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Financial Resources for Adult learners

This section covers a variety of organizations that offer financial opportunities for adult learners pursuing post- secondary education in Ontario. These financial opportunities come in the form of scholarships, bursaries, grants, and/or loans.

Adult learners may experience challenges with sourcing scholarship and bursary opportunities, as many of these opportunities are geared toward students going directly from an adolescent high school to post-secondary education.

This list is a starting point – students are encouraged to expand their research by using online resources, library research, telephone contact, and face-to-face networking.


Adult Learner: An adult learner is a person who is not pursuing post-secondary directly from an adolescent high school.

Scholarship: A scholarship is a financial grant provided to a person based on merit, often based on prior academic success.

Bursaries: Bursaries are non-repayable awards that are given to students on the basis of financial need. They are often available from post-secondary institutions.

Grants: Grants are non-repayable funds, often available through government, businesses, or individuals to be used toward post-secondary schooling.

Loans: Loans are funds to be repaid, usually with interest. These may not have to be repaid until schooling is completed.