What is a bursary?

A bursary is a monetary award that is granted on the basis of financial need. Like scholarships, bursaries are awards that do not have to be repaid. However bursaries are different from scholarships because they are awarded based on financial need rather than academic achievement. The intention of the undergraduate bursary program is to supplement, not replace, students’ primary sources of funding such as OSAP, government student financial assistance from another province or loan funding from a financial institution.

Tips for completing a bursary application

Be complete

The bursary committee has to read your application and make a decision. It can be hard to assess your situation if you’ve left information out of your application.

Submit it on time

The deadline to submit your bursary application is very important – late applications will not be considered. Make sure you view our dates and deadlines page for the deadline to submit your bursary application.

Apply for government financial assistance

Bursaries are typically issued to students who demonstrate the greatest financial need and are meant to supplement, not replace, your primary source of funding. Receiving government student aid is one of the easiest ways to show financial need.

Be realistic

When you’re filling out the budget, be realistic about how much you spend. Unrealistic expense amounts can make it more difficult for the committee to accurately assess your financial situation.

Don’t forget resources

Make sure that you mention how many resources you have available. If you indicate that you have $10,000 in expenses and $0 in resources, then we may assume that you forgot to complete half of the application.