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Scholarships, Grants & Loans

Scholarships through WNC Foundation

Each year, WNC awards scholarships to students on the basis of academic criteria or any combination of academics, field of study, financial need, activities, community service, and other criteria. The WNC Foundation Scholarship application for 2016/2017 is now open. The deadline to apply for WNC Scholarships will close on March 5th, 2016. Students who are not eligible for federal assistance can still apply for scholarship funds.

Below are helpful links when applying for scholarships:

Generally, in order to be selected to receive a campus-based scholarship, a student must:

  • meet the specific selection criteria for a particular scholarship program
  • be enrolled in a minimum of six units, unless otherwise requested by the donor
  • have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0, unless otherwise requested by the donor
  • have financial need as determined by completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a requirement for many scholarships.

Students awarded a scholarship will have their award disbursed to their student account only when a thank you card has been received for the donor and in accordance with semester disbursement dates. Please be aware that scholarships of $500 and more will be disbursed in two equal payments (fall and spring) unless otherwise requested by the donor. Students must meet the minimum GPA criteria for a scholarship in order to receive the second disbursement.

Scholarships through Outside Organizations

As a courtesy, WNC provides a list of scholarships available through outside organizations.

Grants

Federal Pell Grant – Pell Grants are allocated based on financial need and enrollment status. Eligibility is determined by the federal government and verified by the Financial Assistance Office. Completion of the FAFSA is required. The lifetime limit for Pell Grants is 12 semesters (full-time).

Other Financial Aid Grants

Funds for the following programs are limited so they are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Completion of the FAFSA is required.

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) – This federal program provides limited grant funding on a first-come, first-served basis to students who meet the April 1 priority filing deadline. Recipients must be eligible for a Pell Grant, be enrolled in at least six units, and demonstrate exceptional financial need.

Grant-in-Aid – This state program provides limited funding to Nevada residents on a first-come, first-served basis. Recipients must be enrolled at least half-time and have an expected family contribution of less than $200.

Western Nevada Award – This program is for students who have demonstrated financial need as determined by the FAFSA and are enrolled at least half-time.

Nevada Resident Award – To be eligible for this program, students must be a Nevada resident, be enrolled at least half time, and show financial need.

Loans

The Financial Assistance Office at WNC supports the Nevada Attorney General’s Office with regards to college student loan conduct. Please read the WNC College Student Loan Code of Conduct for more information.

Loans – Definition

Student loans are money that must be repaid. Loans are legal obligations. Students are required to repay ALL student loans regardless of whether they didn’t like the education received, ability to get a job in a preferred field of study, or financial difficulty.

Before taking out a student loan, it is wise to think about the amount of money being borrowed and the amount of money to be repaid over the years, with interest. Loans are legal obligations.

Be conservative. Only borrow what is absolutely needed.

Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship Program

In 1999, Gov. Kenny Guinn’s Millennium Scholarship initiative was enacted into law by the Nevada Legislature. Each Millennium Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

A student attending WNC and using his or her Millennium Scholarship must enroll in a minimum of nine eligible credits and will receive a maximum of $40 per credit hour for lower-division credits (100-200 level) and $60 per credit hour for upper division credits (300-400 level). This scholarship is for up to 15 credits of 100 level and above courses per semester. Contact the Office of the Nevada State Treasurer to request complete information and all eligibility criteria.

Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship

AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps Vouchers are available to complete on-line at www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps. Once you fill out the voucher on-line, AmeriCorps will forward it to our office and we will complete the school portion electronically. This process takes two to three weeks. If you qualify for these funds, half of the requested amount will be disbursed toward the beginning of the semester and the other half will be disbursed mid-way through the enrollment period.

Once WNC receives the AmeriCorps funds, they will be applied to your student account. If the balance is paid in full, a residual check will be issued and mailed to the address on file with Admissions and Records unless you have Direct Deposit set up with the Business Office. If WNC does not receive the AmeriCorps funds prior to the beginning of the semester, you will need to pay for your classes and books on your own and then you will receive the full AmeriCorps amount once we receive it.