Grow with Sterling Scholarship

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

50 work-study scholarships available

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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 $13.5/month.

Grow with Sterling Bank

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 Nexford University Graduates 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 48 months and learn at a pace that suits you. With this scholarship, you get 85% toward tuition, so you pay just $13.50/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.

Check your eligibility

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 by Sterling Bank Apprenticeship Team
  • 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 $13.5/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

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.

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

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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.

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

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 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 by Sterling Bank Apprenticeship Team

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

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 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 $13.5/month. A BBA at Nexford on average takes 36 months to complete, bringing your total tuition to $486 for an American degree! With the Grow with Sterling Scholarship, you can pay your tuition monthly, quarterly, or annually.

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 $13.5/month for your tuition to Nexford University. With the Grow with Sterling Scholarship, you can pay your tuition monthly, quarterly, or annually.

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.

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.

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 $13.5 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

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.

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.

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.

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

Nexford’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) is an undergraduate business degree. The BBA is perfect if you're an early career professional, or if you're shifting into a new career in business.

Nexford’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) is an undergraduate business degree. You can finish in an average of 36 months.

To apply to Nexford’s BBA program you have to meet the admission requirements and pay a one-off $20 application fee. Apply online and receive a response from Nexford within seven days. Enroll in the BBA program and pay a monthly tuition of just $13.5/month using your 85% Grow with Sterling scholarship.

You can find advice and guidance on applying to Nexford in our step-by-step guide.

  • Proof of identity

A photo or scan of a government-issued form of identification and a passport-style photo or selfie.

  • Proof of high school graduation

This can be either your high school graduation, or college graduation. Alternatively, proof of your General Educational Development certificate (GED) or equivalent exam, such as HiSET or TASC: valid copies of your official diploma and transcript in English. If your documents are not in English, don’t worry our team will get them translated. If you do not have an official translation readily available, we’ll handle it for you!

We offer a translation service at no cost. This simplifies the process for you, so you can concentrate on finding your documents. Just leave the translation to us.

  • English proficiency

If you’ve graduated from an institution where the primary language of instruction was English, we will rely on your transcript to prove English proficiency.

If your prior education was not in English, we’ll need to confirm English proficiency as part of our process to ensure you’re equipped to succeed at Nexford.

To be considered for admission as English Language Proficient to Nexford University undergraduate programs, applicants must complete one of the following:

  1. Provide Nexford with an official transcript from a high school (or of their General Educational Development (GED) or equivalent certificate e.g. HiSET, TASC, etc)

  2. Demonstrate proficiency in English language by achieving at least a minimum passing score on an approved English qualification exam within the past two years, by submitting an official score report during the admission process. (See Minimum Score Required for English Proficiency section)

Note: Admission Officers may request alternative supporting materials that might assist the university in certifying the applicant’s English proficiency status. All outcomes based on the supporting materials provided, will remain within the learners record according to the university records retention policy.

See Minimum Score Required for English Proficiency

Remember, while our application process is simple, our programs are rigorous. You’ll be challenged to think critically and you’ll need the commitment to succeed in our programs. Our team is here to help: so if you have any questions, please email help@nexford.org

Once you're admitted (congratulations!), the next step is to enroll. That's when you confirm your place at Nexford, choose your start date and pay your first month’s tuition. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be invited to take orientation and get used to the online learning environment and meet your success advisor. Everything you need will be sent in your welcome pack.

Enroll as soon as possible. You need to enroll within 30 days of receiving your scholarship and voucher code, otherwise, your scholarship will expire. When enrolling, you can choose when you take your first course. Nexford programs start on the first of each month, we don’t have term times.

Enroll as soon as possible. You need to enroll within 30 days of receiving your scholarship and voucher code, otherwise, your scholarship will expire. When enrolling, you can choose when you take your first course. Nexford programs start on the first of each month, we don’t have term times.

You’ll need to enroll by no later than the 25th of this month to start on the first of the next month. For example, if you enroll on or before October 25, 2022, you’ll start your first course November 1, 2022. You’ll need this time to complete orientation, settle into the Nexford online learning environment and meet your success advisor virtually before your first course starts on the first of the next month. Enroll, finish orientation, and start learning!

If you're awarded a Grow with Sterling Scholarship, you'll pay:

  • A one-off application fee of $20

  • 15% of your BBA tuition: $13.5 monthly

Calculate the cost of your tuition before the scholarship here. On average it takes 36 months to complete a BBA degree, at a cost of $3,240. With an 85% scholarship, you pay only $486. That means Sterling bank will pay  $2,754 towards your degree, while you intern at the bank!


Our mission is to make high-quality education accessible and affordable. You pay monthly tuition and don’t need to pay everything upfront. When you enroll, you’ll be asked to set up your tuition payments. With the Grow with Sterling Scholarship, you can pay your tuition monthly, quarterly, or annually.

When you enroll, you’ll choose to pay monthly, in three or twelve monthly installments. Pay your first month, three or twelve months upfront, and we'll set up a direct debit for the same time period. We accept Visa, Mastercard or American Express.

We'll send you a reminder before your payment date so you know it's coming. You'll also get a confirmation email when we receive your payment.

Need an alternative payment method? Contact us at help@nexford.org

Nexford graduates are just as qualified as any traditional university degree holder, and are 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 like Sterling Bank to equip you with the skills to thrive in today’s workplace.

A degree with Nexford does not guarantee a slot at the National Youth Service Corps program (NYSC). However, a graduate of Nexford university is eligible for a certificate of exclusion which is an official NYSC certificate.

Contact us FAQ

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

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You can! Feel free to visit our page: Country Focus Nigeria to book a consultation with one of our friendly team members based in Lagos.