Considering applying to PPP Cohort 5?

Many of the most frequently asked questions about our program and the application process can be found in our FAQ. 

Have other questions? Send us a message and we’ll reply in no more than 72 business hours. 

Please do not contact the UNLV Office of Admissions with PPP Program questions, only contact them with questions about submitting your application to UNLV.


Please use the dropdowns to find answers to the most common questions about the NV-EPIC PPP program.

If you cannot find your question(s) answered here, please  click here to send us a message.

We will do our best to get back to you within 72 business hours — Please do not contact other offices in the interim of the PPP Team responding to your request.

Admissions & Requirements
What GPA do I need to get into UNLV?

Admission to UNLV requires a 2.5 GPA in transferable coursework. 

Applicants who meet the criteria will be offered admission to the university. If you are denied admission, there are options available to make a pathway to UNLV.

When is the application deadline?

Students wishing to apply to the PPP program must submit their application and all materials (transcripts, etc.) by November 12, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

What do I do after I’ve applied to UNLV?
  1. Submit your Official Transcripts
    Submit an official transcript from each institution attended.
  2. Check your Application Status in MyUNLV
    After submitting your application, you will receive two emails, one with your user ID and another with your temporary password. Check your account regularly. If you’ve previously applied to UNLV, please contact UNLV’s IT Help Desk for login assistance.
  3. Apply for Nevada Residency​​
    If you did not graduate from high school in Nevada and are a Nevada resident, you must apply for Nevada Residency.
  4. Submit Immunization Records
    Immunization records are required prior to the start of the semester, and can be submitted to the Registrar’s Office
  5. Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Alternate Need Form
    All students must have a FAFSA Application on file for the 2023-24 Academic Year. Students who are not U.S. Citizens can fill out an Alternate Need Form available on the UNLV Student Self Service Portal.
  6. Submit your PPP Supplemental Application
    You will be emailed the PPP Supplemental Application within three (3) business days after submitting your application to UNLV; You will not be considered for PPP without submitting this supplemental application.
When will my application be reviewed?

Your application review will occur in a multi-step process: 

  1. Office of Admissions Review
    The Office of Admissions will begin reviewing applications upon receipt of official transcripts from each institution attended; Evaluation is generally complete within 1-3 weeks. 
  2. Education Student Services Transcript Review
    After you have been admitted to UNLV, the ESSC Advising Team will review your transcripts to verify that all general education courses (GEs) have been completed. Only students who have completed all general education courses will be admitted to PPP. Students who have general education courses to complete will be made aware of any GEs left to fulfill before PPP admission can be granted.
  3. PPP Team Review
    The PPP Team will review supplemental applications for candidates who have gained admission to UNLV and who have completed all GE courses. Successful applicants will be invited to the NV-EPIC PPP Bridge Experience, the first component of PPP.
If I gain admission to UNLV, do I automatically get into PPP?

Acceptance to UNLV does not guarantee admission into the PPP program. After being accepted to UNLV, PPP candidates must also complete the following to be considered for the program:

  1. Submit the PPP supplemental application to be reviewed by your academic department and the PPP Team and
  2. Undergo a transcript review to determine if all required general education courses have been completed. This is a critical step and will not be completed until after you have been admitted to UNLV.
If I haven’t completed all of my General Education Requirements, should I still apply to PPP?

Successful candidates entering the PPP Program must have completed all required General Education courses (GEs) prior to being accepted to the PPP Program.

HOWEVER… Students who have not completed their Gen Eds, should still apply for PPP!… We have programs that can help fund tuition/fees for the required courses you have left to complete in order to make you eligible for a future cohort of PPP. 

If I’ve already been admitted to UNLV or am a current student at UNLV, do I still need to apply?

No, you do not need to reapply to UNLV.

Instead, send an email to the  NV-EPIC team requesting the Supplemental PPP Application . Be sure to include 1) full name; 2) NSHE ID; 3) current program/major; and 4) the request for supplemental application. 

You will receive a link to complete your supplemental application within 10 business days  from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

NOTE: If you have taken any courses at institutions outside of UNLV since your acceptance to the institution,   you must re-submit transcripts for all courses taken at other institutions.

Why don’t all of my courses transfer?

College-level coursework from regionally accredited institutions will generally transfer to UNLV. Remedial coursework and vocational coursework will not transfer. Religion courses from private institutions will not transfer. 

For more detail, you can create a free account in  Transferology Go to “Will my Courses Transfer?” and plug in your courses from your institutions to see if and how they transfer over to UNLV. The courses labeled “Maybe” are mostly transferable as lower or upper-division electives, if not as exact matches. 

If you are interested in finding out if your courses transfer, please select the upper right hand side box labeled “Request Information”. Please allow 3-5 business days to process your request. Log back into your Transferology Account to check the status of your request. 

UNLV will complete an internal evaluation of any international transfer credits. Please visit the International Students website to learn more about how to submit your college/university transcripts for evaluation.

If you repeat a transferable course at the same institution, the first attempt will not be included in GPA calculation for admission. UNLV does not recognize academic renewal or forgiveness policies from other institutions. To convert quarter credits to the semester credits value, multiply credits by two and divide by three (two-thirds ratio). For admissions purposes, credits do not expire, and all earned credits will be evaluated.

Nontraditional credits, including but not limited to AP (Advanced Placement), CLEP, and Dantes, may be applied toward your degree, although nongraded credits will not count toward the transferable total for admission. A maximum of 60 nontraditional credits can be used toward a degree at UNLV.

Do I have to pay the application fee?

The fee to apply to UNLV pays for the necessary review of your transcripts by both UNLV Admissions Counselors as well as Education Student Services Center Advisors; These reviews cannot be conducted without paying the application fee.

What courses do I need to complete to be eligible for the PPP program?

Successful candidates entering the PPP Program must have completed all required General Education courses (GEs) prior to being accepted to the PPP Program. Students who have not completed all GE courses are invited to finish any requirements necessary and apply for a future cohort of PPP. A list of all required courses can be found on this webpage.

Official transcripts will be reviewed by the Education Student Services Center (ESSC) after candidates have been accepted to UNLV.

HOWEVER… Students who have not completed their Gen Eds, should still apply for PPP!… We have programs that can help fund tuition/fees for the required courses you have left to complete in order to make you eligible for a future cohort of PPP. 

Candidates who have earned an AA, AB, or AS from an NSHE institution will automatically waive the majority or all of the General Education requirements.

What transcripts do I need to submit?

Applicants must submit official transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions attended, regardless of whether a degree was earned or not. If you took a course at any institution, you must submit a transcript. This includes NSHE institutions outside of UNLV.

NOTE: If an applicant fails to submit a transcript from any institution attended, the application will be incomplete until all transcripts are received. 

Courses taken at UNLV do not need transcripts submitted.

Do I need to be employed to be part of the PPP program?

Yes. All students enrolled in the NV-EPIC PPP program must maintain employment as a paraprofessional or school support professional in a Nevada public or charter school for the duration of their program.

Additionally, all PPP students must have permission from school administration (and/or current supervisor) to complete the program and conduct student teaching hours in the classroom. You must have your supervisor’s and/or building administrator’s approval to have regular classroom access throughout the program. 

Applicants who do not work inside a school (i.e., bus drivers, administrative employees, etc.) must get supervisor approval to conduct student teaching requirements inside a school building.

What immunizations do I need?

More information about required immunizations is available on UNLV’s website.

How will I know that my immunization records have been processed?

You will be notified in the Self-Service Help Center that your immunization records have been processed. The immunization will also be removed from your MyUNLV To Do List.

Source: UNLV Registrar FAQ

If I cannot locate my vaccination records, do I need to be re-vaccinated or can I get a blood test to show that I’ve been vaccinated?

The Registrar’s Office must have proof of vaccinations on record for you to be enrolled in courses. If you can not locate your vaccination records, you should contact your primary care doctor and ask for assistance. If you received immunizations in Nevada you can verify your records online using WebIZ

You may be required to be re-immunized if you cannot locate your records.

What do I do if I have an admissions hold in MyUNLV?
For Immunization Holds

Check your MyUNLV To Do List to ensure there are no outstanding items. If you need to submit vaccination records, your To Do List will show which vaccinations you need to submit proof of.

Step 1: Log into MyUNLV with your NSHE ID

Step 2: Click on the Tasks tile and navigate to your To-Do List to review the details and instructions for submitting your missing immunization records 

Step 3: Upload proof of immunization to the Self-Service Help Center

The hold on your account will be removed once your records have been received and processed by the Office of the Registrar.

Alternatively you can email but this may be a less effective way. Include your NSHE number when you email your results.

Source:  UNLV Registrar FAQ

For Coursework Holds

All questions related to coursework holds should be directed to the PPP Academic Advisor at Please be sure all inquiries include your name and NSHE ID.

PPP Program Questions
Who should I contact with questions?

Questions about the PPP Program requirements, program structure, funding, etc. should be messaged to the PPP Team. We will answer any questions in approximately 48 business hours.

Questions about the admissions process should be directed to the  UNLV Office of Admissions. Please DO NOT reach out to the Office of Admissions for any PPP program-specific questions, send the PPP Team a message instead.

Are there any information sessions I can attend?

We will host virtual information sessions on the following dates; Please click your desired date to register to attend.

Does the PPP program follow the UNLV Academic Calendar?

The program honors the observed holidays in the academic calendar.

PLEASE NOTE: Individual course dates and deadlines are set at instructors’ discretion — please refer to syllabi and course materials on Canvas and contact your instructor(s) for course-related dates and deadlines.

When do PPP courses start?

The PPP Bridge Experience will be your first required sessions for PPP. Students must attend Saturday, December 16, 2023 and Saturday, January 6, 2023, time TBD. 

Students will begin PPP coursework during the Spring 2024 semester, which begins on Tuesday, January 16, 2024.

What courses do I take during my program?

Depending on the track you are enrolled in, PPP students will be enrolled in 6-9 classes each semester of the 1-year accelerated program. Elementary courses are offered in four (4) sessions over the semester, each as a 4-week format. Early Childhood and Special Education courses are offered two (2) sessions over the semester, each as an 8-week format.

An example course schedule is available here; Students should be aware that these schedules are subject to change as courses and/or instructors are available — these examples should be used to understand the potential course workload while in the program.

How do I register for courses?

PPP students are registered for courses by the NV-EPIC team. Students should not enroll or drop themselves from any courses — please instead reach out to the PPP Program Team.

Are courses in-person or virtual?

Courses, with the exception of in-person Saturday sessions, are conducted via WebCampus/Canvas, asynchronously. You will find your courses in UNLV WebCampus. Use your UNLV ACE ID to access your account.

Mandatory Saturday sessions will be held on UNLV’s Campus (rooms TBD) according to the following schedule (dependent on your chosen program): 

  • Early Childhood Education: Weekly Saturday session for each 8-week course
  • Elementary Education: One (1) Saturday for each 4-week course
  • Special Education: Weekly Saturday session for each 8-week course

All students residing in Clark County are expected to attend Saturday in-person sessions live and in-person; Virtual accommodations will only be made for students residing outside of Clark County.

Is there any in-person attendance required for the PPP program?

Students residing in Clark County are required to attend all applicable Saturday course sessions on-campus and in-person; Virtual accommodations will only be made for students residing outside of Clark County.

In addition to Saturday course sessions, students are also required to synchronously attend four (4) Educators LEAD Professional Development Days either in-person or virtually; More information on attendance format will be provided to students accepted to the program.

What if I can’t attend Saturday sessions?

All Saturday sessions are in-person and mandatory, unless you reside outside of Clark County (must reside in another Nevada county). 

Saturday sessions are mandatory and you will not be permitted to move forward in the program if you miss any in-person Saturday sessions for any reason. The only exceptions are documented medical or religious. Virtual accommodations can be made on a case-by-case basis by contacting your instructor.

What do I do if I get sick?

If you are unable to attend a Saturday session during Bridge due to a documented medical reason that occurs within 24 hours before the Saturday session, please notify your instructor and provide documentation outlining your medical situation. If it is determined your in-person absence is justified, you will be provided a link to join virtually.

If I have previously taken a course required by the PPP program, do I have to retake that course?

In most instances, if a required program course has been successfully passed and recorded on a submitted transcript, you will not be required to repeat courses taken previously. 

Program Funding & (Re)Payment
What costs am I responsible for?

All tuition and fees will be covered by the program as long as students remain in good standing (i.e., employed, meeting grade requirements, etc.) and  completing courses successfully.

The only costs students may incur are books and other materials as required for courses.

If I complete the Bridge Experience but choose not to continue in the PPP program, will I have to pay for anything?

The Bridge Experience is free for all students, it is designed to be a “trial run” of the structure and pace of the program. Students who choose not to continue in PPP will not incur any charges.

The following instances may require require repayment by the student: 

  • If a student voluntarily separates/withdraws from the program after the semester’s course drop date has passed, the student may be responsible for the cost of tuition and fees for any courses in which they were enrolled; 
  • If a student fails any course(s) during any semester in which they are enrolled, the student may be responsible for the cost of tuition and fees for any failed course(s).

For those that move forward in the program, your course fees and tuition will be paid for by the program.

What are examples of requirements that could be attached to funding?
  • CCSD money comes with an obligation to teach in CCSD for three years. Our understanding is that each month you teach you are given a credit for what was spent on your behalf.
  • State of Nevada (NV-EPIC) money comes with the expectation that you work as a Nevada teacher for three years, but not necessarily an obligation that will be enforced.
  • If you are awarded Teach Nevada money, there is not an obligation to teach in Nevada for five years, but a financial incentive if you do so.
Do I need to fill out a FAFSA?

Yes. All students must have a FAFSA Application on file for the 2023-24 Academic Year. 

Students who are not U.S. Citizens can fill out an Alternate Need Form available on the UNLV Student Self Service Portal.

Does funding for the PPP program come from Pell grants or other scholarships?

Pell grants are part of entitlement funding used to support tuition and fees. They are not loans. As such, Pell is part of our funding formula. Meaning, those eligible for Pell will have those amounts applied to tuition and fees to offset the tuition and fee burden. There are other entitlement funds, like the Millenium Scholarship, that you may qualify for which will similarly lower your fee bill as these funds are automatically applied to tuition.

I’ve been registered in courses and now I have a bill on my MyUNLV account. Do I need to pay it? Should I set up a payment plan?

No, you do not need to pay your bill, nor do you need to set up a payment plan. 

While you personally will not pay for tuition in fees, a bill is generated on your behalf when you are enrolled in courses. The NV-EPIC program and its partners will be covering the costs associated with your program, but we do not have precise dates by which those payments will be made. 

As such, you may receive emails saying you have a balance and/or asking you to set up a payment plan — you may disregard these emails. You have been added to lists that maintain your enrollment, but we unfortunately cannot stop these auto-generated emails from being delivered to your email, we apologize.

Do I need to take out loans to pay for PPP?

All tuition and fees for PPP courses will be covered 100%, so students do not need to use student loans or personal funds to pay for PPP courses. 

We do not expect nor obligate you to take loans; In fact we would prefer that you did not take loans as it complicates your Cost of Attendance allocations. 

Some students wish to take loans. You should work with  UNLV Financial Aid and Scholarships to understand your scenario and your federal caps as they often cannot be exceeded. Because we ensure you do not come out of pocket for the costs of tuition and fees, taking loans on top can have implications towards federal maximum caps.

I took out student loans. Will this impact my funding for the PPP program?

Students who choose to take out student loans while in the PPP program should be aware of the following: 

  • When you are enrolled in courses, tuition and fees for the associated courses are added to your MyUNLV account. 
  • These charges, while covered by the PPP program, do not get paid until the end of the semester; Because grant funds are disbursed at the end of the semester, PPP students will likely carry a balance on the MyUNLV account for the duration of the program. 
  • Before loans are disbursed to students, any balance on MyUNLV for PPP courses will be paid by the loan. If any additional funds remain, they will be refunded to the student.
  • When grant funds are disbursed at the end of the semester, any loan funds that were applied to the student’s balance will be refunded to the student.