Silver State Opportunity Program
The Silver State Opportunity Grant (SSOG) is a state-supported, need-based financial aid program designed to pay for a portion of the cost of attending a Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) community college or state college. College of Southern Nevada will award available funds to eligible students on the basis of your financial need determination created by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), prioritizing eligible students who have a zero EFC first, and working up to higher EFCs until funds are exhausted. This award is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis and demand may exceed available funding, preventing eligible students from receiving an award.
To be considered eligible for an SSOG award, a student must attend an eligible institution and:
- Be enrolled in a program of study leading to a degree or certificate;
- Enroll in at least 12 credit hours that apply to the student’s chosen program of study;
- Be college-ready based on placement or completion of entry-level, college-level Mathematics and English*;
- Be classified as a resident for tuition purposes;
- Meet institutional Title IV financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements; and
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 8500 or less.
In addition, a student selected for verification must complete the process successfully in order to receive a possible disbursement.
*To be considered “college-ready” for the purpose of SSOG Program eligibility, a student must be 1) currently or previously enrolled in a 100 or above level Mathematics and English course, 2) placed into a college-level course under institutional placement policies for placement into at least Math 120 and English 101, or 3) previously successfully completed remedial coursework (evident by a C or better in Math 096 and/or English 098). Please refer to the following tables for the minimum English or mathematics scores required to be placed into a college-level course in that subject.
Funds will be disbursed soon after the financial aid census date for the semester and after the add/drop period has concluded.
College Readiness Assessments - English
|Test Score||Minimum Score|
|ACT English or ACT English Language Arts (ELA)||18 (English) or 20 (ELA)|
|SAT Critical Reading - SAT Test Date prior to March, 2016||500|
|SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing-SAT test date March, 2016 and later||480|
|Smarter Balanced||2583 (Achievement Level 3)|
|PARCC||Level 4 Score|
College Readiness Assessments - Mathematics
|Test Scores||Minimum Score|
|SAT Math - SAT Test Date prior to March 2016||500|
|SAT Math - SAT Test Date March 2016 and later||530|
|Smarter Balanced||2628 (Achievement Level 3)|
|PARCC||Level 4 Score|
To retain eligibility from the fall to the spring semester, you must successfully complete all credits in the tier in which you were awarded (i.e. 15 credits, 12 credits, or number of credits required to graduate at end of term), maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative institutional GPA and meet institutional financial aid SAP requirements.
Beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year, the Nevada Legislature reduced the minimum number of credits required to be considered for the award to 12 credits. Once enrolled and eligible, these limited funds are disbursed to students in the following preferential order: Firstly, with zero-EFC students enrolled in 15 credits; secondly, eligible students in their final semester that requires less than 12 credits to graduate and; thirdly, eligible students who are enrolled in at least 12 but less than 15 credit hours. This awarded is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis and demand may exceed available funding, preventing eligible students from receiving an award. Students who are not eligible to receive an annual SSOG award of at least $200 for an academic year based on the SSOG award calculation shall not receive the grant.
|Enrollment Status||Maximum Award Amount|
|15 or more credits per semester||$5,500|
|12 to 14 credits per semester||$4,400|
|Less than 12 credits in final semester prior to graduation||Prorated amount based on number of credits in which you are enrolled|
Frequently Asked Questions
I am enrolled in 12-14 credit hours, why don't I have the award?
SSOG is awarded in a priority order (lowest EFC to highest in each priority).
- Priority 1: eligible students who are enrolled in at least 15 credit hours per semester;
- Priority 2: eligible students who are enrolled in less than 15 credit hours in their final semester prior to graduation who self-identify to the Financial Aid Office and previously received the award; and
- Priority 3: eligible students who are enrolled in at least 12 but less than 15 credit hours per semester.
All eligible students at all institutions have to be awarded in the priority 1 group before CSN can proceed to award anyone in priority 2 and then priority 3 groups. While SSOG has been modified to award students in lower enrollments, enrollment in 15 credits or more and students who already received SSOG in their final semester get priority in funding. Students enrolled in 12-14 credits may be eligible however if funding is exhausted prior to being awarded in priority order, all available funds are exhausted resulting in no award.
What if I lose my eligibility?
A student who loses eligibility for SSOG may reinstate during a subsequent semester by regaining financial aid satisfactory academic progress. Subject to available funds, this student would be eligible to receive SSOG in future semesters, provided all eligibility requirements for the program are met. (NSHE Procedures and Guidelines Manual Chapter. 11, Page 5)
What happens if I change my enrollment after receiving SSOG?
Your award will be cancelled if your enrollment drops below the tier in which you were awarded at any point throughout the add/drop period. The student may remain eligible for an award in a different credit-level tier, contingent upon available funding. If an increase to enrollment exists, the student may be eligible for a higher award, contingent upon available funding. In cases where the student withdraws from a course and receives a “W” grade, the enrollment level does no change and therefore the award remains.
Can I receive the Silver State Opportunity Grant (SSOG) with fewer than 15 credit hours because I am graduating?
A student who enrolls in fewer than 15 credit hours to complete their program of study in their final semester and has received SSOG in the past may be funded at a lower enrollment level contingent upon available funding. Students will need to contact Financial Aid to request a prorated SSOG based on expected graduation. Student will need to submit an email response from CSN graduation and a degree sheet signed by student & counselor documenting the expected pending graduation.
I have already earned a Bachelor's degree and wish to enroll at CSN. Am I eligible for SSOG?
No. A student who previously earned a bachelor’s degree is not eligible to receive the SSOG award.
Am I eligible to receive SSOG if I have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status?
Maybe. You will need to complete the FAFSA and inform the CSN Financial Aid Office of your DACA status and interest in SSOG. You must provide documentation of DACA status to the CSN Financial Aid Office before you may be considered for the award.