In-Course Bursary Program: Important Information
The online application for the 2020-2021 Undergraduate In-Course Bursary Program to returning students in Bachelor's programs on the MyConcordia Student Center has been extended to July 5, 2020.
On an exceptional basis, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the timeframes may have been delayed or extended.
Please read the eligibility requirements and other very important information in the expandable sections below.
There's a wide variety of bursaries available - most are open to students in any Faculty and area of study. They are awarded based on the bursary committee's results and are not open to direct application.
However there are a number of special bursaries with additional eligibility requirements that require a candidate's essay, or some form of supporting documentation. These appear on the online bursary application along with details about eligibility requirements, and what extra supporting documents are required.
Here are just a few of the special bursaries that appear on the bursary application - while you are completing your In-Course Bursary application you can check them off in order to be considered:
Arab World International Bursary for full-time International students who can demonstrate citizenship of any member state of the League of Arab States, or who, while stateless, reside in an Arab League state.
Damon Hartung Memorial Bursary for full- or part-time students pursuing an undergraduate degree at Concordia University and who exemplify Damon's spirit and his sense of community involvement.
Ecosense and Concordia University Alumni Association Inc. Bursary for full-time students with active participation in promoting environmental awareness or improvement at the community level (i.e. involved in a grass roots movement such as QPIRG).
Engineering & Computer Science Graduating Class Bursary for full-time students in Bachelor of Computer Science and Bachelor of Engineering who have participated in ECA (Engineering and Computer Science Students Association) activities.
F.P. Higgins Memorial Bursary for full-time students who pursued their entire Secondary and/or Collegial studies in French in Quebec.
First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Bursary for full-time students who are First Nations, Métis, or Inuit.
Francie Beresford Memorial Bursary for full-time students who are also working part-time while studying.
John E. Parisella Family Bursary for full-time students with a Major, Honours, or Specialization in Political Science.
John M. Gardiner Bursary for part-time or full-time students who have previously followed a non-credit program at Concordia University’s Centre for Continuing Education or School of Extended Learning (SEL).
Loyola Foundation Inc. Bursary for full-time students who graduated from Loyola High School, or have a parent who was a graduate of Loyola High School or Loyola College.
Nick Auf der Maur Bursary for full-time students in the departments of Journalism or Communication Studies.
Nissan Canada Bursary for full-time Engineering students in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering, with 60 credits or less to complete.
Office of University Advancement and Alumni Relations Bursary for full-time students with active community involvement.
Patrick Tansey Memorial Bursary for full-time students pursuing a Major, Specialization, or Honours in any of the following departments: Classics, Modern Languages, and Linguistics; Communication Studies; English; Etudes Françaises; History; Journalism; Liberal Arts; Philosophy; Theological Studies.
Royal Albert Edinburgh Lodge Bursary for full-time students who are children of members of the Royal Albert Edinburgh Lodge, or children of members of other Masonic Lodges in Quebec or elsewhere.
St. Andrew’s Society Bursary for full-time students of Scottish birth or ancestry.
Student Veterans Bursary for full-time and part-time students who are veterans of the Armed Forces. Also open to those who are still in active service.
Trans Youth Education Bursary for part-time or full-time trans students, including non-binary, genderless, non-gendered, 3rd gendered and two-spirited individuals.
You'll see the above bursaries and lots of others listed on the online application form with info on eligibility criteria and required supporting documents.
If you don't see any special bursaries on the online application that you meet the requirements for, don't worry! There are many dozens of others that you will automatically be considered for by the committee.
The Undergraduate In-Course Bursary Program is restricted to:
- Returning Students (admitted in a previous academic year)
- Bachelor's Program, in any discipline of study
- Registered full-time or part-time, or on a Co-Op Work Term, or on an authorised exchange program Fall 2020/Winter 2021
- Acceptable Academic Standing - minimum Assessment GPA of 2.00
- Students newly-admitted to Bachelor's programs for Fall 2020 with transfer credits from previous University studies are eligible to apply - please contact the Financial Aid and Awards Office before applying.
The Undergraduate In-Course Bursary program is primarily intended for students in financial need who are seeking / receiving governmental assistance in Fall/Winter 2020-2021 from Quebec, other Canadian provinces and territories, or through the U.S. Loans program.
The application process has up to three steps that have to be completed in order:
- Aid Declaration
- Needs Analysis where applicable
- In-Course Bursary application
If you have applied for or are already receiving assistance from Quebec, other Canadian provinces and territories, or through the U.S. Loans program, you can proceed directly to the In-Course Bursary application after completing your Aid Declaration. The Financial Aid and Awards Office will verify your government aid file. If we are unable to verify your file, we will let you know – and in this case you will need to return to the online application and complete the Need Analysis form afterwards.
If you are an International Student, or if you will not be applying for governmental assistance from any province, or U.S. Loans, you must complete the Aid Declaration and the Need Analysis forms before attempting to complete the In-Course Bursary application.
If you only complete the Aid Declaration / Needs Analysis forms without completing and submitting the In-Course Bursary application as the last step, your submission will be incomplete and you will not be considered for the In-Course Bursary program.
Students who have not applied for governmental student assistance are also welcome to apply. In this case, the Aid Declaration, Needs Analysis, and the In-Course Bursary form must all be completed.
The Aid Declaration and Need Analysis components of the online application system may require you to upload supporting documents. You must do so within ten days after you submit your application. If it is not possible for you to submit certain supporting documents within ten days, please contact us.
To protect your privacy, and also to ensure that the Financial Aid and Awards Office will be able to access your uploaded documents, you must upload your documents through the upload link available within the online bursary application system.
Please do not use the general document upload link on the main page of your Student Center account for your In-Course Bursary documents - if you do, the Financial Aid and Awards Office may not be able to access your documents and we cannot guarantee the privacy of your information. Your bursary application will also risk being cancelled.
If supporting documents are required for your Aid Declaration, Need Analysis, and/or In-Course Bursary application, the system will automatically create "To Do" list items on your Student Center account. The Financial Aid and Awards Office may also assign additional To-Do list items to your bursary file. It is your responsibility to review your To-Do list regularly and upload your documents without delay.
When uploading your In-Course Bursary documents, select the "In-Course Bursary Required Document" item on the pulldown list - and write a brief description of your document in the "Custom Description" field before you complete and save your document upload.
To access the online application system, log on to your Student Center account and click on the "Apply for Bursaries or Scholarships" link on the left side. Once you are in the online applications section, choose "Aid Year 2021" and begin completing your Aid Declaration / Needs Analysis, and lastly the In-Course Bursary application itself. The online system will automatically save your application as you progress from one field to the next.
Once you have all sections of your application completed, 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. Do not click the "I Agree" button until your application is fully completed and you are ready to submit it - clicking this button will lock your application and you will not be able to make changes to it unless the Financial Aid and Awards Office unlocks it for you.
Please Use Your Desktop Computer or Laptop
Please note that the online application system and document upload functionality is intended to be used only with desktop computers. Please do not attempt to complete your application or upload your documents using a mobile device (e.g. smartphone, tablet, etc.) as the web system is currently only configured to work with desktop or laptop computers.
If you are having problems using the online bursary application system (e.g. fields will not open, or you cannot upload your documents but get a grey screen), log out and then clear your web browser’s cache and cookies. Shut down the web browser, restart it, then log in and try again. If this does not solve your problem, contact the Financial Aid and Awards Office and we will look into it. In some cases, your web browser’s configuration and plug-ins may prevent the online application from working properly and this is beyond the control of the Financial Aid and Awards Office to help with.
Student Center Time-Out
Your Student Center session may automatically time-out after 30 minutes. Once you begin completing your In-Course Bursary application so make sure you follow through to completion. If your connection has a time-out, or if you partially complete your application then log out without clicking the I Agree button, it is possible that the Financial Aid and Awards Office will have to unlock your application before you can log in again and finish completing it.
The In-Course Bursary selection committee is expected to begin its holistic evaluation of complete bursary applications as soon as possible after the application deadline.
The committee results are expected in mid-August, however this timeframe may be extended due to high volume of applications.
As always, if you have any questions, the Financial Aid and Awards Office team is here to help you! You can contact us by telephone or by e-mail:
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 extension 3507