Bursaries are available for current undergraduate and graduate students who have financial need and meet all eligibility criteria.

Students registered through Conrad Grebel, Renison, St. Jerome's, or United College should consult their respective school to inquire about their bursary application process.

  • To be considered for bursary assistance, complete the online application (in Quest).
  • Bursary applications are considered one term at a time.  
  • You will need to apply for a bursary for each term that you wish to be considered for bursary assistance.

Application dates and deadlines

  • Fall term: July 24 to October 31
  • Winter term: November 20 to February 29
  • Spring term: March 25 to June 30

​​​​How to apply

The bursary application form is found directly in Quest. Instructions on how to find and complete the Quest form are available on our bursary application help page.

Decisions and appeals

  • Processing time is approximately three weeks from submission.
  • Decisions will be emailed to applicants University of Waterloo email address.
  • Successful applicants with outstanding fees will have their bursary funds first applied to their fees.
  • When applicant fees are paid in full, remaining bursary funds will be deposited into the applicant's Canadian bank account (see instructions to set up banking details in Quest). 
  • Bursary decisions are final. Contact the Student Awards and Financial Aid (SAFA) office if you have questions about your bursary decision. 
    • Applicants can resubmit their application (in Quest) one time per term if they are able to provide new, relevant information and supporting documentation. 



Full-time OSAP 

  • 2023-24 OSAP supporting documents received the week of May 13
  • 2023-24 OSAP appeals received the week of May 13
  • Spring 2024 extensions received May 15

2024-25 OSAP documents wil be processed beginning in June 2024