Scholarships, Bursaries & Awards
The University of New Brunswick recognizes that the rising cost of education puts students in a tough financial position.
That's why we strive to keep tuition costs as low as possible.
It's also why UNB provides over $6 million in scholarship money each year thanks to donations from generous alumni and other supporters as well as an ongoing commitment to devote university funds for students.
For example, UNB provides scholarships for high school students ranging in value from $500 to $60,000. In fact, every student entering UNB directly from high school with a scholarship average of 80% or higher is considered for scholarship support. However, chances are the higher the scholarship average, the higher the value of scholarship support, so it pays to study!
UNB tries to keep it simple when it comes to applying for scholarship support. One application automatically makes you eligible for almost all of UNB's scholarships available to students who have not attended UNB before.
To be considered for one of the largest scholarships available to high school students in Atlantic Canada, the Currie Undergraduate Scholarship valued at $50,000, or the Beaverbrook Scholars Award valued at $44,000, separate applications are also required.
Some of the country's largest scholarships can be found at UNB. The Schulich Leaders Scholarship valued at $60,000 is awarded to two students studying the STEM subjects at UNB.
What's the difference between a scholarship and a bursary?
One thing that scholarships and bursaries have in common is that they help students pay for their education, but there is a difference between the two.
Scholarships not only help with the funding of your education but recognize your academic accomplishments.
The awarding of scholarships is based primarily on your grades but some scholarships may have other conditions as well. Those other conditions could include things like financial need, extracurricular activities, the high school you attended, etc., and usually reflect the goals and values of whoever is donating the funds for the scholarship, whether it is an individual or organization.
At UNB, scholarship applications and information are available through the Undergraduate Awards office.
Bursaries, on the other hand, are awarded primarily on financial need. They are meant to supplement your financial resources for university, not replace them. Again, some bursaries include other criteria reflecting the donor’s wishes, but financial need is the primary focus.
You may be considered for UNB scholarships if you have good grades and are:
- A high school student
- A student transferring to UNB from another post-secondary institution to complete your first undergraduate degree
- A student applying to the Bachelor of Education degree program at UNB Fredericton, or
- A UNB student who has completed 24 credit hours at UNB in the previous year and is returning to UNB in a undergraduate degree program
For more information on eligibility and to find out how to apply to scholarships, please visit www.unb.ca/scholarships
Aside from UNB's scholarships, there are literally thousands of other scholarships available to you that are definitely worth exploring and can further reduce your personal financial contribution during your academic career.
Information on scholarships and financial aid for Masters and PhD students at UNB can be found within the School of Graduate Studies website.