Financial Aid Online

The Financial Aid Office is currently working remotely, and our on-campus offices are closed. Students can meet with the Financial Aid Office representatives virtually. CSN's Financial Aid Office uses Microsoft Teams, a video conferencing tool. You can use Teams on your desktop computer, but if you are using a phone or tablet, you will need to download the Microsoft Teams app from the Apple App Store or Google Play. You can view this video if you need assistance accessing Microsoft Teams.

To protect student information, you must show a valid federal or state photo ID that we can view through your camera to discuss your financial aid file. We look forward to meeting you!

If you cannot meet virtually, you can contact the Financial Aid Office by email or call our Call Center at 702-651-4303 during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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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:

Alternative Scholarship is available for the Fall & Spring semesters only.

The scholarship award will be pro-rated based on compliant enrollment level. 

The maximum award amount is $1200 for full-time enrollment (12 or more credits).

Credit Amount Award Amount
12 or more $1,200
9-11 credits $900
6-8 credits $600
5 or less $300


All scholarship applications seeking funding for the Fall semester must be received by the Financial Aid Office by November 30.  Any applications received after this date will be considered for the Spring semester only.  Spring scholarship applications must be received by April 30.  No consideration will be given for late Spring applications.  Students should apply and submit an updated application each year seeking a scholarship.  The Alternative scholarship will not award or retroactively pay for a previous semester/courses completed.  No reimbursement for prior semester/completed courses.

Qualifying Criteria:

  • US citizens, eligible non-citizens, or NSHE international students will not be considered for this scholarship
  1. DACA status documented with DHS or Undocumented;
  2. Graduated High School/Current CSN students;
  3. Financial Need;
  4. Declared a fundable 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:

  1. Complete the appropriate year's Alternative Scholarship Application.
  2. Complete the College Boards' online EFC Calculator to document financial need.  
  3. All students will need to submit a copy of their household income documentation used to complete the EFC Calculator. IRS Tax Transcripts (student/spouse) and parents if you completed parental information. (Please select the “IRS Tax Return Transcript Options” for instructions on how to obtain IRS Tax Return Transcript(s).)



*During the COVID-19 pandemic, signed student and parent tax returns may be submitted to the school in lieu of official IRS Tax Return Transcripts.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, the Financial Aid Office will temporarily accept scholarship forms submitted via email. Instructions for submitting the required documents are listed at the top of the application.




**Note:  Alternative scholarship funds are still available for the Spring 2021 semester of the 2020/21 academic year.

2020-21 Alternative Scholarship Application


Additional forms may be required:

20-21 Alternative Scholarship Independent Support Form

20-21 Alternative Scholarship Dependent Support Form



Applications are now being accepted for the 2021-2022 school year.  The Priority filing date to submit for 2021-22 consideration is March 1, 2021.

2021-2022 Alternative Scholarship Application


Additional forms may be required:

2021-2022 Alternative Scholarship Independent Support Form

         2021-2022 Alternative Scholarship Dependent Support Form



Alternative Scholarship Workshops

Currently, the CSN Financial Aid office does not offer in-person services on campus due to the mandates created in 2020 to protect our students and staff from the spread of the COVID virus. Students needing a Spanish translator are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a CSN Financial Aid representative for assistance/guidance. Instructions on how to schedule an appointment can be found at the top of this page.














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

May be 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 (a program of study) and provide a valid state-issued ID from one of the WUE states.


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