Emergency bursaries

These bursaries are intended to assist with a student's emergent need. Unless otherwise indicated, to be considered for any of these bursaries students must meet with a Financial Aid Officer.

Bursaries marked with an asterisk (*) are administered by the University of Victoria Foundation.

Charles and Ruth Haywood Memorial Emergency Fund

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

This fund is intended to provide asssistance to undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of citizenship, who have demonstrated financial need.  Students may inquire about their eligibility for this fund with Student Awards and Financial Aid throughout the academic year.

Christopher E. Wilks Bursary Fund

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

This fund was established by Mr. Harry Wilks in memory of his beloved son, Christopher, who died accidentally in December, 1974. The purpose of the fund is to financially assist deserving students to pursue an academic career who otherwise may be forced to postpone or discontinue their studies.

All undergraduate students attending the University of Victoria who can demonstrate need may apply for assistance.

Should circumstances arise where more students apply for assistance than available funds will cover, the decision as to which students will receive assistance will be governed by the areas of study, with preference given to studies in the Humanities. If their financial circumstances continue to warrant such assistance, bursaries may be granted to the same students in subsequent years while attending the University of Victoria.

Daniel Jacob Memorial Bursary

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

Through the initial generosity of the Alma Mater Society and the ongoing support of the University of Victoria Student's Society, a special fund has been established to commemorate Daniel Jacob, a student who died accidentally in November, 1981.

The fund is open to all undergraduate students, regardless of citizenship, who have demonstrable financial need and who may otherwise be forced to postpone or discontinue the academic career.

Faculty of Education Emergency Bursary

Value: Up to $250 | Number: Varies

One or more bursaries, to a maximum of $250 each, are awarded to undergraduate or graduate students in the Faculty of Education. The bursary is intended to offer students one-time financial assistance in the event of an unforeseen emergency or circumstance wihile attending the University of Victoria.

Faculty of Human and Social Development Indigenous Student Emergency Fund

Value: Up to $700 | Number: Varies

One or more bursaries, with a maximum value of $700 each per year, are awarded to Indigenous students (First Nations status or non-status, Inuit, Métis) enrolled in the Faculty of Human and Social Development in the event of an unforeseen emergency or circumstance while attending the University of Victoria.

The funding is intended to assist with financial emergencies including, but not limited to:

  • medical, optical, or dental expenses
  • family crisis, community obligations, or cultural commitments and responsibilities
  • unanticipated expenses that are beyond the student's control and that directly impact their ability to complete the term.

Applicants are advised to contact the Faculty of Human and Social Development Indigenous Student Support Centre.

Ian McDougall and Friends Student Assistance Endowment

Value: Up to $1,000 | Number: Varies

This fund is intended to provide assistance to undergraduate and graduate students in the Faculty of Fine Arts of up to $1,000 each, regardless of citizenship, who have demonstrated financial need.

Students' Society Student Crisis Fund

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

This fund is available to all undergraduate students, including international students, with preference given to students with dependents, who have demonstrated financial need.

Tuition Assistance Bursary Fund

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

Students who experience financial crisis during their school year are welcome to meet with a Financial Aid Officer in Student Awards and Financial Aid to discuss their extenuating circumstances.

UVic tuition assistance bursaries are awarded to students with exceptional financial need and are intended to assist students completing their program; they are not intended for students commencing a UVic program.

The recipient must be in good standing with UVic. 

First preference will be given to students facing exceptional circumstances beyond their control. Applicants whose need is caused by their own negligence resulting in bankruptcy or default may have no claim against this fund. Where the amount of the assessed award is insignificant relative to the total funds needed, no award will be made.