NSCC Post-Care Free Tuition Bursary Program


NSCC Post-Care Free Tuition

We are now accepting applications for the 2023-24 academic year.


Applicants must

  • Have lived in care for a minimum of one year (cumulative or accumulated) in the Nova Scotia child welfare system – including Mi’kmaw Family and Children’s Services of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children
  • Have received Youth Services between the ages of 16 – 18 via signed agreement, as defined by Section 19 of the Children and Family Services Act.
  • Consent to a Release of Information to support the verification process with Nova Scotia Community Services
  • Be entering or planning to enrol in their first post-secondary credential in the 2022-23 academic year (e.g. certificate, diploma, or degree); the program must be one with tuition and associated fees
  • Be willing to meet with Student Awards staff to explore other sources of funding and complete an orientation to NSCC
  • Not currently be in receipt of (nor eligible to receive) the NS Department of Community Services’ Educational Bursary Program for Children in Care or the Post-Care and Custody Agreement
  • Complete an application — including an Educational/Academic Plan and a Financial Need Statement and provide documentation to support any other extenuating circumstances to assist in determining eligibility


About the award
This bursary program, generously supported by the Walker Wood Foundation and individual donors, has been established to support those who have lived in care in the Nova Scotia child welfare system — including Mi’kmaw Family and Children’s Services of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children – or have received Youth Services between the ages of 16 – 18 via signed agreement, as defined by Section 19 of the Children and Family Services Act.

This bursary will be applied towards tuition costs and ancillary fees for full- or part-time learning, with an aim to help make post-secondary education more accessible for former youth in care. 


How we choose
Applications are reviewed by a selection committee. When reviewing applications, the committee will consider the following:

  • Your overall financial need
  • Your educational goals, career aspirations and how this bursary can help you attain them


To apply for this award
The application for this bursary can be completed in the following steps.


Confirmed applicants/currently enrolled students


Step 1

We require verification of past child welfare involvement to ensure eligibility for the bursary. Applicants must first seek verification by contacting the Disclosure Program:

Disclosure Program
Department of Community Services
Phone: 902-424-2755
Toll-free (within Canada): 1-833-424-2755
disclosureprogram@novascotia.ca   
2131 Gottingen Street, 3rd Floor
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 5Z7


Step 2 (Confirmed applicants/currently enrolled students)
Upload the verification letter and complete the other application components in the student awards portal.


Prospective students


Step 1

We require verification of past child welfare involvement to ensure eligibility for the bursary. Applicants must first seek verification by contacting the Disclosure Program:

Disclosure Program
Department of Community Services
Phone: 902-424-2755
Toll-free (within Canada): 1-833-424-2755
disclosureprogram@novascotia.ca   
2131 Gottingen Street, 3rd Floor
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 5Z7


Step 2 (Prospective students)
Complete the Post-Care Free Tuition Program application (PDF 354KB) and submit it along with the verification letter from the Disclosure Program to NSCC’s Student Awards Office by emailing awards@nscc.ca or faxing 902-491-2259.

All applications must be received by the posted deadline. Late submissions will not be considered.

This award is renewable for students in multi-year programs (based on successful completion of first year in program and remaining in good academic standing).

Have Questions?

Contact Matt by phone at 902.488.5598 or by email at matt.currie@nscc.ca

Award
10 @ $4,000
Deadline
04/24/2023
Supplemental Questions
  1. To be considered eligible for this award, you must provide a copy of your verification letter received through the Disclosure Program.