Enriched Educational Opportunities: need-based bursary

Enriched Educational Opportunities (EEOs) are high quality mobility or work experience opportunities that take place outside of the classroom and are officially recognized by your Faculty. They foster self-development and help students transition successfully to the workplace or graduate studies.


New aid program

The University has provided our office with special funding to pilot a need-based EEO Bursary Program. The program will help undergraduate students with the additional costs associated with these extra opportunities.

Bursaries are non-repayable forms of financial assistance based on demonstrated financial need.

Part of the McGill Commitment

The University is striving to expand opportunities for undergraduates to participate in EEOs and is determined for EEOs to be accessible to all undergraduates regardless of their financial capacity.

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Eligible EEOs

Your faculty will determine which opportunities shall be eligible and will provide you with a supporting document (such as a transcript entry or letter) to prove their recognition. It generally involves a vetting/selection process, academic oversight and clear learning outcomes.

Eligible EEOs may include:

  • Field Study semesters
  • Unpaid Internships and Research Experiences
  • Research Abroad
  • Certain music competitions/invitational events (for Music students only)

The EEO Bursary Program may be expanded to include other opportunities in future years.

Exchange semesters abroad are not included in the EEO Bursary Program—additional financial aid is already available for bilateral exchanges through the Mobility Award.

Student eligibility

To be considered for EEO aid, you must:

  • Be enrolled in an Undergraduate degree at the University
  • Be full-time or deemed full-time (per government aid programs, due to disability or with young dependent children) in your EEO term or at minimum in the term preceding the EEO term
  • Demonstrate financial need for your standard costs of attendance. This typically means that:
  • Have an official record for EEO participation, either on your transcript or an advance written approval from your Faculty, including any pledged or potential funding for the purpose of EEO participation
  • Have proof of successful completion of the EEO for after-the-fact verification, either credits on your transcript or an entry on your co-curricular record

When to apply

You may apply at any time in the academic year (September to April) to gain an idea of how much aid you could receive—you can submit your EEO application with your regular financial aid application.

Final assessments can only take place with final supporting documentation.

How to apply

You can request an EEO Bursary through the normal In-Course Financial Aid process.

Before you apply: you should pursue (and ideally confirm) any Faculty-based awards to help defray your costs before seeking need-based assistance from the Scholarships & Student Aid Office.

Step 1: Submit an In-Course Aid application

  1. Log in to Minerva and click on the following:
    1. Financial Aid/Awards tab
    2. Financial Aid Menu
    3. Apply for McGill Financial Aid
    4. Apply next to In-Course Financial Aid
    5. Update your Financial Aid Profile
  2. Complete the form:
    • The Resources and Budget section may include your EEO plans (if firm) including extra EEO costs and resources, or may exclude EEO impact.
    • In the Special Circumstances section, indicate how much of the requested aid amount relates to your EEO. 

Step 2: Work out your EEO Budget

It is important to develop a budget to isolate the costs relating to your EEO. These may include travel costs (e.g. for a field study), or loss of income (e.g. not being able to work while doing an internship).

  1. Check with your Faculty: they may provide you with a budget sheet outlining the costs of your EEO
  2. If your Faculty does not provide this information, you can use our File EEO budget form.

Completing this form will also facilitate the discussion with your Financial Aid Counsellor. They will use it to determine the appropriate bursary value from our special EEO funding source.

Step 3: Attend a financial aid appointment

  1. Call our Office at 514-398-6013 to make an appointment with a Financial Aid Counsellor
  2. Bring the following supporting documents to your appointment:
    • The completed File EEO budget form (or other budget document)
    • Unless already recorded on your transcript, a written approval from your faculty confirming they will recognize the EEO
  3. At your appointment, you can discuss the EEO as part of a holistic discussion about aid or focus solely on an EEO that you wish to explore.

Verification of documentation

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

As plans sometimes change, after-the-fact verification of your transcript or co-curricular record will also be in place.

If an opportunity is not completed, the EEO bursary may be fully or partly rescinded.

Decision times

Final assessments can only take place once your plans are firm and you have provided final supporting documentation.

You will find out about the outcome of your application usually within a week of finalizing your application. The decision is posted on the Financial Aid/Awards tab on Minerva and, if your application is successful, it is followed by an email.

This email will contain important information about your award—including what you need to do to accept it and any deadlines. Make sure you carefully read and follow the instructions in this email, otherwise you may miss out on your award!

Payment

Bursaries are disbursed to coincide with out-of-pocket expenses.

Payment methods are determined by the Financial Aid Counsellor and are based on your financial situation and the EEO type.

Award payments may be disbursed:

  • to your fee account in one sum or divided up by term
  • to your bank account by direct deposit

Direct deposit

If the award is being paid to your bank account, you’ll need to set up Direct Deposit Banking with a Canadian banking institution via Minerva.

Once logged in:

  1. Go to the Student Menu
  2. Click on the Student Accounts menu option
  3. Click on the Direct Deposit Bank Account menu option
  4. Fill in all required information
  5. Click on Submit

Please ensure all banking information is entered correctly. McGill Student Accounts will issue an administrative fine for transactions returned to the University due to faulty banking information.


Other financial aid services

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