UNR Financial Aid & Scholarships

Admissions and Student Affairs

Financial aid is any source of funds available to assist students in paying for the costs of a college education. If you think you will need assistance beyond your own financial resources, you are encouraged to apply for financial aid. Whatever your situation, you can be sure that you will be treated fairly and equitably with respect to students in similar financial circumstances as your own.

Most financial aid is based on demonstrated financial need and requires the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Federal and state grants, loans, and work-study are all need-based programs.

Scholarship awards are based on academic merit. College, departmental, foundation, and alumni offer scholarships for specific majors, special talents, leadership, or other criteria specified by a donor. You do not have to show financial need to receive money through merit-based programs. The application process is different from the processes for applying for need-based aid.

Aid is termed to be gift aid or self help. Gift aid includes grants, scholarships, tuition assistance, and other aid, sometimes called "free money". Self-help aid includes work-study and loans that require the student to work or borrow. For specific information relating to medical students please refer to UNSOM's financial planning site.

Please note that due to changes in federal regulations, the Office of Student Financial Aid at the University of Nevada School of Medicine is not allowed to offer recommendations on any lending program. However, we recognize that students need resources for such types of loans. We provide the link to the independent website which offers a current listing of all private alternative loans. Students are encouraged to use the resources on that site to research terms and criteria for various loan programs and make an informed choice.

Contact:  Leonard Walker, Assistant Director, Student Financial Services, UNSOM