The Cost of Post Secondary Education

These are the approximate costs for one year of college or university based on information from the 2019/2020 school year.

College University
Tuition The average tuition for a diploma program is $3,000-$6,000/year The average tuition for an undergraduate degree is $4,700-$9,500 per year.  Some specialty programs may be up to $12,000/year
Books Approx. $1,200-$1,500/year Approx. $1,500-$2,000/year
Residence or Off Campus Housing Housing – $7,000 – $9,500 Food – $2,000 – $3,100
Extras $1,500-$2,500*Does not include personal items like clothing, entertainment, etc.


OSAP Information Brochure

10 Things you Need to Know about OSAP


OSAP – Spring 2014 Presentation    OSAP 2014


Post Secondary Financial Aid Brochure Spring 2014


Student Awards presentation that will give you tips and suggestions when applying for scholarships –    Student Awards Scholarships 101


Scholarship Databases

CanLearn:  CanLearn is the source for interactive information and tools designed to help you save, plan and pay for post-secondary education

Student Awards:  The Student Awards database has $82 million worth of awards.  Complete a profile and see what you are eligible for.

Scholarships Canada: is one of Canada’s largest and most comprehensive databases for students looking for scholarships, bursaries, grants and student awards.  We offer unique opportunities for students across all schools, levels of study, fields of study, extracurricular activities and much, much more.

Specific Scholarship Applications (In no particular order)

Horatio Alger Canadian Scholarship Program

These scholarships reward students who possess the character to overcome adversity and succeed in life.  Program goal is to help students overcome financial barriers to pursue higher education.  Visit the website  Deadline is Oct 25, 2016  horatio-alger-scholarship

Almonte General Hospital/Fairview Manor Volunteer Services Bursary  – AGH-FVM Student Bursary

The Volunteer Services Committee is now accepting applications for the Volunteer Services Bursary.  Students who are currently in grade 12, have volunteered with Almonte General Hospital and/or Fairview Manor during the last two years, and who are pursing post secondary education in the Health Care or related field are welcome to apply.   Deadline is March 16th.  Please see the flyer for more details.

Carleton University Bachelor of Humanities High School Essay Contest

You could win $500 by writing an essay…details are available on the website  Deadline is December 5, 2014.


Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program –    

See the flyer for more details –   Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program


The Loran Award – Canadian Merit Scholarship   – Application deadline is Oct. 22 for Sponsored Applications and Oct. 29 for Direct Pool Applicants.  Present a minimum average of 85% and have contributions to the school and larger community.  Please see Ms. Mac or Mrs. Verge for more details about sponsored applications.


TD Canada Trust Scholarships outstanding community leadership and present a minimum average of 75%.


House of Commons Page Program

Bilingual with an 80% average.

Outstanding involvement in community and school activities.

Strong leadership qualities.


Burger King Scholarships

Overall Average, work experience, extracurricular activities and/or community service.


Silver Spring Farm Scholarship Award

Must be pursuing a degree or diploma in the field of social sciences or human services, at one of the following schools in Eastern Ontario:  Algonquin College, Carleton University, La Cite Collegiale, University of Ottawa, St. Paul University, St. Lawrence College.

Based on written applications that include: volunteer experience, academic performance, personal essay & two letters of reference.


W. Garfield Weston Merit Awards 

For students attending College who are passionate about their field of study and have been involved in school and community activities.


Youth Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities (Provided by Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work)

Students must be entering first year of college or university.

Students must be a person with a long term and re-occurring disability.

Applications evaluated on the following:  community involvement, extra curricular, approach to overcoming barriers, academics, educational goals.


Ontario State Knights of Columbus Bursary Programme 

Son or Daughter of a member who is in good standing.

Must be applying to a full time college or university program in Ontario.

Marks, financial need and service to the church and community will be weighed.


The Brian Smith Memorial Scholarship

Scholarships based on: Financial Need, overcome personal hardship, active role in school or community sports programs, participation in community involvement.


Retail as a Career Scholarship Program

Candidates must be pursuing post secondary studies in retail or business & currently working part-time in the retail industry.


Justices of the Peace Bursary Program

Applicants must be entering their first year of post secondary study in the Justice Sector.

Based on academic excellence and financial need.


CFUW Perth and District (Canadian Federation of University Women)

Priority is given to women who demonstrate financial need.

Must be attending college or university.


RBC Royal Bank Students Leading Change Scholarships

Three different scholarships are offered.  Each has separate criteria.  Please check website for specific details.


CIBC & Canada’s Luckiest Student

See the website for all the details.


Schulich Leader Scholarships

Each school can nominate one student as it’s Schulich Leader.  In order to apply, submit your letter of intent to Guidance by Friday January 15, 2016.  For more information, see Ms. Mac or Mrs. Verge in Guidance.

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Ontario Hockey Federation

Based on academic achievement, hockey involvement and community involvement.

Enrolling in full time post secondary studies for the first time.


Lanark County Plowmen’s Association   

Students who are a resident of Lanark County and are pursuing a college or university program in the field of agriculture are encouraged to apply for this bursary.  Value $250.  Applications are available in Guidance.  Deadline for applications is May 1, 2016.  LCPA Bursary


Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary  Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Fund 2015

For graduating students who are pursuing post secondary studies related to the natural environment and may lead to a career in this field.


Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Bursary

Applications are available in Guidance.

Candidates must be applying to a Health Science Program at college or university (Nursing, Lab Tech, etc.).

Deadline is May 31st, 2015.


Learning Matters Bursary

Applicants must demonstrate financial need, community involvement, academic excellence, and have a career objective that will make a positive contribution in Canadian society.


Carleton Place Civitan Bursary

Applications are available in Guidance.

Candidates must demonstrate volunteer work beyond the required 40 hours.


Carleton Place Royal Canadian Legion

Applications are available in Guidance.

Candidates must be attending college or university in the fall.

Students will be considered on financial need, academic effort and performance and appraisal of their work ethic, determination and leadership.


Worker’s Health and Safety Centre Scholarships

Candidates must be attending College or University in the fall.


Monsato Opportunity Scholarship

The Monsanto Fund Opportunity Scholarship Program is for Canadian high school students from family farms who have successfully enrolled at a Canadian educational institution (degree or diploma) in a first-year agriculture program.


The Holmes Foundation

For students attending post secondary studies who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in residential renovation or construction to complete their academic training.

Scholarships and bursaries will be awarded to students who demonstrate both a commitment to a career in residential renovation or construction and/or a need for financial assistance to obtain training.


Sens Foundation Scholarship Program  SensBursary_flyer_15

This scholarship is for students who have applied to Algonquin College for Sept 2015, have strong academic achievement, community involvement, participation in sport and can demonstrate strong teamwork skills, and a passion for the Algonquin College, field of study.  Applications are due to Guidance by Monday April 27th.


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Award to attend Saint Paul University

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul award will be awarded to a graduate who who exemplifies the spirit of the St. Vincent de Paul  Society.  The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is dedicated to helping those less fortunate.  The winner of the award will receive a $5,000 bursary towards the cost of fees to attend St. Paul University.  St Vincent de Paul application form 2015


OFSAA Scholarship Programs

With the support of several organizations, OFSAA is proud to assist hardworking student-athletes finance their post-secondary education through our various scholarship programs.  Our scholarships recognize student-athletes moving on to post-secondary education in Canada, who are successful academically, involved in their school and community,  demonstrate leadership qualities, and have a financial need.

We are not eligible for The OFSAA Alumni Scholarship this year.  Check back next year to see if EOSSAA Students are eligible.


Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Please see the handout and website for more details.  Deadline for submissions is December 17, 2014.

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards


Ottawa Valley Music Festival – Scholarships & Awards

Students entering a Bachelor of Music program or other accredited music program is eligible to apply for this award.  Application is due the second Monday of May. OVMF Scholarship


The Paige Marshall Admission Award – Queen’s University Applicants 

Paige Marshall Admission Award-Sept 2016

This award is for students entering first year at Queen’s University in any undergraduate program.  The award is based on academic excellence, demonstrated financial need, and high school or community leadership.  The award is specifically for students who graduate from Notre Dame in Carleton Place, St. John in Perth, St. Michael in Kemptville or St. Mary in Brockville.

The Nelson Civic Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who have demonstrated academic standing, community involvement and a desire to make a difference.  Deadline is June 1st.  See the brochure and visit the website for more details.    Nelson Civic Leadership Scholarship

The Best Price Nutrition and Health Scholarship

Please see the information on the website for more details.  Deadline is late 2015 with the award handed out in the spring of 2016