Many people who attend NOLS courses use a variety of financial aid and scholarships. 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.
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.
Browse these scholarship options to see what’s available for your course type:
NOLS Wilderness Medicine Scholarship
Moving Hands Scholarship
Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Grant Application for Organizations
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.
Any Wilderness Medicine course is eligible for AmeriCorps and 529 plans.
Wilderness medicine certifications are credentials employers value and will prepare you to respond to emergencies in remote, resource-limited environments. These certifications are gateways to new careers and personal growth.
VA Benefits are eligible for the following courses (*Wyoming courses only)
Benefits can be used for NOLS according to the Title 38 United States Code.
Read about how to use your Veterans Benefits with NOLS
To learn more contact us.
Students attending a college or university can use federal financial aid or loans to help fund their NOLS course.
NOLS cannot accept federal aid or loans directly, as we are not a Title IV, degree-granting institution, but we do offer the possibility of a consortium agreement to make the transfer of this aid possible.
Read how to use Federal Financial Aid & Consortium Agreements (pdf) for a course.