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Entrance Financial Aid Program

McGill University is committed to supporting the academic pursuits of qualified undergraduate students who require financial assistance. The University’s Entrance Financial Aid Program offers entrance awards to students from low to modest income families who demonstrate financial need. Those eligible to apply include all:

  • newly accepted, first-year undergraduates, and
  • newly accepted, first-year undergraduates from professional programs in Medicine and Law .

The goal of the program is to make the University more accessible to those who face financial challenges by supplementing other funding resources such as government aid, part-time work, parental support, and other sources of funding. A major benefit to Entrance Financial Aid recipients is automatic enrolment into our Work Study Program in their first year of studies without having to submit a separate application.

Entrance awards range in value up to $15,000 and are based on:

  • the level of need demonstrated by the student and his/her family (relative to other applicants)
  • the tuition fee rate charged based on  student residency and academic program

While these awards are not automatically renewed in the second and subsequent years of study, students may continue to receive assistance through our In-Course Financial Aid Program.

We do offer a limited number of entrance awards which are renewable and tenable until completion of an undergraduate degree (up to a maximum of four years) provided the criteria for renewal are met (financial need and academic standing). Students will automatically be considered for this type of an entrance award when they submit the Entrance Financial Aid application on Minerva (i.e., no separate application is required).


To be considered for Entrance Financial Aid, applicants must:

  • enroll in a full-time degree program at the University
  • apply for and accept the maximum available government student aid for which they are eligible
  • demonstrate financial need

Students registered with the Office for Students with Disabilities may be eligible for financial aid while pursuing a reduced course load.

How to apply

Upon notification of acceptance to the University, (either by formal letter or via the Admissions Status page on Minerva), the application becomes available on Minerva: select the Financial Aid/Awards tab > Financial Aid Menu > Apply for McGill Financial Aid > Apply for Entrance Bursary > Update your financial aid profile and submit your application.

In order to be considered for the Entrance Financial Aid Program, students must also apply for and accept the maximum amount of government financial aid available to them:

  • Canadian students apply for government financial aid through the Minister of Education of their province of residence. See our Government Aid Directory for links to the various provincial/territorial applications. (Quebec students please see the page on Quebec government aid)
  • Canadian students living abroad with their families apply for government financial aid following the instructions for Canadian students above. In addition, students must submit a Canadian Certificate of Finance form to the Scholarships and Student Aid Office.
  • U.S. students should refer to US Student Loans for information on applying for government financial aid. Please note: U.S. students who wish to apply for Entrance Financial Aid from the University must submit a CSS Profile in addition to the Minerva on-line application.
  • International (non-US) students who apply for Entrance Financial Aid from the University must submit a CSS Profile in addition to the Minerva on-line application. Applicants who receive an entrance bursary offer may also be offered the additional support of a repayable McGill loan. McGill loans are optional aid and are interest-free during full time studies.

If you are a student with a disability who requires help completing on-line applications, please do not hesitate to contact us.

When to apply

The application deadline for our Entrance Financial Aid Program is 30 days from the date of formal acceptance to the University or June 30th (whichever comes first).

Supporting documentation

The Scholarships and Student Aid office reserves the right to verify the information provided on the application. Inconsistencies may result in a reassessment or cancellation of the applicant's award.

Decision times

Award decisions begin in March, and continue thereafter on a rolling basis, 2-3 weeks from the date of application submission and/or documentation receipt (where required). Decisions are posted on the Financial Aid/Awards tab on Minerva and are followed by a formal letter. Awardees are encouraged to pay special attention to their letter as it contains important information about the award

Payment methods

Entrance bursaries are credited to your student fee account in two equal installments at the start of the fall and winter terms. For loans, the full value will be deposited to your student fee account, if/when accepted.

You should not be concerned if your initial e-bill does not reflect your award. When you receive a notification at your McGill email that your e-bill is ready, you should deduct the appropriate amount (if not already considered) and pay the balance. For information on e-billing, please consult the Student Accounts website.

Other financial aid services

The Scholarships and Student Aid Office also offers these aid-related services: