Scholarships, Awards, and Financial Support

Bursaries

IMPORTANT UPDATE

The Application for Financial Support website will be closed over the holiday break (December 24 to January 1). During this time, no applications (Supplementary Bursary, GSA Emergency Bursary) can be started, accessed, or submitted.

In addition, students looking to begin a new application for the Supplementary Bursary program will not be able to do so until January 19. Students with applications already started prior to December 14 will be able to access and submit an application as normal, with the exception of the Dec 24-Jan 1 closure.

Applications will continue to be 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.


Bursaries are funds for students in financial need. Bursaries, unlike loans, do not have to be repaid.  

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 (see list at right). 

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 with documented Aboriginal identity.

Academic requirements

  • Graduate students

    • You must have a 2.7 GPA or greater based on your most recent term grades

    • You must be currently attending 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 or only in one term, you will not be eligible. 

  • Undergraduate (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

    • Full-time and part-time 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 enrollments less than full-time in both Fall and Winter terms is considered part-time

    • If you have opted out of the Access Fund Bursary, your bursary amount will be reduced by $1,500

  • Undergraduate (entrance) students

    • You must be entering the first year of an undergraduate degree directly from high school

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

    • Full-time and part-time 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 enrollments less than full-time in both Fall and Winter terms is considered part-time

    • If you have opted out of the Access Fund Bursary, your bursary amount will be reduced by $1,500

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 – August):

• 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


How to apply

The Supplementary Bursary application for the 2018/2019 academic year (September 2018 to August 2019) is now open. Visit Application for Financial Support to access the Supplementary Bursary application. There is no application deadline as the application is open on an on-going basis 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. 

For detailed, step-by-step instructions, see Award recipient information. 

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. Any remaining funds will be transferred to you by direct deposit or mailed by cheque. Please ensure both your direct deposit information and home 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.


Information for student-loan recipients

Out-of-Province Student Loan Recipients

Students receiving out-of-province government student loans must notify their 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

Alberta Student Loan Recipients

Students receiving Alberta government student loans are not required to notify Student Aid Alberta of bursary awards.


Reassessment

If your circumstances have changed since your original application was submitted, 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.)