U of T Bursary / Grants

Bursaries and grants are non-repayable funds given to eligible students who demonstrate financial need through their school year budget. They are non-repayable (read: free money), and are intended to assist you in paying for educational expenses. 

It is expected that before you apply for a grant, you will have explored all sources of funding such as: OSAP or other government assistance programs, family support, savings from summer employment, part time employment or a bank line of credit.  

U of T Grants are not intended to fund noneducational expenses or help you repay debt. 

UTSC Bursary

Full-time undergraduate students are eligible to apply for this grant. The application is available for students studying in the Fall/Winter session (Fall or Winter semester) or the Summer session.

2020-2021 Fall/Winter: Apply through eService  

  • Starting December 1, 2020, undergraduate students can apply online for financial assistance through eService.

    • Login to eService.

    • Click on Financial Aid on the main menu.

    • Click on Bursary.

    • Click on Bursary Application to submit a new application for the session.

    • Read the important information before clicking on Continue
    • Complete all sections of the application.

    • Remember to save often as the application does time out and if this happens you may lose the information you have entered. 

    • Once the form is completed, remember to select Submit before the application deadline. If any required fields have been missed, they will be flagged in red.
    • If you have questions regarding the grant application, please contact a financial aid advisor by email at: askro.utsc@utoronto.ca.

Application Deadline

Fall 2020/Winter 2021 courses: April 27, 2021

Processing and Decisions
Your application will be reviewed and processed within 3 to 6 weeks of your submission.  

Timeline and payment of funding

If approved, you will be able to view the grant payment information on ACORN, under the Awards & Financial Aid section of your ACORN account. 

2021 Summer Session

Please check back in early April, 2021 for an update.

Update on applications submitted on the U of T Undergraduate Grant Portal

We are currently reviewing all the application submitted on the portal between October 1st and November 16, 2020.  Decisions will be made in the next two weeks.  We will be emailed each student about the decision. 

If you submitted your application late in the day on November 16th or after, we ask that you resubmit an application through eService (see above).

COVID-19 Emergency Undergraduate Grant

This grant is intended to assist current U of T undergraduate domestic and international student impacted by COVID-19 and who need immediate short-term financial relief due to unexpected expenses. This grant is open to both part-time and full-time students. 

More details are available on the Enrolment Services’ website 

UTSC undergraduate students can apply for the COVID-19 Emergency Grant through the eService. After submitting the UTSC Bursary application on eService, complete and submit the COVID-19 Declaration

University of Toronto Advance Planning for  Students (UTAPS)

University of Toronto financial aid programs fill the gap for full-time students who receive the maximum amount of government financial aid but whose funding doesn’t cover all the university expenses.  UTAPS funding varies depending on the student’s unmet need as calculated by OSAP. 

Who is eligible?  
See the details on the Enrolment Services website. 

Who is not eligible? 
International students and part-time students are not eligible, as well as students participating in a co-op work term(s), internship or PEY term(s). 

How to Apply – Fall/Winter - Current Students 

  • OSAP recipients do not apply.  You will be automatically considered based on your OSAP application. 
  • Students receiving other provincial/territorial government financial aid must complete an application on the Enrolment Services website.  
  • Students receiving Band and/or community sponsorship must complete an application on the Enrolment Services website. 

Application Deadline
Usually late October for Fall semester and late January for Winter semester. Please refer to the Enrolment Services website for exact deadline information.

How to Apply – Summer - Current Students 

  • OSAP recipients do not apply.  You will be automatically considered based on your OSAP application. 
  • Students receiving other provincial/territorial government financial aid must complete a paper application(pdf format) which is available in the Forms section of this website.
  • Students receiving Band and/or community sponsorship must complete a paper application (pdf format) which is available in the Forms section of this website.  

Application Deadline
For the Summer semester, the deadline is usually late May. Please refer to our website for exact deadline information.

Prospective Students 
The UTAPS Online Estimator can be used as a financial planning tool.  Complete and submit the Financial Aid/ UTAPS Online Estimator to get an estimate of how much University of Toronto funding you may be eligible for.

For students applying for admission to a program which admits students directly from high school, complete and submit the Financial Aid/ UTAPS Online Estimator by February 28.

Information entered on the UTAPS Online Estimator may be used by the University to determine your eligibility for need-based grants or bursaries for the upcoming school year. 

Please note: you must still apply for funding through OSAP or your home province to receive government student aid when your government student loan agency makes the application available.

University of Toronto Crown Ward Grant

This grant provides eligible students with the opportunity to receive 50% of their tuition costs, to a maximum of $3000 per academic year. OSAP recipients are automatically considered.

More information can be found on the Enrolment Services website.

Academic Travel Fund

The Academic Travel Fund supports undergraduate students who travel to academic conferences, meetings and/or research initiatives can submit project proposals by the appropriate deadline dates.

For more information, application deadlines, and questions, please contact the Office of Student Experience & Wellbeing

Global Learning Travel Fund

The Global Learning Travel Fund supports undergraduate travel for a field course, exchange, summer abroad course, language course, internship or research.  

For more information, application deadlines, and questions, please contact the Office of Student Experience & Wellbeing.

SCSU Dollar for
Daycare Grant

This grant is funded by the Scarborough Campus Students’ Union (SCSU). This grant provides eligible students with assistance for daycare or babysitting expenses. 

More information will be available from SCSU about the application process. Please visit the SCSU website.

SCSU Emergency Support Bursary

This emergency fund was created by the Scarborough Campus Students’ Union. It is intended to support members dealing with financial hardship. Applications to this fund are considered on a rolling basis while funds are available. Each member of the Students’ Union is eligible to receive the bursary only once per academic year. Members applying to the Emergency Support Bursary may receive up to $500.

More information will be available from SCSU about the application process. Please visit the SCSU website.

APUS (Association of Part-time Undergraduate Students) APUS offers a variety of scholarships and bursaries for part time students. View full details on the APUS website

Noah Meltz Program of Financial Assistance

The Noah Meltz Program helps eligible part-time undergraduate students finance their education through non-repayable grants for their tuition costs to a maximum of one credit, along with a tuition allowance, transportation and child-care costs. 

Students can apply for this grant once during the September to April study period, and once during the May to August study period.  

Full details on how to apply and the deadline dates are available on the Enrolment Services website.