The Nevada Promise Scholarship is a unique scholarship established by the Nevada Legislature for Nevada high school graduates to attend community college. As a last-dollar scholarship, the Nevada Promise Scholarship can cover up to three years of tuition and other mandatory fees not covered by other gift aid.
If you are part of the graduating class of 2021, make sure to apply during the application period (August through October), and keep current on the ongoing application steps.
2020-2021 Student Eligibility
To qualify, students must either be a continuing Nevada Promise Scholarship recipient beginning with the class of 2017 or a high school graduate from the class of 2021.
In addition, students must:
- Be classified as a Nevada resident for tuition purposes by the institution where they plan to receive the Nevada Promise Scholarship.
- Have earned one of the following during your high school senior academic year:
- High school diploma from a public or private high school located in Nevada;
- High school diploma from a public high school in a county or another state that borders Nevada and accepts Nevada residents; or
- General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or equivalent document before 20 years of age no later than June 15.
- A homeschool student may satisfy this eligibility requirement by obtaining a general equivalency diploma or equivalent document (i.e. GED, HiSET, or TASC) no later than June 15.
- Not have earned a prior associate or bachelor’s degree.
- Meet all program deadlines. (Please review the “Steps to Earn CSN’s Nevada Promise Scholarship” section below for a full list.)
- Enroll in a minimum of 12 semester credit hours in an associate degree program, a bachelor’s degree program or a certificate of achievement program for each semester of the school year immediately following the school year in which the student graduates from high school.
Steps to Earn CSN’s Nevada Promise Scholarship
Each step listed below is mandatory. Failure to complete all requirements prior to each deadline will result in loss of eligibility for the Scholarship.
Complete the Nevada Promise Scholarship Application
Fill out the online Nevada Promise Scholarship Application and submit it before midnight on October 31. The application will open in August for the high school graduating class of 2021.
Apply for Admission
Complete the CSN Application for Admission and review and initiate the Enrollment Steps for First Time College Students. If you have questions, contact Student Recruitment & College Connections.
- The CSN Application for Admission is available October 1.
- Select the upcoming fall semester on the application for admission.
- Must be degree-seeking to qualify.
- If you are CTE, JumpStart, Dual Enrollment, or CSN High School you do not need to reapply to CSN.
Complete the Nevada Promise Program Training
The required training for the Nevada Promise Scholarship is the CSN Online New Student Orientation no later than March 1.
- To access the CSN Online New Student Orientation, first you must:
- Apply for Admission to CSN for the upcoming fall semester.
- Visit, CSN Online New Student Orientation
- Use your CSN NSHE Student ID Number
- Watch the CSN Online New Student Orientation and the Nevada Promise training modules
- Print or save a copy of the certificate of completion for your records.
Complete the FAFSA
All Nevada Promise Scholarship applicants must file a 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than March 1.
- Available: October 1
- For questions and assistance completing the FAFSA, please email the CSN Financial Aid Office at Contact Us.
- DACA students are required to complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA
- Students not eligible to complete a 2021-2022 FAFSA must complete and submit the Non-FAFSA Filer Declaration no later than March 1.
Complete and Report Community Service Hours
All students must complete and report eight hours of community service no later than June 1. Visit our Promise Community Service page for more information.
Note: Eligible service hours completed between July 1, 2020 and June 1, 2021 will be accepted.
- Report completed community service hours using the CSN Promise Scholarship Community Service Form.
Take a Placement Test or submit ACT or SAT Test Scores
All first-time college students with fewer than six previously completed CSN credits must take placement tests for Math, Reading, and English or submit valid (less than two years old) ACT or SAT scores for course placement.
- To schedule an appointment, to access study materials, or to submit your ACT or SAT Scores visit the Testing Center.
Meet with your Assigned Mentor
You are required to meet with an assigned mentor at least one time no later than June 1.
- Mentor pairing will begin after March 1.
- To be paired with a mentor you must complete steps #1-4, report at least 4 hours of community service, and submit the Mentoring Support Authorization Form.
- The Mentoring Support Authorization form is required in order to be paired with a mentor.
Confirm Financial Aid Eligibility
Check your To Do list in your MyCSN account for Financial Aid updates and submit all required documentation to CSN’s Financial Aid Office no later than June 1.
- Contact the Financial Aid Office for assistance and review all Financial Aid Checklist items.
- To document high school graduation or high school equivalency certificate, please submit your official transcripts to the CSN Registrar's Office.
- CCSD students request a copy of your transcripts here: https://otspro.csn.edu/ccsdtranscriptrequest/
- High School equivalency certificates can be requested here: http://www.diplomasender.com
- Diploma sender provides transcripts for all high school equivalency tests administered in Nevada, as per the Department of Education Website. For more information, please review http://www.doe.nv.gov/Adult_Education/HSE_Home/ .
Register for Classes
You must register for at least 12 credits that are required for your certificate or degree program at CSN for fall.
- Before you register for classes, you must complete the CSN Academic Advising process. Review CSN New Student Advising for details.
- Use the course information provided by your Advisor and use the MyCSN/Canvas Pocket Guide to register for fall semester classes.
Why should you complete fall registration for classes by August 1?
- To increase your chances of receiving available funds.
- To increase your course enrollment options.
- Wait listed classes do not count toward the 12 credit enrollment requirement for the Promise Scholarship.
- Remember, the scholarship is processed on a first come, first served basis and it can only be awarded to students enrolled in 12 credits that apply toward their degree.
All dates are subject to change.
As a last-dollar scholarship, the Nevada Promise Scholarship can cover up to three years of tuition and other mandatory fees not covered by other gift aid.
Please review CSN Cost of Attendance for additional details.
Gift aid is defined as a Federal Pell Grant, a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), a Silver State Opportunity Grant (SSOG), or a Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship (GGMS).
Scholarship Funding and Renewal
The Nevada Promise Scholarship is a state funded program and has been impacted by budget cuts related to COVID 19. Awards are contingent on available funding. In the event that sufficient funds are not available to all eligible students, scholarships will be awarded based on the following priorities.
- First, students who have received the award in previous academic years, on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the FAFSA completion date.
- Second, students who would be receiving the award for the first time on a first-come, first-served basis based on the FAFSA completion date.
Students working with CSN’s Disability Resource Center who are unable to enroll full time should submit the Nevada Promise Scholarship Appeal form to the CSN Financial Aid Office. Students who are considering requesting an appeal, should be aware that funding is limited, and there is a possibility that your request may be denied solely due to lack of funding.