Bursary application tips

A bursary is a monetary award that is granted on the basis of financial need. Bursaries are different from scholarships. Scholarships are merit-based and are awarded for academic achievement. Bursaries are financial-need based awards that do not have to be repaid.

5 important tips

Be complete! It is hard to make a decision on or assess an incomplete application.

Hand the application in on time. The deadline is important.

If you have applied for government student loan, provide proof of received student loan assistance for the specified academic (Sept. - Apr.) or calendar year (Sept. - Dec.). The more work you leave to the financial aid office, the longer you will be delayed in receiving a response on your submitted bursary application.

Be realistic: When you are filling out the budget, be realistic about how much you are spending. Indicating that you spend $300 a month on entertainment might help show that you have more expenses than resources, but, it probably won't get you a bursary.

Don't forget your resources: Make sure you tell us how much money you have. If you tell us you have $10,000 worth of expenses and $0 worth of resources, we're going to think you forgot to fill in half of the application.