The Cost of Post Secondary Education

These are the approximate costs for one year of college or university based on information from the 2015/2016 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 – $9,500Food – $2,000 – $3,100
Extras $1,500-$2,500*Does not include personal items like clothing, entertainment, etc.

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Scholarship Databases

National Student Loans Service Centre (NSLSC):  is the source for interactive information and tools designed to help you save, plan and pay for post-secondary education

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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)

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 Mrs. Scattolon or Mrs. Quick for more details about sponsored applications.


TD Canada Trust Scholarship:

  • Demonstrate outstanding community leadership and present a minimum average of 75%

House of Commons Page Program:

  • Always Due Early December – must have applied by then to Carleton or UOttawa
  • 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


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


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


RBC Royal Bank Students Leading Change Scholarships:

  • Three different scholarships are offered.  Each has separate criteria.  Please check website for specific 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 January 15 of any year.  For more information, see Mrs. Quick or Mrs. Scattolon in Guidance.


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 of each year. 


Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary:

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


Great War 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 April 30 of each year

Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital Bursary

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


 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.


Perth Civitan Blood Donor Bursary

  • Applications are available in Guidance
  • Candidates must have attended a blood donor clinic and write a 500 word essay “Why I Chose to Donate Blood”. Deadline is May 1 of each year.


Royal Canadian Legion Perth Branch 244

Royal Canadian Legion Smith Falls Branch 95

  • Applications are available in Guidance
  • Candidates must be attending college or university in the fall and have a parent, grandparent or great-grandparent as a member of the Legion
  • 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


Monsanto 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 

  • This scholarship is for students who have applied to Algonquin College for Fall, 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 March 31st.


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.
  • For the 2018 graduation class, of particular note is the OFSAA Alumni Scholarship which applies directly to EOSSAA student-athletes.  Application deadline for this scholarship is April 1st.

Local Bursaries (Applications Available in Guidance in the Spring of 2018)

  • Perth Civitan Blood Donor Bursary
  • CFUW
  • Perth Blue Wings Alumni Bursary 
  • Smiths Falls Civitan Bursary
  • Perth and District Community Foundation Ken Gray Scholarship for Community Involvement
  • Perth and District Community Foundation Ken Gray Scholarship for SHSM students
  • St. Lawrence College Board of Governors Scholarship
  • McIntosh Perry Engineering Scholarship
  • Bell-Meier Bursary for Out-of-Province Studies
  • Tay Valley History Scholarship