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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > University of Nevada Las Vegas

Updated: January 2015

Does your college knowingly admit undocumented students?

 No

Would you advise the disclosure of their status in the application process through their essay or counselor recommendation?

 No their status stays concealed through the application process unless the student offers up the information.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

 No

Do you have institutional aid or merit/talent based scholarships for which an undocumented student would be eligible? 

John Midby & Daniel Byron Scarlet and Gray Scholarship ($5,000 per year or $2,500 per semester)
Preference to National Merit Semi-Finalists
New freshmen students who have never attended college
3.5 unweighted high school GPA. Your GPA will be calculated from your official high school transcript. Submit your official high school transcript to the UNLV Admissions office by February 1 to qualify for entering freshman scholarships.
1,350 SAT critical reading & math or 31 ACT. To compete for entering freshman scholarships, you must submit official SAT or ACT scores. Scores are considered official when submitted via 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.
Must be admitted to UNLV by Feb. 1
Full time enrollment (12 credit hours or more)
Automatic consideration until funds expire
Cannot receive in conjunction with a President’s, Provost, Mildred Cotner, UNLV Excellence or Rebel Achievement Scholarship

Mildred P. Cotner Excellence Scholarship($2,500 per year or $1,250 per semester)

Recognition as a National Merit Semi-Finalist, National Achievement Semi-finalist, or National Hispanic Recognition Program finalist.
Your unweighted high school GPA will be calculated from your official high school transcript. Submit your official high school transcript to the UNLV Admissions office by February 1 to qualify for entering freshman scholarships.
You must submit official SAT or ACT scores to UNLV by February 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.
New freshmen students who have never attended college
Must be admitted to UNLV by Feb. 1
3.5 unweighted high school GPA
1,180 SAT critical reading and math or 26 ACT
Full time enrollment (12 credit hours or more)
Automatic consideration until funds expire
Cannot receive in conjunction with a President’s, Midby/Byron, Provost, UNLV Excellence or Rebel Achievement Scholarship

President’s Scholarship (Full cost of attendance for the fall and spring semesters. Effective fall 2012 the President’s Scholarship will also pay for one full semester of study abroad expenses anywhere in the world regardless of cost. This is an an excellent opportunity for UNLV Presidents’ scholars compared to other schools who may not offer the same value).

Initial Award Criteria

National Merit Finalist & must list UNLV as first school choice
New freshmen students who have never attended college
Must be admitted to UNLV by Feb. 1
Full time enrollment (12 credit hours or more)
Automatic consideration until funds expire
Cannot receive in conjunction with a Midby/Byron, Provost, Mildred Cotner, UNLV Excellence or Rebel Achievement Scholarship

Provost’s Scholarship ($3,250 per year or $1,625 per semester)
ACT score range: 36–30*
SAT score range: 1,600-1,340*
High school GPA (unweighted): 4.0-3.8*
New freshmen students who have never attended college
Limited funds are available: Award preference is provided to freshmen who completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and who are newly admitted to UNLV by Feb. 1
Full time enrollment (12 credit hours or more)

Rebel Achievement Scholarship($1,750 per year or $875 per semester Initial)

ACT score range: 36–27 *
SAT score range: 1,600-1,220 *
High school GPA (unweighted): 3.4-3.2 *

or,

ACT score range: 26-23 *
SAT score range: 1,190-1,070 *
High school GPA (unweighted): 4.0-3.7 *

or,

ACT score range: 26-25 *
SAT score range: 1,190-1,150 *
High school GPA (unweighted): 3.6-3.2 *

and

New freshmen students who have never attended college
Award preference is provided to freshmen who completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and who are newly admitted to UNLV by Feb. 1
Full time enrollment (12 credit hours or more)

Rebel Challenge Scholarship:
President’s Award 3.75+ 1070 SAT or 23 ACT $11,000
Provost’s Award 3.5 – 3.74 1070 SAT or 23 ACT $9,000
Dean’s Award 3.25 – 3.49 1070 SAT or 23 ACT $7,000

Top 10% Incentive Scholarship(The scholarship value is $1,000 or $500 fall semester and $500 spring semester)
Students must have:

been previously awarded a Provost, Rebel Achievement or UNLV Excellence scholarship
a final official high school transcript indicating a class rank in the top 10% of their high school class must be received by July 1 of the award year.
your self-reported class rank from your UNLV admissions application will not be used

UNLV Excellence Scholarship($2,250 per year or $1,125 per semester)

ACT score range: 36–30*
SAT score range: 1,600-1,340*
High school GPA (unweighted): 3.7-3.5 *

or,

ACT score range: 29-27 *
SAT score range: 1,300-1,220 *
High school GPA (unweighted): 4.0-3.5 *

and

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 Feb. 1
Full time enrollment (12 credit hours or more)

Valedictorian Scholarship(Award value for nonresidents is $11,900 or $5,950 fall semester and $5,950 spring semester)
Effective for Fall 2015 new freshmen recipients must have:

Completed a FAFSA by May 1
Accepted UNLV Admission by May 1
Final official high school transcript indicating a class rank of 1 or designated as a valedictorian of their high school class must be received by July 1 of the award year
Your self-reported class rank from your UNLV admissions application will not be used

How would an undocumented student apply for financial assistance or a need-based scholarship at your institution? Are they required to complete a CSS Profile or an institutional financial aid application in lieu of a FAFSA?

 To compete for need-based scholarships and for the Provost’s, UNLV Excellence, and Rebel Achievement Scholarships, all students should submit a complete and valid FAFSA by February 1.

When completing the question on the application regarding citizenship is there an applicable choice such as “non-citizen” or “other” and if not, should they leave the question blank? Is a blank field permitted when completing an online application?

 The following options are available to students when answering the citizenship status question:
-Citizen
-Permanent Resident
-Pending Permanent Resident
-Asylum
-Refugee
-None of the above
For this question, undocumented students can select ‘None of the above’.

How should an undocumented student answer the question regarding social security number? Should they use zeros or leave it blank? Again, is a blank field permitted when submitting an online application?

 It is not a requirement on the application to fill in your social security number. Students can choose to leave this field blank on the application.

Can students submit an online application if they are paying the application fee with a fee-waiver?

Yes

If undocumented students are required to complete a paper application, do the online instructions direct them to do so?

 No

Do any state laws exist that restrict an unauthorized student’s access to higher education or could cause them to feel generally unsafe living within the state?

 No

Are there any institutional policies that exist at your college requiring administrators to report a student’s status?

 No

Do you believe that the mission of your institution creates an environment where an undocumented student would be embraced and feel welcome on your campus?

 Yes

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