Bursaries for Diploma/Degree Students

Nova Scotia will provide 300 students currently enrolled in full-time ECE diploma/degree programs in Nova Scotia with a one-time bursary of $3,250 in 2021–22.
There will also be funds for up to 25 students enrolled full time at Mount Saint Vincent University in the Child and Youth Study program (Bachelor of Arts) with an emphasis on early childhood education.
To support Nova Scotia’s focus on the development of a diverse and inclusive workforce, students in the following six designated groups will be eligible for $7,500 in assistance:
  • Mi’kmaq/Indigenous,
  • Black/African Nova Scotian,
  • Acadian/francophone,
  • persons with disabilities,
  • 2SLGBTQ+,
  • and newcomer at approved ECE diploma/ degree programs in Nova Scotia.

Who is eligible for your bursary for full time ECE diploma/degree students?

Currently individuals enrolled in full-time ECE diploma/degree programs in the following training institutions are eligible. https://www.ednet.ns.ca/earlyyears/pd/EarlyChildhoodEducationTraining.shtml

Why are you only covering the cost of certain courses at MSVU with all the courses that are required for my degree?

The funding available for this program is focused on those who intend to work in early childhood education and care. Youth studies courses are not applicable to this age group and therefore cannot be claimed.

Can I apply to continuing education to cover the cost of the courses not covered through this funding support program?

The Continuing Education Program is available for students who are studying part-time while they work. The bursary program is for full time students.

How can I apply for the bursary?

We will post these details online in late summer/early Fall. The one-time bursaries will be available in January 2022. We will also share details about the bursary process with the training institutions as well.

How can I apply if I fall under one of the six designated groups (Mi’kmaq/Indigenous, Black/African Nova Scotian, Acadian/francophone, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQ+, and newcomer)?

Individuals who identify as Mi’kmaq/Indigenous, Black/African Nova Scotian, Acadian/francophone, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQ+, or newcomer will self-identify during the application process. More details on the bursaries will be available in late summer, early fall.

What can the bursary money be used for?

Bursary funding will be used to reduce the cost of tuition in the ECE program.