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High School Transition
Funding and Scholarship Programs
A primary consideration for any student interested in pursuing postsecondary
education is paying the costs involved. Tuition in many provinces
and territories increases on an annual basis. Add to that the costs
associated with books and other school supplies, transportation to-and-from
campus, and housing expenses for those who live away from home,
and the financial commitment associated with higher education can be
While some students are fortunate to have enough money saved up for
an education, and others have family members who are willing to cover
the cost, many do not have these resources. This section provides information
on the student loan and grant programs available from the federal
government. It also describes some of the major scholarships for students
with disabilities, available from various sources.
Much of the following information has been adapted from the NEADS
guide, National Directory of Financial Assistance Programs for Post-Secondary
Students with Disabilities, which can be found on the association’s Web
site, www.neads.ca in the NEADS Online Resource Centre. Funding
program information was reviewed and updated during the development
of this guide. Finally, it should be noted that many other scholarships can
be found on the Internet and from your college or university’s financial