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.


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 which is available through the Student Center.  Once logged into your profile click on Financial Assistance under Student Services Links.

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 summer students. The application for bursary and work-study funding is available through the Student Centre website. Once logged into your profile click on Financial Assistance in the Student Services links box. 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. Deadline to apply is July 21, 2016.

Admission Bursary Application

To use this application to apply for Admission Bursaries and Need Based Awards you must be applying to Western for September 2016 admission in either the first year of an Undergraduate program, directly from secondary school, 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 2016 term.  Click here to access the Fall/Winter 2016 Admission Bursary Application.  The Admission Bursary Application will be available until July 20, 2016.

Out of Province Applicants:

To recognize the additional costs associated with attending a school out of province we will guarantee you a minimum $1,000 admission bursary for September 2016 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. You will be eligible for a minimum $1,000 bursary each year for a maximum of four years as long as you continue to be registered on Main Campus, receive student loan assistance from Canadian federal or provincial programs, and as long as you apply for bursary assistance from Western’s Main Campus each year.

Senior Citizen Bursary

This bursary is available to senior citizens who are registered at main campus, and is awarded on the basis of financial need. The value of the bursary shall cover up to the cost of tuition or the maximum of $7200 per term (fall/winter) for non-grad students and $3500 per term for graduate students. Applications should 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 fees.

If you are 60 years of age or older:

Click here for the Summer 2016 Senior Citizen Bursary Application (pdf)

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

Special Financial Assistance, including the International Student Bursary Program, 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.