May 4, 2020 - Nevada State College
05.04.20 | Coronavirus

May 4, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Thank you for your continued understanding and support as we face COVID-19 challenges and plan for the “new normal.”

Chancellor Thom Reilly today announced that the Nevada System of Higher Education has begun planning to resume in-person classes for the 2020 fall semester and more limited in-person class offerings later this summer (after July 1). NSHE and institution leaders, including myself, are working closely with health and education experts on various reopening scenarios and phases, with the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff being at the forefront of our concern. You can read the chancellor’s memorandum to find out more about the various scenarios being considered. We are planning for a full schedule to be taught in the fall semester whether online or in person.

I would also like to thank the Nevada State College team for distributing CARES Act funding to our eligible students. The U.S. Department of Education distributed almost $1.38 million to Nevada State College. To date, 1,611 students have been awarded funds automatically, while another 254 have been awarded through the request process.  The total amount awarded from the $1,377,872 available is $1,004,500, or nearly 73%.

Eligible students may still apply. To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Completed the 2019/2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) listing NSC’s school code (041143);
  • Meet all eligibility requirements to receive Federal Student Aid (Title IV, HEA).

Students will complete a short online application.

If a student applies but isn’t approved for CARES Act funds, we will automatically review the application to determine eligibility for other campus emergency funding options that may not have the same restrictions. Students may email questions to the Office of Financial Aid at

We will continue to follow the recommendations of Governor Steve Sisolak and NSHE along with the county health and safety directives. More details will be forthcoming as plans are developed for the late summer and fall 2020 semesters.


Bart Patterson

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