Grants, bursaries and scholarships
A great way to pay for some of the costs of your post-secondary education is through grants, bursaries or scholarships. They are basically 'free money' and you should research and apply for as many as possible prior to, and during, your studies.
Grants and bursaries are generally awarded based on financial need but they can also be awarded based on several other factors, including:
- Athletic ability,
- academic achievement,
- community involvement, or
- other special abilities.
Scholarships are usually awarded based on merit as opposed to financial need. But like grants and bursaries, they can be awarded by schools, private organizations and governments.
How to find grants, bursaries and scholarships
For more information on what grants, bursaries and scholarships might be available to you, visit the following sites:
Other sources of grants, bursaries and scholarships could include:
- Your college or university - be sure to check the website of your college or university to see if your school offers any grants, bursaries or scholarships that you might qualify for.
As an incentive for students to succeed academically, many universities will offer automatic scholarships for various amounts if you maintain a certain grade level. Generally, the higher your grades, the more money you will receive.
- Employers – some employers offer bursaries, check if you are eligible for any offered by your parents’ employer or your own.
- Service clubs – some service clubs offer bursaries. Check with service clubs in your community for more information.
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