Funding Options 

If you are a current NAIT student having financial difficulties such as paying your bills while in school, managing your funds or paying your Spring/Summer tuition in full, contact a NAIT Funding Advisor to discuss your options for financial assistance.

Options may include student aid, government programs, payment plans, emergency bursaries and/or the COVID-19 Student Relief Bursary. These options are based on your eligibility.

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Most students rely on a blend of savings, income, government loans, and awards to cover the cost of school.

NAIT supports over 4,000 students with over $6 million in scholarships and bursaries each year.

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Covid-19 Student Relief Bursary Eligibility Criteria

  1. Student must be enrolled full-time.

    • DDCP (including Academic Upgrading): Full-Time enrollment consists of being enrolled in 9 credits.
    • English as a Second Language: Full-Time enrollment consists of enrollment in three courses.
    • Minimum GPA of 1.7    
  2. Students must have exhausted other options, with the exception of consumer credit, including CERB, CESB, student aid, NAIT payment plan, other bill payment deferrals.       
  3. Students must demonstrate financial need and have a documented urgent financial need directly related to COVID-19, such as travel, relocation, medical, lost wages, etc.

Program Details

Bursary amounts will vary to meet student need, up to a maximum bursary of $2,000 per student, per year (September to August). This will allow NAIT to maximize the number of students that are supported while ensuring the support is meaningful.

Students may apply multiple times if their situation warrants, until they reach their bursary maximum.

Documentation may be requested to support financial need or COVID-related expense.

Bursaries to support costs incurred in the Spring 2020 term will be disbursed after the add/drop deadline (Saturday, May 16).

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Student Aid 

Government loans and grants can be a great option for students who need additional assistance covering tuition and living costs while attending post-secondary. Students enrolled in Apprenticeship, Degree, Diploma, Certificate or Open Studies programs may be eligible for financial aid options.

To be eligible for student aid, you must be a Canadian citizen, have permanent resident status or protected person status under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

NAIT’s definition of a full-time student may not be the same as your loan provider. Please check your Loan provider’s website for their definition.

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Depending on the individual scholarship, other criteria may also be considered, such as volunteer work. The most important consideration for selecting recipients of scholarships is academic achievement.

Funds awarded to students who:

  •   Demonstrate excellent academic achievement
  •   Are enrolled in 80% or more of a full course load

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Unlike loans, bursaries don't need to be paid back. Depending on the individual bursary, other criteria may also be considered, such as volunteer work. The most important consideration for selecting recipients of bursaries is financial need.

Funds awarded to students who:

  •  Are maintaining satisfactory academic achievement, although students who have a recorded failure or incomplete may still be eligible for bursaries
  •  Demonstrate financial need
  •   Are enrolled in 60% or more of a full course load

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Application Deadlines

NAIT has different application periods for specific groups of students. The last day of an application period is the application deadline. You must submit your application by the application deadline to be considered for NAIT Scholarships and Bursaries.

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Entrance Students

Degree, Diploma, Certificate programs

There is one application period for entrance students. The August 24, 2020 - September 25, 2020 application period is open to students who are newly admitted to NAIT for the Fall term. 

  • August 24, 2020 - September 25, 2020

  • December 18, 2020 - January 15, 2021

Continuing Students

Degree, Diploma, Certificate programs

There are two application periods (one for the Fall term and one for the Winter term) for continuing students. They are open to students who are continuing in a program at NAIT- this includes students who are undergoing program transfers.  

  • August 24, 2020 - September 25, 2020

  • December 18, 2020 - January 15, 2021

Apprenticeship Students

There are five application periods (intakes) for NAIT apprenticeship students. These intakes run continuously throughout the year.

  • Intake 1: August 31, 2020 – October 23, 2020
  • Intake 2: October 24, 2020 – December 18, 2020
  • Intake 3: To be determined
  • Intake 4: To be determined
  • Intake 5: To be determined


Scholarships and bursaries

Scholarships and bursaries have a significant role in the educational success of more than 4,000 students at NAIT every year.

If you are interested in establishing a scholarship or bursary, NAIT’s staff are on hand to help you get started. We will discuss the following options with you

  • Type of Award: scholarships, bursaries, awards or prizes are available for disbursement.
  • Funding Options: awards may be funded by an annual gift, a pledge agreement or an endowment.
  • Selection Criteria: determine the eligibility of applicants for your award.

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You can establish an endowment at NAIT by making a lump-sum donation of $25,000 or more.

That amount will be held in a long-term investment account, of which the residual is disbursed toward the scholarship or bursary

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