Bursaries and Financial Aid

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Thanks to donor contributions, the McGill School of Continuing Studies (SCS) is able to offer a limited number of bursaries to students demonstrating financial need to assist them in covering a portion of their tuition expenses.

Please note that the SCS Bursaries are for the School of Continuing Studies students and as such, students from other faculties of McGill are not eligible to apply.

To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a full-time or part-time student, admitted to and registered in a credit program at the School of Continuing Studies.
  • Be registered in at least one 3-credit course in the program in the current term.
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or a refugee (students who were refugees within the last 5 years can apply.
  • Able to receive funds through an active student account on Minerva.
  • Be a student in satisfactory standing.

Note: Students from other faculties of McGill or Independent students at the School of Continuing Studies are not eligible for SCS bursaries.

Available Bursaries

The following bursaries are available with varying amounts ranging from $500 to $1,500, depending on funds for the term:

Joseph Chalhoub and Sandra Albers-Chalhoub Bursary

Arthur & Crystal Lau Continuing Education Bursary

Hervé De Fontenay Memorial Bursary

G. Evans, J. Toti and L. Evans Bursary

K. G. Ejjeh Bursary (for Syrian Refugees)

Nizar Qabbani Bursary for SCS (preference given to Syrian students)

P. Keays Bursary

Nizar Qabbani Bursary for SCS (preference given to Syrian students)

Other Bursaries for Syrian Students (and Refugees)

Other Bursaries for Indigenous students

Other SCS Bursaries General

Please note that the bursaries above may only be available for specific terms.

Terms and Conditions

  • Bursaries are intended as a partial support for tuition expenses.
  • Bursary funds are limited and there is no guarantee that you will receive the bursary that you apply for.
  • The School of Continuing Studies determines how and when bursaries are issued, as well as amounts awarded, which may vary based on donor funding.
  • You may submit only one application per term.
  • You will be considered for all bursaries for which you are eligible.
  • You may only receive one bursary in a particular term.
  • After receiving a bursary, you may still be eligible to apply for and receive bursaries in subsequent terms.
  • The total bursary payment will not exceed $1,500.00 (one thousand five hundred dollars) per student over a 12-month period.
  • The application deadline for the Fall term is the last Friday in October and for the Winter term is the last Friday in February.
  • The School of Continuing Studies reserves the right to verify the information provided on the application. Inconsistencies may result in a reassessment or cancellation of the applicant's award.
  • If a student has a bursary in the term of withdrawal, it may be revoked. If the award is credited to the student’s fee account, it will be reversed, potentially creating a balance owing to the University.

How to Apply for an SCS Bursary


To apply for a bursary, you must:

  1. Print, complete and sign the bursary application form and send it to bursaries.scs [at] mcgill.ca. Incomplete forms will not be considered.
    NOTE: When completing the Financial Profile section of your application, please ensure that you:
    • Write legibly and indicate annual household amounts in all instances.
    • Enter all amounts in Canadian dollars and include the preceding 12 months, except for Gross Employment Income, which should reflect the previous year (January 1 – December 31) as reported on your final federal tax return.
    • Complete all fields, even if that means entering a “zero.”
    • Double-check all calculations. Ensure that TOTAL lines are summed and complete, as we will not do any recalculation.
  2. Your Letter of Intent (Part 3 of your Application Form) must be original. Plagiarized or duplicated letters will disqualify you as a bursary recipient.
  3. To finalize your application, once you have submitted your application documents (completed bursary application form and letter of intent) you may be required to “confirm” additional information. You will be contacted by SCS once your forms are reviewed if such is the case.

Please ensure to refer to your current Income Tax Notice of Assessment or Avis de cotisation (federal, provincial, or both) to complete your form. If you have not filed your taxes, please provide an explanation in writing.

If you require any help with your Financial Profile, please contact us at bursaries.scs [at] mcgill.ca BEFORE submitting your application.

If you still have questions regarding the application process, you can contact us at bursaries.scs [at] mcgill.ca. We do not send confirmation of receipt emails for bursary applications.

Please allow 3 – 5 business days for a response to your inquiries.

Bursary Review Process

All complete applications will be reviewed by the Selection Committee.

If you have been selected to receive a bursary, you will be informed via your McGill student email about 10 – 12 weeks after the application deadline.

Decisions as to bursaries granted and amounts awarded are final. SCS retains the right to cancel a student’s bursary payment upon its discretion.

Payment Process

Payment schedules are determined at the School’s discretion. All payments will be deposited in your Minerva account in one lump sum, in Canadian funds.

Deposits will be made after the Withdrawal Period (No Refund) date. If you withdraw from your courses or program, the funds will not be issued. If you are not an active student at SCS, you cannot receive a bursary.

All funds issued must be used towards tuition. You will still be responsible for the payment of all costs charged to your account, and bursary payments may not correlate with tuition deadlines.

Financial Aid for University Staff

McGill staff should contact the Department of Human Resources for details concerning Requests for Educational Assistance and Scholarships for McGill staff dependents.

Quebec Government Aid

There are also several opportunities for financial support through the Quebec government's student financial assistance programs. Please consult their website for more information.

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