Supplementary Bursary

The Supplementary Bursary program provides funds for students who demonstrate a financial shortfall for the current school year's academic and basic living costs. Bursaries - unlike loans - do not have to be repaid. To be eligible for bursary funding, you must be able to demonstrate financial need for the current academic year after exhausting all available funding resources and meeting the academic and enrollment requirements.

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


  • Eligibility requirements

    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.

    Graduate students: You must be registered for full-time studies in either the Fall or Winter term at minimum; if you are not enrolled full-time in any term, you will not be eligible.

    Domestic students: You must apply for and accept the maximum available government student loans for which you are eligible (exceptions for students presenting proof of First Nations, Métis and Inuit identity may apply).

    International students: It is expected that all international students have sufficient funding support based on the Government of Canada Study Permit requirements; if you apply to the Supplementary Bursary program as an international student, you are required to provide documentation of the original financial plan for your entire study time period and what has unexpectedly changed.

    Your application must demonstrate a financial shortfall for academic and basic living costs for the academic year in which you are currently enrolled.

    COVID-19: This Supplementary Bursary application will be used to assess financial need for the academic year as well as financial need impacted by COVID-19. To be eligible for bursary funding as a result of COVID-19 impacts, you must demonstrate that you are not eligible for funding from the Government of Canada Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) program or the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) program.

  • How do I apply?

    Before submitting, please review the Supplementary Bursary Application Guide for tips on ensuring all requirements are met for submitting a complete application.

    The application will be open from October 1st to July 15th each academic year, contingent on available funding. Students can apply at any time 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. The application for students enrolled in the 2019-2020 academic year will be available until July 15, 2020.

  • Request for reassessment

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

    To request a reassessment, email bursaries@ualberta.ca using the subject "Request for Bursary Reassessment." Include a letter outlining the change in your circumstances. Your change in circumstances will be reviewed by an advisor, who will contact you if additional supporting documentation is required.

  • How much funding could I receive?

    Annual bursary maximum values are variable. Funding amounts are based on full-time or part-time enrollment status.

    Full-time students (full-time enrollment in Fall AND Winter terms): Up to $8,000*

    Part-time undergraduate students (part-time enrollment OR full-time in only one of Fall or Winter terms): Up to $4,000

    Part-time graduate students (full-time enrollment in Fall OR Winter term): Up to $4,000

    *Full-time MD students: Up to $11,500

    *Full-time DDS (non-AP) students: Up to $9,000

    Note for undergraduate students: The Access Fund Bursary is included as part of the annual bursary maximum value for undergraduate students. 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.

  • How long does it take to find out the status of my application?
    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 system.
  • How do I receive the money?

    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.

    Bursary offers will first be applied to any outstanding tuition or fees you have for the current or any previous academic terms. 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 and active.

    Direct deposit: You can set up direct deposit in Bear Tracks, under Financials > Direct Deposit Refund. It will be important that you have an active mailing address in Bear Tracks as well.

    Cheque: If no direct deposit information is added to Bear Tracks, you will receive your funds by cheque, sent to the active mailing address in Bear Tracks; note that this process typically takes about four weeks.

  • Do I need to notify my government student loan provider?

    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.

  • Other bursary funding available to students

    Other types of bursaries are also available from faculties and other sources on campus:

    International students

    MBA students

    Law students

    Indigenous students


Apply for Supplementary Bursary