Bursaries

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 (see list at right). 

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

If you are a student from the Wood Buffalo region, you will be automatically assessed for the Disaster Relief Bursary when you submit your bursary application. See the How to Apply section below for more details. 

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.

Academic requirements

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 time of your application
  • To be considered a full-time student, you must be registered full-time in both the Fall Term and Winter Term
  • Part-time entrance students are only eligible for the Access Fund Bursary and must not opt out of the Access Fund.

Undergraduate (continuing) students:

  • You must have a 2.0 GPA or greater based on your most recent term grades 
  • You must be currently attending classes at the time of your application 
  • To be considered a full-time student, you must be registered full-time in both the Fall Term and Winter Term
  • Part-time undergraduates are only eligible for the Access Fund Bursary and must not have opted out of the Access Fund in the prior year. 
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 Term and Winter Term
  • If you are enrolled part-time or only in one term, you will not be eligible. 
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 $12,500

How to apply

The supplementary bursary application for January 2017 is now closed. Students will be notified of the outcome of their bursary applications by mid-March. The supplementary bursary application will reopen on March 1, 2017.


Notification

All applicants will be notified of the results of their bursary applications within four weeks of the application closing date, via their University of Alberta email address.

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.) You can expect a response within five business days.


List of individual bursaries by faculty

The Supplementary Bursary Program in the Office of the Registrar is made possible in part by the generosity and commitment of donors. Below, for reference only, are links to descriptions of individual bursaries, listed by faculty. To apply for bursary funding, you only need to submit a general bursary application. If you receive bursary funding, you will be notified as to which individual bursaries you have been offered.  

If you still have questions about bursaries, please contact Student Connect.

Other bursaries

Graduate Students Association (GSA) Emergency Bursaries

International students

MBA students

Law students

MD students: see Supplementary Bursaries

Aboriginal students

Disaster Relief Bursary: see Supplementary Bursaries