Grow with Sterling Scholarship

Get 85% towards your Nexford Bachelor’s degree and work at Sterling Bank

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Jumpstart your career with Sterling Bank and Nexford

Scholarship worth 85%

Scholarship worth 85% Get the best start when you leave high school. Earn an American Bachelor’s degree online. With 85% toward tuition, you pay just $12/month.

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Grow with Sterling Bank

Kickstart your career at Sterling Bank with this work-study scholarship. Apply what you learn, and earn a wage as you earn a Bachelor’s degree.

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Grow with Sterling Bank

Should you wait for years to earn a degree before experiencing your dream job? No! Not with the first-of-its-kind collaboration Grow with Sterling between Sterling Bank and Nexford University. This work-study scholarship is exclusively for Nigerian Secondary School leavers like you. For the duration of your Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program with Nexford, get 85% of your tuition sponsored by Sterling while working and applying what you learn!

Sterling is committed to connecting you to your passion. It's never business as usual, it's a place where you can make a difference because what you do at Sterling matters. Watch Abubakar Suleiman, Sterling Bank’s CEO, speak to a Nexford University audience about online education and employer needs.

Grow with Sterling Scholarship FAQs

Grow with Sterling only has 20 places available. Don’t let questions hold you back!

Why Nexford’s BBA degree?

Get back to school, but not as you know it. Our Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) is a hands-on undergraduate degree for innovative minds, 100% online. Aligned with top employer needs, it equips you with the business-ready, practical skills to stand out in today’s fiercely competitive marketplace. Learn on your schedule without stepping out of your role with Sterling Bank.

Complete your BBA in an average of 40 months and learn at a pace that suits you. With this scholarship, you get 85% toward tuition, so you pay just $12/month. Get an international perspective and business-ready practical skills to hit the ground running. Support your Nexford goals with access to LinkedIn Learning during your program, at no additional cost.

How to apply

Before you apply, please check your eligibility for the scholarship with Sterling Bank and also read the admission requirements that you’ll need to meet to enroll in the BBA program at Nexford University.

Am I eligible for this scholarship?

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a Nigerian, living in Nigeria
  • Have five credits including English and Mathematics at O levels or its equivalent
  • Provide a strong guarantor from your parents or a guardian
  • Not have a Bachelor’s degree and not be enrolled in any tertiary institution in Nigeria or abroad.

Apply to the Grow with Sterling Scholarship

Your application is a formal request to be considered for the Grow with Sterling work-study Scholarship. To apply, you’ll need to complete the application and provide:

  • A 150-word essay answering: “Why should you be considered for the Grow with Sterling Scholarship?”(150 words maximum)
  • Secondary school certificate (WAEC, NECO or GCE)
  • Government-issued ID or passport
  • Other relevant certificates

If you are ready with the documents and essay, fill in the Grow with Sterling Bank Scholarship Application Form.

Scholarship Screening Process

Within seven days after submitting your scholarship application, a Sterling Bank representative will contact you via email to let you know if you have been shortlisted.

The Sterling screening process for shortlisted applicants includes the following:

  • O Level Screening: Based on O level grades achieved
  • Speed Test: you’ll complete a speed test to measure a broad spectrum of abilities
  • Interview: you’ll be interviewed virtually by a Sterling Bank representative
  • Documentation: you’ll need to submit the following documents to Sterling Bank:
    • A parent's valid means of ID
    • A sponsor's valid means of ID
    • A guarantor's valid means of ID

Get the scholarship decision

Within two weeks, successful applicants will receive a scholarship decision via email from Sterling Bank representative. If your Scholarship application is approved, you’ll get an email from Sterling Bank including a unique tuition code that will give you 85% towards your monthly tuition. Keep this safe, you’ll need this to enroll.

Apply to Nexford’s BBA

To apply to Nexford’s BBA program you have to meet the admission requirements and pay a one-off $20 application fee. Submit your application and receive a response from Nexford within seven days. Enroll in your BBA program and pay for your tuition, which is just $12/month using your 85% Sterling Bank voucher code. With the Grow with Sterling Scholarship, you can pay your tuition monthly, quarterly, or annually.

Start learning and working

Ready to start learning at Nexford and working at Sterling Bank? Nexford’s programs start on the first of every month, so you can begin as soon as you’re ready.

Want to know more? Read our FAQs here, or contact us on help@nexford.org

Grow with Sterling Scholarship FAQs

Where is Nexford accredited?

Nexford University is accredited by Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC), which is an independent body providing accreditation services for independent, further and higher education colleges.

ASIC accreditation helps students and parents make a more informed choice and will also help a school, college, university, training provider or distance education provider, demonstrate to the international student body that they are a high-quality institution.

How can I contact you?

If you're ready to join our global community of next-generation learners, then contact our learning advisor team today!

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Am I eligible for this scholarship?

To be eligible, you must: 

  • Be a Nigerian, living in Nigeria 
  • Have five credits including English and Mathematics at O levels or its equivalent 
  • Provide a strong guarantor from your parents or a guardian 
  • Not have a Bachelor’s degree and not be enrolled in any tertiary institution in Nigeria or abroad.
What do I need to apply for this scholarship?

To apply for this scholarship, you’ll need to provide: 

  • A 150-word essay answering: “Why should you be considered for the Grow with Sterling Scholarship?” (150 words maximum) 
  • Secondary school certificate 
  • Government-issued ID or passport 
  • Other relevant certificates

If you’re ready with the documents and essay, fill in the Grow with Sterling Bank Scholarship Application Form

How will I know if my scholarship application is approved?

Within seven days after submitting your scholarship application, a Sterling Bank representative will contact you via email to let you know if you have been shortlisted.

If I am shortlisted, what do I need to do for the screening process?

If your scholarship application is shortlisted, you’ll proceed to the Sterling Bank HR screening process, which includes: 

  • O Level Screening: Based on O level grades achieved 
  • Speed Test: you’ll complete a speed test to measure a broad spectrum of abilities 
  • Interview: you’ll be interviewed virtually by a Sterling Bank representative

Documentation: you’ll need to submit the following documents to Sterling Bank: 

  • A parent's valid means of ID 
  • A sponsor's valid means of ID 
  • A guarantor's valid means of ID
After the screening process, what next?

If your screening is successful and your scholarship is approved, a Sterling Bank representative will contact you with a scholarship decision via email within two weeks. If the bank needs more time to make a decision, it will let you know. If your scholarship application is approved, you’ll get an email from Sterling Bank including a unique tuition code that will give you 85% towards your monthly tuition at Nexford, you’ll need this to enroll.

When you apply for the BBA degree, you’ll receive a response about your Nexford application within seven days. Look out for an email from the Nexford admissions team accepting you onto our BBA program.

If I get the Grow with Sterling Scholarship, how much will I need to pay?

If you receive the Grow with Sterling scholarship, you’ll get a unique tuition code that will give you 85% towards your monthly tuition. That means you only need to pay $12/month. The BBA standard completion time at Nexford is 48 months, bringing your total tuition to $576 for an American degree! With the Grow with Sterling Scholarship, you can pay your tuition monthly, quarterly, or annually.

If I'm successful, how do I receive the scholarship?

If you’re approved for the scholarship, you’ll receive an email from Sterling Bank including a unique tuition code, which will cover 85% of your tuition fees. Enter this code when you enroll for your BBA. Make sure you use the code within 30 days – otherwise it will expire.

Remember, you’ll need to pay a $20 one-off application fee and then $12/month for your tuition to Nexford University. With the Grow with Sterling Scholarship, you can pay your tuition monthly, quarterly, or annually.

Do I need to do anything else if I receive the scholarship?

Yes! You'll still need to apply to Nexford and enroll. Once you receive an official email that you've been awarded a scholarship, you must apply to Nexford and enroll within 30 days using your unique voucher code. Your scholarship offer will expire if not used within 30 days. When you apply for the BBA degree, you will receive a response on your Nexford application within seven days. Look out for an email from the Nexford admissions team accepting you onto our BBA program.

How do you choose who gets a scholarship?

Sterling Bank has a Grow with Sterling Committee to choose the most smart, bold, and credible recipients. Sterling Bank’s representatives will let you know if you meet their screening requirements and you are approved for the scholarship via email.

Top tip! Make your essay stand out. This is where you can set yourself apart from other candidates: there are only 20 places, so make the most of your application to get the best possible start after high school. Upload any other certificates you have. Prepare well for your tests and interviews.

Do I need to make any payments after getting the scholarship?

If you're awarded the scholarship, you’ll only need to pay a one-time $20 application fee, and then you’ll make a monthly tuition payments of $12 to complete your enrollment.

You can then choose to pay for your Nexford tuition monthly, or every two, or six months.

With the Grow with Sterling Scholarship, you can pay your tuition monthly, quarterly, or annually.

Nexford University FAQ

Where is Nexford accredited?

Nexford University is accredited by Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC), which is an independent body providing accreditation services for independent, further and higher education colleges.

ASIC accreditation helps students and parents make a more informed choice and will also help a school, college, university, training provider or distance education provider, demonstrate to the international student body that they are a high-quality institution.

Are you accredited by National Universities Commission (NUC)?

NUC currently does not recognize nor have any regulatory cover for foreign universities or fully online universities. To put it into perspective, just the same way NUC can’t accredit a traditional American university which is outside of NUC’s jurisdiction, it also can’t accredit Nexford University. This may affect Nexford bachelor’s degree graduates who are looking to pursue NYSC, although graduates of Nexford University are still eligible to apply for a certificate of exclusion which is an official NYSC certificate. We monitor NUC regulations very closely and if they do change in the future, we will be at the forefront of these updates.

What is the university experience at Nexford like?

Nexford's learning experience is unlike any other. Think engaging, interactive online learning that helps you gain the skills you need – fast.

The online learning environment contains everything you need to learn at Nexford. It's where you'll take courses, chat with peers and faculty, submit assignments, receive feedback, and track your grades. It's also where you'll manage your enrollment, add courses, and pay your tuition.

The first thing you'll see when you log in is your dashboard: all the courses you're enrolled in, and easy links for everything else. Click around and explore: it's interactive so you can get the best results.

Overwhelmed? Don't be! You'll get a full tour of the learning environment during orientation week. You're in safe hands with us.

Do you have a physical campus?

We're 100% online, so we don't have a campus! Our learners are our priority, which means we let you invest in your future – not a costly campus. (Affordability is our biggest mission!)

BBA program FAQs

Will Nexford have a graduation ceremony?

Yes! We know that graduation is a time to celebrate your success with your friends, family and loved ones. Nexford will run local (in certain countries) and global graduation ceremonies, and plans to host a US graduation in the future too.

Can I get the job I want with a program from Nexford?

Readying you for the workforce is core to our mission at Nexford. We want to help you go from building profitable relationships to shaking hands as soon as possible. We have a course specifically focused on shaping your professional brand. It’s built into our AAS in Business degree and BBA degree programs. If you take either of these programs you’ll be directed to our course BUS 2250 Business Career Branding for Success. As well as providing you with essential interviewing skills and CV structuring tips, it’ll teach you how to introduce your professional brand to the workforce and stand out amongst the competition.

What makes Nexford so affordable?

Affordability is in our mission: we want you to access high-quality, online education, no matter where you live in the world.

We are a mission-driven organization and a Public Benefit Organization (PBC). That means we're for-profit, but we prioritize public benefit every time.

Will employers in my country recognize programs offered by Nexford University?

Nexford graduates are just as qualified as any traditional university degree holder, and they’re also likely to have more relevant competencies. The kind that modern employers urgently require. Our academic programs are designed based on industry and employment needs. We align with real employers to equip you with the skills to thrive in today’s workplace.

If you’ll like to get your Nexford degree authenticated, please request an ‘official true copy of the credentials’ you’d like to have authenticated from registrar@nexford.org. Once you receive the copy, follow the process outlined here by the US State Department to get them authenticated for use in your home country.

Nexford can also handle the authentication process on your behalf for a non-refundable processing fee of US$100. For this service, please contact us at registrar@nexford.org

In some cases, you may also need to get your credentials authenticated by your country’s embassy in Washington, DC. To find out, you will have to check with your country’s embassy in Washington, DC.

Once you receive our authenticated documents, Nexford is unable to help with any further authentication in your home country. You’ll need to handle any local processes on your own.

If you need assistance, please contact the Nexford registrar at registrar@nexford.org

Can I transfer credits to Nexford?

Not yet. We built Nexford from scratch and our curriciulum is based on the latest industry insights. That's why we can't accept credit transfer applications right now.

Want to transfer your Nexford credits elsewhere? Each university has it's own credit transfer policy, so we recommend you contact them directly.

If you've taken a Nexford course or certificate, you may be able to transfer those credits to a full degree – ask us how!

Can I enroll in new courses if I’m still finishing courses?

Short answer – no. You’ll need to meet all the requirements of your “Incompletes” and have your final grades issued before enrolling in any new courses. There is one exemption to this rule. If you’ve already pre-enrolled for new courses during the month prior, then we’ll let you make a start on these while you finish off your Incompletes. It’s worth noting; our course start dates always fall on the first of the month.

Can I take multiple courses at the same time?

You can, but not right away. All Nexford learners start out by taking one course at a time. We want to make sure you get a feel for the structure and workload of studying at the university and make your transition to online learning a smooth one. In certain programs, the first few courses are completed one at a time. Once you’ve demonstrated that your grades are up to scratch, you’ll be permitted to take on a heavier course load if you wish. We strongly recommend you speak to your Nexford Success Advisor before enrolling in multiple courses.

What's the application fee?

When you apply, you'll pay a one-off fee of $20, which allows us to process your application.

What is the university experience at Nexford like?

Nexford's learning experience is unlike any other. Think engaging, interactive online learning that helps you gain the skills you need – fast.

The online learning environment contains everything you need to learn at Nexford. It's where you'll take courses, chat with peers and faculty, submit assignments, receive feedback, and track your grades. It's also where you'll manage your enrollment, add courses, and pay your tuition.

The first thing you'll see when you log in is your dashboard: all the courses you're enrolled in, and easy links for everything else. Click around and explore: it's interactive so you can get the best results.

Overwhelmed? Don't be! You'll get a full tour of the learning environment during orientation week. You're in safe hands with us.

Do you have a physical campus?

We're 100% online, so we don't have a campus! Our learners are our priority, which means we let you invest in your future – not a costly campus. (Affordability is our biggest mission!)

What is required for my application?

Nexford University’s undergraduate degree program applicants (Associate of Applied Science in Business and Bachelor of Business Administration) must provide proof of high school graduation or of their General Educational Development (GED) or equivalent certificate (for example, HiSET, TASC) and valid copies of their official diploma and transcript. You also have the option to prove that you are comfortable with the English language by taking an online self-assessment at no cost. To test your English Proficiency skills, you have the option to take an online self-assessment, EF SET, designed to meet the same high technical standards as the other standardized tests in the field, such as the TOEFL or IELTS.

View our full undergraduate admission requirements.

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How can I contact you?

If you're ready to join our global community of next-generation learners, then contact our learning advisor team today!

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