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Paying for College

When choosing a college, cost is often a deciding factor. Nearly 76% of UNLV students receive financial aid or scholarships and the class of 2017 had some of the least amount of debt upon graduation. Discover the value of UNLV.


Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. We encourage all students to apply for financial aid and scholarships by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. When you complete your FAFSA you are also automatically considered for institutional scholarships. You may also check with your academic college for additional scholarship opportunities.

The FAFSA becomes available Oct. 1. Priority consideration for financial aid and scholarships will be given to those who submit a completed FAFSA by Nov. 15. You may apply after Nov. 15; however, funding may be limited.

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UNLV will cover the cost of tuition, fees, and $1,000 toward books for eligible, full-time Nevada resident students who file the FAFSA or Alternate Need Form by the priority deadline of Nov. 15.

What Are Scholarships?

Scholarships are monies awarded by UNLV or by private donors based on a variety of criteria established by the scholarship donor and/or the Nevada Board of Regents.

Scholarships may support a specific area of study, and may also include other criteria such as academic performance or financial need. Most importantly, scholarships are a source of free money that does not need to repaid and are an excellent source to help defray the costs of your education.

Did You Know, At UNLV...

  • Many scholarships offer automatic consideration based on admission, with no additional application required
  • Most scholarships are renewable for four years
  • Scholarships are stackable with other awards, including external scholarships
  • Most scholarships can be applied towards the cost of room & board

Work Programs

There are many employment opportunities both on and off campus that are available to students who need assistance financing their education.


Loans can help you pay your tuition, fees, and living expenses. They must be repaid, usually after you graduate, withdraw, or change enrollment status.

“UNLV did a great job ensuring that I received all aid I qualified for. As a first-generation college student, being able to fund my own education was a huge help.”

Valentina, ’17, mechanical engineering

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