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 25 to October 31
  • Winter term: November 21 to February 28
  • Spring term: March 28 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 six to eight weeks from the start of the term.
  • 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 

  • Supporting documents received the week of March 27
  • Appeals received the week of March 27
  • S23 extension received March 27
  • W23 extensions are complete