- Who funds these student awards?
Most student awards are established with the help of the NSCC Foundation. Donors include employees, current students, board members, service clubs, individuals, corporations, small businesses, foundations, alumni, and others.
- What is the difference between a scholarship and a bursary?
Scholarships are typically awarded based on academic merit while bursaries usually place an emphasis on student financial need. In both cases, however, other components may be included based on criteria set by the award donor such as community/volunteer involvement, career goals, etc.
- Are student awards taxable?
NSCC is required to issue T4As to all students who have received student awards valued at $500 or more cumulatively within the calendar year. NSCC issues the T4A slips in mid-February each year. To comply with Canada Revenue Agency, all student award recipients will be required to submit their Social Insurance Numbers to the Student Awards Office prior to the award being issued.
- I'm currently on a waitlist for a program. Can I still be considered for a student award?
To be considered for a student award, you must meet all posted criteria of the student award(s) that you have applied for on the date the student award selection process takes place. If, on the date the selection committee meets, you are still waitlisted for your program, your application will be removed from consideration.
- I am registered in a full-time program that is offered off-cycle but wish to apply for student awards. Am I eligible?
Student awards are selected in the spring for the fall term, and in the fall for the winter term. If you start classes in January, you should apply for awards in fall.
- I have changed campuses/programs since I applied for student awards. Am I still eligible?
You might be, but only if the program/campus you are now enrolled in still fits within the overall student award criteria. If it does not, you will be deemed ineligible for the student award. For further clarification in this situation, students are encouraged to consult with the Student Awards Office.
- I'm being sponsored by ENS and/or Dept of Community Services. How will a student award affect this sponsorship?
Students applying for student awards are encouraged to speak with their caseworker to determine what effect, if any, a student award will have on your overall sponsorship. Students should also advise caseworkers on the distribution method for student awards. Please refer to the question 'If I'm selected for an award, how are the funds distributed?' below.
- I am not from Nova Scotia. Can I apply for student awards?
Yes. Students coming from out of province as well as International students are eligible to apply for student awards unless otherwise specified in the student award criteria.
- I'm coming from a university. Am I eligible to be considered for entrance/first year student awards?
Yes, if the student award criteria states you can apply. Some entrance/first year student awards are for students coming directly from high school only. Those student awards will explicitly state this.
- I am registered in online courses. Am I eligible to apply for student awards?
If you are registered for online courses, you are eligible to apply as long as you meet the specified criteria for the student award.
- I am a registered apprentice. Am I eligible to apply for student awards?
Most student awards are open to students registered in full time NSCC programs only, which excludes students taking apprenticeship courses. However, new student awards are created frequently so apprenticeship students are encouraged to check the list of student awards from time to time to see whether there are any new opportunities listed for which they might be eligible.
- I changed my program and/or want to defer studies for a later date. Can I defer my student award?
Unless otherwise specified, deferrals of student awards received shall not be permitted. A student who changes a program and/or campus after being chosen for student award(s) must advise the Student Awards Office immediately. Should the student no longer meet the student award criteria, the student award shall be forfeited. Student awards may not be carried over from term to term should a student defer their studies. Exceptions for medical reasons will be considered on a case-by-case basis to the Student Awards Office. Medical documentation must accompany request.
- Why do I have to include my financial information with my application?
A large number of student awards are based on financial need. Providing a needs assessment as part of your application allows our selections committees to better understand your unmet financial need.
- Will providing additional information/documents help my student award application?
Unfortunately no. All student awards postings clearly outline what you need to include in your application. As a means of providing a level playing field, any extra materials/forms will be removed from all applications before they are sent along to the selection committee.
- How are recipients chosen?
Student awards that are selected based solely on financial need are done so by the Student Awards Office using a needs assessment guideline that helps to identify applicants with the highest amount of unmet need based on the financial information completed as part of the awards application. All other student awards are chosen by selections committees, made up of NSCC staff and donors who review and rank applications independently based on pre-defined criteria. The results from each committee are tallied by the Student Awards Office to determine recipients.
- What is the timeline for the selection process?
In total, the process can take approximately 6 to 8 weeks.
- How will I be notified if I'm selected?
If you are selected as the recipient of a student award, you will be notified by email, which will include all of the details and next steps you need to know.
- If I'm selected for a student award, how are the funds distributed?
Any student award that has been obtained by and held by the NSCC Foundation will be governed by the student awards disbursement process. This includes any external student award that makes their funding payable to the NSCC Foundation.
All student awards shall be applied directly to the recipient’s student account. Once the student award credit is issued, it will be applied to tuition, fees and any other costs assessed and/or expenses collected by NSCC. This may include such items as co-operative education fees and textbooks. Student awards in excess of $1000 will be disbursed in two equal instalments, one in fall semester and one in winter semester.
For recipients who have paid their student account in full for the academic year and who find themselves with an overpayment on their student account as the result of receiving a student award, the recipient may choose one of the following payment options:
- Carry credit – recipients may retain the award credit on their student account to be applied towards a future term of study.
- Refund – recipients may request a refund from the Business Office at their respective campus. The refund will be issued in the form of a cheque written to the student and made available normally within ten business days of the date requested. To qualify, recipients need to be in good academic standing (no failed courses).
No student award recipients may request a refund until after the last day to withdraw from a program with a tuition refund. Therefore, for students receiving entrance awards, refunds will not be processed before October 1st. For students receiving in-course awards from the fall semester, refunds will not be processed before February 1st.
Please refer to the student awards disbursement process (PDF 47KB) for complete details.
- Will I be notified if my application is unsuccessful?
All students applying for student awards will be advised at specific points during the process as to the status of their application. This communication is done via email so students are encouraged to add to their list of contacts.
- How long should my answer(s) to the essay question(s) be?
There is no essay length requirement. It is recommended, however, that your answer(s) be as concise as possible and cover all points outlined in the question. Look at the 'How to apply' page for hints about what you should include in your answer(s).
- Who should I ask to be a reference for my student award application?
This will be stated in the student award posting. Take careful note of who is required to complete the reference on your behalf and what type of reference is required. If completed by the incorrect party or the incorrect reference type is submitted, the application will be considered incomplete. For general references, it is up to you to select an individual who can complete the reference on your behalf. Please note, however, that references completed by family, friends, colleagues and/or peers will not be considered.
- Is there a cap on the number of student awards I can receive?
No student shall receive NSCC Student Awards in excess of the cost of core tuition and mandatory College fees in any given academic year, with the exception of those students who meet requirements for awards with restrictive criteria or those students selected for sponsorship programs and/or campus based awards. The Student Awards Office will make every effort, where possible, to avoid such occurrences.
- I have already submitted an application, but my financial situation has changed and I want to make changes to my application. What should I do?
The only way to make changes to your application is to re-submit a new application with the revised information. Anytime a new application is submitted it takes the place of the previous one. If student awards are closed, you will not be able to apply any of the changes to your application.