Financial Aid Online

While our on-campus offices are closed to the public; we would like to offer students that wish to meet with a Financial Aid Office representative an option. Please be aware that students must be able to show a valid federal or state photo ID that we can view through your camera for any discussions regarding your financial aid file.

Wait times may vary to meet with a Financial Aid representative, by submitting the FA Online Request, you are sending a request to meet as soon as possible. Our virtual hours are 8:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday. Any requests sent after 4:00pm cannot be accommodated and you will NOT receive a response from our office (we accept only same day appointments). If all appointments have been filled and we can no longer accept appointments PRIOR to 4:00pm, you will receive a reply declining your request.

CSN uses WebEx Meetings (a video conferencing tool that allows our staff to meet you online). It is a great way to meet face-to-face and you can utilize it both as a desktop or mobile application. Please download the Webex Meetings app that fits your needs.

Please click FA Online Request to request an online appointment with a financial aid representative. Financial aid staff is available by email and by phone during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 702-651-4303. Some of your questions may be answered in our online FAQs.

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U.S. citizenship is not required for admission at CSN and our doors remain open to all students who seek education and the opportunities it provides.

Scholarship Background:

The College of Southern Nevada (CSN) created the Alternative Scholarship for students that cannot qualify for federal aid due to US citizenship requirements (If you are a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen, you must complete the correct school year Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  U.S. citizenship is not required for admission at CSN and our doors remain open to all students who seek education and the opportunities it provides.  Funding is limited and will be awarded on a first come/first serve basis. Once funds are exhausted, no additional students can be considered.  

Scholarship Amount:

Maximum award amount is $1,200 at full-time enrollment (12 credits or more).  Students needing less than fulltime to graduate will be considered for an amount prorated based on your enrollment level. (Offered during Fall & Spring semesters only.)  Funding is limited to only classes leading to the graduating degree(s) approved by the counselor.

Qualifying Criteria:

  1. DACA status documented with DHS or Undocumented (US citizens, eligible non-citizens or NSHE international students will not be considered for this scholarship);
  2. Graduating High School/Current CSN students;
  3. Financial Need;
  4. Declared a DCS (CT, AA or AAS) or BACH degree program by the first day of the semester;
  5. Enrolled in classes that apply towards degree program by CSN’s Financial Aid Department’s published census date; and
  6. Meet Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

How To Apply:


Alternative Scholarship Workshops

Recommend students attend a workshop as Financial Aid Administrators will be on hand to help complete the application.  No reservations are required to attend.  Attendees must bring income information (tax returns, W2’s and/or employer statements) to complete application.





January 27, 2020


Building C 114

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

January 28, 2020

West Charleston

Building C 134

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

January 29, 2020

North Las Vegas

Building C 2660

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

 Once application is complete, you are required to submit all completed documents to the Financial Aid Office. Office hours are as follows:

  • Monday 8:00 am to 6:30 pm
  • Tuesday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tips and Advice:

The largest financial aid funding sources are derived from programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.  In most cases, students considered as non-citizens are not eligible for Title IV Federal financial aid programs. Finding additional funds outside of CSN applicable to your situation will likely require effort and exploration on your part.

Consider reputable free scholarship searches using the Internet. There are many non-CSN scholarship opportunities available where U.S. Citizenship is not a requirement. Also review lower value scholarships. Ten, $100 scholarships are the same value as one, $1,000 scholarship.

Beware of scholarship scams. You should not have to pay money to obtain a scholarship. The Financial Aid Office cannot recommend any particular search engine to use because there is no way to monitor the plethora of resources available on the Internet for validity.

Save time. Try setting up Internet search engines to alert you to new content posted to the Web. Let the Internet do the scholarship searching and forward information to you automatically.

Financial aid assistance is available within the office to help provide advice. We are here to help all students. Personal circumstances and information are protected under the Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act. The law protects your educational record.


Eligibility Requirements

CSN Foundation Scholarship Programs:

Eligible, unless donor requires U.S. citizenship.

CSN President's Scholarship:

Eligible for students who graduated from CSN High School with a weighted GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Silver State Opportunity Grant (SSOG):

May be eligible, please visit the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Governor Kenny Guinn Millennium Scholarship:

Eligibility contingent on high school performance/graduation

Private Student Loans: for more information on this, go to and read about Alternative Loans

Maybe eligible, depends upon the lender and usually requires a U.S. Citizen as co-signer.


These examples provided may have other criteria for consideration. Please refer to the Financial Aid and Scholarships web pages for more detail.  Not all students who apply for scholarships and grants will receive a scholarship or grant. Funding is limited to first come, first served and meeting application deadlines for consideration.

WUE (Western Undergraduate Exchange Program) students may be eligible and need to confirm status with the Registrar’s office prior to the beginning of the semester, declare a valid major (program of study) and provide a valid state issues ID from one of the WUE states.


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