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Bursaries & Grants

Bursaries and Grants are non-repayable sources of funding made available through Ryerson, private donors and the provincial and federal governments.

Students who are considering reducing their course load should consult with Student Financial Assistance to discuss continued eligibility for all Bursaries and Grants.  In addition they should know that any scholarships, income, awards or other financial benefits (received between terms or while attending classes) will result in a reduction in your Bursary and/or Grant.

For information on private donor bursaries please visit Awards & Scholarships.

Student Access Guarantee (SAG)

The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development and Ontario's provincially assisted universities and colleges are partnering to support access to postsecondary education.

In March of 2006, the Ministry ended a two-year tuition freeze and announced a new Tuition Framework. Postsecondary institutions are now required to participate in the Student Access Guarantee (SAG) that states:

  • No qualified Ontario student should be prevented from attending Ontario's public colleges and universities due to lack of financial support programs.
  • Students in need should have access to the resources they need for their tuition, mandatory fees, books and supplies fees.

The SAG is meant to cover any unmet need between the student’s OSAP funding and their educational expenses. There is no application for the Student Access Guarantee. All full-time undergraduate and graduate OSAP students will be considered however, not all OSAP recipients will receive a SAG grant. Continuing education and part-time students do not qualify for this program.

All other eligibility requirements remain the same as those that apply to students making a full-time OSAP application. For a list of these eligibility requirements please visit OSAP Government Student Aid Full-Time.

Notification: December 15, 2017

Undergraduate Installments: December 15, 2017 and February 16, 2018

Graduate Installments: December 15, 2017; February 15, 2018 and May 18, 2018

All installments are subject to the student’s continued eligibility.

Scholarships and/or Career Boost earnings earned between disbursement periods will directly reduce awards amounts.

Students who are suspended or required to withdraw would not be eligible for any outstanding bursary installments.

Ryerson Bursary

The Ryerson Bursary is a university-funded special bursary program for full-time undergraduate and graduate program students who have applied for OSAP funding and been officially restricted from receiving funding through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. The Ryerson Bursary is intended to assist students with their tuition and book expenses. Continuing education students do not qualify for this program.

Students are officially restricted from receiving funding for various reasons and only some will be eligible for the Ryerson Bursary.  Students may be required to show proof of the restriction. A student who has two overpayments on account and is not able to access funding can apply for the Ryerson Bursary. A student who is on a Code 36: ‘Academic Progression-Probationary Status’ can not apply for the Ryerson Bursary. A student who is denied funding because they are ineligible (which is different from being restricted) for OSAP or who has demonstrated no financial need is not able to apply for the Ryerson Bursary.

Application Available: September 5, 2017 to October 31, 2017

Notification: December 15, 2017

Undergraduate Installments: December 15, 2017 and February 16, 2018

Graduate Installments: December 15, 2017; February 15, 2018 and May 18, 2018

All installments are subject to the student’s continued eligibility.

Scholarships and/or Career Boost earnings earned between disbursement periods will directly reduce award amounts.

Students who are suspended or required to withdraw would not be eligible for any outstanding bursary installments.

The application for the Ryerson bursary is now closed. The deadline to apply was October 31, 2017.
We thank all those who applied and will be notifying you in December regarding the status of your application.

Ontario Student Grant (OSG)

Beginning September 2017, the Ontario government will be making post-secondary education more accessible and affordable - offering free tuition to students that qualify. As part of the initiative, the government launched the new, more inclusive Ontario Student Grant (OSG) - replacing the 30% Off Ontario Tuition Grant.

If you're a dependent, post-secondary student and your parents earn $50,000 or less in annual income, you will receive enough grants to cover the average cost of your college or university tuition. From a lower or middle income family? You may receive more grant funding than ever before!

To be considered for the OSG, simply apply for OSAP at ontario.ca/osap. If you are interested in grant-only funding, select the "no loan option" on your application.

Just a heads up - if you receive the OSG and withdraw from your program within 30 days, the grant will be converted into a repayable loan.