College can BE AFFORDABLE! More than 68 percent of our students receive financial aid, including scholarships, grants, work-study, and loans.
Nevada State College students may be eligible to receive assistance paying for financial aid-eligible coursework† through one or more of the following financial aid programs.
Achieve Nevada is a robust financial aid program to cover more college expenses for more students. Qualifying students may receive free in-state registration and funding to help with books and other expenses.
Grants are awarded to students based on financial need, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (fafsa.gov) and usually do not need to be repaid. Grants may be used to pay for tuition and fees, books and supplies, transportation and other expenses related to attending college. The following grant programs are currently available to eligible NSC students.
Federal Pell Grant - This grant is available to students pursuing their first bachelor's degree at Nevada State College who demonstrate a high level of need according to the results of the FAFSA. The amount awarded for each semester depends on a student's financial need, costs to attend school, and number of credits taken. Students may receive a Pell Grant for up to two full-time semesters per academic year, with a lifetime maximum of 12 full-time semesters.
Please visit the scholarship page for the most up-to-date information.
Student employment provides opportunities for eligible students to work part-time in positions across campus and in the community. In order to be considered for a student employment job, apply for open "student" postings through jobs.nsc.edu. In order to qualify, students must be enrolled at least half-time as a degree-seeking student in the current or upcoming term and be eligible for employment in the USA. Students may not exceed 19.5 hours of work per week, and are paid twice per month. Funding is provided by both the institution and the Federal Work-Study program. Federal Work-Study is awarded to employed students who demonstrate need according to the FAFSA®.
When you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at fafsa.gov, you may be offered Federal Direct Loans as a part of your award offer package. Remember that you must repay the full amount of the loan plus interest to the U.S. Department of Education beginning six months after you graduate, or stop attending school at least half-time.
To be eligible for a Federal Direct Loan a student must:
Dependent Undergraduate Student - A first year Dependent student (parent information is required on the FAFSA), with less than 30 earned or transfer credits, may borrow up to $5,500 per year with a maximum of $3,500 of that amount being in a subsidized loan. Second year dependent students, with at least 30 earned or transfer credits, may borrow up to a maximum of $6,500 per year with a maximum of $4,500 of that amount in a subsidized loan. Third year and beyond dependent students, with at least 60 earned or transfer credits, may borrow up to a maximum of $7,500 per year with a maximum of $5,500 in subsidized loans. A dependent undergraduate student may only borrow up to an aggregate limit of $31,000.
Independent Undergraduate Student - Independent students (parent information is not required on the FAFSA) may have up to an additional $4,000 in unsubsidized loans per year. A first year independent student, with less than 30 earned or transfer credits, may be eligible to borrow up to $9,500 per year with a maximum of $3,500 of that amount being in a subsidized loan. Second year independent students, with at least 30 earned or transfer credits, may be eligible to borrow up to $10,500 per year with a maximum of $4,500 in a subsidized loan. Third year and beyond independent students, with at least 60 earned or transfer credits, may be eligible to borrow up to $12,500 per year with a maximum of $5,500 in a subsidized loan. An independent undergraduate student may only borrow up to an aggregate limit of $57,500.
Graduate Student - Graduate students can borrow up to $20,500 each academic year in Direct Unsubsidized Loans. Additionally, Direct PLUS Loans can be used for the remainder of your college costs, up to your Cost of Attendance, not covered by other financial aid.
If you are unable to borrow Federal Direct Loans, or these loans are not sufficient to cover your cost of attendance at Nevada State, you may be able to obtain a credit-based loan from a private student loan lender. Because these loans are not regulated by the U.S. Department of Education, it is up to you to research and understand the terms for borrowing and repayment. We’ve partnered with ElmSelect to provide you with a list of lenders that Nevada State students have borrowed from in the past, along with the ability to compare the terms of these loans.
† In order to qualify for any financial aid funding, including grants, scholarships or loans, a course must fulfill an unmet requirement for a student's degree or certificate program at NSC.