UVic staff work hard to provide students with financial assistance - many bursaries are available to help relieve some of the stress.

A bursary is a non-repayable monetary award based on financial need and reasonable academic standing, as determined by the Senate Committee on Awards. The University of Victoria awards over 4 million dollars in entrance, transfer, and in-course bursaries.



Undergraduate students

Bursaries are open to undergraduate students who:

  • are Canadian citizens or are permanent residents of Canada
  • receive the maximum student loans for their period of study
  • maintain registration in a minimum of 4.5 credit units per term they receive a bursary (3.0 credit units for students with a permanent disability)

International undergraduate students

Visit the International Student Resource page for information about available resources.

Graduate students

Bursaries are open to graduate students who:

  • are Canadian citizens or are permanent residents of Canada
  • receive the maximum student loans for their period of study
  • meet the definition of full time status as defined by the Faculty of Graduate Studies

International graduate students

Bursaries are open to international graduate students who:

  • Meet the definition of full time status as defined by the Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • Submit a completed budget sheet to the Student Awards and Financial Aid office (budget page is available on the online application)

How to apply

Student Awards and Financial Aid offers bursaries to students who apply for financial assistance via My page.

Some bursaries require a separate application which is available directly from the appropriate Athletic Coach, Faculty, School or Department (see "Available Bursaries").

To access the online bursary application

  1. Log in to the scholarship and bursary section of My page.
  2. For year, select 2016/17
  3. Select Winter
  4. Click Continue and select the General Bursary.  Note:  If you have previously started this application or even just looked at it, you will need to select "View/Modify"
  5. Continue to follow the prompts to apply for the bursaries for which you are eligible
  6. Be sure to read all instructions as you complete the application and hit the submit button as your last step to ensure your application is submitted


  • Only one application per session is necessary to be considered for all bursaries
  • Only successful applicants will be notified
  • Incomplete applications with not be considered
  • International graduate students must submit a budget sheet by October 15.
  • Canadian students must submit a hard copy of the current Government Student Loan Notice of Assessment (and budget sheet if applicable) to Student Awards and Financial Aid by October 15.
  • Write your student number on your Government Student Loan Notification of Assessment and any correspondence (including email inquiries)


There are two opportunities for general bursary applications each year

Session Application deadline Decision
Summer (May - Aug) June 1 By the end of July
Winter (Sept - Apr) October 15 By the end of December

Successful applicants will be notified by email.

Bursaries with a separate application process have varying deadlines. Check out the list of scholarships and bursaries for exceptional application information.

Departmentally recommended bursaries are awarded through a recommendation by the student’s department.


All bursaries adjudicated by the University of Victoria are administered by the Senate Committee on Awards.

Grants, loans and Work Study positions are administered by the Student Financial Aid Services staff.

An award may be withheld or cancelled for any of the following reasons: 

  • lack of suitable candidates  
  • failure to meet terms and conditions of award
  • withdrawal from the University
  • withdrawal of the award by the donor

If for any reason the original recipient becomes ineligible, the allocated funds may be reassigned to other students.

Award amounts are subject to change.

How do I use my bursary?

Except where the donor directs otherwise, bursary funds issued by the University will be applied towards the total fees for the terms of study for which funding was awarded.

If your fees are paid in full, you may contact Tuition Fees at tuition@uvic.ca to request that they remit any credit balance in your tuition account. View a summary of your tuition account by logging in to My page.

Saying thank you

Does your bursary have a donor?  Remember to complete the on-line Thank you letter form.