Bursaries & Work Study

Bursaries

Bursaries are non-repayable grants that are awarded on the basis of financial need. Bursaries supplement students’ primary sources of funding such as OSAP, bank loans/lines of credit and parental/spousal contributions. Financial need is determined in a manner similar to the Canada and Ontario Student Loans assessment. It involves assessing the costs of the program that students are registered in or are applying for, and any available resources.

Fall/Winter Bursary Funding

For OSAP Students: Student Access Guarantee

The Government of Ontario, in partnership with the province's colleges and universities, delivers the Student Access Guarantee. The Student Access Guarantee’s goal is that no qualified Ontario student should be prevented from attending our public colleges and universities because of a lack of financial support.

Through this guarantee, Western will provide enough financial aid to cover students’ assessed needs for tuition, books and mandatory fees if these are not fully met by OSAP.

If you are in a first-entry program, meaning a program that you can enter directly from high school, you will be automatically considered for Student Access Guarantee aid based on your OSAP application, whether or not you also apply to your postsecondary institution for financial aid.

The ministry will assess whether you qualify for additional aid for tuition, books and mandatory fees, and if you do, Western will provide it to you through a combination of:

  • Bursaries
  • Scholarships
  • Work Study programs


In addition to aid specifically to cover tuition, books and mandatory fee needs, Western also strives to assist students who are having trouble meeting their basic costs to stay in school for other reasons, or who are experiencing unusual or emergency situations.

Note: To determine if you qualify for financial assistance in addition to OSAP and the Student Access Guarantee, you must submit the online Financial Assistance Profile Application by October 31.

Eligibility for Non-OSAP students

Eligible students must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, be registered at main campus in a full or part time program and demonstrate a genuine financial need.

How to Apply

The Bursary, Work Study & Need Based Award programs are all based on financial need, and are all applied for via the online Financial Assistance Profile Application.  The Fall/Winter 2020 application is available through the Student Center. Once logged into your Student Center account click on Financial Assistance in the Student Services Links box to access the application or go to bursaries.uwo.ca.

Application Deadlines

The Financial Assistance Profile application (FAP) for Bursary consideration will be available until October 31st. Students who do not apply by October 31st will have the opportunity to apply for bursary funding again in the second term from the first day of classes in January to February 28.

Note: If you wish to be considered for Need Based Awards please click here to find out more information on these deadlines. 

Summer Bursary Funding

Financial assistance is also available during the summer term for registered students. The application for summer bursary and work-study funding is available through the Student Center.  To be eligible to apply students must be registered in a minimum half credit at Western during the Summer term and must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident. The Summer 2020 application will become available in late April.

 Application Deadline: July 30, 2020

Admission Bursary Application

To use the Admission Bursary application to apply for Admission Bursaries and Need Based Awards, you must be applying to Western for September 2020 admission in either the first year of an Undergraduate program (programs in Arts and Humanities, Engineering, Health Science (Kinesiology, Health Science, Nursing), Information and Media Studies (MIT), Music, Science (Science, Medical Science), Social Science (Social Science and MOS) or the first year of one of the following second entry Professional Programs: Medicine, Law, Dentistry or Business (HBA1). You must also be a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident and demonstrate genuine financial need for the Fall/Winter 2020-21 academic year.

For first year, high school applicants: Western recognizes that the current Covid-19 situation is having unforeseen financial impacts on our incoming students and their families, and we want to provide you with support to help with your costs for your first year of studies at Western. To help alleviate the financial challenges some students will face this year, we will be offering a $2500 credit towards first year residence costs to first year, high school applicants whose parent(s) are eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), and who will be living in Western residence for the 2020-2021 year. To claim the residence credit, qualified students must identify themselves to our office by submitting the Admission Bursary Application, and by providing documentation to prove their parent(s) CERB eligibility. Documents demonstrating proof of CERB eligibility (eg. proof of payment such as copy of deposit information, or screenshot of application assessment) should be submitted through our online DocDrop. When submitting your documentation through DocDrop please select the Proof of Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) document type to upload your documents (document must be in pdf format). Once your documentation has been reviewed you will receive email notification to confirm your eligibility for the $2500 credit. Students who demonstrate additional financial need through their Admission Bursary application, can receive an Admission Bursary to assist with their costs for first year, in addition to the $2500 residence credit.

Note: Students who are applying to Western as a part-time student, or who have previously attended a post-secondary institution (and are not applying to a Professional Program listed above), will have the opportunity to apply for bursary assistance on the Fall/Winter Financial Assistance application. The Fall/Winter Financial Assistance application will be available through the Student Center by mid-late August.

Application:

The Admission Bursary Application for the 2020-21 academic year is no longer available. Students who did not complete an Admission Bursary Application can still apply to be considered for bursary assistance by submitting a Financial Assistance Profile Application which will become available in late August through the Student Center. 

Application Deadline:

July 6, 2020

Out of Province Guarantee

We will guarantee you a minimum $1,000 admission bursary for September 2020 if you are admitted directly from a secondary school in a Canadian province outside of Ontario, are registered in the first year of an undergraduate program on Main Campus, and are receiving Canadian federal or provincial student loan assistance.

Senior Citizen Bursary

This bursary is available to senior citizens who are registered as part-time students at main campus, and is awarded on the basis of financial need. The value of the bursary is a maximum of $1200 for the fiscal year (May 2020 to April 2021) for undergraduate and graduate students.

Applications must be submitted prior to the start of classes for the session in which the bursary is required. The value of the bursary will be applied directly to outstanding tuition (only) fees.

For more information, please refer to the guidelines/eligibility requirements outlined on the application.

Senior Citizen Bursary Application - Fall/Winter 2020-2021

Fairmount Foundation International Learning Bursary

Awarded to undergraduate students who have completed first year or above and who wish to study abroad on:  exchange programs; approved study abroad programs; curriculum-based international field courses, international research, international community engaged learning; internships; and other University-led international credit or non-credit learning experiences approved by Western International. 

To be considered for the Fairmount Foundation International Learning Bursary, please complete the Financial Assistance Profile Application available through the Student Center. Once logged into your Student Center account click on Financial Assistance in the Student Services Links box to access the application. Please include your study abroad/exchange information in the "Questionnaire" portion of the application to be considered. The application deadline is October 31 each year.

First Generation Bursary

The Government of Ontario allocates funding for first generation students through the ministry's Access and Opportunities Strategy.  This bursary opportunity provides direct support to students with financial need who are the first in their families to attend a post-secondary institution.  The Bursary ranges from $1000-3500 dollars, and students with the highest financial need will be selected from the eligible submissions through the Financial Assistance Profile Application (FAP).

To be eligible to receive a First Generation Bursary you must satisfy the following:

  • You must be a student whose parents have not enrolled in any post-secondary studies. This includes full or part-time studies, in or outside of Canada, at any time, in any program.
    Post-secondary studies will include college and university.
  • You must meet Ontario residence requirements. For more information visit the OSAP website.
  • You must be enrolled in the current academic year at main campus.
  • You must have applied on the Financial Assistance Profile ("FAP") or Admission Bursary Application and have been approved for bursary/need based awards or work study.


The deadline to apply for consideration for the First Generation Bursary is October 31st.

International Students

International Student Bursary Application 2020-21

Special Financial Assistance are available specifically for International Students.  Click here for information on the programs available.

Graduate Students

Special Financial Assistance is available for Graduate Students. Click here for information on the programs available.

Food Vouchers

If you are struggling to buy groceries, please do not hesitate to ask for assistance. Food vouchers are available through the Student Financial Aid office to assist with purchasing groceries. For information on how to obtain a Student Financial Aid appointment please visit the Financial Counselling page.  

Work Study

Western’s Work Study program offers an opportunity for students to work part-time on campus in jobs that accommodate their studies. The objectives of the Work Study program are: to assist students in financial need with a regular source of income, offer students training and experience that will assist them in further studies and their eventual entrance into the workforce, and to help staff and faculty. Financial need is determined in a manner similar to the Canada and Ontario Student Loans assessment. It involves assessing the costs of the program the student is registered in, based on advice from our students, and the resources available to them.

Best Practices for Work Study Students (pdf)- information about your responsibilities as a work study student.

Fall/Winter Work Study

Eligibility

To be eligible for Work Study, you must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, and demonstrate a genuine financial need.  If you are applying in Fall/Winter, you must be registered at main campus in a minimum 60% course load (40% course load for students with disabilities).

Work Study is generally not offered to first year students, as their financial need is met through the Admission Bursary process, and Work Study assistance would decrease the amount of Admission Bursary assistance.  For special circumstances for international or graduate students, please see below.

Note: Students registered at an affiliated college are not eligible for the main campus Work Study program during the Fall/Winter academic term.  If you are attending at an affiliate, please check with your college for information regarding available Work Study.

How to Apply

The Bursary, Work Study & Need Based Award programs are all based on financial need, and are all applied for via the Financial Assistance Profile Application. The Fall/Winter 2020 application is available through the Student Center. Once logged into your Student Center account click on Financial Assistance in the Student Services Links box to access the application.

Application Deadlines

The deadline to apply for work study for the Fall/Winter term is February 28.

Summer Work Study

Financial assistance is also available during the summer term for registered students. The application for summer bursary and Work Study funding is available through the Student Center.  To be eligible to apply students must be registered in a minimum half credit during the Summer term and must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.  The application for summer 2020 will be available in late April.

Summer 2020 Work Study is only available to students and Supervisors who can accommodate work remotely. As the University has moved to essential services only, there cannot be any in-person work.

Application Deadline: July 30, 2020

International Students

Special Financial Assistance, including the International Student Work Opportunities Program, are available specifically for International Students.  Click here for information on the programs available.

Graduate Students

The Graduate Work Study Program at Western is funded through tuition set-aside funds and administered through the Office of the Registrar.  There are a limited number of spaces available in this program in each term and graduate students must apply and be approved for Work Study in each term.  Applications are assessed in a similar fashion to that of the Undergraduate program; however, decisions are based on the highest demonstrated financial need among the pool of applicants. Approval in one term does not guarantee approval in future terms and any unused hours in one term cannot be carried over to a future term. Graduate terms run from September-December, January- April and May-August.

Minimum Eligibility:

To be eligible for Graduate Work Study, you must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, registered in a full-time graduate program at Western and demonstrate a genuine financial need.

Application: The application for the fall term is no longer available. The winter term application will become available in mid December.

Application Deadline: Fall term deadline has passed.

Special Financial Assistance is available for Graduate Students. Click here for information on the programs available.

Work Study Supervisor

If you are a Work Study Supervisor looking for information, please go to the workstudy tab on Faculty/Staff page.