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The Student Awards and Financial Aid office (SAFA) is located in Needles Hall. Entrance scholarships are awarded to both undergraduate and graduate students based on their academic average prior to entering the university; you are automatically considered for these awards. For all entrance awards visit In addition to faculty wide awards, each department may offer additional scholarships to students based on other criteria. Visit your department’s webpage for more information.

Automatic bursaries are awarded to those who exhibit financial need, through their own, or their families’ financial situation. Proof of application to provincial student assistance agency is required.

Many scholarships and bursaries are also available for upper year students. For a full list, including specific criteria and application forms, see below:



International undergraduate students who have (at the very least) a satisfactory academic standing and can demonstrate exceptional or unexpected need of financial assistance may apply for the International Undergraduate Full Time Bursary

International graduate students who have (at the very least) a good academic standing) and can demonstrate short term financial need may apply for the Full Time Graduate Bursary/Award for International Students.

Students who had resided in Ontario prior to entering university are encouraged to apply for OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program) to obtain loans and/or bursaries from the Government of Canada, and the Government of Ontario. If you did not live with your parents in the 16weeks prior to that particular OSAP term, you are eligible for an OSAP Appeal.

Full time international students who have (at the very least) a satisfactory academic standing can apply to work on campus through the International Work Study Program. You would then be eligible to earn up to $1500 per academic term at an approximate rate of $9.5 - $11.

Full time international students may also apply for an off-campus work permit which would then enable them to work up to a maximum of 20 hours per week during academic sessions, and full-time during breaks. Students must maintain (at the very least) a satisfactory academic standing.

GSA and ISO each organize Tax Information sessions and consultations between March and April of every year. Furthermore, the Accounting Students organize public Tax Clinics, in which volunteers prepare tax returns free of charge at the SLC.

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