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Financial aid

Preparing financially to come to college may feel like a bit of a challenge. However, starting to consider what your financial needs might be, creating your financial plan early, exploring every available funding opportunity and committing the necessary time and effort required can make a huge difference in your financial readiness and ultimately, your student success. And we’re here to help you.

Paying for college

In addition to exploring NSCC student awards, scholarships, and bursaries, you can seek funding from government, financial institutions and community organizations, to name just a few. Review the tabs below to discover some other alternatives for funding your college education and beyond.

External awards and scholarships


There are a lot of external organizations, community groups, companies and other institutions that support student access to post secondary by funding student awards. We encourage you to explore the following sites dedicated to external student awards to see if you are a match for their opportunities:

Student loan and other government funding

You may be eligible for government financial assistance.

Nova Scotia Student Assistance - if you are a Nova Scotia resident, this program provides a combination of federal and provincial funds in the form of loans and grants. The loan portion must be paid back (low interest rates and loan repayment assistance options available) however, the grant funding does not. They also provide a comprehensive listing of funding resources that can be helpful to any student.

Post Secondary Accessibility Funding – if you are a student with a disability and need access to disability-related equipment or supports, our Accessibility Services team can help you identify funding opportunities. Learn more about NSCC Accessibility Services.

Canada Learning Bond – if you are an applicant or current student with a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP), you may be eligible for a Canadian Learning Bond. The Canada Learning Bond (CLB) is money that the Government adds to a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) for children from low-income families. If you don't have a bond, you may still qualify for the government contribution portion should you meet the eligibility requirements. Learn more about the Canada Learning Bond (CLB).
Apprenticeship funding

The Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency has a listing of awards, grants and loans available to those pursuing an apprenticeship pathway.

Canada Apprentice Loan - an initiative of the Government of Canada to help you complete your apprenticeship in a designated Red Seal trade.

Other funding sources to consider

Loans/student lines of credit - many private institutions/banks offer loans or low-interest student lines of credit. A line of credit gives you access to an agreed-upon amount of money, which can be withdrawn as needed. Interest is paid only on the money you withdraw. Talk to your bank to find out what’s available.

Skilled immigrant financing - there are a few sources of support to help newcomers overcome financial barriers to education.

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