Bursaries are non-repayable grants provided by various benefactors to assist students who demonstrate financial need. Bursaries normally range in value from $500 to $6,000. Bursaries are meant to supplement other sources of funding (such as government loans, bank loans, parental contribution and savings) students have for their education. Financial Assistance application forms are available on the Student Services web site: studentservices.uwo.ca. Log in, select My Present and look for the Financial Assistance link.
Western offers a Work Study Program that helps students to meet their educational expenses. Part-time positions are available on campus during the academic year. To be eligible, you must be enrolled in at least a 60% course load in each term and demonstrate financial need. In most situations the maximum amount available is $2,000 from September to April.
Information and Financial Assistance Profile application can be found at studentservices.uwo.ca
The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
OSAP Applications for Western students are to be submitted to the Student Financial Aid office. Students must complete the application process including receipt of all supporting documentation by June 30th, to ensure your funding is available in September. For more information on OSAP visit the OSAP website at osap.gov.on.ca.
Averaging of course load for OSAP purposes is not permitted. Students must maintain a 60% course load in first term and 60% course load in second term to meet the minimum course load requirement for OSAP. Students with a disability must maintain a minimum of 40% course load each term.
For information on other government assistance programs such as the Part-time Canada Student Loan (PTCSL) program, Child Care Bursaries, and Bursaries for Students with Disabilities, visit the OSAP web site at osap.gov.on.ca.
Apply for assistance through your provincial Ministry of Education. The aid provided is tenable at any recognized Canadian university.
International students may be eligible for consideration for bursary assistance. The Ministry of Employment and Immigration, however, requires that all international students show they have adequate resources before they may be admitted to Canada. Consequently, a bursary will normally be awarded only if there is evidence that circumstances have changed since arrival in Canada. Information about the Visa Student Bursary Program may be obtained from the Student Financial Website: www.registrar.uwo.ca, the Student Financial Services office, or the International Student website: international.uwo.ca.