Scholarships And Education In Canada
Education in Canada is free (paid through tax dollars) until the age of 18, but what occurs after? What about post-secondary education for students who wish to attend college/university? The tuition fees can be noticeably large, and this has to be noted as the tuition isn’t covered.
This is where scholarships come into action for those students who are looking for financial aid and might want to pursue higher education.
Let’s take a look at scholarships and where to get them in Canada.
What Is A Scholarship?
Let’s start with the basics. It is best to understand the core definition of a scholarship before pursuing one and looking for donors.
A scholarship is provided as an award in the form of financial aid to help students with their post-secondary tuition fees. These can be provided by some donors including the school being attended or external sources.
Various scholarships are set up, and once the criteria have been met, the funds are provided to the recipient free of charge.
Now, the question comes as to where a person has to go to get these scholarships when interested and that is a fair query to make.
Let’s take a look at this.
Where To Go?
To qualify for a scholarship, an application has to be filled out to highlight one’s merit. This is done automatically for most colleges and universities upon application, and they will vet each to see who deserves a scholarship.
For external sources, the best place to start is online using the database found at http://www.fcac-acfc.gc.ca/ which is a government site. This should have a host of grants and scholarships for a prospective student to dive into and take a look at.
Some will fit the student’s requirements, and those are the ones to target.
Education in Canada is laid out in a streamlined manner up to grade 12, but after this point, the student is responsible for the financial aid. Therefore, it is recommended to work on all aspects of these scholarships and find a deal that is fair and in sync with what is desired.
Remain vigilant and go through these databases to find the right donor to make sure the funds are ready to go. The scholarships can range from $0 to full payment of fees. This will depend on the scholarship and who is providing it.
It is best to exhaust all options while looking.