Student Awards and 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 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.

Book an appointment by completing a Student Information Form

  • Submit your completed form to We will reach out to you to schedule a phone appointment.
  • Apply directly to the COVID-19 Student Relief Bursary by logging in to your MyNAIT portal and clicking open self service > student awards and financial aid > special applications > COVID Student Relief Bursary.

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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 Program Details

Students who have been directly impacted by Covid-19,  and require urgent financial need such as travel, relocation, medical or lost wages may apply for the Student Relief Bursary. Bursary amounts will vary from student to student ensure the support is meaningful, to a maximum of $2,000 per academic year. Please note that funds are limited, and bursaries are not guaranteed.

Funds for fall applications have been disbursed. Applications for winter semester are open and will close Friday, April 16, 2021. 

Previous applicants who received the maximum $2,000 in the fall semester are not eligible to re-apply. Students in urgent need may also contact

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Students must be enrolled full-time
    • Degree, Diploma, Certificate, Programs (including Academic Upgrading): Full-Time enrollment consists of being enrolled in 9 credits (or three classes) 
      • This full-time definition is not to be used for Student Aid eligibility.
    • English as a Second Language: Full-Time enrollment consists of enrollment in three courses
    • Apprenticeship: Full-Time enrollment consists of being enrolled in block training
  2. Students must have a minimum GPA of 1.7
  3. Students must have tried other options including: Student Aid, NAIT payment plan and savings
  4. Students must demonstrate and have documented urgent financial need related to COVID-19. Documentation will be requested to support financial need or COVID-related expense

To apply for COVID-19 Student Relief Bursary

  1. In the myNAIT portal, open self service.
  2. Click on the student awards and financial aid title.
  3. If you meet basic eligibility criteria, you will see a special application period under scholarships & bursaries in the left-hand menu.
  4. Click on the Special Application link.
  5. Select “Yes” to apply for bursaries. This will open the COVID-19 Student Relief Bursary application. Fill out the form.
  6. If you have already applied and your financial circumstances have changed, or if you have additional need, please email with the subject line COVID Bursary.

Please note: If you meet eligibility criteria for general NAIT scholarships & bursaries, you will receive a separate task in your MyNAIT Portal.

Find the funds that are right for you 

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 (current term and one of the previous two terms)

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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 (current term and one of the previous two terms)

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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 - October 2, 2020 application period is open to students who are newly admitted to NAIT for the Fall term. 

  • August 24, 2020 - October 2, 2020

  • January 5, 2021 - January 29, 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 - October 2, 2020

  • January 5, 2021 - January 29, 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: December 19, 2020 - February 28, 2021
  • Intake 4: March 1, 2021 - May 2, 2021
  • Intake 5: May 3, 2021 - June 25, 2021


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.

Learn how scholarship donations help NAIT students


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

Learn more about endowments