Occasionally, students are faced with unexpected situations which may lead to immediate financial constraints. The University of Windsor has Financial Hardship support to assist students during a temporary and unexpected period of financial difficulty.
With the current COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that many students may need additional financial support.
Students should complete their UWinAward Student Application/Profile via UWinsite Student > Student Homepage > Award Profile to be matched with eligible funding opportunities.
Additional Information for Domestic Students who are experiencing financial hardship.
Additional Informaiton for International Students who are experiencing financial hardship.
Students who are experiencing an immediate financial hardship situation should apply to the Emergency Bursary Support (Hardship) through the UWinAward Profile/Application process.
Please note that having a tuition balance owing and being unable to register for an upcoming academic term does not necessarily constitute an immediate financial hardship situation. It is expected that students are planning accordingly and ensuring that they have a financial plan in place in advance of the start of the academic term. Domestic students should be following the 'Steps to Financial Aid' to prepare in advance for the academic year.
Students impacted by the current Russia/Ukraine crisis are eligible to apply.
- Check your Student Account balance on UWinsite Student to determine if you have a credit balance. If so, request a refund. Donor-sponsored in-course bursary and scholarship allocations will continue until the end of April;
- Request potential funding from parents or family members;
- Contact your landlord to request an extension or partial payment on your rent payment. Ontario has temporarily suspended the ability for landlords to evict tenants. Please refer to the latest information. This is the number for the Ontario Landlord Tenant Board that handles tenants’ rights: 1-888-332-3234;
- Consider how you can pay your utility costs and be aware of allowances put in place to protect you from automatic shutoffs;
- Consider your current work/earning situation. If you are working and earning a paycheque, consider how you can budget to meet your food and rent demands;
- If you lost your job directly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you should first review the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) website to see if you qualify. If you do, then you may not be considered for bursary support. If you do not qualify, you must provide documentation as part of your application to confirm that you are not eligible i.e. Notice of Assessment from CRA for 2019 or 2019 T4’s;
- If you are a student, you may be eligible for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB). Review the criteria to determine your eligibility. If you qualify, you may not be eligible for bursary support.
- Share available food resources with your roommates or check with the UWSA Food Pantry for support and hours of operation.
- If you intend on taking courses during the intersession and/or summer session period, OSAP extensions are now available for students who are studying full-time (60% or more of a full course load or 40% of a full course load for students with a permanent disability). Students who are studying part-time or taking 40% of a full course load may be eligible to apply through the OSAP Part-time program.
Here is a list of other resources that may be able to assist you:
- Visit http://www.uwindsor.ca/coronavirus for the latest information.
- If you need to talk to someone, you can access confidential support 24/7 by downloading the ‘My SSP’ app http://www.uwindsor.ca/studentexperience/500/my-student-support-program.
- Additional wellness resources are listed on the www.uwindsor.ca/wellness webpages.