Post-Secondary Education

In Canada post-secondary education comes in the form of universities, colleges, and private training schools.

Universities offer degree programs. An undergraduate program (bachelor ‘s degree) usually requires four years of study. The amount of time to complete a post-graduate program (master’s or doctoral degree) varies, depending on the study program.

Community colleges usually offer diploma and certificate programs which prepare people for jobs in specific occupational fields. Their programs normally last from several months to three years.

Universities and colleges also offer various short programs and courses which may last for a shorter period of time, with classes a few times a week, or once a week, often in the evening and sometimes on weekends. An adult student may want to take such a course to learn or improve a certain skill (e.g. language or computer skills), or to pursue a hobby or an interest (e.g. digital photography).

Even though publicly funded post-secondary institutions are partially funded by the government, to attend their programs students must pay tuition.

In Newfoundland and Labrador there are two publicly funded post-secondary Institutes. They are:

Additionally, there are several private post-secondary institutions. They are:

Financial Assistance for Post-Secondary Studies

There are different kinds of financial aid that may be available to help post-secondary students with the expenses related to studies and living expenses:

  • Scholarships are usually based on academic achievement and/or community involvement.
  • Bursaries and grants are usually based on financial need and do not have to be paid back.
  • Employment benefit programs assist eligible people with some of the costs associated with attending a college program.
  • Low interest student loans help students pay for their post-secondary studies and living expenses during their studies (repayment is usually deferred until the student finishes the educational program).

Ask AXIS Career Services, the employment division of the Association for New Canadians, or the financial aid advisor at the educational institution you are planning on attending about this. To reach AXIS, visit

Even though publicly funded post-secondary institutions are partially funded by government, to attend their programs students must pay tuition.

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