Financing Your Education/Training

Education is a wise investment for your future.  Financing for your education typically comes from a number of sources including:

  • Your savings
  • Work – summer and/or part-time work and full-time study or part-time study and full-time work
  • Grants, bursaries, and scholarships
  • Apprenticeship and co-op education programs
  • Government-sponsored loans
  • NS Government's Skills Development program
  • RESP funds and parent contributions
  • RRSP funds
  • Loans from lending institutions or student lines of credit


Grants, Bursaries, and Scholarships

Depending on your situation you may qualify for student aid, bursaries, awards, grants, scholarships, and debt and tuition reduction.  In addition to the resources below, remember to check with your school of choice for scholarship or bursary opportunities.

Nova Scotia Student Assistance - Student Assistance provides an opportunity for all qualified students in Nova Scotia to pursue post-secondary education.  Apply, submit forms, check the status of your application, update your personal information all on-line.

National Student Loan Service Centre - Information for Canada or Integrated student loan borrowers.

Canada Student Grants Program - Consolidates federal student assistance grants into a single program that will provide more effective support for students and families and help them manage the cost of post-secondary education.

Apprenticeship Grants - Apprenticeship grants are designed to encourage more apprentices to complete their training.

Scholarships Canada - Search a database of available scholarships, bursaries, and grants.

CanLearn - Choices in training and education, including financing your education.

CanadaPension Plan (CPP) – Children’s Benefits for Students aged 18 to 25

Skills Link - The Skills Link program provides funding for organizations to help youth facing barriers to employment develop the broad range of skills, knowledge, and work experience they need to participate and succeed in the job market.

YCHMS Awards - Detailed information on scholarships open to high school students in Nova Scotia.  Developed by a guidance counselor at Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High Schools, this site contains lots of information for students planning to continue their studies after high school.

Literacy Nova Scotia - offers scholarships and bursaries for adult learning programs.

African Canadian Services, NS Department of Education - Information about the scholarship program for African Nova Scotian students and grants for African Nova Scotian youth.

Mi’kmaq Nova Scotia FirstNet - The Aboriginal Bursary System provides Aboriginal students with a valuable tool to facilitate their pursuit of post-secondary studies.  These awards are made available by various organizations and institutions.  Bursaries may be searched by regions, disciplines, providers, and key words.

National Educational Association of Disabled Students - Choices in training and education, services, benefits, career planning, and job search skills.  Some features require registration.

Native Council of Nova Scotia - the self-governing authority for the large group of Aboriginal peoples residing off-reserve in Nova Scotia throughout traditional Mi’kmaq territory.  NCNS offers several education assistance programs.