Welcome to Financing Post-Secondary Education, a website for potential students, current students and family members of students about the essentials of paying for post-secondary education (PSE) in Canada, including university, college, and apprenticeships across Canada. This website is brought to you by the Manitoba Institute for Policy Research, based in the Department of Political Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Manitoba.  While this resource comes from a Manitoba university, it is designed to be applicable to students in different types of post-secondary education and at different points in their post-secondary journeys.    



Why is financial information important?

Paying for post-secondary education in Canada is currently a responsibility shared by students (and their families, if applicable), governments (federal and provincial), employers, and citizens covering the costs in many cases.  Many Canadians have misconceptions about how much post-secondary education costs and are not fully informed about types of financial aid (including scholarships and loans). A more complete and accurate overview about how to finance post-secondary education can allow students to make better decisions and potentially end up with less debt and more savings at the end of their studies.  This website is focused primarily on the post-secondary education costs that students face while studying, including how to pay for these costs as well as things to think about after leaving post-secondary studies.


What can I learn as a student?


The website discusses the major components of paying for your education, including making a budget, applying for financial aid, working, managing your savings, and filing your taxes. Each section will provide basic information that will introduce the topic, followed by more specific topics and questions that may be relevant to you.  


What can I learn as a parent, gaurdian or family member?

You can learn more about the role you can play to support your child's post-secondary studies, including teaching financial skills and saving for their education.