Funding

GSA Emergency Bursaries

The GSA Emergency Bursary is a non-repayable bursary for graduate students at the University of Alberta who need assistance due to an unanticipated emergency.

Student Connect works individually with graduate students to determine eligibility for this funding. Applications must be submitted to Student Connect, not the GSA. 

To apply for a GSA Emergency Bursary:

  • Read the GSA Policy and eligibility criteria below.
  • Contact Student Connect at (780) 492-3113 to make an appointment with an Emergency Aid Advisor.
  • Complete and submit the GSA Emergency Bursary online application BEFORE your appointment with the Emergency Aid Advisor. Click here to access the form.

Please take your ONEcard to your appointment.


GSA Policy, GSA Grant Application Policy and Information, GSA Emergency Bursaries (quoted directly from GSA Bylaw and Policy):

P.POL.4.1 Purpose
P.POL.4.1.a The GSA Emergency Bursary (GSA EB) is funded by the Graduate Student Support Fund (GSSF), a GSA-negotiated benefit to all GSA members.
P.POL.4.1.b The GSA EB is a non-repayable bursary for GSA members who need assistance due to an unanticipated emergency.
P.POL.4.1.c GSA EBs are received and recommended to the GSA by the Student Financial Support (SFS), Office of the Registrar. 
P.POL.4.2 Eligibility
P.POL.4.2.a Applicants must be GSA members, as per Section B:Members, GSA Bylaw, Members, Section B.BYL.1.a and B.BYL.1.1.b.
P.POL.4.2.b Applicants must have exhausted all other available funding options before applying for a GSA EB.
P.POL.4.2.c Dental costs will not be funded if the applicant has opted out of the GSA Health and Dental Plan.
P.POL.4.2.d There is no limit to the number of GSA EB applications a GSA member can submit during their degree program. There is a maximum of one (1) GSA EB per fiscal year.
P.POL.4.3 Allocation
P.POL.4.3.a GSA EBs are offered on an as-needed basis, provided funds are available.
P.POL.4.3.b If all available funds have been expended in the specified period, no additional applications will be accepted during that period.
P.POL.4.3.c The maximum amount that will be awarded to a GSA member for a GSA EB is $4,000.
P.POL.4.3.d Under exceptional circumstances and upon the recommendation of SFS, the President (or delegate) may agree to waive the maximum allocation policies or other eligibility criteria.
P.POL.4.4 Applications
P.POL.4.4.a An applicant must apply through Student Connect and schedule a meeting with an Emergency Aid Advisor.
P.POL.4.4.b Applications are available through the GSA website.
P.POL.4.4.c Applicants are responsible for the completeness and accuracy of their applications. 
P.POL.4.5 Procedures
P.POL.4.5.a Funds will normally be distributed as follows:
P.POL.4.5.a.i 5% of the total annual GSA EB budget will be held back as contingency funding and
P.POL.4.5.a.ii If the funds have not been completely expended near the end of the fiscal year, a decision will be made by the GSAB on the best way to expend the funds. 
P.POL.4.5.b Under delegated authority from the VPSS, applications will be reviewed and processed by the GSA office.
P.POL.4.5.c Questions concerning the interpretation of GSA EB Policy will be decided upon by the VPSS.
P.POL.4.5.d SFS will contact GSA EB recipients via email when a cheque is available for pick up at the GSA office.
P.POL.4.6 Appeals
P.POL.4.6.a Any appeals of denied applications must be received by the VPSS, with a copy to the Executive Director (ED) (or delegate) within ten (10) working days from the date on which the denial of the application was issued.
P.POL.4.6.b Appeals must state the grounds for the appeal in writing.
P.POL.4.6.c Appeals will be heard based on the material submitted by the applicant and any associated response concerning the denial of the application.
P.POL.4.6.d Appeals will be heard by a DEO, excluding the VPSS, and two (2) GSA Councillors or GSA Council-Elected Officers selected by the President (or other DEO if there is a conflict of interest). 
P.POL.4.6.e Appeal decisions will normally be made within twenty (20) working days of the receipt of an appeal. 
P.POL.4.6.f All decisions concerning appeals are final and binding. 

The above is an excerpt from GSA Bylaw and Policy, Section P: GSA Grants, Awards, and Bursaries, GSA Policy, GSA Grant Application Policy and Information, GSA Emergency Bursaries. The full Policy can be found in GSA Bylaw and Policy; if there are any discrepancies between the above excerpt and the most current, GSA Council-approved Policy, the Policy referred to in the above link will take precedence.

If you have any questions about GSA Emergency Bursary Policy, please call the GSA office at (780) 492-2175 or email gsa.grants@ualberta.ca.