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Nevada Policy

Updated As Of: March 22, 2017

The state of Nevada has not set a policy on tuition benefits for undocumented students. However, some public colleges and universities individually elect to provide in-state tuition and institutional aid to undocumented students in-state tuition.
  • In 2007, the Nevada legislature considered SB 415, which would have prohibited undocumented students from receiving postsecondary educational benefits but failed to pass.
  • Undocumented students are eligible for Nevada's Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship Program.
  • AB 383 went into effect in 2007, making various changes to laws that relate to immigration.
  • In 2011, the Nevada assembly considered but did not pass AB 430, a proposal similar to SB 1070 in Arizona, which would give law enforcement greater leeway to check individuals’ immigration status and penalize individuals without proper documentation.
  • SJR 15, adopted by the Nevada Governor on April 2013, urges Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform.
  • SB 303, adopted in 2013, allows undocumented immigrants to receive one-year driving privilege cards using their foreign birth certificates.
  • In 2013, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department joined the Secure Communities program.
  • SB 223 and AB 357, both introduced in 2017, would prohibit state or local law enforcement agencies, school police units, or campus police departments from investigating, interrogating, detaining, or arresting a person for the purpose of law enforcement.
  • SB 333, introduced in March 2017, would prohibit a city or county from adopting or enacting policy that prohibits or limits cooperation with immigration law enforcement.
  • Hermandad Mexicana: Their mission is to provide legal advice, education, and support the immigrant population.
  • ACLU of Nevada is associated with the national organization and fights for human and civil rights through education, activism, and legal action.
  • DREAM Big Vegas: A community based organization that focuses on educating the community on the importance of supporting undocumented youth in their efforts to obtain educational opportunities.
  • Nevada Immigrant CoalitionA coalition of grassroots organizations working for and on behalf of the undocumented community.

Federal law has been unsuccessful at addressing comprehensive access to postsecondary education for undocumented students. Despite efforts to pass the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform, Congress has not addressed the current ambiguous language in IIRIRA regarding undocumented students' eligibility for educational benefits (i.e. in-state tuition and state-funded financial aid programs). Therefore, much of the policy activity regarding postsecondary access for undocumented students has shifted to state and system levels. As a result, state policymakers and higher education institutions take varied approaches to either broadening or restricting access to postsecondary education and educational benefits. Others states have yet to take formal action on this issue, leaving the decision to individual campus leaders.

Under the provisions of this ambiguous policy context, undocumented youth encounter contentious environments with policies that range from inclusive, restrictive, or unstipulated stances.

Inclusive: States with policies that explicitly grant in-state tuition and/or eligibility for public financial aid for undocumented students.

Restrictive: States with policies that explicitly deny eligibility for admission and/or in-state tuition for undocumented students.

Unstipulated: States that do not have stated policies that explicitly address undocumented student access to postsecondary education.

State and system policies are volatile and continuously changing. For the latest, please visit the uLEAD NewsdeskFor information specific to individual state context, click in the subheadings below.