Bursary Program

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Osgoode Hall Law School offers a comprehensive bursary program to help students offset increasing educational debt.  Each year, Osgoode awards upwards of $3 million in bursaries and related special funding to students with demonstrated financial need.  The bursary program continues to grow substantially and we are grateful for the support of alumni and friends of the Law School.

Applying for an Osgoode Bursary

All students paying Osgoode tuition, with the exception of National Committee on Accreditation students may apply for a bursary.  To be eligible, students must:

  1. Apply for student government funding – students who are denied funding may be awarded an Osgoode bursary, provided documentation relating to the refusal is submitted and explained.
  2. Apply for a professional student line of credit – students are responsible to put in place, and extend if necessary, a professional student line of credit to maximize their resources.  Students may apply to any financial institution, however if they are denied by their first choice, we require a second application to either RBC or Scotiabank.  This is because these two banks offer favourable funding packages to students enrolled in eligible professional programs.
  3. Provide necessary and complete documentation to support the information in the online application.
  4. Submit the online application and supporting documentation by the deadline.

Bursary applications are due on Monday, September 17, 2018. You make one general online application and will be considered for all available bursaries.  Students who do not submit a completed bursary application by the deadline will not receive a bursary for that year.

For a full list and description of bursaries, please click here.

Decisions and Timing

The primary criterion for receipt of a bursary is financial need. Decisions are made based on a variety of considerations, including available resources, expenses, accumulated educational debt and personal factors, including medical and familial circumstances.  If you are eligible for a bursary you will receive it by the end of November or beginning of December.  It will be mounted to your Student Account and applied against any outstanding tuition.  If you have no outstanding balance you may request a refund cheque from York University.

Please see the current Student Handbook for more detailed information about the Bursary Process.

Early Bursary Notification Program – Incoming Students

All applicants who complete the Financial Statement by the application deadline will be considered for the Early Bursary Notification program.

To help with planning and budgeting for law school, the Early Bursary Notification Program provides applicants with an indication of whether they are likely to receive bursary funding when they commence their studies in the Fall.  The early assessment is based on the information contained in the Financial Statement.

Early notification decisions are not a guarantee that you will receive an Osgoode bursary, and if you do not receive a letter, that does not necessarily mean you will not receive an Osgoode bursary in the fall. All students must complete the Regular Online Bursary Application in September to receive a bursary.  In our experience, the early bursary notification process is generally quite accurate in predicting whether students will be eligible for bursary funding.

Students Planning to Study Abroad

Students who are on exchange in the fall or winter semesters and are paying tuition fees to Osgoode are eligible for Osgoode bursaries. For students studying on an exchange in the fall semester the Office of Student Financial Services will contact you with instructions on how to complete your application.

Letter of Permission and summer program students who pay tuition to their host institution are not eligible for Osgoode bursaries for that period.

Winter Special Funding

Each year Osgoode awards some additional funding in the winter term, primarily targeted to graduating students with high debt load.  This funding is also available for first and second year students with extenuating financial and personal circumstances. Decisions regarding winter special funding are made in March and funding is distributed in April, prior to exams.  Decisions are based on the information students provide in their Fall bursary applications. There is no separate application process for winter special funding.

If students experience a change in their circumstances following the Fall bursary application program they are welcome to meet with members of the Office of Student Financial Services to provide an update.  The Office will also assist with budgeting and planning to address new or changed circumstances.