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Update as of June 28, 2021: We are no longer accepting applications. Questions? Get in touch with the Financial Aid and Awards Office by email at 

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 such as temporary lodging (e.g. government-mandated quarantine) or any other relevant expenditure.

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

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