Frequently Asked Questions - Scholarships/Awards/Bursaries
In awarding our automatic entrance scholarship(s), the University considers a student’s best six Grade 12 university preparation course grades available as of May 1st. The University will review a student’s scholarship offer when final grades are received at the end of June and if at that time a student’s best six Grade 12 U or M course grades warrants an increase in the value of the scholarship(s) offered, the student will be notified. Please note that no scholarship offer will be adjusted downward based on final grades.
Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, US and International students coming directly from full-time secondary school studies in Canada and abroad, Visa students coming directly from a Canadian high school, and CEGEP students who have completed two years of study, are all considered for the UWindsor Open Entrance Scholarship Program.
The University will review a student’s scholarship offer when final grades are received at the end of June and if at that time a student’s best six Grade 12 U or M course grades warrants an increase in the value of the scholarship(s) offered, the student will be notified in writing. Please note that no scholarship offer will be adjusted downward based on final grades. Courses taken in summer school will not be considered.
The value of your entrance award is based on your high school grades and does not increase based on your performance in university. Keep in mind however, that in order to retain your renewable entrance award, you must maintain a minimum cumulative average of 85% in your university studies and be in full-time attendance.
Requests for deferral of undergraduate entrance awards are considered on a case-by-case basis. Deferrals can only be granted for University-sponsored automatic entrance awards. Donor-sponsored awards cannot be deferred. If you wish to request deferral of your Renewable Entrance Scholarship you must complete and submit the Undergraduate Entrance Award Deferral Request Form.
Award payments are made directly to a student’s tuition account. For entrance awards and renewable awards, payment is made to your student account by the fee deadline date each semester (ie. beginning of August for fall term payments and beginning of December for winter term payments). If after the add/drop deadline there is a credit on your account, you may request a refund through the myUWindsor student portal.
- You may not have provided your Social Insurance Number. Under the Income Tax Act, individuals receiving scholarships or bursaries must provide their Social Insurance Number to an institution which produces an Income Tax form (ie. T4A) on their behalf. To add your SIN, log into UWinsite Student.
- You may not currently be registered in the minimum course load required of your particular award. Most awards require students to be registered full-time (i.e. at least 80% of a full course load taken for credit). If you are in the process of registering, on a waitlist for a course, or have recently dropped a course you may not be in the required course load.
- If you have switched programs and are no longer in the program for which the award was offered, you may not see payment on your account.
Scholarships and awards / bursaries given to you by the University of Windsor are automatically applied to your tuition account for the current term. For renewable scholarships, subsequent term instalments are applied to your tuition account by the upcoming term fee deadline date.
Reasons for rescinding an award can include, for example, reduction of course load, program change or the student has not achieved the minimum required cumulative average. If an award is rescinded, the student is then responsible for covering the balance owing to the University.
Generally, if the award is renewable, eligibility for future academic years is lost. However, students may regain the scholarship in a future academic year if the course load / minimum cumulative average is restored. This is NOT done automatically. Please contact our office at Ext. 3300 to speak to someone in our scholarship area or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your Name and Student ID with your request to reinstate your scholarship.
The University of Windsor is committed to the protection of privacy and confidentiality of award recipients. Through the award application process, students consent to the disclosure of their name and contact information to award donors and/or for public recognition of achievement. Where an application is not part of the process, recipient names are not released to donors unless implicit consent is given.
The online application process for most fall and winter awards opens up on August 1st. The deadline to apply to the University of Windsor In-Course Bursary (Fall Only or Fall/Winter) is October 15. The process of reviewing applications begins after the deadline date has passed. Student Awards and Financial Aid receives approximately 3000 bursary applications annually. Keep in mind that students are not guaranteed bursary funding (even if you have received it before) as funds are limited. Students are advised of eligibility in early December and funds are credited to the winter term account (please refer back to the online award description for details).