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Student Awards and Financial Aid

We know that one of the biggest hurdles for any student considering 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.

NSCC financial aid programs

Student Awards

A major source of financial assistance at NSCC is through our Student Awards program. We offer more than 1,100 awards, scholarships and bursaries to help supplement your College tuition and fees. While some awards are specific to a campus, program or year of study, many are open to new and returning students. Most awards are based on a range of criteria such as:

  • Financial need
  • Leadership
  • Volunteer experience
  • Career interests
  • Academic standing

Our student awards program also includes 26 entrance awards for students entering directly from a Nova Scotia high school.

Note: To be eligible to login in and apply for NSCC Student Awards, you must be a current student or have confirmed your seat in your program. Due to COVID-19, some programs have been suspended/deferred. For specific details on how this impacts your award eligibility, visit the Student Awards Portal Help Centre

View and Apply for NSCC Student Awards

Donald R. Sobey Award 

The Donald R. Sobey Award Program awards bursaries valued at $2,500 to students in financial need who are referred by a community agency and are interested in entering NSCC on a full-time basis.

Sponsor a Student

The Sponsor a Student Program combines financial support and safe, on-the-job training opportunities for students.

Urgent Aid

Our campus-based Urgent Aid fund is available to current students who find themselves facing unanticipated financial challenges that may affect their ability to remain in school. To find out more about Urgent Aid, visit Connect (login required).

Other financial aid programs

External Student Awards

There are many scholarships, bursaries and awards available outside of NSCC. Expand your search using some of the resources and links we have gathered. You can view the listing of External Awards in the Awards Directory (by typing in External Awards in the Search function).

Please note: NSCC does not play a role in the collection or distribution of applications for external awards. While every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy, NSCC accepts no liability for any inaccuracies or omissions in the information provided and no responsibility for the content of the linked external websites.

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.

Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

The Federal government has announced important financial supports for students in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the Prime Minister’s statement from April 22, 2020. The government is now accepting applications for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG)

Students and recent graduates aged 30 or under who volunteer with a charity or not-for-profit organization this summer may be eligible to apply for the new Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG). Learn more about the CSSG I Want to Help program

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

Windmill Microlending

Windmill Microlending is a non-profit, government supported charity dedicated to supporting skilled immigrants in returning to their careers in Canada. They can provide low-interest microloans up to $15,000 to cover the costs of tuition, books, accreditation and most other costs associated with professional licensing. Windmill also offers a unique, interest-free Refugee Loan Program for Convention Refugee status holders.

Financial Literacy

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.

GetSmarterAboutMoney.ca has a wide variety of print resources, including information related to budgeting, financial planning, saving money, and managing debt

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

Speak with your Student Services Advisor about these and other resources available to help you.