Grants, Loans & Additional Funding

Looking to find additional ways to pay for college expenses beyond what the FAFSA offers? At Northampton Community College there are many ways our students choose to fund their education! Whether it is a grant, scholarship, military benefit, or a loan, there may be additional funding available to you. Have questions regarding your financial aid or additional funding? Email our Financial Aid Team today.


The PA State Grant offers funding to thousands of Pennsylvania resident students going to a college/university also located in Pennsylvania. Grant funding can be over $4,000 per academic year to eligible students and the application is due May 1st every year. Students who are first-year community college students have until August 1st to apply.


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PA Targeted Industry Program provides up to $6,000 in funding for eligible students pursuing a degree in high demand job fields. These programs currently include Energy, Health, Advanced Materials and Diversified Manufacturing, along with Agriculture and Food Production.


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The FosterEd Program provides a waiver for tuition and mandatory fees charged by most postsecondary institutions located in the Commonwealth for youth who are or were in foster care.


Contact Person:
Maryann Haytmanek
Director, New Choices/New Option Program
Northampton Community College


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This federally funded program offers grants up to $5,000 per year to students who were in foster care after the age of 16, are under 26 years old, and live in Pennsylvania.


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The RTSS Program, in combination with the PA State Grant Program, provides scholarships to high academic achievers to cover the cost of attendance. Up to $2,500 for full-time and $1,250 for part-time students in total awards are offered in the 2022-23 academic year. The minimum award is $500.


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Are you a current NCC student interested in pursuing a degree at ESU in one of their STEM fields? If so, apply for the Clear Path Scholarship and receive up to $5,200/year ($10,400 total) in scholarship funds while at NCC.


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Direct Subsidized Loans are available to undergraduate students with financial need based on their FAFSA submitted. The federal government will pay the interest on a subsidized loan while you are in school and during any grace period.
  • First-Year undergraduate students can borrow up to $3,500 for the academic year ($1,750 per semester) if they meet maximum financial need. Second-Year undergraduate students can accept up to $4,500 ($2,225 per semester).


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Direct Unsubsidized Loans are available to eligible undergraduate and graduate students regardless of your financial need from the FAFSA. Interest on these loans begins to accrue from the point when they’re disbursed to the college. Direct Unsubsidized Loan limits are subject to the amount of subsidized loan accepted and whether you count as a dependent/independent student.


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Need additional funding beyond the FAFSA and other grants/scholarships? The Direct Parent PLUS loan is available for parents of students to apply for using their creditworthiness as the loan is in their name.


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Interested in accepting a private loan? We’ve categorized the most common loans NCC students accepted over previous years to make your search as easy as possible! Visit ELMSelect today to view potential loan options. *NCC is not recommending or encouraging these loans, rather offering this as a resource for students to utilize.


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With over 600 scholarships awarded every academic year, NCC Scholarships are a great way for students to obtain additional financial aid! Complete the application today to see if you could receive these funds!


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Military Benefits

Are you a veteran or eligible for military benefits? Make sure to contact our military affiliated office and see if you qualify for this funding. Complete your FAFSA and apply for other grants/scholarships to maximize your total financial aid potential!


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