About scholarships, bursaries, & awards
Learn more about the kind of scholarships and awards available to undergraduate students at Concordia.
The primary criterion for all scholarships is high academic achievement.
However, high academic achievement does not guarantee your selection for a scholarship. Competition is significant and each scholarship has different criteria which affects both eligibility and selection.
Types of scholarships
Concordia offers Entrance Scholarships to top-ranked Bachelor's admission candidates every Fall.
Full-time students entering university studies for the first time, on the basis of completion of CEGEP, Canadian High School or College, or equivalent. Candidates must be admitted to Bachelor's programs. An offer of admission to Concordia does not guarantee selection for an Entrance Scholarship. These awards are not available to students admitted to Certificate programs, or Visiting students, or Independent students.
- Selection for most scholarships is automatic and based on academic ranking. For Faculty of Fine Arts programs requiring submission of a portfolio for admission, selection is based on the portfolio and not grades achieved prior to admission,
- Faculties and Schools select candidates and provide their recommendations to the Financial Aid and Awards Office,
- Only selected candidates are notified. Selection begins in Spring, and continues into the Summer,
- Scholarships are disbursed to students' University accounts following verification of registration after the registration / course drop period ends. Most of these awards are payable in two equal installments over the Fall and Winter terms.
Some entrance scholarships have specific eligibility requirements or restrictions, and require an application. These will be posted on the application-based awards pages starting in the Summer each year.
- Available only to students enrolled in a Bachelor's program
- Students who have completed at least one semester of studies at Concordia
- Students must have a minimum Assessment GPA of 3.30
- A limited number of In-Course Scholarships are open to part-time students
- Consideration for In-Course Scholarship candidates begins in October/November on the basis of top Assessment GPA achieved in the preceding academic year. Candidates are ranked in descending order on Assessment GPA, then credits completed in program, then Cumulative GPA,
- The majority of In-Course Scholarships are awarded automatically by the Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards Committee using academic rank lists as described above, with no application required,
- A small number of In-Course Scholarships and Awards requiring specific applications will be posted on our Concordia Award Opportunities page starting in the Summer each year. Deadlines may vary however most fall in September or October.
The primary criterion for all bursaries is financial need.
However, financial need does not guarantee your selection for a bursary. Competition is significant and each bursary has different criteria which affects both eligibility and selection.
Types of bursaries
Concordia offers need-based Entrance Bursaries to Bachelor's admission candidates every Fall.
- Full-time students entering university studies for the first time, on the basis of completion of CEGEP, Canadian High School or College, or equivalent,
- Candidates must be admitted to Bachelor's programs,
- Students must submit a detailed application, statements, and supporting documents in order to be considered for the Entrance Bursary program. Submission of an application does not guarantee a bursary offer,
- In general, the online bursary application is available from early March until early June each year,
- Entrance Bursaries are not available to students admitted to Certificate programs, or Visiting students, or Independent students.
Entrance Bursary applications are holistically evaluated by the Entrance Bursary committee. Following the committee's deliberations, the Financial Aid and Awards Office will notify each applicant of the results.
Concordia offers need-based In-Course Bursaries to returning Bachelor's students late in the Fall semester.
- Full-time or part-time students,
- Candidates must be enrolled in Bachelor's programs,
- Minimum Assessment GPA of 2.00 (acceptable academic standing),
- Students must submit a detailed application, statements, and supporting documents in order to be considered for the In-Course Bursary program. Submission of an application does not guarantee a bursary offer,
- In general, the online bursary application is available from late August to mid-October every year,
- In-Course Bursaries are not available to students in Graduate programs, Certificate programs, or Visiting students, or Independent students.
In-Course Bursary applications are holistically evaluated by the In-Course Bursary committee. Following the committee's deliberations, the Financial Aid and Awards Office will notify each applicant of the results.
"Award" is sometimes used generically to describe any type of scholarship or bursary.
Awards may fall under the Entrance or In-Course rosters, be merit or need-based, and have one or more additional eligibility requirements such as a letter of intent or an applicant statement, contribution to student life at the university, a particular level of performance in a certain course, and so on.
- Most are restricted to students in particular degrees or concentrations, or who have particular qualifications.
- Academic requirements vary from award to award - from a minimum Last Annual GPA of 2.00 (Acceptable Academic Standing) to scholarship-level GPA of 3.30 and upwards.
- The term "award" is also used generically when referring to scholarships or bursaries.
Payments for all types of scholarships, bursaries, and awards are processed in the Student Information System.
The scholarship, bursary, or award funds are electronically transferred directly to the recipient's account at Concordia University. The system will automatically apply the transferred funds towards any tuition/fees still owing.
In the event that a recipient has already paid their tuition and fees at the time an award payment is posted to their account at Concordia, they can either leave the credit on account and the system will automatically apply it towards future tuition/fees at a later date, or they can request a refund cheque from the Student Accounts Office via their MyConcordia Student Center.
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