Scholarships and gifts are another area Canadians can turn to for post-secondary financial support. The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) is a helpful resource for discovering what scholarships and internships are available to Canadians and includes deadlines for applications. You can find the list on their website here.

A word of caution: Do not overlook how private scholarships can affect financial aid. If your child wins a private scholarship, his/her financial aid package could be reduced by the amount of the award. This is because financial aid is required to calculate financial aid after factoring in earned scholarships.

Apprenticeship grants is another program Service Canada offers to those student seeking a post-secondary education in trades. Apprentices can receive up to $4,000 in grants to help pay for tuition, travel/commute, tools or other related expenses.

Click here to learn more about the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant and the Apprenticeship Completion Grant.

Just remember, applying for aid can be confusing. Be sure to pay attention to application deadlines to ensure your child’s best chance at consideration.