants. In addition, undergraduate DACA students will be awarded institutional non-need work study funds which can aid in obtaining an on campus position for students with a valid work permit. The institutional calculation assesses ability - not willingness - to contribute as an estimated family contribution (EFC). This is similar to the criteria used by the Department of Education with the FAFSA.

Application Process

In order to complete the application, you must be admitted to a degree seeking program at the University of Nevada, Reno and have a valid NSHE ID. For priority consideration, the Institutional Methodology for Non-FAFSA Eligible students must be submitted by February 1st, 2018.

The 2018-19 institutional Methodology form is available in the 2018-2019 Forms Page

F-1/J-1 international student visa holders are not eligible to receive institutional funding in their first academic year.

If the student has financial need (as determined from the Institutional Methodology Application), the student will receive an offer email showing the award amount and specific requirements to receive the award(s) in March.

Funds (i.e. grants, scholarships and private loans) are disbursed the week before school starts to the student's University account.

The bill is reduced by the amount of the funds disbursed. If there is an excess amount after the bill is paid, a refund is issued to the student via direct deposit or a check in the mail.