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 generous 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.
Our NOLS courses are eligible for you to use your Americorps education award and/or 529 Plan. For NOLS Expedition courses, NOLS will match your Americorps education award up to $2,000 dollars. Your Americorps award/529 Plan also can be combined with other financial aid such as scholarships and VA benefits.
You can use your VA benefits for a Wyoming-based NOLS course. These courses are gateways to new careers, exploration, and personal growth. You'll finish your course with a certification and skills that employers respect, a sense of community, and the skills to take on new adventures.
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.