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Nevada Promise Scholarship

Nevada Promise is a scholarship and mentoring program which makes college more accessible to students in our state.

The scholarship covers the cost of tuition and class fees for qualifying students, beginning in fall 2018.

Applications are due no later than October 31, 2017.


Established by the Nevada Legislature in 2017, the Nevada Promise Scholarship provides last-dollar financial aid to Nevada students attending any of the state’s four community colleges, including Western Nevada College.

In order to be considered for an award, interested students must, by established deadlines, complete the Nevada Promise Scholarship application, apply for admission to their college of choice, file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), work with mentors and perform 20 hours of community service.


Providing mentorship to students is a key part of Nevada Promise. No later than December 31, 2017, WNC will assign mentors to assist students with Nevada Promise scholarship requirements, as well as the WNC admissions and financial aid processes.

Community Service

Nevada Promise requires students to complete 20 hours of community service, no later than April 30, 2018. A list of community service partners and a service tracking form will be available soon.


  • 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 2018 semester have earned one of the following during the 2017-2018 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 of another state that borders Nevada and accepts Nevada residents; or
      • General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or equivalent document.
    • Be less than 20 years of age when initially receiving the scholarship.
    • Not have earned a prior associate or bachelor’s degree.
    • Not be in default on any federal student loan.
    • Not owe a refund to any federal student aid program.
    • Meet all program deadlines, including:
      • Complete the Nevada Promise Application no later than 11:59 p.m. on October 31, 2017 for the Fall 2018 award year.
      • Attend at least one training meeting offered by the college no later than December 30, 2017.
      • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than April 1, 2018, and subsequently receive an Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
      • No later than April 30, 2018:
        • Meet at least once with their mentor (assigned by the college);
        • Complete at least 20 hours of eligible community service; and
        • Attend a second training meeting offered by the college.
      • 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.

    *All graduates from a Nevada High School qualify as residents for tuition purposes at any NSHE institution.  For more information, contact your college’s admissions office.

Award Amount

  • As a last-dollar scholarship, the Nevada Promise Scholarship covers the cost of the registration fees (tuition is not charged to residents of Nevada) not covered by other gift aid.
  • 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).
  • The Nevada Promise Scholarship can provide for up to three years of coverage of registration fees and other mandatory fees to eligible students not covered by other gift aid, subject to appropriation.
  • If there are not sufficient funds available for all eligible scholarship applicants, students will be awarded in order of the date the application was received.

Award Renewal

  • At this time, the Nevada Promise Scholarship was funded for only the high school graduating class of 2018. We hope additional funding will be made available by the 2019 Nevada Legislature. Applications will open for renewal, but will be subject to appropriation, which could happen as late as June 2019.
  • Students who plan to apply for a Nevada Promise Scholarship for 2019 should also prepare to meet all program deadlines for a second year.

How to Earn the Nevada Promise Scholarship

  • Complete Nevada Promise Scholarship Application no later than 11:59 p.m. October 31, 2017.
  • Attend a training meeting offered by the college no later than December 30, 2017.
  • Apply for admission at the College you selected on your Nevada Promise Scholarship Application.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than April 1, 2018.
  • Meet with your assigned mentor at least once no later than April 30, 2018.
  • Confirm with your financial aid office that you have met all eligibility requirements to receive the scholarship.
  • Complete and report at least 20 hours of eligible community service no later than April 30, 2018.
  • Attend a second training meeting offered by the college no later than April 30, 2018.
  • Take a placement test, such as ACCUPLACER, ACT or SAT, per the college’s requirements.
  • Complete new student orientation at the college.
  • Register for at least 12 credits for each semester (Fall and Spring). (WNC counselors will assist students with this process).
  • Go to college!


WNC is committed to our state’s Nevada Promise Scholarship, and we understand that you may have questions regarding this new opportunity.

Submit a question using the form on the right and we’ll get back to you and post the answer.

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Senate Bill 391

Nevada Promise Scholarship is a grant provided by Nevada Senate Bill 391. Read the full text here.

Nevada Promise Contacts

Piper McCarthy

Title Director of Counseling Services
Phone 775-445-3270

JW Lazzari

Title Director of Financial Assistance
Phone 775-445-3259