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Student Bursary PresentationFinancial Assistance

The Rector's Office is responsible for the administration of financial assistance for all students.


Bursaries are granted for demonstrated financial need. Bursaries are non-repayable, taxable grants awarded on the basis of financial need. Financial need is determined in a manner similar to the Canada and Ontario Student Loans assessment. It involves assessing the costs of the program the student is registered in and the resources available to them. Privately funded Bursaries have terms directed by donors that range from very open criteria to very restricted criteria.

Many dioceses award grants, or bursaries, to their seminarians to assist in their education, and follow various procedures in this regard. A Bursary Committee, comprising members of the faculty and the administration, oversees applications for all bursaries, and grants them according to need and availability. For further information and application forms for any bursary please contact the Seminary.

The Knights of Columbus award scholarships, and provide programs of financial assistance through local councils. The Knights of Columbus financial assistance is to be coordinated by the bishop, the vocation director and the seminary. In 1987, the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Diocese of Londonand the Ursuline Sisters of the Chatham Union established the St. Catherine of Siena Bursary for lay persons in the Program of Theology, depending on need and aptitude. The Catholic Women’s League of the Diocese of London offers scholarships to seminarians as well.The Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund is a bursary was established by the government of Ontario and can be applied for by residents of Ontario--see UWO graduate studies financial assistance.

To be considered for bursary assistance students must submit an application form and meet the following eligibility criteria.

  1. Must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident, and

  2. Must demonstrate financial need.

Application: Students should apply early to ensure that funding is available.

OSOTF (Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund) OTSS designated awards:

To qualify for awards designated as OSOTF, students must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada (landed immigrant) AND You must meet one of the following Ontario residency requirements:

  • You have always lived in Ontario OR

  • You have lived in Ontario for 12 consecutive months immediately before the last day of the month in which classes began for your most recent period of full-time post secondary studies OR

  • Your parent(s), step-parent, legal guardian, or official sponsor(s) has lived in Ontario 12 consecutive months immediately before the last day of the month in which classes began for your most recent period of full-time post secondary studies.

  • Students living abroad are considered to be residents of Ontario if they (or in the case of single dependent students, their parents) last lived in Ontario for at least twelve consecutive months before going abroad. Single dependent students whose parents are separated or divorced will be considered residents of Ontario if Ontario is the province of residence of the parent with whom the student normally resides.