Need Based Awards

Need-Based Awards are awarded to students based on a combination of academic merit, demonstration of financial need, and in some cases, non-academic requirements.

How to Apply

To be considered for Need Based Awards students are required to complete the Financial Assistance Profile Application (FAP). The FAP Application becomes available in mid August each year through the Student Services website.

Please note that the deadline to submit the Financial Assistance Profile Application and any supporting documentation (if applicable) for Need Based Award consideration is September 30th

The FAP application is used for consideration for all need based awards, however, some awards also require supporting documentation.

Supporting Documentation

Some Need Based Awards require that supporting documentation be submitted in addition to the Financial Assistance Profile Application (FAP) for consideration.  To determine if an award has supporting documentation requirements please refer to the online Award Search.    When performing a search select "Yes" for Application Required (located at the top of the Search tab) to return a list of awards requiring an application.  Supporting documentation requirements (if applicable) are outlined in the award descriptions.  To view the award description for a specific award click the magnifying glass icon next to the Award Name.   The Award Search also includes an Essay column, which indicates "Yes" when an essay is required for award consideration.  Please read each award description carefully for application requirements. 

Unless the award terms indicate otherwise, please submit your supporting documents in person to the Student Central office, room 1120, Western Student Services Building or via email to  Please be sure to reference your student id and the name of the award on your documents.

Recipient Report - Opt Out

To express appreciation to Western's donors and report on the distribution of scholarships, awards and bursaries a  Student Recipient Report that lists all undergraduate and graduate students who received private donor support during the academic year is created. This print report includes the student’s name, the name of the award, home Faculty/and or program, year of study and any other information relevant to the scholarship, award or bursary.  The report does not include any contact information or other identifying details. The report is distributed to donors who supported students and may also be presented to the families of deceased donors, official donor contacts and selected potential donors to encourage gifts.

Students who receive funding during the academic year and do not wish to be included in this report can log into their Student Services profile at prior to May 30 to indicate that they wish to be excluded from the Student Recipient Report. Select MyPresent - “Recipient Report” appears under the Financial Assistance heading.  The student’s wishes will be honoured and the decision will in no way affect their eligibility to receive future scholarships, awards, or bursaries.