Financial Aid is here to help assist all students attending CSN. Students who are considered to be non-citizens may receive consideration for select financial aid programs. Funding is limited and not all students may be offered an award. The chart below describes select financial aid programs of interest:

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.


Program                                                               Eligibility Requirements  


Western Undergraduate Exchange Program (WUE)
Eligible, however, must apply prior to the beginning of the semester, declare a valid major, and provide a valid state issued ID  from one of the WUE states.                                                                                                                             
CSN Foundation Scholarship Programs      
   Eligible, unless donor requires U.S. citizenship.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
CSN Access Award     
Eligible, reviewed by the Financial Aid Office.                                                                                                                                                                                     
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
Private Student Loans
Maybe eligible, depends upon the lender and usually requires a U.S. Citizen as co-signer.                                                                                                                                                                                 
Federal Title IV aid programs: federal Pell grant, federal SEOG grant, federal work study, federal student loans, etc.
Not eligible


The examples provided 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.

How To Apply

Financial aid applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 school year. To apply, please select and complete the 18-19 Alternate Need Form below.  Also, if you (your spouse, if married) and/or your parents (if you are a dependent student) filed a 2016 income tax return with the IRS, you will need to provide 2016 Tax Return Transcript(s).  Please select the IRS Tax Return Transcript Options below for instructions on how to obtain IRS Tax Return Transcript(s).  Upon obtaining the tax return transcript(s) and completing the 18-19 Alternate Need Form, turn in both documents to the Financial Aid Office at one of the three main CSN campuses.  The forms will consider you for Fall, 2018 semester and Spring, 2019 semester financial aid opportunities.  Funding is limited and will be based on a first-come, first-served basis.


Eligibility Requirements:
  • All Students will need to go through the Verification process after completing the Alternate Need Determination form.
  • Have a valid declared major eligible for financial aid. 
  • Be enrolled in classes prior by census date that only count towards the completion of the declared major.
  • Comply with Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements to maintain eligibility for the CSN Alternative Scholarship.
Additional Forms:

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 counselors are available within the office to help provide advice. We are here to help all students. Your personal circumstances and information are protected under the Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act. The law protects your educational record.


CSN Offers a Payment Plan


A payment plan is available to students enrolled during the Fall and Spring semesters. To be eligible, you must be enrolled in at least six credits per semester. To see if you qualify for this payment option, please visit the Cashier's Office webpage for more information.