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Make Your Course a Reality

Many people who attend NOLS courses use financial aid and scholarships to help fund their expeditions. At NOLS, we’re committed to working with you to make your course a reality.

Take a look at the following options to see what’s available to you, and please contact us with any questions you might have.

529 Plans & AmeriCorps Awards

You are eligible to use your 529 College Savings Plan or AmeriCorps Education Award to cover a majority of the costs of your course, thanks to NOLS' partnership with Western Colorado University.

You can use your AmeriCorps Education Award for any NOLS expedition course five days or longer. For any expedition course 60 days or longer, NOLS will match your education award up to $2,000 dollars. AmeriCorps awards can be combined with other funding types, such as scholarships or 529 Plan funding.

Please read the pdf below for more details about this process and what you can cover using your funds.

Registration for 529 and AmeriCorps (pdf)