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Indigenous Student Bursary

As an Indigenous or Aboriginal person of Ontario, you are eligible for financial aid through the Indigenous Student Bursary.

What is the purpose of this bursary?

This bursary is meant to help students receive financial support for studying a postsecondary program at either a publicly assisted college or university, or an approved Aboriginal Institute in Ontario.

Who is eligible?

Candidates who satisfy all of the below requirements could be eligible for this bursary.

  • You identify as an Indigenous person [First Nations, Métis or Inuk (Inuit)].
  • The university or college you’re attending is publicly assisted or is located in Ontario or is an approved Aboriginal Institute in Ontario.
  • Your program is either a postsecondary academic program or a training program.
  • You meet all criteria for Ontario residency as per the guidelines set by OSAP Application for Full-Time Students.
  • You meet the criteria set by your school for financial aid.
  • You also must meet any additional requirements for eligibility set by your school. [Contact your school’s financial aid office for all further details.]

In order to be considered for the Indigenous Student Bursary, you don’t need to apply to either the OSAP for Full-Time Students or OSAP for Part-Time Students.

How to apply?

This step is pretty straightforward. You need to fill out the application for Indigenous Student Bursary provided by your school.This application will guide you through all the necessary documents required.

What are the deadlines?

The deadlines for this bursary might differ from school to school. So, keep in touch with your school’s financial aid office for the correct details.

How much money can you receive?

You could be eligible for an amount within the range of $1,000 to $3,500. However, the final amount will be decided by your school on a varying basis.

How is the aid received?

Again, the key is to contact your school’s financial aid office, because the most apt information will be available through your school. This is the best method for you to know the status of your application.

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*All student funding, whether made available privately or through various government branches, is only approved to those who qualify, by the original source of funding. There are many criteria that each candidate must meet to be approved. Schools can only inform you of what may be available.