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Bursaries and Awards

There are several scholarship, bursary and award programs offered through the Financial Aid Office.

Academic Achievement Award for OSAP Recipients

This scholarship program awards returning students demonstrating academic achievement in their previous OSAP funded year. To qualify, students must be accessing full-time OSAP funding to help with the cost of postsecondary studies. Other eligibility criteria apply.

How to apply

No application is required. Your eligibility for this award will be based on your academic achievement from the previous OSAP funded year as well as your current unmet financial need. The Financial Aid Office will review student’s eligibility and issue awards automatically to those that qualify (budget permitting). If eligible, you will be notified and receive your award prior to the end of your current study term. To qualify, at minimum your average for all OSAP funded courses in the previous year must be above 80%. Please note that students enrolled full time in the Spring term may also receive this scholarship.

Financial Aid Bursary

Students can apply for the Financial Aid Bursary using the online application forms when they are posted during the open periods listed below. All bursary applications are available in the Fall only. Students studying in the Fall semester only, or  Fall and Winter semesters may apply. Availability and bursary amounts are subject to change.

  • Application opens: October 1
  • Application deadline: October 31

To apply for a Financial Aid Bursary, you will need to be logged into your Algoma U email account and logged out of any other Gmail account.

Indigenous Student Bursary

The Indigenous Student Bursary provides aid to Indigenous students that are residents of Ontario and demonstrate financial need. The value of this bursary depends on financial need and number of eligible applicants. Prior to applying for this bursary students are expected to exhaust all other financial means for funding their education, including savings, work income, family support, government income, and other as appropriate. 

Deadline: To be determined

Action: Application and Financial Needs Assessment required

Value: Varies

Ontario First Generation Bursary

The Ontario First Generation Bursary provides financial assistance in the form of a bursary to Ontario students that are the first generation in their family to participate in postsecondary studies. Depending on the volume of eligible applicants, first consideration for this award may be given to students that are attending postsecondary in their first degree, diploma, certificate or program. Students must be attending full time, be in good academic and financial standing with OSAP and the school, and have an unmet educationally related financial need.  

Deadline: To be determined

Action: Application and Financial Needs Assessment required

Value: Varies

Algoma U Special Bursary Program

The Special Bursary Program offers financial assistance to students studying part-time at the post-secondary level for the first time, students wanting to pursue academic upgrading on a full or part-time basis to advance their employment-related skills, or for students in the ESL program. Assisting students from families that rely on provincial social assistance or Ontario Disability Support Program is a priority of this program. Students receiving aid through this program financial aid assistance through OSAP or other bursary funding (except BSWD funding). The bursary will first be applied to any balance owing on the student’s account with Algoma University. Specific eligibility criteria is listed on the Special Bursary Program info sheet (PDF).

  • Fall or Fall/Winter studies deadline: July 12
  • Winter only deadline: November 15
  • Spring deadline: May 8

How to apply 

Complete your application and upload all required supporting documentation to the form by the deadline. The following is a list of eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Protected Person of Canada;
  • Must be studying on a part-time basis (59% course load or less) toward first degree, diploma, or certificate (exceptions apply), or taking academic upgrading such as English as a Second Language;
  • Course(s) must be a minimum of 4 weeks in duration;
  • Course(s) must have defined start and end dates;
  • Total family income must fall within income limit threshold, or 50% or more of family income must be derived from Social Assistance;
  • Application must be received by the Financial Aid Office by the deadline;
  • Must be in good academic and financial standing with Algoma University;
  • Funding is non-repayable; however successful course completion is required to be eligible for continued funding; and
  • Cannot receive Special Bursary and OSAP or other financial aid assistance for their studies at the same time (except BSWD funding).
Emergency Bursary

The Emergency Bursary provides support to students who are experiencing a financial need due to unforeseen and unplanned circumstances beyond their control. Typically, bursary funding is first applied to past due fees owing to the university, if applicable.

How to apply

Visit the Student Portal for a link to the Emergency Bursary application. Students applying for an Emergency Bursary will also need to complete a Financial Needs Assessment Form. Funds are limited.

  • Students must access all other available resources first, such as CERB, CESB, OSAP, Ontario Works, etc.
  • Must demonstrate an educationally related unmet financial need;
  • Must be in good academic and financial standing with Algoma University;
  • Students may only receive one bursary per year (Sept – Aug)
  • Bursary offered in the Fall/Winter, may be offered in Spring also if funds permit
  • Value based on need, enrolment level, and amount of study weeks remaining. Value will not exceed $500.
  • Must have a financial need relating to an unforeseen circumstance;
  • Funds provided for assistance with food, medicine, textbook, or other emergency type expenses such as loss of job due to COVID-19.
Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply using a paper application?

The only application that can and must be submitted by paper is the Algoma Special Bursary Program. All other bursary applications must be completed electronically and submitted by the deadline posted. If students require assistance with the electronic application, they may contact the Financial Aid Office.

Can I apply after the deadline date?

The deadline for electronic applications is firm, the form will not be available to students after the closing date. Applications for the Algoma Special Bursary Program and Emergency Bursary Program may be considered if submitted late, pending availability of funding. Priority of funding is given for early and on-time applicants.