Work Study and Regents Service Program

Work Study

Work Study may be offered if you have submitted a FAFSA or Institutional Methodology for non-FAFSA eligible students. Work Study awards subsidize on-campus student employment. The employer benefits from hiring a work study student because the funds pay up to 75% of the wages earned; the student benefits by earning wages and learning new skills while working around their class schedule. In addition, since Work Study wages are considered financial aid, the wages earned are an exemption on the FAFSA. Each student awarded Work Study is responsible for contacting prospective on-campus employers to obtain a job. A placement letter containing important information for the student employer is emailed to work study students late in the summer.  Be sure to include this letter when introducing yourself to potential employers. Funds are limited and are awarded by departmental request (April 1st deadline) or student request via a work study supplemental form located in MyNEVADA.  This form opens April 1 for students who have submitted a FAFSA and do not have any financial aid related To Do List items showing in MyNEVADA. Work Study funds are only available to support employment between August 16th and May 15th annually. Students graduating in December must end work study employment by December 15th.  Search for On-campus employment.

Regents Service Program - Departmental Grant

2019-20 Application is now available - Applications due by March 29th

The Regents Service Program at the University of Nevada, Reno is designed to provide our students with paid service/work which contribute to critical needs of the community, our state or our university as well as the student employee. The program awards $225,000 each year.  Please understand we only fund student wages and Graduate Assistant stipends and related fringe so if your proposal requires operating funds, please have an alternate funding source approved in advance of your application for those expenses.

The priority of the Regent's Service Program is literacy programs specific to K-12(which must not include classroom instruction). Regent's Service Program student positions may not be used to supplant personnel needs or be used in the general way of work study positions. Tasks assigned to employees hired under the Regent's Service Program must enhance the student employee's record of accomplishment related to their career goals or academic objectives. Graduate assistantships can be funded but may not have the same role as other state-funded graduate assistants within the department/college and they may not be teaching assistants. The responsibilities assigned to graduate assistants hired through the Regent's Service Program must enhance their record of accomplishment related to their future career and/or academic objectives (e.g. management or leadership roles). Graduate assistant positions will be funded for 10 months at the minimum monthly stipend ($1,700 per month) and include standard grant-in-aid and insurance benefits.

Undergraduate applicants are restricted to serving populations from physical locations within a 5 mile radius of the UNR main campus because of the link between student persistence and proximity to campus as well as transportation challenges many students face. Graduate applicants will have more flexibility with a 5-8 mile radius. We request that you identify a minimum and maximum funding request as well as provide a budget summary. The assessment process both from the perspective of the population served and the UNR student employee is important.

Applications are reviewed by a committee and rated on the following:

  • Contributions to K-12 literacy
  • Contributions to the State of Nevada, surrounding community or the university
  • Tasks and responsibilities that complement the preferred academic major
  • Demonstrated opportunity for the student employee to develop a record of accomplishment relevant to career/academic objectives
  • Identified assessment measures

Each successful Regents Service Program applicant will be invited to training on hiring and program reporting in early May. The program is responsible for hiring student employees who meet one of six defined need criteria (identified in the Regent's Service Program Guidelines 2b) in the high-level skilled roles identified in the application.

Please contact Ashley Salisbury ( or 682-8017) with questions.  You may also be interested in collaborating with one of the 2018-19 grant recipients listed below:

2018-2019 Regent's Service Program Grant Recipients

Center for Learning & Literacy
Julie Pennington, Ph.D

Criminal Justice
Monica Miller

Upward Bound
Ellen Houston

Washoe County School District
Lisa-Marie Lightfoot

Sierra Nevada Journeys
Jennifer Robinson