Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries


Q: What is the difference between a SCHOLARSHIP and BURSARY?

A: A scholarship is based on outstanding academic achievement and/or athletic or personal merit and it is usually awarded during the admissions process. Academic excellence and financial need are the primary criteria for an award.  Bursaries and awards are usually granted on the basis of student financial need and there are many to choose from!

Q: Are there Scholarships, Awards & Bursaries available for Aboriginal Students at York University?

A: Yes! York's Student Financial Services web page lists a series of financial supports dedicated to Aboriginal students. Click on Funding for Aboriginal Students to learn more.

Q: I am not sure if I qualify for the Entrance Awards & Bursaries?

A: If you are unsure if you qualify for the Entrance Awards & Bursaries, please fill out your Student Financial Profile (SFP) , an online application used to assess financial need. York University uses this information to help identify students who may qualify for financial support. Complete the SFP as soon and as completely as possible, and contact Randy Pitawanakwat, Coordinator, Aboriginal Student Services at with any questions.

Q: When can I fill this out?

A: Fill it out as soon as you can- you don’t need to have an offer of admission and you don’t have to accept your offer- so that York can let you know what funding is available to you.

Q: When is the deadline to fill out the SFP?

A: Deadlines are listed on the Student Financial Services web page.

Q: What about OSAP?

A: If you are considering applying for OSAP check out the OSAP Aid Estimator here