Student Awards & Financial Aid

We know that one of the biggest hurdles for any student in obtaining a post-secondary education is cost. That is why being financially prepared to come to college is such an important part of your education. 

We have outlined some great resources that are available to you to help manage your financial well-being while you are a student.

Student Awards

A major source of financial assistance at NSCC is through our Student Awards program. We offer many types of student scholarships, awards and bursaries at various times throughout the year. To find out more, click here.

Urgent Aid

We want to make sure you aren't prevented from achieving your goal of completing your NSCC education. Our campus – based Urgent Aid fund is available to students who have urgent financial need and have nowhere else to turn for support. Click here for more information.

Student Loans

You may be eligible for financial assistance from the federal and provincial government through the Canada Student Loans and Nova Scotia Student Loans programs. You only need to submit one application. Contact Student Assistance at the Department of Labour and Advanced Education for further information – you can even apply online. Canada Student Loans and Nova Scotia Student Assistance also offer helpful financial resources and tools to make getting and paying off a loan easier.

Canadian Forces Personnel Assistance

If you are affiliated with the Canadian Forces there may be programs available to support your education. To find out more, visit the Canadian Forces Personnel Assistance Fund website.

Additional Tools

We want to help you feel financially prepared to be at NSCC – that's why we've created a financial literacy resource to support your financial experience at college. You can explore a variety of topics related to your personal finances (e.g., expenses, budgeting, saving, etc.) and develop new knowledge and skills to help build your financial tool-kit.

The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) has created a number of resources and tools designed to help Canadians become more familiar with financial management strategies including a number of additional online video modules about financial basics that allow you to learn and investigate at your own pace. The modules are designed to answer your questions about topics including: budgeting, understanding credit, and saving and investing.

You can also explore the "Your Financial Toolkit", which is another self-paced video module option. It includes additional information about mortgages, income taxes, and retirement.

Student Lingo offers on-demand student success workshops on many relevant topics including financial literacy. Check out Financial Literacy: Smart Money Skills for College & Beyond. has a wide variety of print resources, including information related to budgeting, financial planning, saving money, and managing debt.

It also includes a number of free tools and calculators. Check out the "paying for education" section for a student debt calculator and student budget worksheet.

Talk to a Student Services representative at your campus about these and other resources available to help you!

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