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National University is dedicated to making higher education affordable, as well as accessible. Through NU scholarship offerings, eligible students are able to reduce the financial burden of college, start classes sooner, and finish their programs faster while focusing on achieving their goals.

NU Funded Scholarships and Grants

  • Bachelor's or Doctoral or Master's or

    Back-to-School Scholarship

    Set Yourself up for Success At National University, we believe higher education should be accessible to everyone who dreams of creating a better future. Our Back-to-School Scholarship provides qualified students with an alternative path to affordability so you can focus on achieving your dreams with…
  • Bachelor's Degree

    NUevo Futuro Scholarship

    Build a new future with this limited-time offer National University wants to help you build a new future with the NUevo Futuro Scholarship. This extraordinary scholarship is a needs-based offer that will provide $625 per-course (up to 12 courses) to new and eligible students seeking a bachelor’s d…
  • Associate or Bachelor's or Master's or

    Military Spouses Scholarship

    35 Military Spouse Scholarships Awarded Annually National University is a military-friendly, Yellow Ribbon school dedicated to giving back. We want to ensure you and your family have access to a quality education so you can achieve the future you want. That’s why we’re offering 35 new scholarshi…
  • STEM Degree

    Jean Leonard Scholarship

    Celebrating the Life and Legacy of an Education Champion The Jean Leonard Scholarship promotes diversity and access to higher education by providing an annual $20,000 scholarship to students pursuing degrees in education or STEM. The scholarship is open to incoming and current NU students who are se…
  • Bachelor's or Doctoral or Master's or

    The Key Grant

    The National University Key Grant – Unlock Your True Potential with a College Degree We live in a vast, diverse country where opportunity, economic status, and educational achievement are not always equitable. At National University, we believe everyone, regardless of ethnicity, financial situatio…
  • All Degree Types

    Veterans, Spouses, and Dependents Scholarship

    Get 25% Off Tuition This scholarship is designed to reduce tuition expenses for Veterans and their family members who are not using, or do not have access to the Post-9/11 GI Bill or Fry Scholarship. It may be used by spouses and dependents in conjunction with the Dependents’ Educational Assistanc…
  • Bachelor's Degree

    Community College Life Changer Scholarship

    Full-Tuition Scholarship Opportunity for Community College Employees National University is pleased to announce a full-tuition scholarship opportunity available to any employees of Community Colleges. Fall 2022 Winner Congratulations to our Fall 2022 winner, Rabie Al-Shaikh from Cuyamaca College! Yo…
  • Bachelor's Degree

    The Opportunity Scholarship

    Opening New Doors for Adult Learners Through a historic $30 million investment, National University is proud to offer the Opportunity Scholarship — a need- and program-based award designed to reduce the cost of undergraduate tuition, ease financial stress, and make earning your degree more achieva…

Scholarship Policies & Approach

Each year, National University awards tuition scholarships and grants to educationally and economically disadvantaged students. All scholarships and grants are based upon the eligibility rules that focus on financial needs.

National University’s awards are considered “last money” tuition scholarships. These awards are designed to supplement, but not replace, federal and state financial aid, employer tuition assistance, and student income. Awards are credited directly to the financial accounts of recipients. The number of scholarships disbursed depends upon the availability of allocated funds. As a nonprofit institution, National University tries to provide as many scholarship and grant opportunities as possible.

National University is an independent, accredited, post-secondary educational institution that does not discriminate in any of its policies, procedures, or practices on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, handicap, Veteran status, or medical condition.

Admission advisors and financial aid advisors will assist you in applying for a University-funded award. However, it is your responsibility to read and comply with the policies and procedures contained in the University catalog prior to applying for a scholarship.

Please review the accompanying scholarship information. If you meet the eligibility criteria for an award and are in need of financial assistance, you are encouraged to apply.

If you have any questions, please call (858) 642-8185, or email

Scholarship FAQs

The first steps it to apply to the university. The admissions website includes a link to all the applications and has a list of what the process looks like.

National University’s program offerings can be found here.

If National University does not have the degree you are interested in, you can look at the program at our sister school Northcentral University.

We have start dates every four weeks for most programs, although some programs have strict start dates: some examples include Educational Counseling, School Psychology, MSN, BSN, MAC, and specific on-site programs.

Yes. National University accepts transferable college-level credits from regionally accredited universities, colleges, and community colleges. You can review the transfer information here.

Each one of our scholarships is unique; once you’ve selected the right one for your needs, click on the link and follow the prompts.