Scholarships and Bursaries 

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

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Award Criteria in Response to COVID-19

Applications for scholarships and bursaries opened Tuesday, Jan. 5 and will close Friday, Jan. 29. The winter 2021 selection process for awards is shifting to account for changes to the NAIT grading scale and class delivery resulting from COVID-19-related closures.

Note: The COVID-19 Student Relief Bursary, designed to help full-time students with unexpected expenses or shortfalls related to the pandemic, is a special application that will remain open until  Friday, April 16. See funding options for details on how to apply for the COVID-19 Student Relief Bursary. 

Selection criteria may be different from what is posted online. Please see below for an overview of the changes to our scholarship and bursary applications for the 2021 winter term. 

Bursaries Based on Financial Need

Student Awards & Financial Aid will be making bursary selections based primarily on the applicant's financial need and a satisfactory academic standing of 'P' based on the H/P/F grading scale.

Scholarships Based on Merit

Our program areas are our best resource for speaking to NAIT students' hard work and dedication. Student Awards & Financial Aid will work with program areas to support a holistic approach to the selection process.

Scholarships and Bursaries with Community Involvement

For Fall 2020 selection, NAIT will broaden the definition of community service by asking students to explain how COVID-19 has impacted their life and studies. Applicants can speak to the challenges the pandemic has presented in their own lives or community and how they may be supporting others through this time.

Tips for applying

All funding applications are done online in the Student Portal. You will be able to save your progress and return to the application at any point during the application process.

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Know your deadlines

It takes time to get all the required information and documents together; it is important for you to prepare well in advance.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Read instructions carefully

The online application form contains detailed instructions at each step to help you through the application process.

Personal information

The online application form determines your eligibility for specific awards based on your personal information.

If your information is not accurate, you may not be considered for certain awards.

Essay questions

Provide all the information requested, especially for essay questions.

When writing essays, speak to each point required in the essay question, and give specific examples whenever possible.

Tip: How-to create a Community Involvement Resume

Pay attention to details

Your application will be evaluated based on the information you provide. Please be specific and thorough so that your application may be fully considered.


 The quality of your writing is more important than the quantity of your writing.

Proofread the written portions of your application for spelling and grammar errors.

Ask for help

 If you have questions about the application process, please contact us!

Student Awards Office


How to apply

  1. NAIT's Scholarship and Bursary system will:
    • determine if you meet the minimum criteria to apply for scholarships/bursaries.
    • determine the application period during which you must apply (see our Deadlines page for an explanation of all the application periods).
  2. If you meet the minimum criteria to apply, NAIT's Scholarship and Bursary system will automatically update your MyNAIT Portal with an online application form. This will only happen on the start of your application period. The online application form will be accessible on your MyNAIT Portal Dashboard, under the "My Tasks" bar on your homepage. 

    My Tasks

    A "My Tasks" bar will only appear if you have an outstanding task for eligible scholarships. You may not be able to see your "My Tasks" bar until the application has been assigned to your MyNAIT Portal.

    If you're a Business Administration student that has completed 8 - 10 courses in levels 1 and 2, you will have to declare your emphasis or specialization to be eligible for some scholarships. Email to properly declare the program you're in.

  3. Click on the scholarships/bursaries application link under "My Tasks" and fill out your application.
  4. The online application form will guide you through a step-by-step application process. Follow the instructions and fill out the application – you are required to complete all sections of the application.
  5. At each step of the application process, you will be asked to confirm or provide information about yourself in order to determine your eligibility for NAIT Scholarships and/or Bursaries.
  6. Based on the information you provide, the system will generate a list of all awards for which you meet the criteria.
  7. Some awards may require an essay submission or additional documentation to be uploaded to the application (ex. Community Involvement Resume). 
  8. Your application will be submitted to each award on your list with a status of "Ready to Submit", once you submit your application. 
  9. Submit your application by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Your Personal Information

The following personal information will be requested from you, should you be awarded a scholarship or bursary from NAIT.

  1. Social Insurance Number (SIN): A SIN number is a unique nine-digit number that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) uses to identify you for tax purposes. You need it to work in Canada or to have access to government programs and benefits.

  2. Individual Tax Number (ITN): An ITN is a unique nine-digit number that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) uses to identify you for tax purposes if you aren't eligible for a Social Insurance Number (SIN).

This information is required for tax purposes and to make sure that cheques are issued and processed correctly.

T4A Slip: A T4A slip is an official document for tax purposes. It provides the amount of funds a student has received in scholarships, bursaries, and awards from January to December of any given year. If you receive a scholarship or bursary from NAIT, you will be issued a T4A slip. 

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