Indigenous Student Bursary
The Indigenous Student Bursary provides aid to Indigenous students with financial need who are attending either:
- a publicly–assisted college or university in Ontario; or
- a recognized Indigenous Institute in Ontario
How much can I get
The amount of bursary available varies and is determined by your school. Typically, the value ranges from $1,000 to $3,500, though institutions have discretion to set the value of individual bursaries. Contact your school’s financial aid office for details.
Who is eligible
You may be eligible for this bursary if you meet the following requirements:
- You’re attending a publicly-assisted college or university in Ontario or a recognized Indigenous Institute in Ontario.
- You’re in an approved postsecondary academic program (e.g. degree and diploma programs) or training program (e.g. apprenticeships).
- You self-identify as being an Indigenous person in Canada (see definition, below).
- You meet citizenship and Ontario residency requirements as outlined on the OSAP Application for Full-Time Students.
- You have demonstrated financial need based on the criteria as set out by your school.
Your school may have additional eligibility requirements in addition to those listed above. For example, some schools require that you be in full-time studies. Contact your school’s financial aid office for complete details.
You don’t have to apply for either OSAP for Full-Time Students or OSAP for Part-Time Students to be considered for this bursary.
An Indigenous person in Canada is anyone who self-identifies as being an Indigenous person, that is, First Nations, Métis or Inuk (Inuit).
How to apply
If you applied for either OSAP for Full-Time Students or OSAP for Part-Time Students, you must submit this application separately to be considered for the bursary.
Use your school’s Indigenous Student Bursary application. Their application will specify what supporting documents are required.
Application, document and review details for this bursary vary by school. Check with your school’s financial aid office for details.
Checking your application status
Contact your school’s financial aid office with any questions that you have on the status of your Indigenous Student Bursary application.
Getting your aid
Check with your school. They determine how this bursary is issued (e.g. by cheque, reducing outstanding fees, etc.).