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 full-time government 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).
  • Maintain registration in a minimum of 12 consecutive weeks of study for the term they receive a bursary.

Graduate students

Bursaries are open to graduate students who:

  • Are Canadian citizens or are permanent residents of Canada.
  • Receive the maximum full-time government student loans for their period of study.
  • Meet the definition of full-time status as defined by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

International undergraduate and graduate students

Bursaries are open to international undergraduate and graduate students who:

  • Meet the definitions of full-time status as listed above.
  • Make an appointment to meet with a Financial Aid Officer in Student Awards and Financial Aid to discuss their extenuating circumstances.

How to apply

Student Awards and Financial Aid offers bursaries to eligible Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada who apply on-line 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 year.
  3. Select Winter or Summer.
  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.
  • Include your student number on all documentation and any email correspondence.

International Students

Bursaries are awarded to international undergraduate and graduate students who experience financial crisis during their school year. Undergraduate applicants must maintain registration in a minimum of 4.5 units for credit in each term (3.0 units for students with a permanent disability) for which they have been awarded the bursary. Graduate recipients must maintain registration as a full-time student in each term for which they have been awarded the bursary. For continuing students, a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the previous academic session is required.

All applicants are advised to send an email to finaid@uvic.ca explaining their extenuating circumstances. If you are eligible to apply, an application will be sent via email.


There are two opportunities for general bursary applications each year

Session Application opens Application deadline Decision
Summer (May - Aug) May 1 June 8 By the end of July
Winter (Sept - Apr) August 14 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.


Except where a donor directs otherwise, the proceeds of awards issued by or through the University are applied towards a student’s total fees for the academic year. If the financial aid a student receives exceeds this amount, the balance will be paid to the student. Proceeds from government loans and work study positions are paid directly to the student (unless students request a portion to be directed towards the school).

An award of financial aid may be withheld or cancelled if there is a lack of suitable candidates or a donor withdraws the award, or if the student receiving the award withdraws from UVic or fails to meet the terms and conditions of the award.

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

Unless otherwise noted, all financial aid available through the University is limited to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

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 MyPage.

Saying thank you

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

Questions about bursaries?

For more information, please contact: