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What is it?

  • The Ontario First Generation Bursary is for post-secondary students whose parents have never attended post-secondary studies.
  • It’s for students with financial need attending a publicly-assisted college or university in Ontario only.
  • This is an application-based bursary. You must complete the application fully and meet the eligibility requirements to be considered.
  • In 2019/20, we had over 240 completed and eligible bursary applications with 34 recipients receiving $1,000 each!

The First Generation Bursary is NOW CLOSED for the 2019-20 academic year. 

Watch for the 2020-21 First Generation Bursary in Winter 2021

Who is a First Generation Student?
Neither of your parent(s)/guardian(s) attended post-secondary studies in any country. (siblings may have attended/be attending)
Not sure if you fit the criteria? Email us at directly at to clarify any questions you may have.  


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Bursary Application Tips

  • Make sure you fit the eligibility criteria above before filling out the application.
  • Fill out the application fully, incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Answer and complete the application questions to the best of your ability before you start the application - these are the main consideration when recipients are being selected.
  • The First Generation Bursary is a different application than the bursaries you can apply for through the SLC Bursaries and Scholarships department.
  • Email with any questions or stop by and see a member of your First Gen Team.

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