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Military-connected supports

An NSCC graduate and Royal Canadian Navy Veteran stands along the Halifax Waterfront and smiles. He is holding a camera with the Halifax Harbour, two wooden wharves and a ship behind him.
Stuart Moors dedicated 37 years to serving our country in the Royal Canadian Navy. He's now a graduate of NSCC's Professional Photography program and owner of Anchors Aweigh Photography, a start-up, freelance photography business.

Become a military-connected learner

Are you connected to the Canadian Armed Forces and looking to expand your skills and knowledge or considering what’s next? We can help you take the next step.

We understand the complexities of training for and transitioning into a new career and offer a wide range of credentials and supports to ensure you graduate ready for civilian employment. Our credentials and student supports extend to your immediate family, too.

Military-connected learners include:

  • Veterans
  • Currently Serving, Regular Force
  • Currently Serving, Reserve Component
  • Civil Servants with the Department of National Defence
  • Immediate Family of Canadian Armed Forces members or Veterans
  • Foreign Military Veterans

Choose NSCC

There are many reasons military-connected learners choose NSCC.

Credit for prior learning
The skills and knowledge you’ve gained through military service may be recognized as a source of prior learning. This means you could receive credit towards NSCC courses. Learn more about prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) and how to apply.
Learning options
  • You’ll find programming in 17 communities and online through our eCampus.
  • Programs are mostly 1-to-2 years long, so you’re able to enter the workforce sooner.
Flexibility and support
  • We understand military service can be unpredictable. We work with you to find solutions to support your learning should unexpected call-outs, training exercises or deployments arise.
  • You learn in a supportive, welcoming environment and have a dedicated student advisor who can help you navigate College as a military-connected individual.
  • We’re known for our supportive learning environment.
  • Learn from faculty who bring strong industry connections and years of experience to the classroom – some of whom are military-connected, just like you.
  • Most programs include hands-on learning and work experience to prepare you for the workforce.
Health and wellbeing
  • You have access to a range of wellness services to support you, including free personal and career counselling and virtual healthcare service.
  • We offer full-time students a health and dental plan, which includes extended health and dental benefits for a 12-month period.
  • We cultivate an environment that positively contributes to student wellbeing. Explore our Mental Wellness Strategy.
Financial support

Awards, scholarships and bursaries

Veterans Affairs Canada Education and Training Benefit deferral

Managing finances while pursuing your education can be challenging. If you are applying for the Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) Education and Training Benefit (ETB), you may apply for a tuition deferral. This financial flexibility allows you to defer your tuition payments until your funding from VAC is processed. Note that VAC ETB application submission verification may be required to proceed with the deferral.

For more information and to apply for a tuition deferral, contact Admissions:
1-866-679-6722 (toll-free)

Helmets to Hardhats
We work closely with Helmets to Hardhats (H2H), a national, non-profit organization that helps military-connected individuals find a second career and receive the best industry wages, benefits and pension plans in the unionized construction industry. Complete a construction-related program with NSCC and register with H2H for individualized construction sector referrals.

Meet military-connected learners

A student and instructor look at technical equipment together in a classroom setting.
Keith Cusson After a 21-year career in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Keith turned his passion for technology into a new career through the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) – Remote Sensing program at COGS.
A welder stands in an industrial outdoor setting with ships in the background.
Antonia Wareham Antonia joined the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves and went on to enter the Pathways to Shipbuilding program, becoming a Journeyman Welder.
A corrections officer stands outside of a building in uniform.
Davis Whittle Davis left his career with the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force to study Criminal Justice at Truro Campus, a program that stood out to him for its industry recognition and the doors it would open.
Eric Payne sits on a motorbike and smiles at the camera.
Eric Payne After 23 years of service with the Royal Canadian Navy, Eric decided to study Radio Television Journalism – a program which allowed him to tap into his many strengths.



We can help your organization with training, applied research and student engagement. Learn more about our industry supports and contact us.


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