About the Program
The Nevada College Kick Start Program awards every Nevada public school kindergartener with a free $50 scholarship. The program helps Nevada’s kindergarteners begin their path to college and assists Nevada families with saving for post-secondary educational expenses. The Kick Start scholarship is provided at no cost to eligible Nevada families.
The College Kick Start Program began in 2013 in 13 of Nevada’s rural counties and expanded statewide in 2014. Today, over 275,000 students have program accounts.
How it Works
Nevada College Kick Start scholarship accounts are created automatically based on information provided by the Nevada Department of Education to the Treasurer’s Office. The information includes the student’s name and school district ID number.
The program uses a portion of program management fees, not taxpayer dollars, to set aside a $50 scholarship for every public-school kindergarten student in Nevada. The funds are held in a master account which is owned by the State Treasurer’s Office. The master account is managed by Ascensus College Savings, the program manager for the College Savings Plans of Nevada.
Please note, because scholarships are held in the master account, families must open a separate 529 Account to contribute additional dollars. Kick Start scholarship accounts are not set up to accept any contributions outside of the initial $50 added by the State.