How to Apply for Financial Aid at UNLV

Follow these steps to ensure you get the most out of your financial aid.

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Step 1: Apply for Aid


Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year using our school code 002569. Log in and sign it with your Federal Student Aid ID (FSAID).

Alternate Need Form

Non-FAFSA eligible students can complete the Alternative Need Form to apply for institutional need-based grants and scholarships.

Priority Deadline

UNLV’s priority deadline for financial aid and scholarship consideration is November 15 of each year. You may still apply for financial aid and scholarships after the deadline; however, funding may be limited.

You need to submit a new FAFSA or Alternate Need Form before each academic year that you want to get financial aid and scholarships. You can file as early as October 1 for the following academic year.

View All Financial Aid Deadlines

Step 2: Enroll In Direct Deposit

If your financial aid funds exceed your semester tuition and fee costs, you will receive a financial aid refund for the difference to help pay your other educational costs.

You are highly encouraged to enroll in the free direct deposit program so the UNLV Cashiering and Student Accounts Office can post funds directly to your bank account. You may sign up via MyUNLV. Click on Finances, then Enroll in Direct Deposit.

Step 3: Review Your Eligibility For Scholarships

The majority of scholarships at UNLV are awarded to students based upon automatic consideration. There are some donor scholarships which require a separate application and are awarded through various UNLV Departments.

Get more scholarship information » Get more grant information »

Step 4: Award Notification

Admitted students who complete the FAFSA for the specific academic year they are attending  will be notified of financial aid awards on a weekly basis. Please check your MyUNLV online student account information regularly.

Admitted students selected for the verification process by the U.S. Department of Education will be notified of financial aid awards once the verification process has been completed.  If you receive a financial award notification and are later selected for verification your financial aid package may change once your verification has been completed. Please be sure to check your MyUNLV for award notification updates if this is the case.

Step 5: How to Apply for Summer Financial Aid

Students seeking financial aid during the summer semester to help pay educational costs will be required to complete a separate summer financial aid application.

Get more information about applying for summer financial aid.

Step 6: Other Important Information

Although the Admissions Office does not require a social security number on your application for admission, you will need to provide your social security number (SSN) if you plan to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

If you have already applied for admission and have not reported your SSN on your admission application, you may update your information with the Office of the Registrar located in the Student Services Center, Building C.

You must be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen to complete the FAFSA

If you are a continuing student, you must be making satisfactory academic progress.

You must be enrolled in a degree seeking program or qualified certificate program.

If you are male and 18 years of age or older, you must have registered with Selective Service.

Determine if you are considered a “dependent” or “independent” applicant by the U.S. Department of Education.

If you have previously attended another institution during the same academic year, and received financial aid at that institution, it is your responsibility to inform the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships at UNLV. Receiving aid at another institution during the same academic year may impact your awards at UNLV, and may even result in you having to repay financial aid funds to UNLV.

Please understand that our staff is not large enough to meet the customer demand we experience at the beginning of each semester. Peak demand times in our office is July, August & September. Peak demand times on our phones is July, August, September, January & May. This circumstance magnifies the importance of completing your financial aid application early. To avoid unexpected delays in your financial aid being available at the beginning of the semester, we recommend you complete the financial aid application process at least three months prior to the start of the semester.

Step 7: Paying for College

Different ways you can pay for college:

  • Savings
  • Help from family
  • Working a full or part-time job
  • Scholarships
  • Financial aid programs
  • Loan programs