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Wilfrid Laurier University Office of the Registrar
October 23, 2014
Canadian Excellence

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.

For 2014/2015, the General Student profile for all students will be on LORIS as of late August, and the submission deadline is September 30, 2014, 11:59 pm.

For 2014/2015, if you complete the general student profile (deadline September 30, 2014), and indicate that you are a "First Generation" student, the application will automatically be listed on your "Student Awards/View My Applications" tab on LORIS as of November 3, 2014. 

The submission deadline for the First Generation bursary application is January 19, 2015, 11:59 pm.

If you do not see this application on your account on LORIS as of this date, or if you do not complete the student profile indicating that you are a First Generation student, you can e-mail the Student Awards Office ( to request that the First Generation Bursary application is added to your account under LORIS.

All requests to have this application added to LORIS accounts have to be submitted to by 4:30 pm on January the 18th, 2015, at the latestRequests to add the First Generation Bursary application to LORIS which are received after this date will not be processed

Recipients were notified by email by the end of March 2015.

The First Generation bursary program requires a separate application from the Laurier general tuition bursary program.  If eligible, it is possible to receive both a Laurier general 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 2013/2014, 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 online student profile(s) was completed, the link to this form will be available through the First Generation Bursary Application.

Program Requirements:

1) completion of the online application form on LORIS by the deadline, January 19, 2015, 11:59 pm.

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 2014/15 academic year by the deadline (included in the online student profile AND/OR the First Generation Bursary application)