HALIFAX -- The Nova Scotia government has announced some post-secondary students will receive a one-time grant to “help cover shortfalls in earnings and unexpected costs” associated with their studies during the pandemic.

Every post-secondary student receiving Nova Scotia student assistance for 2020-21 -- which is around 13,000 people -- will receive the grant.

The grant, which is $750, is a one-time payment. Students do not have to fill out an application and the government says most payments will be sent out in January 2021, but some could arrive by spring or summer.

"We know many students are facing additional financial challenges due to COVID-19," said Minister of Labour and Advanced Education Lena Metlege Diab in a news release. "This grant will help provide extra funding support and ensure students who are most in need can continue to receive the quality education they deserve."

The province says many students have incurred extra costs during the pandemic, such as moving to new learning platforms, and may have had difficulty securing summer employment and part-time jobs, and the grant is intended to offer them some relief.

The Nova Scotia government says, besides this grant, financial assistance up to $40,000 is available for many Nova Scotia post-secondary students who are studying in the province.