Promise - 2018-2019 F.A.Q.

Nevada Promise Scholarship

Scholarship Application
 

1) How do I apply for the Nevada Promise Scholarship?
You can apply for the Nevada Promise Scholarship from August 1, 2018 to October 31, 2018 at www.csn.edu/promise.

2) How can I learn more about the Nevada Promise Scholarship?
Each applicant should review Senate Bill 391 for the full details on the Nevada Promise Scholarship.

Scholarship Eligibility
 

3) Who is eligible for the Nevada Promise Scholarship?
In order to be eligible for the Nevada Promise Scholarship, a student must:
Be classified as a Nevada resident for tuition purposes by the institution where they plan to receive the NV Promise Scholarship.

Before the beginning of the fall 2019 semester have earned one of the following during the 2018-2019 academic year:

a. High school diploma from a public or private high school located in Nevada;
b. High school diploma from a public high school in a county of another state that borders Nevada and accepts Nevada residents; or
c. General Equivalency Diploma (GED or HiSET) or equivalent document.
d. Be less than 20 years of age by July 1, 2019.
e. Not have earned a prior associate or bachelor’s degree.
f. Not be in default on any federal student loan.
g. Not owe a refund to any federal student aid program.

4) What if I graduate high school early, am I still eligible?
If you graduated high school before November 2018, you are not eligible to apply. If you graduated from November 2018 through July 2019, you are eligible to apply.

5) What if I have to take summer school to graduate?
If you complete summer school and graduate by July 30, 2019, you are eligible to apply.

6) I am taking the GED/HiSET, am I eligible to apply?
If you take the exam and pass the exam on or before July 30, 2019, you are eligible to apply.

7) I am enrolled in an Adult Education program and am over the age of 20, do I qualify?
If you are over the age of 20 before July 30, 2019, you are not eligible to apply.

8) I am homeschooled, will I be eligible to apply?
If you are a homeschool, you must successfully complete the GED/HiSET on or before July 30, 2019.

9) How do I maintain eligibility for Nevada Promise Scholarship each academic year?
First year Nevada Promise Scholarship recipients that qualify can reapply for the Nevada Promise Scholarship. To remain eligible, students must reapply at csn.edu/promise and complete the following requirements each academic year:

a. Complete mandatory online trainings
b. Enroll in and complete at least 12 credits per semester (fall and spring semesters)
c. Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA
d. Meet with their mentor twice per academic year (once per semester minimum)
e. Complete 20 hours of community service per academic year (through CSN Serves)

The Nevada Promise Scholarship allows eligible students to apply for funding for up to three years.

Scholarship Requirements
 

10) What requirements do I have to complete to be eligible for Nevada Promise Scholarship funds?

For the 2018-2019 academic year, the Nevada Promise Scholarship Program is working with two student populations. The Nevada Promise Recipients that wish to renew the scholarship for a second year and will enroll at CSN fall 2018 and the Nevada Promise New Applicants from the high school senior class of 2019.

To be eligible for the Nevada Promise Scholarship students must completed the following requirements:

Nevada Promise New Applicants

a. Apply for the Nevada Promise Scholarship on or before October 31 (csn.edu/promise)
b. Complete two online Nevada Promise trainings
c. Online Training #1 must be complete on or before December 31
d. Online Training #2 must be complete on or before April 30
e. Complete one guided Mentor Activity on or before April 30
f. Apply for the FAFSA on or before April 1 and if selected, complete the verification process on or before April 30.
g. Apply for admission to CSN (www.csn.edu/apply) on or before April 30
h. Complete and submit 20 hours of community service on or before April 30
i. Take placement exams and enrollment process for fall 2019
 

Nevada Promise Recipients

a. Reapply for the Nevada Promise Scholarship on or before October 31 (csn.edu/promise)
b. Complete two online Nevada Promise trainings
c. Online Training #1 must be complete on or before December 31
d. Online Training #2 must be complete on or before April 30
e. Complete at least two mentor activities on or before April 30
f. Reapply for the FAFSA on or before April 1
g. Enroll in and complete a minimum of 12 credits per semester (fall and spring)
h. Maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA
i. Complete and submit 20 hours of community service on or before April 30

11) How do I complete the online Nevada Promise trainings?
Nevada Promise trainings will be available on our website: csn.edu/promise. More information coming soon.

12) What if I cannot complete the online training?

To maintain eligibility, the applicant must complete two mandatory trainings.

a. Training #1 is only available on the Nevada Promise website.
b. Training #2 is available on the Nevada Promise website and can also be completed at a Mentor Activity.

13) How do I know I received credit for completing my requirements?
Students will receive the following types of communications from the Nevada Promise Office via email documenting their requirements:

a. Acknowledgement – An email automatically generated when an online requirement is completed (ex. Nevada Promise Application, completion of online training, submission of community service activity, etc.). Students should retain every acknowledgement email they receive for their records.
b. Requirements Status Update – A monthly email that will indicate one of the following: the student has completed a requirement, the student still needs to complete a requirement, the student’s progress toward completion (as with community service hours).
c. Reminders – Emails periodically sent to all Nevada Promise applicants reminding them of various tasks and requirements that need to be completed. Reminders are not specific to individual applicants and communicate only general information.

Recommendations:

a. Keep a copy of your Online Training Confirmations.
b. Keep a copy of your Mentor Activity Registration and event ticket.
c. Keep a copy of your community service logs and email confirmations.

14) What is the Review Process?
If you receive an email indicating that you did not complete the requirements for the Nevada Promise Program and are no longer eligible for the scholarship, and you believe our records are incomplete or inaccurate, you may initiate a review process. Students must follow the instructions and meet the deadlines provided to initiate the Review Process. To learn more, contact the Nevada Promise Office at 702-651-7500.
 

Mentor Activities (New Applicants)
 

15) How do I complete the Mentor activity?

Mentor Activities for Nevada Promise New Applicants will be made available at some CCSD high schools and at all three CSN campuses. Mentor activities will take place January 2019 through March 2019; a schedule of activities will be made available on the Nevada Promise Website.

16) What if my high school is not hosting a Mentor Activity?
If your high school is not hosting a mentor activity, you can still meet the requirement by registering for a mentor activity held at any one of the three main CSN campuses.

Visit csn.edu/promise to register for a Mentor Activity at a CSN Campus.

17) Who should the Nevada Promise Participant contact to be matched with a mentor?
Advise the student to check the CSN Nevada Promise Scholarship site csn.edu/promise, the calendar for group mentor activities is available online and registration is expected to be available January 2019.

18) Where are the mentors located?
Mentors are all local to the southern Nevada area.

19) Will I meet with my assigned mentor in person?
In-person mentoring is done in a group setting and registration for a group mentor activity is available on the Nevada Promise site.
 

Mentor Activities (Recipients)
 

20) How do I complete the Mentor activity?
Nevada Promise participants and mentors will be given access to the Nevada Promise online mentoring platform to enable communication and emailed invitations to community engagement events will be sent by the Nevada Promise team. The online mentoring platform will help facilitate and track communication and interactions between the participant and the mentor.

Nevada Promise Recipients are required to complete a minimum of two mentor interactions on or before April 30, 2019 to maintain eligibility.

21) When will the Nevada Promise Participant be assigned a mentor?
Nevada Promise Participants, enrolling fall 2018 will be assigned a mentor using the online mentoring platform. An invitation will be sent to participants via email to create a user profile. The online mentoring platform will be use to facilitate and track communication and interactions between the participant and the mentor.

Nevada Promise Recipients are required to complete a minimum of two mentor interactions on or before April 30, 2019 to maintain eligibility.
 
22) How will the Nevada Participant’s mentor contact them?
The Nevada Promise office will email Nevada Promise Participants an invitation to register and create a profile in the MentorCity. At this time, we are working through the matching process and will utilize both mentor and participant interests and career goals to facilitate the process.

23) What should the Nevada Promise Participant do if they have not been contacted by their mentor?
Sit tight, one on one mentoring will begin soon for Nevada Promise Participants enrolled fall 2018.

24) Who should the Nevada Promise Participant contact to be matched with a mentor?
Students and mentors will be sent an email inviting both participants and mentors to register and create a profile with the online mentoring platform.

25) Where are the mentors located?
Mentors are all local to the southern Nevada area.

26) Will I meet with my assigned mentor in person?
Once enrolled at CSN, Nevada Promise Participants will receive, via email, an instructional email detailing registration and login instructions for the online mentoring platform where future mentoring will continue.

27) How do I access the MentorCity?
As a Nevada Promise Participant, you will receive an invitation via email to access the MentorCity. The invitation will be sent to your CSN student email and will allow you to register and create a user profile. You will then be provided with more information about how to match and communicate with a mentor.

Nevada Promise Recipients must complete two Mentor Interactions; one in the fall and one in the spring on or before April 30 to remain eligible.
 

Community Service (Recipients & New Applicants)
 

28) How many hours of community service do I need to complete?
Students must complete 20 hours of community service to be eligible for Nevada Promise.

29) How long do I have to complete my community service?
Students must complete their community service hours on or before April 30. Hours completed between July 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019 can be counted toward the 20-hour requirement.
Completed hours will be accepted via the Promise Community Service Form. As early as the first week of November, our office will make the student volunteer timesheet available to download and the Promise Community Service Form available to submit completed hours. Instructions are provided on how to submit their hours to the Promise Scholarship Office.

Incomplete submissions will not be counted. It is the student’s responsibility to review the information in the acknowledgement email for errors and to submit corrections if errors are found.

30) What kind of activities count towards my community service hours?
Qualifying activities must meet the following criteria:

a. Activity must be done through an established organization: a registered 501c3 non- profit organization, a public library, a public school, a student organization such as Key Club or Student Senate.
b. Students must be able to articulate how the activity has a positive impact on the community at large. Students should be able to answer the following questions: What group of people benefitted from the activity? How were they helped? How is this good for the Las Vegas community overall?
c. Students cannot be paid or earn course credit for the activity.

Activities that do not qualify:

a. Church related activities that benefit only congregation members.
b. Convert, Sharing your faith
c. Office work such as making copies, filing, etc.
d. Donating funds
e. Participating in a fundraising walk or run
f. Practicing a hobby through an unpaid job
g. Private, unpaid childcare or elderly care

Nevada Promise Recipients
Nevada Promise Recipients can work with the CSN Serves office to complete their community service hours. CSN Serves is the volunteer and service-learning component of Student Life and Leadership Development. The incorporation of service-learning increases student learning, enhances the classroom environment and enriches student engagement.

If you have specific questions about the community service you have done or plan to do, please call our office at 702-651-7500.

31) How do I prove that I completed my community service hours?
Students must keep a paper record of their community service hours. Most organizations will provide a log of students' hours. If you are working with an organization that does not provide documentation, you can download and print the Student Volunteer Time Sheet at csn.edu/Promise. Your paper record must be signed by a staff member of the organization where you are doing your hours. Students must keep this paper record for the duration of their time CSN; failure to show their record when requested may result in losing eligibility.

32) How do I turn in my community service hours?
Students must submit their community service hours through the Nevada Promise website at csn.edu/promise-community-service-form. Students must ensure that the information entered is correct, especially their CCSD ID number or NSHE ID number, to ensure that they get credit for each submission. Students must submit a separate online service form for each day or event that they volunteered. All hours must be submitted online on or before April 30 deadline.
 

Incomplete submissions will not be counted. It is the student’s responsibility to review the information in the acknowledgement email for errors and to submit corrections if errors are found.

We recommend students to submit the Promise Community Service Form as soon as they complete their community service hours.

How to report each activity (Example Only):

Example

Form # 1

Form # 2

Form # 3

Organization

Opportunity Village

Springs Preserve

Opportunity Village

Activity

Magical Forest

Museum Volunteer

Magical Forest

Description

Collected tickets and supervised one of the event attractions. The event supports and benefits Opportunity Village, an organization dedicated to serving adults with intellectual and

related disabilities.

Guided guests and assisted children with interactive activities in the museum. Contributed to the education of children and adults to increase their understanding of their surrounding environment and their direct

effect on the environment.

Collected tickets and supervised one of the event attractions. The event supports and benefits Opportunity Village, an organization dedicated to serving adults with intellectual and

related disabilities.

Date of Activity

December 15, 2018

December 16, 2018

December 16, 2018

Time Worked

5-9 p.m.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

5-9 p.m.

Contact/Supervisor

Jane Johnson / Events Director / 702-123-4567

John Jones / Museum Coordinator / 702-890-1234

Jane Johnson / Events Director / 702-123-4567

 

Activities that do not apply to the required 20 hours:

Example

Form # 1

Form # 2

Form # 3

Organization

Religious Organization

Dental Office

Research Organization

Activity

Weekly Service - Childcare

Office organization/clean-up

5K Walk for the Cure

Description

Worked in the Sunday School Nursery of my church and entertained the young children while their parents attended service.

Assist the dental office by organizing their storage area and shredding documents to prepare them for recycling.

Participated in a group event to walk and raise money to help find a cure for breast cancer. I completed the 5K with a group that was sponsored

by a local organization.

Date of Activity

December 15, 2018

December 18, 2018

December 16, 2018

Time Worked

5-10        p.m.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

8-12 a.m.

Contact/Supervisor

Jane Johnson / Activities

Director / 702-123-4567

John Jones / Office

Coordinator / 702-890-1234

Jane Johnson / Events

Director / 702-123-4567

 

33) How do I know that the hours I submitted online have been counted?
Our system will automatically generate an acknowledgement email showing the number of hours you submitted online. Please print and keep a copy of all acknowledgement emails for your records.

CSN Admissions & Enrollment
 

Applying & Enrolling at CSN (New Applicants Only)
 

34) How do I apply to CSN?
For in-depth information about applying to CSN, visit www.csn.edu/admission-application. Students accepted to CSN will receive a welcome email within about 10 business days of submitting their application.

35) What is the deadline to apply to CSN?
Students must apply to CSN on or before April 30 to be eligible for the Nevada Promise Scholarship.

Eligibility and priority consideration for the Promise Academy will be provided to Nevada Promise Participants that apply to CSN on or before October 31 and submit their FAFSA on or before December 31.

We recommend that students complete enrollment steps (taking placement tests, attending orientation, and meeting with an advisor) on or before April 30. CSN Orientation & Registration Events (CORE) will be made available to assist students with the enrollment process.

36) How can I complete my enrollment steps?
Students are encouraged to attend a CORE event. At these events, students can complete the following steps: new student orientation, submit ACT or SAT test scores, meet with an academic advisor.

If a student is unable to attend a CORE event, these requirements can be completed as follows:

a. Students can take their placement tests at the testing centers at each of the three CSN campuses. No appointment is necessary. To learn more, visit csn.edu/placement- testing.
b. There are several methods for sending your SAT or ACT scores to CSN. Visit csn.edu/placement-testing and click on ACT/SAT to learn more.
c. You can complete your new student orientation online through MyCSN or RSVP to an in- person orientation event at csn.edu/advising/orientation
d. Visit MyCoyotePlan to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor.

37) What is the Promise Academy?
Nevada Promise New Applicants
The Promise Academy is a program with limited capacity, made available to eligible Nevada Promise Participants offering students numerous benefits while enrolled at CSN. Some benefits include: Promise Academy orientation and registration, priority registration, cohort scheduling, workshops, tutoring, and summer bridge programs.

Financial Aid
 

Financial Aid: Nevada Promise Scholarship New Applicants & Recipients
 

38) What is the estimated Nevada Promise Scholarship award that I will receive?
 
The Nevada Promise Scholarship is a “last-dollar” scholarship program that will cover the gap between community college tuition and all other federal and state aid for Nevada students. The funding that is considered first in determining if the student’s tuition has been paid is:

a. Federal Pell Grant (PELL)
b. Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
c. Millennium Scholarship
d. Silver State Opportunity Grant (SSOG)

If these have been awarded and the student’s tuition is not paid, the Nevada Promise Scholarship will be awarded to the student for the difference as long as the student is enrolled in at least 12 credits. To maintain eligibility for the Nevada Promise Scholarship, a student must:

a. Student must be enrolled in a program of study, working towards their first associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, or a certificate of achievement at a participating community college beginning the fall semester immediately following high school graduation.
b. Student must maintain Standards of Academic Progress (SAP).
c. Cannot be in default on any federal student loan and does not owe a refund to any federal program.

Please note, the scholarship will only be awarded in consecutive fall and spring semesters and does not include the summer semester.

39) What can I use Nevada Promise Scholarship funds for?
Nevada Promise Scholarship funds can only be used to pay for tuition and mandatory fees. Nevada Promise does not pay for summer classes, books, supplies, food, or transportation.

40) What is the deadline for submitting the FAFSA?
In order to be eligible for the Nevada Promise Scholarship, the FAFSA must be submitted on or before April 1. For priority consideration for the Promise Academy, the FAFSA must be submitted on or before December 31.

41) What if I have questions or need help completing the FAFSA?
For questions and assistance with the FAFSA, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 702-651- 4303 or visit our website www.csn.edu/fafsa-workshops.

42) How do I know if I qualify for financial aid?
You can view your financial aid awards on MyCSN. If you have specific questions about your awards or eligibility, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 702-651-4303.

43) When will Nevada Promise Scholarship be awarded?
The Nevada Promise Scholarship will be awarded after the college is notified of Millennium Scholarship eligibility. Awards are expected to be made at the end of July or first part of August.

44) Are there any class restrictions or minimum credit criteria other than that the classes must be applicable to the declared degree?
Yes, the minimum credit hour requirement is 12 credits or more per semester, that apply towards a program of study. Nevada Promise Scholarship will not pay for continuing education

classes. Nevada Promise Scholarship will only pay for Tuition & Fees that every student is charged as listed below.

a. $98.75 Tuition
b. $6.50 iNtegrate/Tech Fees
c. $8.00 Student Union Fees
d. $2.00 Ath & Rec Fees

45) Is the Nevada Promise Scholarship contingent upon meeting the SAP Policy?
Yes, the student must make adequate academic progress, as determined by the participating community college.

46) If I did not apply for the Nevada Promise Scholarship on time, can I apply next year?
Unfortunately no. We encourage you to apply for regular financial aid. We have found that almost 70% of the whole population that applied for financial aid and Nevada Promise Scholarship are Pell eligible to the point that Pell will completely pay for tuition expenses, so we encourage you to finalize FA; at the very least the student can be offered student loans.

47) How will I know if I am not eligible for the Nevada Promise Scholarship, will I be told why?
CSN’s Nevada Promise Scholarship Office will send students a Non-Financial Aid Requirements Status Update letter that lists the requirements and dates completed. If there are no dates listed with the requirement, then the item is not completed.

CSN’s Financial Aid Department will communicate with students via MyCSN. Information you will be able to access includes:

a. A checklist item that will be placed on the student’s To Do List when all requirements are met.
b. Determine if the student is eligible to receive PELL, SEOG, SSOG and/or millennium.
c. The Nevada Promise Scholarship will be awarded if there is a remaining tuition and fees balance after PELL, SEOG, SSOG and/or millennium has been applied.

48) I have questions specific to the Nevada Promise Scholarship award who should I contact?
If the question is regarding mentor training, mentor meetings, or community service hours; please contact the Nevada Promise Office at 702-651-7500 or email promise@ csn.edu.

If the question is regarding when Nevada Promise Scholarship will be awarded or the amount to be awarded; please contact a financial aid representative at 702-651-4303.

49) Is the scholarship need based or non-need based?
Non-need

50) When will the student be notified confirmation of a Nevada Promise Scholarship award?
If you are eligible for the Nevada Promise Scholarship, you will receive an award notification in your MyCSN account near the end of July or first of August.