Nevada Promise Scholarship
Nevada Promise Scholarship
Are you a graduating high school student interested in attending college free of tuition and class fees? The Nevada Promise Scholarship is a last-dollar scholarship that was established by the Nevada State Legislature in 2017. The scholarship incorporates service learning and mentorship with academics, with the goal of increasing enrollment in higher education and improving overall student achievement, by eliminating financial barriers and allowing students to place greater emphasis on their education.
What is the Nevada Promise Scholarship?
It provides coverage of tuition and other mandatory fees not met by federal or state aid for up to three years. There are no income or high school GPA requirements, and it is open to all Nevada high school students graduating between August 1 and June 15 who begin classes at WNC in the fall immediately following graduation.
First year recipients must be graduating high school students, and cannot have earned a prior associate or bachelor’s degree. Students must enroll in the fall semester immediately following high school graduation. The deadline to apply for the Nevada Promise Scholarship is October 31st of a student’s final (typically senior) year of high school.
To qualify for funding, applicants must be classified as a Nevada resident for tuition purposes and must have earned a high school diploma from a private or public high school located in this state, or a public high school that is located in a county that borders this state and accepts pupils who are residents of this state. Students may also qualify if they earn their general equivalency diploma (GED or HSE) prior to the age of 20.
WNC is committed to helping applicants fulfill the requirements to maintain eligibility. Please refer to the “Steps to Earn” section for eligibility deadlines and watch for e-mail communication regarding steps you need to take to stay on track.
- 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.
- Students who received Nevada Promise for fall 2018 will be contacted via e-mail so that they can reapply for the scholarship in 2019.
Senate Bill 391
Nevada Promise Scholarship is a grant provided by Nevada Senate Bill 391. Read the full text here.
Nevada Promise Awarding Examples
Nevada Promise Scholarship is a last dollar scholarship that covers the registration and technology fees, not covered by other gift aid.
Gift aid is defined as a:
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
- Silver State Opportunity Grant (SSOG)
- Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship (GGMS)
Gift aid IS NOT:
- Outside scholarships
- Foundation Scholarships
- Institutional grant awards
Gift aid will always be applied to registration and class fees, before a Nevada Promise Scholarship is award. The following are examples:
$1,250 Registration fees & mandatory fees per semester
– $480 Millennium Scholarship per semester
$770 Balance left for the semester
Nevada Promise will pay $770 to cover last dollar.
$1,250 Registration fees & mandatory fees per semester
– $1,880 Pell Grant per semester
$630 Extra financial aid that can be used for books and supplies
Nevada Promise will pay $0 since the registration and fees are already covered.
To earn the Nevada Promise Scholarship, applicants must complete the following steps during their senior year of high school:
Required Steps to Earn*
- Apply for the NV Promise Scholarship
Complete Nevada Promise Scholarship Application no later than 11:59 p.m. October 31.
- Apply for admission to WNC.
For questions regarding admission, please contact Admissions & Records.
- Complete a Training Session
Attend WNC’s Nevada Promise Senior Workday or complete a Promise training offered by the college no later than March 1st.
- Apply for FAFSA
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than March 1st.
- Meet with your Mentor
Meet with your assigned mentor at least once no later than June 1st.
- Meet Financial Aid Eligibility Requirements
Confirm with the Financial Aid office that you have met all eligibility requirements to receive the scholarship. You can also check your Financial Aid To-Do list by logging into myWNC.
- Community Service Requirements
Complete and report eligible community service no later than June 1st.
- Take a Placement Test
New students have three options for placement testing: ACCUPLACER, ACT or SAT. Scores must be less than two years old. You can submit official copies of your ACT and/or SAT scores to the Admissions & Records Office.
- Attend New Student Orientation
Attend WNC’s Nevada Promise Senior Workday, participate in an orientation through WNC’s Bridge to Success program, or sign up for and attend a new student orientation at Western Nevada College.
- Register for Classes
Register for at least 12 credits each semester (Fall and Spring). For assistance with registering for classes, please contact the Counseling Office.
- Go to college!
*Please note that each step is mandatory and failure to complete all requirements prior to each deadline will result in loss of eligibility for the Nevada Promise Scholarship.
Additional Steps for Success
It is Highly Recommended that Nevada Promise Applicants:
- Participate in Bridge to Success
Sign up for and participate in WNC’s Bridge to Success program. Students who select WNC on their Promise application are automatically included in the Bridge to Success Program.
- Apply for Additional Funding
Apply for a WNC Foundation Scholarship, which can help with the cost of books, gas, and other items not covered by the Nevada Promise Scholarship, no later than April 1.
Register to Become a Nevada Promise Mentor!
The Nevada Promise Program requires student to complete a number of requirements prior to becoming eligible for the scholarship. One of these requirements is that they meet with a mentor who is willing to help guide them through the transition from high school to college, and beyond! Students who have a mentor are more likely to attend college, have higher retention rates, better grades, and clearer professional goals than their peers. Mentoring has also been shown to positively impact the community as a whole!
Please consider dedicating a few hours of your time to support Nevada Promise applicants in your community. Register as a Mentor Now!
- Willingness to partner with a student to help them achieve educational and career goals
- Must be at least 21 years of age
- Pass a Criminal Background Check
- Attend a Mentor Training
My child is applying for the Nevada Promise Scholarship—can I mentor them?
No. The legislation dictates that a mentor may not be closely related (within three degrees) of their mentees.
I noticed that the mentor commitment spans two academic years. I’m not sure I can commit for that long—what should I do?
While we would love for Nevada Promise students to continue with their same mentor, we understand that this is not always possible! If for any reason you are unable to continue past the first academic year, we will reassign your mentees when they reapply for the scholarship.
How many students should I mentor? 10 seems like a lot.
The number of students you take on is completely up to you. We definitely do not want you to feel overwhelmed! When mentors take advantage of Senior Work Day at Western Nevada College, it gives them the opportunity to meet with all of their mentees on the same day.
Please note that not all mentees will fulfil the requirements for the scholarship, and even some who do may not reapply for the following year, further reducing mentors’ time commitment.
1ST YEAR APPLICANTS
|October 31||Deadline to Apply for Nevada Promise Scholarship|