Many scholarships and bursaries require that a student must have demonstrated financial need. How does the University of Windsor define financial need?
Financial Need can be defined under one of the following scenarios:
- A student is receiving the maximum level of government student aid such as OSAP: There is a limited expected financial contribution from other sources (savings, parents, etc.) after the student's minimum expected (or flat-rate) student contribution is factored in creating a defined unmet need calculation.
- A student is receiving at least $1 of government student aid but not the maximum level of funding BEFORE UWindsor scholarships or bursaries are factored in AND they have no other OSAP exempt sources of income to help support their direct educational costs. Although together with a student's expected financial contribution from their own resources (savings, parents, student's minimum expected or flat-rate student contribution, etc.), the student should have sufficient funding to meet their direct educational costs, they may still be considered to have financial need on the basis that they are eligible for at least 1$ of government student aid. In this case, need-based financial aid may reduce a student's reliance on student loans and compliment their existing resources. A student who is eligible for at least 1$ in OSAP funding but who is receiving OSAP exempt benefits (Child Tax Benefits, Housing Subsidy, etc.) may not be considered to have financial need as their exempt benefits may cover their financial shortfall.
- A student has applied for government student aid or OSAP assistance and would otherwise qualify however they have restriction issues which are affecting their ability to receive funding. Special rules and documentation requirements apply.
- A student has applied for government student aid or OSAP assistance and does not qualify as it is deemed that they should have sufficient resources ((savings, parents, student's minimum expected or flat-rate student contribution, etc.) to meet their educational costs but there are special circumstances that were not factored into the standardized need assessment. Special rules and documentation requirements apply.
- International students are required to show proof of funding, for study permit and visa approvals for a minimum of one year with the expectation that students will continue to have access to that funding throughout their education. In some cases, there are unexpected changes in a student's financial situation that require a student to seek external support to continue their studies. Some examples may include but are not limited to:
- travel resulting from a death in the immediate family
- medical expenses not covered by the University’s Green Shield OHIP Equivalent Health Insurance Plan (GSHIP)
- loss of essential property not covered by insurance
- an interruption of financial resources from home country due to civil unrest
- an interruption of financial resources from family support due to unforeseen circumstances.
Examples of situations which cannot be covered are: transportation and other costs involved in returning home at the end of studies; research expenses and thesis costs; sending money back home even in an emergency with your immediate family that has not accompanied you to Canada; cosmetic medical costs such as non-emergency dental care; and tuition and fees.
International students who are deemed to be in financial need will be those students who have experienced an extenuating circumstance that has interrupted their financial plan. International students who are deemed to be in financial need will receive first consideration for international need-based funding provided that they are not already receiving other institutional support that would otherwise meet their financial need (GA's, TA's, bursaries, scholarships, etc.). Where funds are limited, a determination will be made based on the student’s circumstances. Should there be more awards available than students deemed to be in financial need, the remaining awards will be allocated accordingly.
Under definitions 3) and 4), students who meet the Ontario residency requirement should visit the OSAP Appeal Information section of our website to determine whether or not they have grounds for an appeal. Out of Province students should follow up with their province of residency to determine what appeal options might be available to them.
In any case, students who fall under 3) and 4) may still submit an application for a need-based award and provide details of their situation in order to meet the specific award application deadlines. Additional follow-up to determine financial need can then be initiated if necessary.