Niagara Region Bursary Program

The application deadline has passed. Applicants who applied before the Aug. 26 deadline will be notified by Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 if their application for a bursary was successful or not.

The Niagara Region Bursary Program is designed to help students with financial needs cover the cost of college, university or other post-secondary education. A total of $50,000 is available for eligible students.

$700 and $250 Bursaries Available

Amount Available for
$700 Students entering first or second year college or university in a certificate, diploma or degree program
$250 Students beginning a short-term academic upgrading, apprenticeship, trade or skills-based training program (minimum of four weeks)


In order to qualify for a bursary, you must be:

  • A grade 12 graduate
    - or -
    A mature student (18 years of age or older, away from formal education for one or more years)
  • No older than 34 years of age by Aug. 26, 2016
  • Entering either your first or second year of post-secondary education, leading to a certificate, diploma or degree
    - or -
    Entering a short-term academic upgrading, trade or skills-based training program, which is a minimum of four weeks in duration
  • A Canadian citizen or legal resident of Canada
  • A resident of Niagara region
  • In financial need as demonstrated by at least one of the following:

    • You are receiving social assistance through Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program
    • You are receiving assistance with child care costs through Niagara Region Children's Services
    • You are on the Rent-Geared-to-Income waiting list for housing through Niagara Regional Housing
    • You are a Rent-Geared-to-Income tenant of Niagara Regional Housing
    • You are a tenant/member of an affordable housing community in receipt of Rent-Geared-to-Income assistance

Individuals with a post-secondary diploma/degree are not eligible.

Further Information

Email Samantha Dean or call 905-984-3688.

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