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First Generation Bursary Program

The Ontario government has since 2006 provided bursaries to help students become the first in their family to attend college or university or become an apprentice. The definition of a first-generation student refers to "young people whose parents did not attend college or university." If either parent completed a program, the student is not considered as 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.

For 2017/18, the General Student profile for all students will be available on LORIS as of early August, and the submission deadline will be Oct 2, 2017. If you complete the general student profile (by the deadline), and indicate that you are a "first generation" student, the application will be automatically listed on your "Student Awards/View My Applications" tab on LORIS starting early November. An email notification will be sent once this has been added to LORIS.

The submission deadline for the First Generation Bursary Application for the 2017/18 academic year will be January 18, 2018. If you do not see this application on your account on LORIS as of this date, or if you do not complete the student profile, you can email the Student Awards Office  to request that the First Generation Bursary Application is added to your account under LORIS.

All requests to have this application added to LORIS accounts had to be submitted to studentawards@wlu.ca by 4:30 p.m. on the deadline day. No exceptions can be made to this deadline.

Recipients will be notified by email by the end of February 2018.

The First Generation Bursary program requires a separate application from the Laurier Tuition Bursary program. If eligible, it is possible to receive both a Laurier Tuition Bursary, as well as a First Generation Bursary.

This program is funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The average amount which has been granted in previous years, per student through the First Generation program, was $1,000 per year. In 2015/16, the ministry provided funding to grant 77 students 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.

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).

Program Requirements

  • Completion of the online application form on LORIS by the deadline.
  • Completion of the First Generation essay question (included on application on LORIS) by the deadline.
  • Completion of an online student budget form/financial statement for the current 2017/18 academic year by the deadline (included in the online student profile and/or the First Generation Bursary application).

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