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First Generation Bursary Program

This program is funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). Since 2006, the Ontario government has provided bursaries to help students become the first in their family to attend college or university or to become an apprentice.

The average amount granted previously per student is $1,000 per year. In 2019/20, the ministry provided funding to grant 87 students a First Generation Bursary.

If eligible, it is possible to receive both a Laurier Tuition Bursary, as well as a First Generation Bursary.

We receive an average of 500 applications for this program, as a result, not all eligible students may be granted a First Generation Bursary.

Defining "First Generation"

The definition of a first-generation student for the purpose of this program refers to "young people whose parents did not attend college or university."

If either parent completed a program, the student is not considered first generation; if either parent took courses from a college or university, but did not complete a program, then the student would still be considered as first generation.

First generation does not mean that the individual must be a new or first-generation Canadian, or that new or first-generation Canadians automatically qualify for the bursary.

Typically, a student whose parents have a postsecondary degree, diploma, or certificate from another country would not be considered a first-generation student for the purposes of this bursary, however discretion must be exercised in these cases, for example, in situations where the parents have been unable to use their educational qualifications in Canada.


In 2019/20, the application for the First Generation Bursary program was available on LORIS in early December, and closed in early January. 

No exceptions can be made to this deadline. Applications are assessed after the deadline and recipients are notified to their MyLaurier e-mail.

How to Apply

If you did not complete the General Student Profile, you could request the First Generation Bursary application.

The First Generation Bursary program requires a separate application from the Laurier Tuition Bursary program.

  1. Complete the General Student Profile by the deadline
  2. Indicate that you are a First Generation student in the profile question
  3. You will automatically receive the First Generation Bursary application when it becomes available
  4. Complete the First Generation essay question through the LORIS application by the deadline
  5. Complete the online student budget form/financial statement by the deadline (included in the General Student Profile and/or the First Generation bursary application)

If you do not see this application on LORIS, or if you did not complete the student profile, you can email Student Awards after the application has opened, to request that the application is made available to you through LORIS.

Program Requirements

All full and part-time undergraduate students are eligible to apply for a First Generation Bursary, and are not required to complete an OSAP application for the First Generation program. In order to be eligible for a First Generation Bursary, applicants must also be long term residents of Ontario. To be eligible for this program, candidates must be registered (full or part time) in a minimum of two academic terms per year (fall, winter and or spring terms).