Your Successful Gap Year Starts Here

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Take Time for Your Future

Prepare to lead and adapt in a changing world. Stand out from your peers and consider a gap experience with NOLS. The extended and immersive lessons of a NOLS expedition are life-changing. You'll emerge with confidence, competence, direction, courage, and perspective.


8 Steps to a Successful Gap Year

Get the most out of your gap year with this free guide


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5 Myths About A NOLS Gap Year

Worried that a NOLS gap year expedition is beyond your reach in terms of timing, finances, or technical skills? Guess again!

Financial Aid

Students on gap years with NOLS can access scholarships from NOLS in addition to using 529 savings plans, consortium agreements for federal financial aid, veterans’ benefits, and AmeriCorps awards.

Financial Aid Options

Academic Credit

Earn up to 27 credit hours in a variety of fields, including Cultural Studies, Leadership Techniques, Environmental Studies, and Risk Management.

Academic Credit Options