Academic readiness bursary

The Academic Readiness Bursary provides assistance for students who are or will be registered in the Winter 2021 term and who may incur costs related to studying remotely in the Winter term, as a result of COVID-19.

We are accepting applications up until January 31, 2021 for expenses incurred from November 1 until January 31, 2021. Please note that funding is limited, so in order to assist as many students as possible, this bursary will not exceed $500 per student (additional support may be considered if you have dependents). 

How to apply 

Students are required to complete the appropriate application form and provide a detailed written statement explaining the expenses, along with any receipts (or estimates).  

Applications will be accepted until January 31, 2021. 

Timing and payment of funds

Please allow for a processing time of up to six weeks. Any funding awarded will be applied to your student account in Quest. 

Review the undergraduate student funding and fee information web page for full details on what the bursary covers, eligibility and how to apply.

Note: Only approved applications will receive an email communication. 

If you do not receive an email response your application was denied for one of the following reasons:

  • You already received the ARB in the fall 2020 term
  • No funding issued from OSAP – no financial need
  • You did not apply for OSAP or student aid from your home province or territory
  • You are currently on a work term and not enrolled in any eligible courses
  • Purchases were made prior to November 1, 2020
  • You withdrew from your studies
  • You are a Part-time student in the winter 2021 term (you should apply using the Part-Time Bursary application)
  • Purchases do not relate directly to remote learning needs


Anticipated Aid for your Promissory Note

OSAP, award and scholarship amounts will be posted as Anticipated Aid on your Quest account each term. Fall 2020 full-time OSAP funding will be added as anticipated aid on Quest accounts starting August 5 and will continue to be updated throughout the Promissory Note period.


Full-time OSAP 

  • Documentation received the week of Jan 11
  • Appeals received the week of Dec 28
  • Winter extensions received the week of Jan 11

Full-time Bursary

  • Please allow 6-8 weeks from the start of the winter 2021 term for a decision.

Academic Readiness Bursary

  • Please allow 4-6 weeks for review

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