Make your course a reality with our various financial aid options. Browse the links below to find the option that’s best for you and they course you’ll be taking.
Every year, NOLS awards more than $1.9 million in need-based scholarships. Our scholarships take into account unusual expenses, and special or changing circumstances. Scholarships can range from a small portion to larger amounts of the course cost.
NOLS accepts and reviews scholarship applications on a rolling basis. We recommend applying for financial aid early, as our scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Please use the timeframe below as a guide for when to apply:
For Fall courses: Apply by June 1
(Courses beginning Sept. 1- Dec. 31)
For Spring courses: Apply by November 1
(Courses beginning Jan. 1- Apr. 30)
For Summer courses: Apply by January 1
(Courses beginning May 1- Aug. 31)
Ready to apply? Choose the application for your course type:
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 State Colorado University.
All expeditions are eligible for you to use the AmeriCorps education award, and for a semester or yearlong expedition, NOLS will match your education award up to $2,000 dollars. AmeriCorps awards can be combined with other financial aid, like scholarships and veterans’ benefits.
You can use your veterans benefits for a Wyoming-based expedition. These courses are gateways to new careers, exploration, and personal growth.
Expeditions are an opportunity to explore some of the most remote wilderness in the Lower 48 while developing interpersonal and outdoor skills. You’ll finish your course with a certification that employers respect, a sense of community, and the skills to take on new adventures. Benefits can be used for NOLS according to the Title 38 United States Code.
Read about using your Veterans Benefits with NOLS.
VA Benefits are eligible for the following expeditions
To learn more contact us.