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 of the NSHE handbook, eligible students may waive certain registration fees and certain laboratory fees for spring and fall semesters.


Begins January 1, 2019 – however it is applicable to Fall/Spring dates within the 2018–2019 Aid Year.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Initial Requirements (students must meet all four criteria): 
    • Students must have been in foster care – in Nevada – at some point on or after the age of 14
    • Graduated from a High School – or passed the TASC, HiSet, or GED
    • Have completed the FAFSA
    • Are currently under the age of 26
  • Continuing Eligibility (students must meet both criteria):
    • Have complete the appropriate aid year FAFSA
    • Maintained Satisfactory Academic Progress

Required Documentation

  • Complete the “Former Nevada Foster Youth: Request for Waiver of Registration Fees and Certain Laboratory Fees” application.
  • Official verification from (one of) the following agencies: Clark County Social Services, Washoe County Human Services Agency, or the Nevada Department of Child and Family Services, confirming that the applicant was in foster care at 14 years of age or older.
  • Provide proof of Nevada High School or General Equivalency Diploma.

Additional Information

  • Applications should be submitted the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office.
  • Registration fees associated with graduate level courses and with the William S. Boyd School of Law; the UNR School of Medicine; the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV; and the UNLV School of Dental Medicine are not eligible for a waiver under this policy.