Provincial Government Financial Aid

Even with community funding, scholarships and bursaries, it may be necessary to apply to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).

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What is OSAP?

OSAP is a government program that gives you loans based on your financial need while you attend university. The loans are interest-free until 6 months after you graduate from university.

Visit OSAP for more information about the program and its requirements.

OSAP offers 2 financial aid programs for Indigenous students.

Indigenous Student Bursary

The Indigenous Student Bursary provides funding for Indigenous students (First Nations, Métis and Inuit).

To be eligible, you must:

  • Attend a publicly assisted college or university in Ontario or an approved Indigenous institute in Ontario.
  • Be enrolled in a postsecondary academic program (e.g., degree and diploma programs) or training program (e.g., apprenticeships).
  • Self-identify as an Indigenous person in Canada (First Nations, Métis or Inuit).
  • Meet citizenship and Ontario residency requirements, as outlined on the OSAP Application for Full-Time Students.
  • Demonstrate financial need based on the criteria set out by your school.

Some universities may also require you to be enrolled in full-time studies. For more information, contact your university’s financial aid office.

You do not need to apply for OSAP to be considered for this bursary.

For more information, visit the Indigenous Student Bursary web page.

Ontario Indigenous Travel Grant

The Ontario Indigenous Travel Grant can assist you with the cost of travelling between your remote First Nations community and the university you are attending.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Self-identify as an Indigenous person on your OSAP profile.
  • Live in a remote First Nations community in Canada when you are not in full-time postsecondary studies.
  • Be enrolled in either a public or private university in Ontario.
  • Apply for OSAP as a full-time student, meet all the eligibility requirements and have a calculated provincial financial need of at least $1.

Your university’s financial aid office must receive your application no later than 60 days before the end of your study period.

Find out more and apply for the grant on the Ontario Indigenous Travel Grant web page.

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