Scholarships

NCC awards more scholarships than any other community college in Pennsylvania

Northampton Community College offers many scholarships for students based on academic achievement or talent, program or major, or other qualifying factors. Scholarships may or may not be based on financial need. Students who are permanent residents of Northampton and Monroe counties are given first preference. To apply for NCC Scholarships, follow the steps below.

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1. Apply To NCC

You must be admitted as a student to Northampton to be considered for a scholarship. If you haven't, apply now!

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2. Complete FAFSA

In order to be considered for a scholarship, your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) must be completed.

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3. Apply For Scholarships

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1. Apply to NCC

Northampton will only consider scholarship applications from currently-admitted students. With more than 100 majors, there is certainly a field of study - and possibly even a community college scholarship - that' s right for you! Although scholarships help aid your college finances, Northampton Community College is one of the most affordable community institutions in Pennsylvania. Our in-state tuition fees are up to $25,000 less expensive than competing schools, while offering you a range of subjects in an exceptional learning environment.

2. Complete FAFSA

Applying to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required if you are looking to apply for NCC scholarships. FAFSA is a federal program that connects college students with grants, loans and work-study funding. The application process is separate from NCC's scholarship programs and has different deadlines for the fall and spring semesters. You can find application assistance and more information through the NCC Financial Aid office.

3. Review Scholarships

NCC has one of the largest community college scholarship programs in the country. Each year, Northampton Community College provides more than $46 million in aid, including about 600 scholarships from 175 different funds. Need-based and merit-based opportunities are available for a range of students, with many funds dedicated to specific programs of study. Review NCC's scholarship opportunities to see if you may qualify.

4. Apply For Scholarships

Applying for scholarships is an important priority for many community college students. At Northampton, we work hard to make the application process as quick and easy as possible. Learn more about what to expect and how to apply to NCC's 600 different scholarship openings.

What's next?

Once your scholarship application has been submitted, you will receive an email confirmation that your application was received (no additional steps are required).  To be considered for any scholarship award, you must have submitted both your application for enrollment to NCC, your Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application, be registered for six or more credit hours each semester, and maintain a 2.0 or higher GPA. Most scholarship awards for the academic year are made during the summer months leading up to the start of the Fall semester. You will be notified directly, by the Scholarships Office, if you receive an award. Please note that the sooner you register for your classes each semester, the sooner we can determine your eligibility for a scholarship - and the sooner you'll receive your award!

Scholarships are awarded for one academic year. The amount you receive may be divided between your Fall and Spring semesters. Once the academic year is complete you must reapply to be considered for the following academic year. Also, a reduction in your credit load or withdrawing from classes can affect both your Financial Aid and your continued eligibility for your scholarship award.

*** Submitting a scholarship application does not guarantee you will receive a scholarship, but is a necessary step to qualify for an award.*** 

For questions about scholarships at Northampton Community College, please contact Patrick Hockenberry, at phockenberry@northampton.edu or 610.861.5594.