Guide for Mature Students
At Niagara College, we believe in lifelong learning
Think our college classrooms, labs and learning enterprises are filled with students fresh out of high school? Think again!
Our diverse student population is comprised of students of all ages, from all around the world. Whether you’re interested in enhancing your current career with updated skills, considering a brand new career, or exploring a new interest, discover how Niagara College can put you on the pathway to success.
Don’t have a high school diploma? Completed high school years ago? Lack specific courses needed to enter a college program?
The Academic Upgrading program can help you achieve your post-secondary, apprenticeship, or career goals. The program has a continuous intake, and you can start most Mondays during the school year. Tuition fees and costs of materials are paid for by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, and support allowances may help pay for child care and transportation while in class.
Students may choose to earn the Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate, which is accepted as equivalent to Grade 12 by Ontario community colleges and for registration as an apprentice.
Benefits of applied learning
We offer our students a world-class applied education that equips them with the tools they need to succeed.
All major sectors of our economy show college graduates succeeding and leading. We not only provide hands-on real-world experience, we nurture students through numerous unique community-based applied learning projects that provide important lessons in service and leadership.
Our programs lead to jobs
Recent Key Performance Indicator Surveys mandated by the province revealed that 87.8% of our graduates are employed within six months of graduation! Not only that, 89% of employers are happy with the NC grad they hired.
Financial Aid and Awards
The decision to go back to school as a mature student is a wise investment in your future. Niagara College has $4.5 million in grants, scholarships, bursaries and on-campus jobs available to full-time students each year.Access Scholarships & Bursaries
Have you been laid off?
Second Career is an Ontario government program that provides help to laid-off workers in need. It helps eligible workers to obtain the skills and training required to successfully re-gain employment.Learn about Second Career
Our Employment and Training Solutions office helps connect job seekers with employer. Its offers support services and resources for job seekers, and assists with co-op opportunities.
Students can also join our hub for entrepreneurial education, ncTakeOff to help them get their own business ideas off the ground!
We have many opportunities to maximize your education by getting involved on campus and networking with industry professionals in your field of interest.
The Centre for Student Engagement and Leadership is dedicated to helping our students get involved in extracurricular activities, clubs, volunteer and leadership opportunities, on-campus and off.
You never know where your Niagara College education will take you. With a “Be World Ready” focus for our students and staff, our college offers a number of work abroad and study abroad experiences, as well as shorter-term International field studies.
Discover opportunities to study or work abroad with NC.
The beautiful Niagara Region has much to offer. It is a popular year-round destination for tourists from around the world and offers an enjoyable lifestyle for those who call it home. It has a thriving culinary scene with countless award-winning restaurants and internationally-recognized chefs. Fruit orchards and vineyards flourish in its unique microclimate and visitors flock to its wineries which are considered among the world’s finest.
Residents benefit from affordable housing prices and safe communities, as well as excellent hospitals and healthcare facilities.
Each calendar year is marked by numerous annual festivals within the region which not only celebrate food and wine, but arts, music and culture. From parks and conservation areas with hiking and cycling trails, to sports fields and championship calibre golf courses, it’s easy to maintain an active outdoor lifestyle in Niagara.
Shoppers can delight in the charm of its downtown boutiques or the hustle and bustle of its larger retail malls. Fresh and local offerings are plentiful with a variety of community farmer’s markets to choose from.