In order to qualify for the Nevada Promise Scholarship, students must have received a General Equivalency Diploma or graduated in the year of 2018 from a Nevada-based high school, be attending a college in the state of Nevada and students must also be a Nevada resident.
“[Being a Nevada resident] doesn’t mean you have to be a U.S. citizen. You just have to prove address in Nevada,” Taylor said.
Students who apply must be under the age of twenty years old. The scholarship will cover up to three years of tuition.
“I am planning on applying for the scholarship, but the last time I tried to (during a CSN college presentation) there was a problem with my computer so I never got around to it,” senior Alexis Pereyra said. “If I do get the scholarship, I definitely think it’ll be helpful, and for anyone else who gets the scholarship. College is expensive, and there is the stereotype of being a broke college student and I think this scholarship will help avoid that.”
Because this scholarship is financial needs based, students need to qualify for another financial needs based scholarship to be considered for the Nevada Promise Scholarship.
“Everybody fills out the FAFSA at any income level,” Taylor said. “So, some scholarships are merit based. These are particularly financial need based. So, if you don’t qualify for Pell Grant, you may not qualify for [the Promise Scholarship].”
This scholarship is currently only funded for the Class of 2018.
“This is the first time that we’ve had access to [the Promise Scholarship],” Taylor said. “It’s funded for one year. At the next legislative session, they’ll vote on it and see if they’ll fund it again. It’s free money. Regardless of whether or not you think you’re eligible, fill it out because, if you are, then [the money is] there.”