Scholarships and Aid

We understand that financial issues can impact directly on your studies; therefore, financial planning is an important part of assuring academic success at University.  We can provide you with the information and support that you need.


Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships

When you apply for admission to NSCAD by the Fall deadline of March 1 for Foundation and Advanced Standing applicants, you are automatically considered for Entrance Scholarships.

NSCAD awards over $80,000 in entrance scholarships annually, ranging from $500 to $8,000, and some awards are renewable for each of four years of study, making our top award approximately $32,000! After each year of study at NSCAD, more scholarships will be available for application by qualified students.

NSCAD University offers over $170,000 in scholarships to current students.  Most scholarships require at least one full time semester of study before qualifying for an application.  Anybody who applies for the March 1 deadline is automatically considered for scholarships.

NSCAD University offers a number of internal scholarships to current students.  Most internally offered scholarships require at least one full time semester of study before qualifying for an application.  Applications are available by request in the Office of Student Experience at the beginning of the Fall and Winter semesters or by email. Awards are automatically credited to a student's tuition and fees account in the following semester. (Fall awards are put on accounts in the Winter semester and Winter awards are applied to accounts in the Fall semester.)

NSCAD's Travel Subsidy Program provides financial assistance for travel related to courses or academics for individuals and for class trips. Applications are available for travel within the same semester. Our Travel Subsidy Committee approves applications for about $12,000 per year for individual and class study trips.  The appication may be found online, HERE.

The Reznick Family Fund for Student Creativity supports NSCAD students to fund individual and group projects, with an emphasis on recognizing exceptional creativity. All full-time or part-time students enrolled in a NSCAD degree program are eligible to apply for this $1,000 to $10,000 award at any point in their studies.

External scholarships and awards are sponsored by organizations from all around the world, and are open to ALL students, not just those at NSCAD. These funding opportunities are sent to us from various government, corporate, and non-profit sector groups in order to be shared with the student body. Additional information is available here.

In addition to scholarships and awards, many students also receive student loans, direct grants and work bursaries.

Master of Fine Arts Awards and Scholarships

Each MFA student accepted into the Program is awarded a minimum of $13,000 in fellowships and assistantships to offset the costs of their Program.

Firstly, each student is awarded a $3000 MFA Fellowship ($750 paid each semester for the four semesters of full-time continuous enrolment in which the student remains in good standing).

In addition, MFA applicants will be automatically reviewed, as part of the admissions process, for the following additional competetive scholarships:

  • The Robert Pope Foundation Scholarship: two $2,000 awards for entering Fine and Media Arts graduate students;
  • The Roloff Beny Foundation Scholarship: one $5,000 award for entering Fine and Media Arts graduate students, with a concentration in Photography;
  • The Faculty Union of NSCAD: one $1,000 award for entering Fine and Media Arts, or Craft graduate students;
  • The Joan Catherine DeWolfe Graduate Fellowship: five $2,000 awards for entering Canadian Fine and Media Arts, or Craft graduate students.

MFA program applicants may also apply for ​NSERC/SSHRC – Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships (check witb the Office of Student Experience ( regarding deadlines and process). For NSERC/SSHRC scholarship application information click here

During a student's continued enrolment in the Master of Design and Master of Fine Arts Programs, they are eligible to apply for additional NSCAD non-entrance graduate scholarships and awards by posted fall and/or winter deadlines. 

Full information and application forms for scholarships, bursaries, and emergency loans can be obtained in the Office of Student Experience,

Master of Fine Arts Teaching / Research Assistantship Stipends

In addition to the fellowship, each Master of Fine Arts student is awarded a $2,500 teaching assistantship per semester for four semesters in full-time residence in the Program, totalling $10,000 over the duration of the program. Teaching Assistants work an average of ten hours per week.

On occasion, a Research Assistantship (RA) may be awarded, in addition to the regular teaching / research assistantships, to all NSCAD MFA students. Here are some current Research Opportunities on campus:

The Drawing Lab
The Drawing Lab, located at NSCAD’s Academy Campus, is a SSHRC-funded collaboration between researchers at NSCAD and Dalhousie Universities. The research being conducted at The Drawing Lab seeks to determine whether the notion of the 'good eye' is more than a metaphor. The methodology employed involves quantifying, mapping and comparing patterns of eye-movement in subjects who are drawing directly from observation.

Beginning in August 2015, The Drawing Lab will employ 1 to 2 MFA students as Research Assistants for roughly 5 to 10 hours per week, based on their interests, abilities and other time commitments. Rate of pay is anticipated to begin at $18.00/hour. Research Assistantships may involve testing and/or tutoring in drawing.

If you are interested in exploring this opportunity, contact Mathew Reichertz and/or Bryan Maycock.


Other Master of Fine Arts Financial Assistance

Travel Assistance Funds may be applied for to support individual and group trips related to research or professional activities.Applications are available for travel within the same semester. Our Travel Subsidy Committee approves applications for about $12,000 per year for individual and class study trips.  The appication may be found online, HERE.

MFA students are eligible to apply for Emergency Loans and Materials Grants through the Office of Student Experience,