What are Scholarships, Grants and Bursaries?

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Paying for post-secondary education can be expensive. Government loans such as OSAP (The Ontario Student Assistance Program) are helpful, but will leave you with debt. There are other ways to pay for school.

If you get high grades or demonstrate financial need, you may be qualified for scholarships, grants and bursaries. These are money awards given to you by your school, government organizations, private donors and agencies. You do not have to give the money back.

What is the difference between scholarships, grants and bursaries?

Scholarships are money awards you get for your academic performance (high grades) or other achievements. Grants are money awards you get based on high grades or financial need. You can also receive a grant when you carry out academic research projects. Bursaries are money awards you get based on your financial needs. Some bursaries determine your financial need using the same standards as OSAP.

Where can I find scholarships, bursaries and grants?

You can usually find scholarships, grants and bursaries on the school website. They are under the “Financial Aid” section.

In the scholarship section, you may find:

  • Entrance scholarships: are money awards you get when you enrol in a school for the first time. Entrance scholarships are also called “Admission Scholarships”.
  • Renewable scholarships: are money awards that can be renewed every year if you maintain your high grades.
  • National Scholarships: are money awards given to students all over Canada.
  • In-course scholarships: are any money awards you get after your first year of school (for example, if you are in your second or third year of study).
  • External scholarships: are money awards you get from organizations that are not a part of the school. Make sure your school is approved by the organization before you apply.

Bursaries can also be organized in the same way as scholarships. If you are applying to graduate school, look for grants in the graduate studies section.

You can also look for scholarships, grants and bursaries on the internet outside of school websites.

Check out a list of universities, colleges and external sources which offer scholarships, grants and or bursaries!

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