You may be eligible to apply for a bursary designed to offset costs incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The MES COVID Financial Hardship Bursary is available to Concordia students thanks to the Government of Quebec (Ministère de l'Éducation et Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur). The bursary provides one-time financial assistance to students with demonstrated financial need, whose income and educational financing plans were unfavourably affected by the pandemic.
Up to $1,500
Who can apply
Current full-time and part-time graduate and undergraduate students in good standing who were enrolled in studies during the fall 2020 term or winter 2021 term, and who have already applied for the maximum available funding from their federal or provincial government or aboriginal group. Not eligible: international students residing outside Canada.
You must demonstrate financial need and show you incurred expenses directly associated with the pandemic, including costs related to remote learning such as technology-related expenses, living expenses or any other relevant expenditure.
Deadline to apply: Friday, April 30, 2021
It’s important to apply as soon as possible, with supporting documents, since the Financial Aid and Awards Office will process complete applications in chronological order. Depending on the volume of applications, the fund may be depleted before you apply.
How to apply
In your Student Centre, go to the Finance section. Click on “Apply for Bursaries or Scholarships.” Choose aid year 2022 and complete the Aid Declaration/Needs Analysis, and lastly the Quebec government application itself. You’ll find it in the “Awards Application” section. The online system will automatically save your application as you progress from one field to the next.
Once you have completed all sections of your application, make sure you proceed to the very end of the application and click on the "I Agree" button in order to finalize your submission and make it available to the Financial Aid and Awards Office.
If you’re having trouble paying your tuition due to COVID-19 and you may not be eligible to apply for the bursary, let’s talk! Concordia’s Financial Aid and Awards Office offers personalized, in-depth advice on financial matters and help with budgeting. Visit the Financial Aid and Awards Office website or email the office directly at email@example.com.
Frequently asked questions
Unfortunately, visiting and continuing education students are not eligible. Certificate and diploma students may apply.
Yes. If you're having problems applying, email firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
You can apply if you are currently residing in Canada and all your required immigration documents are up to date and on file at Concordia.
Showing that you incurred COVID-19 expenses and demonstrating financial need are two separate things.
Complete the Needs Analysis in your Student Centre. Include all sources of income, as well as general expenses and COVID-19-related expenses. Remember to provide supporting documents.
As part of completing the Needs Analysis in your Student Centre, we will ask you to provide documents such as proof of income, rental lease, receipts of expenses and parental income. We need your documents to assess your file. Upload all your documents as quickly as possible. We will process completed applications in chronological order.
The Financial Aid and Awards Office will review completed applications in chronological order and award funds along the way, meaning the earlier you apply, the better. (It’s possible all funds will be awarded before the application deadline.)