FAQs

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.

Provided you are registered in the required course load and/or required program (if applicable), your awards will be applied to your student account as “Anticipated Aid” and will disburse after the financial drop date for the semester has passed. If this results in a credit balance on your student account you may then request a refund.

  • 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.

Reminder:  Please provide 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.

Provided you are registered in the required course load and/or required program (if applicable), your awards will be applied to your student account as “Anticipated Aid” and will reduce your balance owing to the University. Simply deduct the anticipated aid from your tuition costs and pay any difference by the fee deadline date. Once the financial drop date for the semester has passed, your awards will disburse to your account and pay the remaining balance.

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 submit a service request via the ask.uwindsor.ca platform 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).

 

SERVICES AVAILABLE:

You may reach our office at: (519) 253-3000 Ext. 3300

Service effective March 28, 2022:
Monday, Tuesday & Friday: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday & Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Please direct your initial question to ask.uwindsor.ca as there may be a knowledge base article that may answer your question.

In order to better assist you, always please include your UWindsor Student Number in your communications.

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 Information for International Students who are experiencing financial hardship.

Documents may be faxed, sent as an attachment through ask.uwindsor.ca, placed in our drop-box located in the lobby of CHT or mailed to:

Student Awards & Financial Aid
University of Windsor
401 Sunset Ave. CHT Room 102
Windsor, ON N9B 3P4

Fax: (519) 973-7087

Submit a service request with an attachment: https://ask.uwindsor.ca/

Email: ask@uwindsor.ca

To visit the Student Awards & Financial Aid Office, the following steps MUST be taken:

Effective May 1, 2022, steps 1), 2) and 5) are optional.  Masks however, must still be worn at all times.

(Optional) 1) Complete the Safe Lancer App to receive your Green Approved Badge.  For additional information on the protocols that are in place to visit the campus in person, click here.  Information on the 'Return to Campus' procedures and 'Vaccination Policy' can be found on the University of Windsor website https://www.uwindsor.ca/returntocampus/.  If you do not have a Green Badge, you can't visit us in person and you will need to address your issue using one of our remote services available.  

(Optional) 2) Proceed to campus only if you have completed the Safe Lancer App and have an APPROVED badge.  Access to Chrysler Hall Tower is available by entering through the NORTH doors of Chyrsler Hall North, facing the Leddy Library parking lot or, with a student id access card, via the main doors to Chrysler Hall Tower, on Monday - Thursday, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

3) Remember, students may drop off documents in our drop-box located in the lobby of Chrylser Hall Tower and do not need to get in the queue to complete this task.

4) Be sure that you have government issued photo ID or your UWIN ID card.  We will not be able to serve you in person if you don't have proper identification.

(Optional) 5) Once you are cleared to visit the campus, scan the QR Code below using a mobile device or click on the QR code. Use our queing system to register and to place yourself in our virtual line in order to visit the office for in-person service related to your government financial aid file, scholarships or bursaries.  We are available for in-person service during the following hours:

SAFA Service Hours

 Monday  1:00PM - 4:00PM
 Tuesday  1:00PM - 4:00PM
 Wednesday   9:00AM - 4:00PM
 Thursday  9:00AM - 4:00PM
 Friday   1:00PM - 4:00PM

 

To enter our in-person service queue with the Student Awards or the Financial Aid office, please scan this QR Code or click if using a mobile device:

If you feel that you need to talk to someone about your situation, please take the following steps:

1)  Try asking your question using https://ask.uwindsor.ca.  We have many knowledge base articles that might be able to assit you with you question.

2) Log in to https://ask.uwindsor.ca to submit a service request and a Student Awards or Financial Aid Representative will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

3) Call our office during our phone service hours.  A Student Award or Financial Aid Representative may be able to resolve your issue over the phone.

4) If options 1) through 3) do not resolve your issue, through option 2) or 3), we will schedule you a virtual Teams meeting/appointment with a Student Awards or Financial Aid Specialist for a time that is mutually convenient.

 

UWinAward Profile/Application Support

Here is the schedule for our virtual drop-in sessions available for students who require assistance with their UWinAward Profile/Application for bursary and scholarship applications.

Important Notes:

  • We will attempt to return messages and service requests within 2 business days where possible.  In September, January & May however, our response time may be closer to 7-10 business days.

  • Please do not leave/send multiple messages/emails as this will delay our response time.