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Higher Education Financial Support Opportunities for the CF Community

It’s that time of the year again – back to school season! Post-secondary education can be expensive, which is why we gathered some financial support opportunities for Canadians in the CF community seeking higher education. Applications for various scholarships, bursaries, grants and financial awards usually open early fall 2019 for the 2020-2021 school year, so why not get a head start?

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.


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. *Learn more

Vertex CF Scholarships: Vertex’s CF Scholarship helps persons with CF and their immediate family (siblings, caregivers, and children) in Canada and the United States pursue a two-year, four-year or graduate degree. *Learn more

LUMEN Society: The LUMEN scholarship is available to 2020 high school graduates across Canada who have been impacted by invisible illnesses either directly or indirectly. *Learn more

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. *Learn more

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. *Learn more

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

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

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. *Learn more

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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