Awards FAQ’s for Prospective Students
- What financial assistance is available to students?
The Awards Office administers various financial aid and awards programs to reward academic achievement and to provide financial assistance. The office is responsible for the administration of undergraduate scholarships, bursaries and the work study program. The Awards Office is also responsible for the effective administration of government student assistance programs such as OSAP, government student aid from other Canadian provinces as well as federal/provincial scholarships and federal/provincial bursary programs. Our goal is to guide students through the application and assessment process so they may have the appropriate financial supports in place to successfully achieve their educational goals.
- When are entrance scholarship offers made and how will my average be calculated?
Entrance Scholarship offers will be made with the offer of admission.
If you are entering Carleton with an admissions average of 80 percent or better, you will automatically be considered for one of our renewable entrance scholarships. The admissions average we use is calculated from the marks submitted by your high school in support of your application, and may be a combination of early/interim or final marks. You may be offered a renewable entrance scholarship provided you are entering Carleton for the first time and have no previous attendance at post secondary educational institutions.
Post secondary students transferring from another Canadian university or college program to a full-time undergraduate program at Carleton, may be eligible for an entrance scholarship for University/College Transfer Students.
For more information: Entrance Scholarships
- Are final high school or summer school grades used to reassess my entrance scholarship offer?
Entrance scholarship offers are not assessed or reassessed on final grades we receive in June/July or summer school grades.
- Will my entrance scholarship offer be revoked if my admissions average falls below 80%?
Your entrance scholarship offer is valid as long as you maintain your offer of admission.
- How do I accept my entrance scholarship offer?
Accepting our offer of admission will also confirm acceptance of your entrance scholarship offer.
- I am finishing my final year of high school, what entrance awards can I apply for at Carleton?
Our highest entrance awards are our prestige scholarships – 10 Chancellor’s Scholarships, 7 Richard Lewar Scholarships, 3 Carleton University Scholarships of Excellence, 2 Carleton University Shad Valley Scholarships of Excellence, 1 Riordon Scholarship, and 1 Collins Prestige Scholarship. For all prestige scholarships, you’ll need an admission average of 90 percent or better – the selection committee will also assess the range of your community or secondary school activities. All these scholarships can be continued each year that you are a full-time student, provided that you maintain an A- standing. If you lose your scholarship in one year it can be regained in future years. One application form is used for all the prestige awards and must be submitted by March 1.
Download a Prestige Scholarship Application
For additional financial assistance, students who have received an offer of admission from Carleton may also apply to be considered for a Carleton University Entrance Bursary. An Entrance Bursary may provide you with additional funds to help you meet the direct educational costs of your first-year studies at Carleton. The on-line Entrance Bursary Application for prospective students is available on the Awards Office website as of mid February.
- How is the entrance scholarship paid?
You will receive an entrance scholarship acknowledgement in June to confirm the details and provide you with information on how the scholarship will be paid. Scholarships are applied/issued directly towards tuition fees in two instalments (mid August for the Fall term and mid December for the Winter term) provided you have registered and remain registered for the full academic year (minimum 4.0 credits in the Fall/Winter session). On Carleton Central, the value of any scholarship you have been awarded will be recorded as available funding in the appropriate term(s) and will reduce the amount of tuition you need to pay.
- Do I have to wait for my offer of admission before applying to OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program)?
No. However, you must complete a separate OSAP application for each school you are applying to. We encourage you to submit an OSAP application only for the schools that are your first and second choices. Once you have received your offer of admission from the school you plan to attend, you should notify the financial aid offices of the schools you are not attending and have them close your application.
- How do I apply for OSAP?
To apply for OSAP go to ontario.ca/osap and apply online. The online application is free.
Students with special circumstances can acquire a paper OSAP application from any high school, college or university. Students can also print off the application online; however, a $10 processing fee is charged when using the paper application.
To ensure that you have the proper funding for the start of your studies in September, you must apply for OSAP and submit your Consent, Declaration and Signature sheets to the Awards Office by mid June.
- I do not live in Ontario, am I eligible for government student assistance funding from my home province?
If you don’t live in Ontario, you may be eligible for government student assistance through your home province or territory. “Home” province or territory is usually defined as the province in which your parents currently reside, or, if you are an independent applicant, the province in which you have most recently lived and worked for 12 consecutive months (excluding residence for full-time attendance at a post secondary institution).
- How much does it cost for one year of undergraduate studies?
For information on tuition fees, visit the student accounts’ fees page.
- What is a Carleton University bursary?
A bursary is a monetary award that is granted on the basis of financial need. Bursaries do not have to be repaid. Carleton offers bursaries to students who have applied for a student loan and who require additional assistance in order to finance their studies. If you have been given an offer of admission to Carleton you will receive information on the various forms of financial assistance available to help you finance your studies. To be considered for a Carleton University Entrance Bursary, complete and submit the Entrance Bursary application, through the Undergraduate Application Forms System on Carleton Central by June 30.
- Are international students eligible for scholarships? What financial assistance is available to international students ?
Yes, international students are eligible for some scholarships. The number of scholarships is limited. You will be notified of financial aid and scholarships with your offer of admission to the University.
- Where can I find information on scholarships, bursaries, and financial assistance opportunities?
Our Awards Website provides students with helpful details in all of these areas.
- Is there Financial Aid for International Students?
In order to be considered for scholarships you would first have to apply and be admited to Carleton University. Undergraduate entrance scholarships are automatically offered to students who meet our academic and language requirements. Students who do not enter on a scholarship will automatically be considered for an in-course scholarship for the following year if they achieve an A- standing. Bursaries are available for those who require financial assistance after their first year of undergraduate studies. For more details and to apply on-line, see bursary information for current students. Visa students are not eligible for the Canadian Federal or Provincial student loan program but should look at what assistance may be offered through their own country.
For more information: International Students