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Higher Education Financial Support Opportunities for the CF Community

Post-secondary education can be expensive, which is why we gathered some financial support opportunities for Canadians in the CF community seeking higher education. The 2019-2020 school year applications for various scholarships, bursaries, grants, and financial awards usually open early fall 2018 and typically close early in the New Year. Although some scholarships are no longer open, there are a few that are still accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year.

Also note, most post-secondary institutions have on-campus departments or organizations dedicated to assisting students with disabilities or in financial need. Being aware of such offices is beneficial as they may also provide some guidance on how to help alleviate the financial burden.

For more information on any of the financial supports listed below, please feel free to visit their respective websites or contact CF Canada at advocacy@cysticfibrosis.ca or 1-800-378-2233.

2019-2020 School Year – Hurry, deadlines are approaching soon!

LUMEN Society: The LUMEN scholarship is available to 2019 high school graduates across Canada who have been impacted by invisible illnesses either directly or indirectly.

NEADS National Student Awards Program: The NEADS National Student Awards Program helps Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada with a permanent disability pursue post-secondary education.

Universities Canada – Mattinson Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities: The Mattinson Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities’ objective is to encourage Canadians with permanent disabilities to pursue university studies and obtain an undergraduate degree.

2020-2021 School Year – Why not get a head start?

You just missed the deadlines for the following scholarships but, you may want to keep them on your radar for the 2020-2021 school year when applications open again. Here is a look at their guidelines from the previous year.

Kin Canada Bursaries: The Kin Canada Bursaries program provides financial assistance to Canadians pursuing post-secondary education at a recognized university, community college, technical institute and other schools for advanced education.

Vertex All in for CF Scholarship: Vertex’s All in for CF Scholarship program helps persons with CF and their siblings in Canada pursue a two-year, four-year or graduate degree. View their brochure here.

Other Opportunities

The following are financial assistance search engines for higher education purposes that may be of further assistance to Canadians in the CF community. It may also be worthwhile to periodically check these sources for new opportunities.

DisabilityAwards.ca: The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) developed an online portal containing an extensive database of scholarships, bursaries, and grants for students with disabilities studying at Canadian colleges and universities.

Student Awards.com: The Student Awards website offers access to a Canadian database of many scholarships, bursaries, grants, and financial awards.

ScholarshipsCanada.com: Scholarships Canada has compiled a number of scholarships, bursaries, and awards offered by various organizations and companies across Canada.

You may also be interested in the following grants available from the Government of Canada:

Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities: Available to individuals with a disability who have demonstrated a financial need.

Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities: Available to individuals with a disability who require exceptional education-related services or equipment.

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