Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries

At Windsor Law, we recognize the financial challenges that many students face when pursuing a legal education and we are here to support you through this process. During the 2021-22 academic year, Windsor Law awarded approximately $1.85 million in financial aid to our students to assist them in managing the cost of a legal education.

Windsor Law is very proud of our generous scholarship and bursary program, offering assistance to students with financial need. In addition to awards based on financial need, we offer many awards that recognize students who demonstrate good citizenship and academic excellence.

Bursaries

Students may be eligible or both government and in-course bursaries.

External Awards

External award opportunities will be shared with students through Blackboard, as received. Below are a few websites you may consider (please exercise caution in submitting contact information to sites):

View other external awards that you may be eligible for.

UWinAward Search

Student Awards and Financial Aid

Line of Credit

Many Canadian banks offer educational lines of credit. Credit limits will vary depending upon the student's credit history, other debts (including educational loans) and whether the student has a co-signer. Please note, the more the student borrows from other programs, the lower the credit limit will be.

Private Alternative Loans

Private loans through U.S. banks require a credit history and a U.S. co-signer.

Loans

Canadian citizens may qualify for loans through their home province. Students should apply through the University of Windsor Student Awards & Financial Aid Office to maximize aid eligibility.

For our Dual JD students, please note, most provincial loans will not cover the cost of the Detroit Mercy Law tuition. Students need to apply for a line of credit or private alternative loan to cover the Detroit Mercy Law tuition.

Financial Assistance

Annually, Windsor Law awards approximately 350 students with scholarships and bursaries between $500 and $17,500. Financial need-based bursaries are dependent on a student's eligibility for government student assistance as well as a reliance on government student assistance throughout their undergraduate degree.

Resources:

If you are experiencing unexpected or exceptional financial need that is not tuition-related, funding may be available to assist with necessities. Emergency bursary funds are limited and are considered on a rolling basis. Please reach out to lawstudentservices@uwindsor.ca for more information.

Examples of unexpected or exceptional need that may arise:

  • Sudden loss resulting in lack of funds for food, a meal plan or basic living expenses

  • Disability-related evaluation expenses for reasonable academic accommodations

  • Emergency travel home for illness or bereavement in the immediate family

  • Housing displacement due to unsafe, unhealthy, or unpredictable living conditions

The Windsor Law Alumni Fund for the Enhancement of Student Life provides financial support to students to support their participation in activities that will enhance their legal education. Funding is available to support attendance at various legal or law-related conferences and to bring speakers to the law school to host events. Funding is available to individual students or to student groups. Complete the online Application for Funding . Please note that the Application for Funding should be submitted prior to the activity or event.

Ignite is an inclusive, on-campus employment program that is open to all University of Windsor students. Visit the Ignite website for more information.

For over a decade the Peer Mentorship Program has been helping ease the transition into 1L by matching first-year students with upper-year mentors who share similar academic and social interests. The program is administered through the Student Services Office under the direction of the Assistant Dean (Student Services).

Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) is a national, multiple-award-winning organization with chapters in 22 of Canada’s 23 law schools.

Visit the PBSC Windsor Chapter website for more information.