Free Money for College

Are money worries keeping you from going to college? Norwalk Community College can help. Fall classes begin August 28.

NCC offers an outstanding education and affordable tuition—around $4,400 a year. And NCC provides financial aid and “free money” in the form of scholarships and grants. You can graduate debt-free from NCC!

The Norwalk Community College Foundation awards more than $1million in scholarships to students annually. Unlike student loans, scholarships and grants (like federal Pell Grants) are considered “free money” because you don’t have to pay them back.

There are many different types of NCC scholarships— and students don’t need a perfect grade point average to apply. These include the DREAM Scholarship for childhood immigrants who graduated from a U.S. high school but are not yet U.S. citizens or permanent residents; and the R.N. to B.S.N. Scholarship to help NCC nursing graduates continue on for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The NCC Foundation also offers the LEAP Transfer Scholarship to NCC grads continuing their education at a four-year institution. LEAP Scholarships are based on both merit and financial need and do not reduce any other financial aid or assistance you may be receiving.

NCC offers a wide variety of financial incentives to help you start and stay in college.

A Tuition Payment Plan is available for students who enroll in six credits or more. The Foundation’s Student Emergency Fund provides one-time grants for students facing an unexpected financial crisis. This money can be used for rent, books, transportation or other urgent needs. Tuition waivers are available for Connecticut war veterans and Connecticut National Guard members. Senior citizens pay no tuition for courses on a space available basis.

The Student Loan Crisis                                                                 

Taking on college loan debt is a real fear for students. Americans today owe more than $1.48 trillion in student loan debt, the highest ever. In fact, the average student loan debt for Class of 2017 college graduates was $39,400, notes Studentloanhero.com.

According to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2017–2018 school year was $34,740 at private four-year colleges, $9,970 for state residents at four-year public colleges, and $25,620 for out-of-state residents attending public universities. Room and board rates can add an additional $12,000 to $20,000, depending on housing and meal plans. Ouch.

Nationwide, the annual cost of attending a community college is only $4,300. Community college tuition is low because State and federal funding ensure that all Americans can afford a college education and eventually contribute to the workforce and the economy.

NCC is a Great Value                                                                                                          

Consider starting at NCC and transferring after graduation. Classes are smaller than at a university and faculty are more engaged with students. NCC helps students adjust to the demands of college work and explore different majors and career options without financial risk.

“Norwalk Community College is a great place to start if you don’t know what you want to do with your life,” said alumna Mariem Tolba. “It’s a place to learn your strengths and discover what to do next.”

By doing your first two years of a B.A. at NCC, you could save more than $130,000 on the overall cost of a baccalaureate education.

And NCC can be a stepping stone to a bigger name college. NCC graduates are accepted to competitive institutions including Harvard, Yale, UConn, Smith, Cornell and Georgetown.

Credits are transferable. NCC has articulation agreements with other institution to help transfer credits with ease.