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OISE Bursary Program

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The OISE Bursary Program provides financial assistance to full-time OISE students who demonstrate financial need. The bursary is non-repayable and intended to assist you in financing your education. 

Full time students may apply for the OISE Bursary once per session as follows:

  • For teacher education (MT and MA CSE) students: fall, winter and summer session
  • For all other master's students and doctoral students: fall and winter session only
  • Regardless of program of study and session, a student who encounters an unexpected financial emergency can be considered for an emergency bursary
    • An emergency might be anything that is i] unforeseen, ii] derails a student’s original budget plan for the session and iii] impacts their ability to continue in the current academic session.
    •  If you consider your financial circumstances to be an emergency, please use the section of the online application ‘Additional Information Student Statement’ to briefly describe the nature of the unexpected financial emergency and how it has impacted your original budget plan for the session.  After submitting the online bursary application,  please email the OISE Financial Aid & Awards Coordinator ( with the subject line “Financial Emergency” and report that you have successfully submitted the emergency bursary application.

The program adheres to the University of Toronto Policy on Student Financial Support. However, it is also sensitive to extenuating personal circumstances and may take these into account when assessing bursary applications.

Eligibility Requirements

1. Registration status

  • Applicants must be registered as a full-time student in an OISE graduate program. 


2. Demonstrated financial need

  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need over and above what is identified through the OSAP (or other provincial/territorial government assistance or First Nations band funding) standard assessment.
  • Students are expected to rely on OSAP or other government assistance, including other provincial/territorial government financial aid or First Nations band funding, up to the maximum amount of financial assistance.
  • Any assessed need which remains unmet above the maximum government financial assistance, is expected to be covered by a combination of non-repayable grants from the University of Toronto [depending on your program, either UTAPS or OISE's Professional Masters Financial Aid (PMFA)] and other forms of loans or lines of credit.
    • Full-time students who are Ontario residents and who are receiving OSAP are automatically considered for either UTAPS or the PMFA (depending on your program) during Fall/Winter terms.
    • Full-time students receiving assistance from other provincial/territorial government financial aid or First Nations band funding must complete an application on the Enrolment Services website, in order to be considered for UTAPS or the Professional Masters Financial Aid grant.

3. Expected Financial Contribution

  • Each academic year, students are expected to contribute a minimum of $3,600 to their educational expenses.

4. International students

  • Are not normally eligible for support since they must demonstrate sufficient financial resources in order to be approved to study in Canada. 
  • Can access emergency assistance if their financial needs are the result of unanticipated circumstances (such as the impact of COVID -19 on expected income). Contact the Financial Aid Coordinator for more information.

5. OSAP ineligibility

  • The University of Toronto funding guarantee referenced in the Student Financial Aid policy does not apply to students who are ineligible for government support for reasons such as defaults on previous government loans, the under-reporting of previous income, disqualifying credit histories, or reaching maximum lifetime OSAP limits.

    Students in this category should have a solid financial plan in place as the bursary program cannot and will not replace funds that OSAP and University of Toronto grants otherwise might have provided. Each application will be assessed on a case-by-case basis to determine the level of support that is appropriate and feasible.

Application Opening and Closing Dates

Fall applications

  • Will OPEN on September 20, 2022 and will CLOSE on November 21, 2022.

Winter applications

  • Will OPEN on January 10, 2023 and will CLOSE on February 28, 2023. 
  • NOTE: WINTER APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED. If a student now encounters an unexpected financial emergency after the online application closing date, contact the OISE Financial Aid and Awards Coordinator at​


Summer applications

  • Opened on May 4, 2022 and CLOSED on July 24, 2022. (For full time students in the MT and MA CSE program and for other OISE students on an emergency basis.
    ​Any student whose financial circumstances has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic can be considered for an emergency bursary.  Note that even if COVID-19-related circumstances are being considered, a bursary application must show a deficit of financial resources relative to expenses in order to be successful.



Please note:

  • Fall term applications are not processed until U of T Financial Aid (UTAPS) or Professional Masters Financial Aid (PMFA-OISE) information becomes available at the University. We expect to receive this information in early October. 

  • Winter term applications are not processed until U of T Financial Aid (UTAPS) or Professional Masters Financial Aid (PMFA-OISE) information becomes available at the University.  We expect to receive this information in mid February. 

Application Process

Step 1: Complete and submit your application online


Carefully review the eligibility requirements above, then complete and submit your application. 

Please note: The bursary committee considers reasonable general expenses (based on the academic year) without documentation. These include: tuition and incidental fees, books and related costs, rent or mortgage, utilities, insurance, maintenance fees, property taxes, food, transportation, communication, household supplies, recreation and entertainment, clothing, and personal and health care expenses.

Step 2: Submit supporting documentation online

Students are required to upload any supporting documentation prior to submitting the online application. 

Note: Upload all additional allowable expenses supporting documentation for consideration by the OISE Bursary committee in the online application field 'Other Exceptional Expenses'.

Additional allowable expenses

If you are claiming additional allowable expenses, you must submit supporting documentation in order to clarify your eligibility. 

For information on what counts as an additional allowable expense and what supporting documents are required, see below.


Out of province students

Out-of-province students will need to upload a student loan assessment from their home province in the online application.


Step 3: Application assessment

This takes four to six weeks, but may take longer during peak periods which are typically at the beginning and end of each session. Assessments may also be delayed if OSAP, UTAPS and PMFA-OISE amounts have not been confirmed.

Information request: Required student response 

During the assessment process, should the application information submitted by the student require clarification so it can be reviewed by the OISE Bursary Committee, an information request may be e-mailed to the student.   

It is the student’s responsibility to respond to the information request in a timely manner clarifying the bursary application details so the assessment process may proceed. 

An e-mail response will be sent to each applicant once the application has been assessed.

Step 4: Bursary applied to fees

Bursaries are typically applied to outstanding fees first. However, if the student is facing extenuating personal circumstances and the student identifies this in the online application, the OISE Bursary Committee will consider alternate arrangements.


Additional Allowable Expenses


Supporting documentation for any additional allowable expenses is uploaded by the student in the online application process.  Submitted documents must be relevant to the dates of the term that the student applies for a bursary.

1. Debt servicing

We allow expense claims of 50% of the monthly required interest payments on credit cards, consumer loans and personal loans to a combined maximum of $250.00/month. 

If you are registered in a professional master's program and are also making use of a student line of credit to cover assessed need over the OSAP maximum, you can claim 100% of this debt servicing cost. There is a line on the bursary application to record this expense. 

An example of a non-OSAP or government loans is a Scotiabank line of credit program arranged by the University of Toronto, or equivalent loan agreement negotiated by the student. 

Supporting documentation required: Most recent credit card, loan, and/or lines of credit statements showing an interest charge.

2. Child care

For students with children 12 years of age or younger, reasonable child care costs will be considered provided that the student's partner is working.

A maximum of $547 of child care costs per child per month can be considered.

Supporting documentation required: Documentation from your child care provider 

3. Professional health care

Because students are automatically covered by University of Toronto's student health plan, all eligible costs should first be claimed against that plan. 

However, we consider reasonable assistance for health care services provided by a regulated health care professional not covered by an insurance plan. 

A maximum of $1,500 per year for all professional/regulated services combined can be considered under this provision.

Supporting documentation required: Receipts, including assessed claim documentation from student health plan provider.

4. Vehicle Insurance

Costs of vehicle insurance is allowed, to a maximum of $200.00 per month.

Supporting documentation required: Most recent statement.

5. Other/Exceptional Expenses

Students with expenses that do not fit into an established category above may provide information which will allow the bursary committee to determine if it is an expense which the University of Toronto policy will allow the committee to recognize.

Supporting documentation required: Receipts or other documentation depending on nature of expense.   


Ineligible Expenses

1. Debts (e.g., income taxes, unpaid tuition from previous years)

2. Obligations (e.g., court imposed fines/payments)

3. Vacations and gifts


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