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October 20, 2014
 
 
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Bursary Programs



DEFINITION: a bursary is a monetary gift based on demonstrated financial need and satisfactory academic achievement. Bursaries do not have to be paid back to the university. 

There are four bursary programs available at Wilfrid Laurier University.  The General Laurier Tuition Bursary Program, the Donor Supported Bursary Program, the First Generation Bursary Program, and the Aboriginal Post Secondary Education and Training Bursary Program.

Information on these four programs is listed below.


Bursary Program Timelines

Please refer to the list below for specific timelines for all bursary programs which are offered at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Donor Supported Bursary Program

2014/2015: Open to ALL students who are registered in a full or part time, graduate or undergraduate program during the 2014/2015 (September 2014 through August 2015) academic year.  Applications will be available on LORIS in early September (online student profile), and the deadline to apply will be September 30th, 2014. Click here for more information on this program. 

Laurier Undergraduate General Tuition Bursary Program

Fall 2014 and Winter 2015 academic terms, two terms bursary application (8 months). 

Applications will be available online on LORIS by November 3rd, 2014, and the deadline to apply is January 19, 2015. Recipients will be notified by email by early March 2015. Click here for complete details on this program.

Fall 2014 academic term, one term bursary application (4 months).

Applications will be available online on LORIS as of early September 2014, and the deadline to apply will be October 3rd, 2014. Click here for specific information on this program.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This application is not available to full time students who will be attending classes for the fall and winter terms). 

Bursary Applications for Business Co-op students:

4th Year Co-op: For Winter and Spring 2015 academic terms, 8 months.

Applications will be available online as of March 2015, and the deadline to submit the application is May 30, 2015.  Click here for information on this program.  

Fall 2014 academic term, one term bursary application (4 months).

Applications will be available online on LORIS in early September 2013, and the deadline to apply will be October 3rd, 2014. Click here for specific information on this program.

3rd Year Co-op: For the Spring 2015 academic term, 4 months.

Applications will be available online as of early May 2015, and the deadline to apply is May 30, 2014. Click here for complete details.

First Generation Bursary Program:

2014/2015 academic year. The application is available online on LORIS as of November 3, 2014, and the deadline to apply is January 19, 2015, 11:59 pm.  Recipients will be notified by email by early March 2015. Click here for information on this program.

Aboriginal Post Secondary Education Training Bursary (PSET):

2014/2015 academic year.  The application is available online on LORIS as of November 3, 2014, and the deadline to apply is January 19, 2015, 11:59 pm. Recipients will be notified by email by mid March 2015. Click here for information on this program.

 
Laurier Donor Supported Bursary Program

Bursary assistance is granted based on financial need, and we have a number of bursaries which have been created by the generosity of donors.  There are bursary opportunities available to both full and part time students, as well as graduate and undergraduate students.  The description online on our search engine indicates the specific criteria for each opportunity (it is not possible to meet the eligibility criteria for all available donor supported bursary opportunities).


Applications will be available online on LORIS as of early September, and the deadline to apply will be September 30, 2014, 11:59 pm. The application for this program is through the completion of the online student profile(s), that will be online on LORIS, no further application is required. Recipients will be notified by e-mail by the end of January 2015.  Due to the large volume of applications received, not all applicants will receive funding through this program.

Click here for more specific information on this program. 

 
Laurier Tuition Bursary Program

Bursary applications available for the following programs only:

The First Generation Bursary Program

The Aboriginal Post Secondary Education and Training Bursary

The Laurier General Tuition Bursary Program 

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All students applying for a Laurier general tuition bursary must complete an OSAP application for the applicable academic term(s).  For complete details, click here (certain exceptions apply).

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Applicants to the General Laurier Tuition Bursary program will be considered for bursary funding to an established maximum amount (for the 2013/2014 academic year, the maximum amount of general tuition bursary funding for a single undergraduate student, in classes full time for two academic terms, based on demonstrated financial need, was $1,600).  Applicants will be assessed based on income and expenses for the applicable study period. General tuition bursary assistance is not available during the spring and summer terms. Exceptions to the standard application procedures are made for 3rd and 4th year business co-op students and full-time students doing chartered accountancy add-ons during the fall semester (see exceptions).

  • Student Access Guarantee: The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) and Ontario's provincially assisted universities and colleges are partnering to support access to post secondary education. In March 2006, the Ministry ended a two year tuition freeze and announced a new Tuition Framework starting in the Fall 2006. Postsecondary institutions are required to participate in the Student Access Guarantee (SAG) that states "no qualified Ontario student should be prevented from Ontario's public colleges and universities due to the lack of financial support programs. Students should have access to the resources they need for their tuition, books, and mandatory fees when these are above the usual range of costs which are covered by OSAP".   These funds are granted automatically through the Laurier general bursary program, no additional application is required and the funds for the Student Access Guarantee are granted through the Laurier bursary program.  The amount of the Student Access Guarantee awarded per student is calculated through the OSAP assessment, and no appeals are considered for the amount of funding granted through the Student Access Guarantee.

 
OSAP Applications and the Laurier Tuition Bursary Program

In order to be considered for general tuition bursary assistance at Wilfrid Laurier University, all students are required to complete an OSAP application. The only exception to this requirement is for students who are not eligible for OSAP (see below).

NOTE: This policy does not apply to the First Generation Bursary, Aboriginal Post Secondary Education and Training Bursary Program or Donor Supported Bursary Program).

Please see notes below for specific exceptions to this policy.

STEPS TO APPLYING FOR BURSARY ASSISTANCE:

*  Fully complete an OSAP application online at: HTTP://OSAP.GOV.ON.CA

*  Submit all required supporting documentation to the Student Awards Office for processing.  The OSAP application is not complete until this documentation has been processed by the Student Awards Office.

*  Submit the completed online bursary application by the stated deadline.

*  An OSAP application, as well as all required supporting documentation must be submitted to the Student Awards Office by the bursary deadline in order to be considered for bursary assistance.  Applications submitted without the required OSAP documentation by the deadline will be considered "incomplete".

EXCEPTIONS

*  If you are restricted from applying to OSAP.  Please note that you must be officially restricted by OSAP to fall into this category, based on the policies and guidelines of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

*  If you are not a resident of Ontario, and are eligible for government assistance through another province, you are not required to apply for provincial loan assistance in order to be eligible for bursary assistance. 

*  If you are a part time student (less than 1.5 credits per academic term), and are not eligible for OSAP assistance due to course load.

 
First Generation Bursary Program

The provincial government provides assistance by helping students become the first in their family to attend college or university. The definition specifically states that a "first generation student is defined as a student whose parents have not participated in postsecondary studies." If either parent completed a program, the student is not considered as first generation; if either parent took courses from a college or university, but did not complete a program, then the student would still be considered as first generation. 

A First Generation student does not mean that the individual must be a new or first generation Canadian, or that new or First Generation Canadians automatically qualify for the bursary.  Typically, a student whose parents have a postsecondary degree, diploma or certificate from another country would not be considered a First Generation student for the purposes of this bursary; however discretion may be exercised in these cases, for example, in situations where the parents have been unable to use their educational qualifications in Canada.

Applications for the 2014/2015 academic year are available online on LORIS. If you completed the online student profile (deadline September 30th, 2014), and indicated that you are a First Generation student, the application will automatically be listed on your "Student Awards/View My Applications" tab on LORIS.  If you do not see this application on your account on LORIS, or if you did not complete the student profile indicating that you are a First Generation student, you can e-mail the Student Awards Office (studentawards@wlu.ca) to request that the application is added to your record under LORIS.  Please note that the application can be added to LORIS up until 4:30 pm on Friday January 16, 2015.  Requests to add the application after this time will not be processed.

Application Deadline: January 19, 2015, 11:59 pm (no exceptions). 

Recipients will be notified by e-mail to the WLU e-mail account by early March 2015.

The First Generation bursary program requires a separate application from the Laurier general tuition bursary program. It is possible for eligible students to receive a Laurier general tuition bursary, a First Generation bursary, as well as a PSET bursary.  This program is funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

All full and part time undergraduate students are eligible to apply for a First Generation bursary, and are NOT required to complete an OSAP application for the First Generation bursary program.  An online student budget form/financial statement is required for this program, and will be available through the both the online student profile (s), as well as the application for the First Generation Bursary program (it can only be completed once, therefore if it is completed when the online profiles is submitted by the deadline in mid October, it would not be required when completing the application for this program when it opens in November). 

All applicants must be Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, Protected Person, and a long term resident of Ontario. In order to be eligible for this program, applicants must be registered in courses (full or part time) for at least 2 academic terms in the current academic year (therefore in courses in the fall, winter, and/or spring terms).

The online application, must be submitted by the stated deadline. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Program Requirements:

1) completion of the online First Generation Bursary application form on LORIS by the stated deadline

2) completion of the First Generation essay question  (included in the online application) by the stated deadline

3) completion of the online student budget form/financial statement, for the current 2013/2014 academic year by the stated deadline 

Due to the volume of applications received, and the amount of available funding for this program, it is possible that eligible candidates will not be granted funding through this program. 

 
Aboriginal Post Secondary Education and Training Bursary

The Aboriginal Post Secondary Education and Training (PSET) Bursary is funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, to provide direct support to Aboriginal students with financial need to access support to aid their participation in postsecondary education and training.

2014/2015 PROGRAM:

Applications for the 2014/2015 academic year will be available as of November 3, 2014. If you complete the online student profile (deadline  September 30th, 2014), and indicate that you are an Aboriginal student, the application will automatically be listed on your "Student Awards/View My Applications" tab on LORIS by November 3, 2014.  If you do not see this application on your account on LORIS by this date, or if you did not complete the student profile indicating that you are an Aboriginal student, you can e-mail the Student Awards Office (studentawards@wlu.ca) to request that the application is added to your record under LORIS. If you would like the application added to your account on LORIS, we require the e-mail request for the application no later than 4:30 pm on Friday January 16, 2015. 

DEADLINE: January 19, 2015, 11:59 pm

Recipients will be notified by e-mail, to the WLU e-mail account by early March 2015.

The Aboriginal Post Secondary Education and Training (PSET) bursary program requires a separate application from the Laurier General Tuition Bursary Program.  Eligible students may receive a Laurier general tuition bursary, a First Generation bursary, as well as a PSET bursary.  The amount granted per student through the PSET Bursary Program ranges in value between $1,000 and $3,500.

All full and part time graduate and undergraduate students who meet the eligibility criteria can apply for a PSET bursary, and are NOT required to complete an OSAP application for the PSET bursary program. 

While an OSAP application is not required, applicants are required to meet the residency requirements (long term resident of Ontario).

An online student budget form is required for this program, and will be available through the completion of the online student profile(s) that will be available from early September through mid October.  If you do not complete the profile and/or budget form, you will be able to access the student budget form when completing the PSET bursary application (available early November through mid January).

Program Requirements:

1) completion of the online Aboriginal Post Secondary Education and Training Bursary application form on LORIS by the deadline

2) completion of the PSET essay question (included in the application on LORIS) by the deadline

3) completion of an online student budget form for the current 2014/2015 academic year by the deadline.  This can be done either through the online student profile(s) OR the PSET application.  Only one budget form can be submitted per academic year.

 
International (VISA) Bursary Program Information - Undergraduate

A limited amount of bursary assistance is available to International (VISA) undergraduate students.

Applications will be available online on LORIS as of November 3, 2014, and the deadline to apply for assistance for the 2014/2015 academic year is January 19, 2015 at 11:59 pm.

Recipients will be notified by email, to the WLU email account, by early March 2015.

Click here for complete details.