A Pell grant is a post-secondary, federal grant sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The purpose of financial aid (Pell grant) is to assist students who have documented need with educational expenses, such as tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation and personal expenses when their resources are inadequate to cover such costs. However, the primary responsibility for financing a college education lies with the student and his/her family. Financial aid is awarded based on financial need AND expected family contribution. NPC also offers scholarships. Learn more at NPC Financial Aid.