Scholarships, Awards, and Financial Support

Bursaries

Bursary applications for students enrolled in the 2019-2020 academic year will open on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

Bursaries are funds for students in financial need. Bursaries, unlike loans, do not have to be repaid. You can apply for bursaries at various times throughout the academic year.

The Supplementary Bursary Program, administered by the Office of the Registrar, is the bursary program described here. Other types of bursaries are also available from faculties and other sources on campus:

Funding for the Supplementary Bursary Program is provided by donors, the Students' Union Access Fund, and the University of Alberta.


Eligibility

To be eligible for a bursary, you must be able to demonstrate financial need while also meeting the academic requirements. 

  • Financial-need criteria

    • Exhaustion of available funding sources, such as government student loans (for domestic students), scholarships and awards, and parental support

    • Exceptional or extenuating circumstances causing financial shortfall. 

    Note: If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you are required to access the maximum amount of government student loan funding available to you for the current academic year before you apply for a bursary. Exceptions on loan requirements may be made for students presenting proof of First Nation, Métis, or Inuit identity.

Academic requirements

  • Graduate students

    • You must be in satisfactory academic standing or greater based on your most recent term grades

    • You must be currently attending classes at the University of Alberta at the time of your application

    • You must be registered full-time in both the Fall and Winter Terms

    • If you are enrolled part-time in any term or full-time in only one term, you will not be eligible

  • Undergraduate (entrance & continuing) students

    • You must be in satisfactory academic standing or greater based on your most recent term grades

    • You must be currently attending classes at the University of Alberta at the time of your application

    • Both full-time and part-time undergraduate students are eligible to apply

    • To be considered for full-time bursary funding, full-time enrollment in both Fall and Winter terms is required
    • All enrollment less than full-time in both Fall and Winter terms is considered part-time

    • If you have opted out of the Students’ Union Access Fund fee for the current year, your bursary award amount will be reduced by the current year Access Fund bursary maximum amount.

Note: If you do not meet the eligibility requirements above due to an extenuating circumstance you would like us to consider, please contact bursaries@ualberta.ca with an explanation of your situation before applying and we will advise you whether or not to proceed.


Funding limits

There is a limit to the amount of bursary funding you can receive per year (September 1 – August 30):

• Undergraduate students (full-time): Up to $8,000 

• Undergraduate students (part-time): Up to $3,000 

• Graduate students: Up to $4,000

• MD students: Up to $11,500

• DDS students: Up to $9,000


How to apply

Visit Application for Financial Support to access the Supplementary Bursary application. The application will be open from October 1st to July 15th each academic year, contingent on available funding. Students can apply at any point during the academic year as long as they show current and active registration. Any questions about the application can be sent to bursaries@ualberta.ca.


Notification

Applications are assessed in the order they are received. Depending on applicant volumes, notification of the results of your bursary application will be approximately 4 - 6 weeks from the time of your most recent application submission date. Notifications of the progress of your bursary application will be sent to your University of Alberta email address and posted to your application dashboard in the Application for Financial Support.


How to accept and receive funds

If you receive a bursary offer, you will need to accept your offer in Bear Tracks and indicate your preferred method of payment receipt.  

Note that there is a deadline to accept your bursary offer, after which time it will be revoked. Acceptance deadlines vary, so please read your offer carefully. 

Receiving funds

Bursary offers will first be applied to any outstanding tuition or fees you have for the current academic term. If you have an Emergency Loan balance with our office, funds will also be applied to repay this loan. Any remaining funds will be transferred to you by direct deposit or mailed by cheque. Please ensure both your direct deposit information and home (mailing) address in Bear Tracks are accurate.

  • Direct deposit: You can set up direct deposit in Bear Tracks, under Financials > Direct Deposit Refund. 
  • Cheque: You can also choose to receive your funds by cheque; note that this process typically takes about four weeks.

If you also hold student loans for the current academic year

Alberta Student Loan Recipients

You are not required to notify Alberta Student Aid of any bursary awards you receive.

Out-of-Province Student Loan Recipients

If you hold out-of-province government student loans for the current year, you must notify your provincial student loan provider to declare a change of income. When declaring your change of income, describe your bursary as "scholarship income." For more information or assistance, please contact Student Connect


Reassessment

If your circumstances have changed since your original application was submitted, and you did not already receive maximum bursary funding, you can request a reassessment of your bursary application.  

How to request reassessment

Email bursaries@ualberta.ca using the subject “Request for Bursary Reassessment.” Include a letter outlining the change in your circumstances, along with relevant supporting documentation. (Please limit attachments to under 10MB.)