Top 5 student funding resources you should know about
A Dal News Top 5
Alyson Murray - February 14, 2013
When it comes to paying for school, you can never know too much.
“Knowing what awards are available and how to access them is the first step” says Kate Somers, Dal’s assistant registrar, awards. “Dalhousie has a comprehensive awards program that can help students fund their education. We also have staff members dedicated to helping them navigate post-secondary funding and access award opportunities”.
From bursaries to scholarships and financial aid advising here are some resources every Dalhousie student should know about.
Three times a year Dalhousie runs an undergraduate bursary program for students who’ve already accessed government funding opportunities. A minimum of six credit hours in the current term is needed to apply. Bursaries range in value and can be applied for through DalOnline. Applications are available from at three times of the year: September 15 to October 15, January 15 to February 15 and May 15 to June 15. International students can apply for a bursary beginning in their second year.
2. Government Student Loans
Government funding is available at both the federal and provincial level. Not only are government student loans interest free while you’re a full time student, you’re also assessed for grants at the same time. Be sure to apply early — May for the coming September is the ideal timeline — and read the assessment form carefully. If you have questions or would like help, Pam Swinimer, assistant registrar, financial aid, provides free advising. Appointments can be arranged by calling 494-2416.
3. W. Andrew MacKay Alumni Scholarship
Based on leadership, citizenship, sportsmanship and academic standing the W. Andrew MacKay scholarship is awarded in the fall to a returning full-time undergraduate student. Each department, college or school may nominate a deserving student for consideration. If you think you would be a good candidate inquire within your department, college, school. The scholarship’s value varies annually between $2,000 and $3,000.
4. Tom Parker Award
Part-time students can access the Tom Parker award through the College of Continuing Education. This award is administered on a rolling deadline and varies in value. To pick up an application or learn more contact the College of Continuing Education.
5. In-course scholarships
Need extra motivation to do your best in class? Students who’ve completed 30 credit hours over two academic terms in one academic year and who are not already on a renewable entrance scholarship are automatically assessed for in-course scholarships. Assessment takes place twice a year, following the winter and summer semesters, and scholarship recipients receive funding for the next fall. For more information contact Kate Somers at 494-1432.
Bonus tip: If you’d like to speak to a credit counsellor at Credit Counselling Atlantic, Dalhousie will cover the registration fee for you to attend up to three sessions. Contact Pam Swinimer at 494-2416 to learn more.
More information on Dalhousie scholarship and financial aid opportunities can be found at dal.ca/moneymatters and in the academic calendar.