First Generation Bursary
In an August 2006 press release from Premier Dalton McGuinty, the provincial government "announced new investments to build opportunity for young people by helping students become the first in their family to attend college or university or become an apprentice". The definition of a first generation student refers to "young people whose parents did not attend college or university". 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.
First Generation 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 must be exercised in these cases, for example, in situations where the parents have been unable to use their educational qualifications in Canada.
The First Generation Bursary program requires a separate application from the Laurier Tuition Bursary program. If eligible, it is possible to receive both a Laurier Tuition Bursary, as well as a First Generation Bursary.
This program is funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The average amount which has been granted in previous years, per student through the First Generation program, was $1,000 per year. In 2015/2016, the Ministry provided funding to grant 77 students a First Generation Bursary.
We receive an average of 500 applications for this program, as a result, not all eligible students may be granted a First Generation bursary.
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 program. In order to be eligible for a First Generation bursary, applicants must also be long term residents of Ontario. To be eligible for this program, candidates must be registered (full or part time) in a minimum of 2 academic terms per year (fall, winter and or spring terms).
The completion of an online student budget form/financial statement is required for this program. If it was not completed when the General Student profile(s) was completed, the link to this form will be available through the First Generation Bursary Application.
1) completion of the online application form on LORIS by the deadline (for 2016/2017, the deadline will be late January 2017.
2) completion of the First Generation essay question (included on application on LORIS) by the deadline
3) completion of an online student budget form/financial statement for the current 2016/17 academic year by the deadline (included in the online student profile AND/OR the First Generation Bursary application)