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Make Your Course a Reality

Many people who attend NOLS courses use a variety of 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.

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529 Plans & AmeriCorps Awards

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

You can use your AmeriCorps Education Award for any NOLS course five days or longer, and for a semester (not including the Pacific Northwest Summer Semester) or year-long expedition, NOLS will match your education award up to $4,000 dollars. AmeriCorps awards can be combined with other financial aid, such as scholarships or 529 Plan funding.

Registration for 529 and AmeriCorps (pdf)