How to Apply for Financial Aid at UNLV

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

Note: All links open in a new window.

Step 1: Complete the FAFSA

Complete the correct Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. UNLV’s school code to complete your FAFSA is 002569. Complete and sign your FAFSA with your FSA ID.

You may visit here for more information about the FSA ID.

UNLV’s priority financial aid consideration deadline is December 1st of each year. You may still apply for financial aid after December 1st, however, there may be limited funding from other aid programs.

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 »

Step 4: Award Notification

Admitted students who complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA 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.

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