The In-Course Bursary program is designed to provide financial support to undergraduate students who have been admitted to Concordia in the Fall of the previous academic year. The program is also applicable to newly-admitted students who have transferred credits from another university.
The three steps needed to apply for bursaries
The In-Course Bursary program is for undergraduate students who are:
- *Considered as a continuing student
- Registered in full or part-time studies in any discipline including Co-op Program
- On an authorized exchange program for the 2022-2023 academic year, and
- In acceptable academic standing, with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.00
*To be considered as a continuing student, you must have been admitted to and undertaken studies starting in the Fall of the previous academic year at Concordia.
*If you are newly admitted to Concordia for Winter 2022 or Fall 2022 with transfer credits from another university, you are also eligible to apply for In-Course Bursaries as a transfer student. Please contact the Financial Aid and Awards Office before you apply.
In-Course Bursaries are primarily for students in financial need who are seeking financial aid for the 2022-2023 academic year.
Apply for an In-Course Bursary by submitting these forms, in order:
- Aid Declaration form
- Needs Analysis form (as applicable, details below)
- In-Course Bursary application
You MUST submit both the aid declaration form and the needs analysis form if:
- You are applying to Concordia from outside of Canada
- You are neither applying for nor are already receiving government financial aid from the Quebec government, other Canadian provinces and territories, or through the United States loans program
If you have applied for government financial aid, or you are already receiving it, simply complete the aid declaration form, which will let us verify your government financial aid file. If for any reason we cannot verify your file, you will also need to submit the needs analysis form.
We can consider you for an In-Course Bursary only if you submit all the relevant forms in order.
A special bursary is one with additional eligibility criteria.
Some special bursaries require you to indicate if you would like to be considered for that bursary. You will find a complete list of special bursaries, along with the details about eligibility and supporting documents, in the online bursary application system.
*When you submit your application, the selection committee will automatically consider you for general bursaries, as well as any special bursaries you indicate.
Please use a desktop or laptop computer to apply. The system is not optimized for mobile devices.
- Log into your Student Centre and click on Apply for Bursaries or Scholarships (on the left side of your screen)
- Choose Aid Year 2023
- Complete your Aid Declaration
- Complete your Needs Analysis
- Complete the In-Course Bursary application
- Once your application is complete and you are ready to submit, click on I Agree. Keep in mind you will not be able to modify your application once you have submitted it. You may be requested to submit supporting documents too.
If you run into technical problems such as, fields that won't open, or a greyed out screen when you try to upload your documents, log out of your Student Centre, clear your web browser’s cache and cookies, relaunch your browser, then log back into your Student Centre and try again. If that doesn't work, email us at email@example.com and we will investigate the issue.
The online system will automatically save your application as you progress from one field to the next, but it may automatically time out after 30 minutes. If you leave the application before submitting it, or if it times out, then we must unlock your application before you can log in again and finish applying.
In some cases, your web browser’s configuration and plug-ins may prevent the online application from working properly and you may need to get in touch with IITS.
If you need to upload supporting documents, the application system will automatically create a To Do list.
To upload a document, choose In-Course Bursary Required Document on the dropdown list. In the Custom Description field, write a brief description of the document, then complete and save it.
Make sure you upload your documents as soon as possible, either when you apply, or within ten days of submitting your bursary application. It that's not possible, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to protect your privacy, please don't email us your documents. Please also avoid uploading them through the main document upload link in your Student Centre. Instead, please follow the following steps for secure document upload and to ensure your documents are well received. Your bursary application may be cancelled if you don't upload your documents via the bursary application.
As we review your file, we may add items to your To Do list. It is your responsibility to review your To Do list regularly.
The application deadline for the 2022-2023 Undergraduate In-Course Bursary Program has passed. New dates for the In-Course Bursary Program in Fall 2023 will be announced during the Winter 2023 semester.
The selection committee expects to begin a holistic evaluation of complete applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. The timeframe may be extended depending on the volume of applications.
As always, if you have any questions, the Financial Aid and Awards Office team is here to help you! Contact us by phone at 514-848-2424, ext. 3507 or by email at email@example.com.
1. Are Students with Disabilities considered Full-Time?
Undergraduate students in Bachelor's programs who are registered with the Access Centre for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) are automatically considered as full-time for Concordia's scholarships, bursaries, and awards as long as they are enrolled in at least 6 credits per semester. The Financial Aid and Awards Office ensures that the various scholarship and bursary selection committees consider ACSD clients as full-time.
Please note that this does not guarantee full-time status for governmental student assistance.
2. Are Co-Op Members And Students Away On Exchange Considered Full-Time?
Undergraduate students in Bachelor's programs who are members of Concordia's Institute for Co-Operative Education and are on an authorised Work Term are automatically considered full-time for scholarships and bursaries during the Work Term semester(s).
Students in Bachelor's programs who are away on an authorised Student Exchange Program with an STOQ ("Studies Outside Quebec") notation on their record are also considered as full-time for scholarships and bursaries during the exchange semester(s).
Please note that this does not guarantee full-time status for governmental student assistance.
3. How can I get an In-Course Bursary?
Bursaries are based primarily on financial need and applicant statements. You have to apply to be considered for available bursaries. For returning students, the In-Course Bursary online application is available from March to June. Announcements will be posted on the Financial Aid and Awards Office website regarding the availability of applications, and deadlines. There are always more applicants than available bursaries each year, and the submission of an application does not guarantee that you will receive a bursary.
4. Who chooses bursary recipients?
In-Course Bursary recipients are selected by committees overseen by the Undergraduate Awards Office on behalf of the Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards Committee. These committees are composed of staff from a number of departments across the University.
5. When are bursary decisions/offers made?
Decisions on bursary applications are normally made in the summer term but depending on the volume of applications, notifications may be provided early in the Fall term.
6. How will I know if I was selected as a bursary recipient or not?
The Undergraduate Awards Office sends notifications to all applicants as soon as the selection committee has finished its adjudications and has final results available.
7. How are bursary recipients chosen? Are there specific criteria?
Bursary recipients are selected following a lengthy holistic evaluation by the selection committee. In general, students must be in financial need and in acceptable academic standing before the committee will be able to review their applications. The committee's evaluation will include a review of the applicant's financial situation, their academic performance, and also personal statements and supporting documentation. Each application is considered and compared to its peers in the applicant pool.
8. Should I be registered in courses when I apply for bursary?
Registration opens in the spring of each year, and you are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Learn more about registration, including the important dates. Most bursaries are based on a full-time course load therefore, it is important for the selection committee to know if you are planning to be a full-time or part-time student.
9. Is my bursary taxable?
All bursary funds received must be reported on your tax return in the appropriate section. The university will issue a T4A tax slip for this purpose. In general, T4A slips are mailed by the university each February or March.
10. What if I missed the deadline to apply?
If you missed the deadline to apply, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. They will give you instructions on how to access the waiting list.