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NS University Student Bursary

For Students Studying at a Nova Scotia University

A Nova Scotia University Student Bursary is available for Nova Scotia students studying at a Nova Scotia University.  **Please note that effective in the Fall 2015 Term the Out of Province Bursary for other Canadian students who are not from Nova Scotia has been removed by the Province of Nova Scotia.  This Bursary remains for the 2015 Summer term.

1.  Who qualifies for Tuition Reduction?

You must be a Nova Scotia student studying at a Nova Scotia university. You can be a full-time or part-time student, in an undergraduate or graduate program. Other Canadian students also qualify for an Out of Province Bursary.  The following questions and answers provide more details about students in specific situations.

2.  How much lower will my tuition be?

The tuition reduction will be $160.38 per each 3 credit course (to a maximum of 12 credits) for Nova Scotia students. There will also be a tuition reduction for other Canadian students who are not from Nova Scotia in the amount of $32.64 per each 3 credits (to a maximum of 12 credits).

3.  What is the definition of a “Nova Scotia student”?

You are considered to be a Nova Scotia student if you have a student loan from the Province of Nova Scotia. Only Nova Scotia residents can receive student loans from the Province of Nova Scotia.

If you do not have a student loan, and you entered university immediately after completing high school, you are considered a resident of the province where you last attended high school. If you last attended a high school in Nova Scotia, you are considered a Nova Scotia student.

If you did not enter university immediately after completing high school, you are considered a resident of the province where you lived when you applied for admission to the university you are attending.  This does not apply to students on international study permits or to students receiving student loan funding from a province other than Nova Scotia; neither of these student groups would be considered Nova Scotia residents and they would therefore not be eligible for tuition reduction.

4.  I didn’t get a bursary but I think I qualify.

First of all, contact Student Accounts at nscad.ca If we cannot agree on your eligibility for Tuition Reduction, contact the Student Financial Assistance Office at the Department of Education (424-8420 in metro Halifax or 1-800-565-8420, toll-free in Canada). The Department of Education will confirm whether you are eligible for Tuition Reduction, and if so, will advise NSCAD to credit your tuition account accordingly.

5.  I am in my second (or third or fourth or fifth…) year of studies at a Nova Scotia university.  Although I came here from another province (or country), I have lived here more than a year.  I even have a Nova Scotia driver’s licence.  Why am I not considered a Nova Scotia student?

To be considered a Nova Scotia student, you must have been living in Nova Scotia when you applied for admission to the university you are attending. For more details, see the earlier definition of a Nova Scotia student.

6.  When will I receive my NS University Student Bursary cheque?

The NS University Student Bursary has been applied directly to your university tuition fees as a credit to your student account.  No cheque is issued.

7.  I am taking non-credit courses at university. Will I receive a tuition reduction?

Only credit programs qualify for Tuition Reduction.

8.  Which semesters qualify for NS University Student Bursary?

The Nova Scotia University Student Bursary program has been extended through the 2015-16 Academic year and is available for the Fall 2015, Winter 2016 and Summer 2016.  Please note that Summer 2015 is the last term for which the Out of Province Bursary will be available, the Nova Scotia Student Bursary will continue for the 2015-16 Academic Year.

9.  Will Tuition Reduction affect my income tax?

Since the NS University Student Bursary is bursary income, it must be reported by the University on a T4A Form (if total T4A income for an individual exceeds $500). It may or may not be taxable to you based on your circumstances. The T2202A Education Deduction Form will show the gross amount of tuition paid by the student.

10.  Still have questions?

If you have additional questions, please contact Financial Services at 902-494-8222 or nscad.ca