To be considered for federal, state and institutional grant programs, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more about the application process at Applying for Aid.
A federal PELL Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a baccalaureate or professional degree. Students must demonstrate financial need to qualify.
The Federal PELL Grant program is federally funded with the purpose of helping financially needy students meet the cost of postsecondary education. This program is centrally administered by the federal government and is typically the foundation of a student’s aid package.
The Financial Assistance Office uses the PELL award as the foundation of the student’s financial aid package. Therefore, students requesting financial assistance during their enrollment are required to establish Federal PELL Grant eligibility before additional determination of funds eligibility is made and/or awarded.
In order to determine eligibility for any federal financial aid program, students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have the results sent to WNC. The FAO will accept results through electronic transmission with the Central Processing System (CPS). Student eligibility is determined only through the CPS of the Department of Education using the Federal Methodology need analysis formula. The FAO must have an official EFC for the student before eligibility for any fund may be determined.
Federal PELL Grant award amounts are based on the Federal Pell Grant Payment and Disbursement Schedules provided by the U.S. Department of Education. You can learn more about the PELL Grant at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/node/6.
Students are notified of the amount of their PELL Grant through a financial aid offer letter. Students are directed to view their offer letters on myWNC.
Note: Beginning Summer 2018, Pell Grant eligible students can receive up to 150% of their scheduled Pell award each year.
Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
FSEOG, similar to a PELL Grant, does not have to be repaid. 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 financial need. WNC begins awarding this fund after April 1 of each year and awards to student with the lowest EFC, enrolled in six units or more, and with the earliest FAFSA completion date.
Award amounts are based on remaining financial need and begin at $500 per semester.
You can learn more about FSEOG at: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/node/41.
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.
Silver State Opportunity Grant (SSOG)
The Silver State Opportunity Grant Program (SSOG Program) is a state-supported financial aid program created by the 2015 Legislature pursuant to Senate Bill 227 (Chapter 387, Statutes of Nevada 2015). Under the SSOG Programs, need based grants will be awarded to eligible low income student who are college-ready to pay for a portion of the cost of education at a community college or state college within the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE). This unique program is built on a shared responsibility model and guided by a philosophy for awarding grant aid based on the total cost of attendance (tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, and other living expenses) being shared by partners (the state, federal government, family, and the student).
To be eligible for an SSOG award, a student must:
- Be enrolled in a program of study leading to a degree or certificate;
- Enroll in at least 15 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 requirements; and
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 8500 or less.
*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 96 and/or English 98).
To be eligible for this program, students must be a Nevada resident, be enrolled at least half time, and show financial need.
This program is for students who have demonstrated financial need as determined by the FAFSA and are enrolled at least half-time.
WNC 15 to Finish
This program is designed for a student enrolled in 15 credits per semester that apply to a student’s degree program, and meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress.