Community college scholarships for international students are available to new students based on criteria including academic success, artistic merit, athletic excellence, community involvement, references from instructors or employers or financial need.
The main types of community college scholarships for international students in Canada include:
- Entrance (new student) scholarships
- International entrance scholarships
- Academic scholarships
- Athletic "incentive" scholarships for international students
- Program-specific scholarships
International entrance scholarships can be full-tuition or partial, may be renewable, and may also cover residence, books and other necessary gear. Community college scholarships generally range from $250 to $5,000 C$ for study in any program.
Scholarship and award programs for international students are also administered by the federal government, provincial governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and even community groups in the college's city or town.
Examples of some international student scholarships available at Canadian post-secondary institutions:
Bursaries ranging from $500 to $1,000 are also sometimes available for international students who demonstrate financial need and reasonable academic standing. Bursaries may be given out as emergency assistance for basic educational expenses if the student's original financial sources have fallen through.
Visa students are not eligible for the Canadian Federal or Provincial student loan program but should look at what assistance may be offered through their own country. Loan assistance is often available through the International Education Finance Corporation (IEFC).