On September 6, 2018 the Board of Regents for the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) passed the Nevada Foster Care Fee Waiver. Pursuant to Title 4, Chapter 17, Section 13 entitled Fee Waiver for Nevada Foster Youth of the NSHE handbook, which states “a student who was in the custody of an agency which provides child welfare services in Nevada after the student reached the age of 13 may be permitted to register for credit without a registration fee or … laboratory fee(s)...”.

Please note registration fees associated with graduate-level courses and with the William S. Boyd School of Law; the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV; and the UNLV School of Dental Medicine are not eligible for a waiver under this policy.


Effective for qualifying students during the Fall 2018 semester onward

Eligibility Requirements

Initial eligibility requirements – students must meet all criteria

  • Was in foster care in Nevada, at the age of thirteen (13) years or older (adjudicated “ward of the court” status, for any length of time);
  • Graduated from high school or passed the TASC, HiSet, or GED;
  • Completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); and
  • Be under the age of twenty-six (26) years, on the first day of any semester for which the student is seeking the fee waiver

Eligibility requirement for returning students:

Continuing Eligibility - students must continue to meet all criteria:

How To Apply

Additional Information

  • The NSHE Foster Youth Fee Waiver covers base course registration fees
  • The NSHE Foster Youth Fee Waiver can only be used during the fall and spring semesters
  • For additional questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships via the Rebel Success Hub (formerly known as the Self-Service Help Center) or the Fostering Scholars Program Coordinator
  • For additional financial aid and scholarships resources for students who have experienced foster care, please contact the Fostering Scholars Program Coordinator