Sep 20, 2013 by

My very first book, published 12 long years ago, was a financial guide for students called Sink or Swim: Get Your Degree Without Drowning in Debt. In it, I talk about, which was an invaluable free resource when I was a student looking for scholarships and bursaries.

Rising tuition costs are an ongoing challenge for Canadian postsecondary students and their parents who are often helping foot the bill. Today, most students can expect to graduate with more than $27,000 of student loan debt. It is never too early to get prepared and informed on the resources available for you and your kids. There are more and more resources available to offset the rising financial costs of postsecondary education.

Many companies and associations are making an effort to help their communities by supporting youth through their postsecondary studies. Canada-based has turned the financial challenge of education into an opportunity – by helping students through an innovative platform that “matches” students to these scholarships while providing opportunities, awards, forums, advice, access to offers and much more.

With over 2.25 million members, and an average of 566 new members a day, Studentawards provides youth with access to more than $78 million in financial awards. Studentawards members are matched with financial awards based on their individual qualifications. In fact, only 54 per cent of the awards available on Studentawards are based on academic grades. There are even scholarships available for students who have a knack for creating viral videos, for those who are vertically gifted and over six feet tall, and for those with an interest in astrology, just to name a few.

Not all students are going to be the next Albert Einstein or Isaac Newton; many students are simply trying to get ahead and reach their goals. The reality is, there are scholarships, bursaries and awards out there for all students, no matter what their skill, talent or passion may be. Being knowledgeable and encouraging students to take advantage of the resources that are at their fingertips is essential and will help families avoid falling victim to the rising costs of postsecondary education in Canada.

Go to to sign up and see what’s available for your student today! .

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