Financial Aid & Scholarships

UNLV Excellence Scholarship


  • $2,300 per year or $1,150 per semester

Initial Award Criteria

  • ACT score range: 36–30*
  • SAT score range: 1600-1390*
  • High school GPA (unweighted): 3.7-3.5 *


  • ACT score range: 29-27 *
  • SAT score range: 1350-1280 *
  • High school GPA (unweighted): 4.0-3.5 *


  • New freshmen students who have never attended college.
  • Limited funds are available with a valid FAFSA: Award preference is provided to freshmen who completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and who are newly admitted to UNLV by Nov. 1.
  • Full time enrollment (12 credit hours or more).
  • This scholarship is determined based upon your academic record at the time of admission. Additional documentation (test score/GPA) which may increase your scholarship eligibility to a higher tier, after your time of admission, will not be considered due to of funding limitations. This scholarship is not guaranteed to all students who meet the criteria because of funding limitations. Priority consideration is provided if the eligibility requirements are met and you are admitted by the November 1st deadline until scholarship funds expire. This scholarship is not considered an entitlement program.
  • Cannot receive in conjunction with a President’s, Midby/Byron, Provost’s, Mildred Cotner or Rebel Achievement scholarship
  • UNLV Excellence awards may be offered to students based on self-reported academic information from the Admissions application. If it is determined you have incorrectly self-reported data on your Admissions application and final academic transcripts indicate you would not have met the UNLV Excellence academic standards, your UNLV Excellence award will be cancelled based upon the inaccurate information you reported.
  • You must submit official SAT or ACT scores to UNLV by November 1. Scores are considered official when submitted to UNLV directly from the College Board or ACT program, or when they appear on an official high school transcript. Unofficial test scores, including scores hand-delivered to the Financial Aid and Scholarships or Admissions offices, will not count toward consideration for scholarships.

*View a graph to better understand the criteria needed and the amount awarded for this scholarship

Consumer Information

Students who drop below 12 credit hours during the first week of classes forfeit their award for the semester and are placed on scholarship probation for the next continuous term of enrollment. If a student was previously on scholarship probation, the scholarship is forfeited.

Students who do not meet the minimum academic requirements at the end of the semester are placed on scholarship probation and are notified of their status via their MyUNLV Communication Center. Students may receive this scholarship for one more semester of concurrent enrollment. If the minimum academic requirements are not met again, the scholarship is forfeited. There is no appeal process. The prior scholarship probation period has acted as an appeal process for students to correct their academic performance.


  • Up to 130 credit hours of consecutive enrollment
  • 12 or more credit hours each semester
  • 2.75 cumulative GPA each semester
  • Limited funds are available: Award priority is provided to previous award recipients who completed the FAFSA by Nov. 1 who have met the award parameters
  • Must be maintaining the financial aid satisfactory academic progress policy
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