NCC is a racially, ethnically and academically diverse college. NCC has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the U.S. Dept. of Education (40% of NCC’s students are Hispanic). A significant proportion of NCC students are low-income, minority and first generation students, and many come from homes in which English is not the primary language. Students come from over 60 countries representing more than 40 languages.

Approximately 65% of full-time students and 45% of all NCC students receive some form of financial aid. Many of these students struggle to overcome major challenges such as childcare costs and transportation as they pursue their educational goals.

The NCC Foundation scholarships have a profound impact on our students. Nationally, most community college students finance their education through a combination of Federal Pell grants and loans. At NCC, our best students can graduate debt free. NCC Foundation scholarships have more than doubled in the past 10 years. In addition to our traditional Spring and Fall semester scholarships, we offer Winter and Summer scholarships so that students can accelerate their graduation!

The Path Scholarship Program, which began in 2012, demonstrates how the NCC Foundation has helped increase student success. Based on past success, Path 2.0 was launched this fall with a new cohort of 19 students. The program provides participants with individual coaching as well as a grant for full tuition and fees. When compared with a control group, students in the initial Path cohorts consistently demonstrated higher graduation rates, grade point averages, and course completion rates – 90% graduated from NCC and 81% have either completed their bachelor’s degree or are still in school.