Over 50% of our students rely on some form of financial aid to pursue post-secondary education. Many students work part-time or full-time while completing their studies. An increasing number have responsibility for one or more dependents. Most will graduate with debt. And every year, the number of deserving students who apply for assistance exceeds our available funds.
This need is compounded today with the requirement for colleges to charge for Upgrading courses, which previously helped individuals attain high school level math, English and science skills for entry into college programs tuition-free. For many, the increasing cost means post-secondary education is no longer an option.
You can provide opportunities for students by:
- Creating a student scholarship or bursary through an endowment or one-time gift.
- Helping a student in need by sponsoring the cost of a course or their full tuition.
- By donating your gift to the Area of Greatest Need, which gives NICF the flexibility to pool contributions and respond to unexpected student need throughout the year.