With the current COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that many students may need additional financial support. Requests for support will be reviewed weekly and assessed on a case by case basis. Available funds are limited at this time. Bursaries of up to $500 are available to assist with exceptional expenses. International students should email their requests to the International Student Centre.
In determining eligibility for bursary support, consideration will be given to the various federal and provincial programs and policies that have been put in place to support individuals. For example, requests for rental or utility support will may not be approved given the Province of Ontario’s ban on rental evictions and electric and water shut offs. Before you submit a request for consideration, please first explore all other potential resources available to you. Request for less than $100 will not be considered.
- 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 here. 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.
If you have exhausted all of the above possibilities, and still believe you require consideration for an emergency student bursary, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the rationale for your request.
If there is evidence that you may qualify for bursary assistance, you will be sent an email with a link to an application form. If approved, you will be advised on the process to request a refund. The next electronic email refund payments will be processed on Wednesday, April 22nd for an April 25th deposit and bi-weekly thereafter until further notice.
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.