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Your Finances

Attending college can have a huge impact on your finances, both now and later. That's why it's important to have a strong sense of your overall financial picture.

Understand the costs

Tuition and fees

Tuition and student fees are mandatory for all students but some program costs are optional. These include things like calculators, USBs or tools which do not need to be purchased if you have them already.

Know your program fees so you understand which are mandatory and which are optional. Include them in your budget so there are no surprises later on.


Textbooks can be purchased at NSCC bookstores either online or in-person.

Ways to shop at NSCC bookstores

Buy online with delivery direct to you
  • Order course materials online at and select an applicable shipping option at checkout. Shipping charges will apply. Orders will be shipped via trackable Canada Post Expedited or Xpresspost services.
  • Visit for more information about our delivery service and shipping rates.
  • Please be advised that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and increased online ordering, shipping times will vary, and deliveries may be delayed.
Buy online with pick-up at a campus
  • Order textbooks and course materials online at and select "Pick Up" at any listed NSCC Bookstore Location at checkout. Customers will receive an "Order Ready" email with pickup instructions when their order is ready.
  • Important Note: Potential Delays for Campus Pick Up
    • Items may have to be transferred between campus bookstores when selecting a campus pickup location that is not your scheduled program delivery campus.
    • We anticipate that inter-campus transfers could cause delays of up to 7 days or more due to Canada Post delivery times, weekend or holiday closures, and a mandatory 24-hour quarantine of all mail arriving on campuses.
    • When possible, it is strongly recommended students select their program delivery campus for the most efficient pick up service.
Buy in-person
  • Visit a campus bookstore during hours of operation to purchase your textbooks and course materials.
  • Check bookstore hours of operation and safety procedures before proceeding to a campus 

Important payment dates

  • Programs starting September 2020
    • first term payment due: August 7, 2020
    • second term payment due: January 8, 2021
  • Programs starting January 2021
    • first term payment due: November 25, 2020
  • Payment for online courses is due on registration

Learn about your payment options

Funding your studies

Paying for your education can take time and discipline. Here are some options to help you finance your studies.

Student Loans

You may be eligible for financial assistance from the federal and provincial governments through the Canada Student Loans and Nova Scotia Student Assistance programs. You can apply to both programs through one application.

Student lines of credit

If you don’t qualify for a government loan, or you need further funding, many banks offer student lines of credit. Check with your bank to explore your options.

Awards, scholarships and bursaries

NSCC offers more than 1,100 awards, scholarships and bursaries. Most awards are based on a range of criteria, including financial need, leadership and volunteer experience. Explore your options

Tax credit

Most programs receive a tax receipt, which you can use to claim on your taxes. Tuition receipts are issued around the end of February each year and are available for eligible students to retrieve by logging in to their online profile.