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Ryerson Emergency Bursary

Current Ryerson Students

Do you have a financial emergency? You may qualify for the Ryerson Emergency Bursary.

Students must first speak to a Financial Assistance Advisor via the ServiceHub before applying for a Ryerson Emergency Bursary. It is expected that students first apply for government financial aid (e.g. OSAP, U.S. student loans, or out-of-province funding) to ensure funding is maximized. If you still have an unexpected financial emergency, our office will help direct you to apply for a Ryerson Emergency Bursary through AwardSpring.

A Ryerson Emergency Bursary is not guaranteed for each student that applies; bursary applications are assessed individually by looking at each student’s financial situation (budget form) and circumstances.

Note: Ryerson Emergency Bursary applications submitted by those experiencing financial hardship as a direct or indirect result of COVID-19 (including but not limited to loss of employment, wifi upgrading, purchasing of equipment to work from home, etc.) cannot be considered. The university’s resources are limited and are unable to support students negatively impacted by COVID-19; however, government programs and supports are available.

If you are experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, please review our COVID-19 supports website to find other financial aid opportunities for which you may qualify. We also encourage you to apply for other funding opportunities through AwardSpring.

Additional Resources

We know that financial challenges sometimes come with other personal struggles, and Ryerson has a number of resources to support you and your well-being:

Ryerson Emergency Bursary Terms and Conditions

The Ryerson Emergency Bursary

The Ryerson Emergency Bursary is intended to provide students with financial assistance as a result of sudden or unexpected circumstances/emergencies for which they could not have planned. It is not meant to address funding shortfalls where government financial aid (e.g. OSAP, U.S. student loans, or out-of-province funding), savings, or employment income is insufficient to cover educational expenses. Should students obtain a bursary, it should not be relied on as a consistent source of income.

A Ryerson Emergency Bursary is not guaranteed for each student that applies; bursary applications are assessed individually by looking at each student’s financial situation (budget form) and circumstances. It is expected that students exhaust all other forms of funding before seeking bursary assistance. For instance, if a student is eligible to receive a government loan, but declines it, this would undermine their eligibility to receive a bursary.

Ryerson University believes that funding a student’s education is a shared responsibility, and thus, it is expected that students are able to contribute financially to their education.

Information submitted in bursary applications will be verified; the misrepresentation of information may result in the disqualification of your application.

Values Subject to Change

The availability and monetary value of bursaries is subject to change. The University reserves the right to change the amount disbursed for a given bursary in light of new information which was not available at the time of disbursement (e.g. change in course load, withdrawal from a program, new disbursement of a scholarship/award or government financial assistance, etc.)

Bursary recipients are responsible for notifying the Student Awards and Scholarships Office (SASO) of any changes to their particular situation (i.e. students drop courses, OSAP funding comes through, situation is remedied prior to bursary assistance being granted, etc.).

Given the situational nature of bursary assistance, SASO reserves the right to reassess or adjust any funding granted, should the conditions under which the funds were granted change. Students will be contacted via their Ryerson email should their bursary amount be adjusted.

Request for Reconsideration and Discretion of the University

Every attempt has been made to be clear in the communication of the terms and conditions outlined in this document. In the event of any interpretive disputes, Ryerson University reserves the right to render a final determination on eligibility for bursary funding. Interpretation of information provided in bursary applications is solely at the discretion of Ryerson University.

Clarifying amendments to the terms and conditions for bursaries may be made by Ryerson without notice.