Type of Programs

The following programs are what is available for any eligible Northern Mariana Islands resident enrolled in academic year 2019/20:

High School Program:

Commonwealth College Access Grant (CCAG) is for eligible high school students in their junior or senior year and are enrolled in the dual Enrollment Program or Early Enrollment Program at the Northern Marianas College.  

Undergraduate Programs:

Educational Assistance Program Base (EAP Base) is for eligible CNMI residence enrolled fulltime and meet the requirements pursuing an undergraduate degree or a trade/vocational certificate.

Marianas Employees Financial Aid (MEFA) is for full-time employees within the Commonwealth who are pursuing an undergraduate degree and are enrolled part-time at NMC or a qualified online program.  Proof of full-time employment is required. 

Priority Field of Study (PFoS) is financial assistance for fulltime students given on top of EAP Base for eligible applicants who have declared a major in the pre-selected priority fields approved by the CSO Board of Directors.  MEFA recipients will be prorated for this award based on their EAP Base award.  

Bachelor Program is additional support for EAP Base for those majoring in a bachelor program to help defray the higher cost of tuition.   

Incentive Award is additional support highlighting Complete College America’s Game Changer of 15 TO FINISH for students who are enrolled in 15 credits or more per term, have a last term GPA of 3.5 or higher, major in a priority field of study and are either Juniors or Seniors.   

High Achiever Travel Aid (HATA) is a onetime financial assistance for air transportation to the institution of choice and acceptance.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is a onetime financial assistance available to students enrolled in BE 200 only at the Northern Marianas College for the first time. 

WICHE Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Program allows CNMI resident students to pay no more than 150% of in-state tuition at participating schools.

Nursing School Scholarship (NSS) special scholarship available for nursing students pursuing an associate degree at NMC or accredited off-island institution. 

Trade School Program:

Vocational and Trade Aid (VocAid) is given specifically to eligible resident pursuing a trade/vocational certificate at an institution within the Commonwealth or at any institution in the United States or its territories.   

Graduate & Postgraduate Programs:

Graduate School Student Loan (GSSL) is student loan available for eligible CNMI residence pursuing their graduate/post graduate studies within or outside of the Commonwealth or eligible online program. 

WICHE Western Regional Undergraduate Program (WRGP)  allows master’s, graduate certificate, and doctoral students who are residents of the CNMI to enroll in more than 400 high-quality programs at 60 public institutions outside of their home state and pay resident tuition.

WICHE Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP) is Support Fee (tuition) for students pursing a professional degree in the following fields:


Last Updated 5/15/2019