Nevada Promise: Promise Replication in a Different State Context

Posted by Research For Action on February 10, 2020 at 8:25 AM

Nevada Promise is a last-dollar statewide Promise program that was adopted in 2017 through legislation advocated for by Michael Richards, former President of the College of Southern Nevada (Nevada’s largest community college) and Nevada State Senator, Mo Denis, a champion of education initiatives in the state. Modelled after Tennessee Promise, the Nevada Promise offers a last-dollar award covering the remainder of tuition and fees at public community colleges after all other gift aid has been applied. In addition, the program requires students to meet with a mentor and complete community service. The first cohort of Nevada Promise students enrolled in college in the Fall of 2018. In 2019, the program was amended to address the unintended exclusion of undocumented students, as well as the barriers to access created by some of the program requirements.

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