If you are a student pursuing postsecondary education, and if your parents never had the opportunity or access to one, then you can avail benefit from the Ontario First Generation Bursary. This provincial financial aid is offered only to students applying or studying at a publicly-assisted college or university in Ontario.
The purpose of this bursary is to financially support first generation postsecondary students.
Only students who meet all the following criteria are eligible for applying to the First Generation Bursary:
It is crucial for you to check whether the school you are applying to has any other eligibility requirements along with the ones mentioned here. For instance, some schools might award this bursary only to students enrolled in full-time courses.
In order for you to be considered for this bursary, you are not required to apply for either OSAP for Full-Time Students or OSAP for Part-Time Students.
You need to fill out your school’s Ontario First Generation Bursary application. This application will take you through supporting documents required, if any.
Check your school’s financial aid office for deadlines. For this bursary, each school might have different timelines.
You can receive anywhere between $1,000 to $3500 depending on your needs and the school you are going to. Detailed information on this will be available with your school’s financial aid office.
This might be different for different schools. The school decides how the bursary is awarded [via cheque or by reducing outstanding fees etc]
Reach out the officials at your school’s financial aid office to know the status of your application and to ask any other questions related to the application.
You don’t have to press the panic button if you don’t qualify for Ontario First Generation Bursary. There are plenty of student aid options offered by the government of Ontario. Check out OSAP, Ontario Student Scholarships, and Ontario Student Bursaries to learn more!