Bursary: an amount of money you receive to help finance your education that you do not have to pay back; usually awarded based on financial need.
Scholarship: money you receive that helps finance your education that you do not have to pay back; usually awarded based on academic merit.
OSAP: Ontario Student Assistance Program is a needs based program that provides eligible Ontario students with financial assistance to help pay for their post-secondary education. Applications for the upcoming academic year are typically available in late spring (see the OSAP website).
Coop Programs: Many post-secondary programs offer COOP programs which allow you enhance your education by gaining valuable career-related work experience. These programs are often paid positions which allow you to save money while going to school. More information can be found by researching specific post-secondary institutions.
Lines of Credit: Banks often have loans/lines of credit for students. These lines of credit often have favorable interest rates and accommodating pay back terms. Inquire at your bank for more information.
Watch the Guidance news in the announcements for sign-up information for college and university visits throughout the first semester. Some colleges and universities also hold “open houses” so you can go visit their sites.