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Registration & Payment | Education and Language Requirements | FeesCancellations & Changes | Withdrawals & Refunds | Policies | Prerequisites | When are Continuing Education Courses Scheduled?

Registration & Payment

Registration for Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) course(s) is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please provide the personal information requested (making sure to use your full legal name). It is important that you provide your home and business telephone numbers and your email address to facilitate our contact with you. Registration confirmation will be confirmed via your email address.

Please review the Registration & Payment page for further information.

Education and Language Requirements

The minimum education requirement for courses/programs is a high school graduation diploma. All NSCC courses/programs are delivered in English. Applicants may be required to demonstrate proficiency in English, regardless of country of origin or citizenship status. Review education and language requirements for each course/program, as there may be exceptions.


  • The cost for each course is included on the course description page. Course cost includes HST where applicable.
  • Course materials (ex. books, supplies, etc.) may be required at an additional cost. Required course materials can be purchased through NSCC campus bookstores. Bookstores will be open the first night of class. If your class is Online, contact
  • College Services Fee - Part-time students with a credit course load (online and in-class credit courses) equal to or greater than 1 unit, pay a $50 part-time College Services Fee (Student ID cards, transcripts, and technology). This fee is only applied once per academic year (academic year = September – August). Part-time students with a credit course load less than 1 unit do not have to pay the part-time College Services Fee. If you have questions about your course unit value, contact the Campus Registrar.
  • A part-time Student Association fee applies to students who are in a declared program, taking 1 or more credit courses (online or in-class), which are equal to or greater than one unit/term. The Student Association fee is only applied once per academic year.
  • International Students – There is higher credit course tuition for International Students on a student visa. For the 2018-19 academic year, the tuition for credit courses is $1028/unit. In addition, there is an International Student Fee of $1000 for full time students and $500 for part time students, which is used to support internationalization at NSCC.
  • Tax Receipts – For information on eligible education and tuition amounts, refer to the Canada Revenue Agency website.


NSCC reserves the right to cancel or suspend courses, change start/end dates/times, combine classes, change instructors or limit enrolment.

We will notify you by phone or email (no later than 3 business days before the course start date) if your course is cancelled due to lack of enrolment, postponed to a later date or filled to capacity prior to receipt of your registration. Make sure we have valid phone numbers and email address for you. If you do not receive a call or email, you should assume your course is running as scheduled. Check the website to confirm your course schedule at any time. If your class is cancelled, a full refund will be issued by cheque within 2 – 4 weeks.

Weather Cancellations – When the campuses are closed due to the weather, an announcement will be placed with the media and the NSCC website: www.nscc.ca/closures/. Campus switchboards will have messaging announcing that all classes for that day and evening will be cancelled.

Withdrawals & Refunds

Dates for withdrawals without academic penalty will vary from course to course based on duration and delivery. Check with your campus for further information. If you meet the criteria for withdrawing, complete the Course Revision Form (PDF 72.6KB) and submit to your campusFailure to attend does not constitute an official withdrawal. The official date of withdrawal will be the date on which the student's withdrawal form is received. 

If you are entitled to a course fee refund, based on the above withdrawal criteria, refunds may be issued as follows:

  • 100% of the amount before the first day of class;
  • 95% of the amount during the first 14% of your course; and
  • 0% of the amount after 14% of your course.

Refunds can only be made by cheque, regardless of the method of payment. Ensure that your student account reflects your current address, and allow 2 – 4 weeks for processing and mailing of refund cheques.



A prerequisite is a course (or other qualification) required as preparation for entry to another course. It is your responsibility to ensure that all prerequisites have been successfully completed in order to register for courses that have prerequisites. If you do not have the required prerequisites, you will not be permitted to register for the course. 

In order to obtain the required prerequisite(s) you can:

If you have further questions or concerns contact an NSCC campus.

When are Continuing Education Courses Scheduled?

NSCC offers both face-to-face and online courses & programs. Face-to-face courses are most often scheduled during the evenings and/or weekends. Online courses are delivered through a platform called Brightspace. Unless otherwise stated on the website, for online courses, there is no requirement to attend classes at a campus.

A tri-semester schedule is used as a guide.

  • Fall Term – September - December
  • Winter Term – January - April
  • Spring/Summer Term – April - August

This gives students the opportunity to begin courses in Certificate and Diploma programs at various times and complete the overall program within a reasonable time frame. Normally, students have up to three years to complete a Certificate program or Advanced Diploma and six years to complete a Diploma program.

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