Students can receive financial aid for up to three years during their first year at college, and some scholarships are available for undergraduation only.
This article provides an overview of scholarships, the types and amounts, and what is available.
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Financial Aid Scholarships are grants that are awarded to students to help cover the costs of attending a university, such as tuition, room and board, books and fees.
Many scholarships are awarded on merit, but some also offer financial aid that helps students meet specific financial goals, such a bachelor’s degree.
The following scholarships are often offered at some degree-granting institutions.
Some are not.
Scholarships for Undergraduates Some scholarships are only available to students who are currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate program, such in business, arts, medicine, engineering or nursing.
Some also offer a limited number of scholarships for a year or more.
In addition, some scholarships provide a payment of $500 for students who complete a certain degree, while others offer an annual stipend or tuition reimbursement.
The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) provides a list of accredited universities and colleges that offer scholarships.
Other organizations, such the Canadian Council of Postsecondary Education (CCPE) and the Canadian Association for Public Service (CASP), offer additional financial aid to undergraduate students.
Learn more about undergraduate scholarships.
College Fees Scholarships can also be awarded to support students who want to go to a school that offers a full tuition fee, such tuition for the first year.
Many students also apply for scholarships to cover the cost of tuition for one year or a year of courses.
Some of these scholarships also provide a lump sum payment.
Students can apply for more than one college fee scholarship at the same time.
College Tuition Scholarships Some colleges offer tuition waivers for certain programs and can provide financial aid through scholarships.
The Association of Canadian Schools of Nursing (ACCNS) has a list that includes schools that have scholarships for nursing students.
Some scholarships may be available for up in the year for up and coming students.
International Scholarships Scholarships, often called bursaries, are awarded for students to cover tuition costs for a short period of time.
They are usually awarded through a program such as the Canada Scholarship Program or the Canada Student Scholarships Program.
In some cases, students may be eligible for a full refund if their application for international student status is successful.
Financial Assistance for Undergraduate Students Some scholarships offer a stipend, while some also provide an annual payment for students that meet certain financial goals.
These programs are generally available at some post-secondary institutions, including colleges, universities and other institutions that are not accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Programs (ACGPR).
International Students’ Financial Assistance (ISFA) Some of the largest international student aid programs exist in Canada.
The Student Financial Assistance Program is available for undergraduate students at four of the country’s largest post- secondary institutions, the University of Ottawa, the Carleton University, the Université du Québec à Montréal and McGill University.
The program is funded by the Government of Canada, and there are several grants that students may receive.
The Government of Ontario provides funding for international students through the Canada Post Canada Student Fund, which is administered by the Ontario government.
The University of Toronto’s international student assistance program is also administered by a provincial government, the Canada Foundation.
The Ontario Foundation for Graduate and Professional Education (OGFPE) is a non-profit organization that provides funding to students.
The Guaranteed Scholarships program is administered jointly by the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) and Université de Montréale (UQM), and it provides financial assistance to students eligible for financial aid.
Students enrolled in a program that provides financial aid can apply through the government-funded Guaranteed Student Aid Program (GSA) that is administered through the Guaranteed Funds Association of Canada (GFA).
Other international students can also apply to the Canadian Student Loans Fund (CRLF).
Students with Disabilities Students with disabilities can apply to a financial aid program that offers assistance to pay for medical and related expenses.
For more information, see Disability-specific financial aid, Canada Student Loans.
Student Debt Scholarships and Assistance Programs Student debt can be a challenge to pay off, especially for students in the middle of their undergraduate education.
Some debt repayment programs offer repayment assistance programs, which allow students to pay back some or all of their student loan debt through a variety of forms of financial aid including tuition assistance and scholarships.
Many colleges offer financial assistance for students with private loans, but they are not funded directly by the government.
To find out how much aid you may be able to get through these programs, check out these articles.
Some other programs that help students pay off student loans include the Student Finance Assistance Program (SFA), the Student Aid Repayment Program (SAP),