Nepantla - Nevada State College


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Nepantla is a Nahuatl term connoting "in-between-ness" or "in the middle."

The Nepantla Program is a competitive four-year commitment dedicated to empower first-generation college students through academic skills, access to resources, community building, and professional success through self-discovery. 

First Generation College Student:

If neither of your parents or your guardians have a bachelor's degree in the U.S., you are a first generation college student.

Nepantla's principles of self-exploration and empowerment:

  • Purpose
  • Solidary
  • Grit 

Our four-year programming includes:

  • Summer Bridge
  • First Year Experience (FYE)
  • Mentorship
  • Community Engagement

View some success stories

Who can apply to Nepantla?

Any Clark County high school senior or graduate who will be a first-time, full-time freshman at Nevada State College and identifies as a first generation college student.

Students interested in the Nepantla Program must:

  •  Apply to Nevada State College before applying to Nepantla. For more information on applying to NSC and admission requirements, click here.
  • Complete the Nepantla Program's online application.
  • Complete and submit financial aid applications for 2019-2020 AND 2020-2021 in order to be considered for the 2020 program.   To learn more about how to apply and which application is right for you, visit the Office of Financial Aid's website here.
    • Click here to access and apply using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    • Click here to access and apply using NSC's Non-Federal Aid Application.


The application for 2021 will become available on October 1, 2020.


If you have any questions, please contact:


The Nepantla Program is generously supported by the James E. and Beverly Rogers Educational Foundation.


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