Free money: How to get college cash you don’t need to repay

Georgian offers a variety of awards, scholarships and bursaries, valued at $6.1 million each year. You can apply for them online. Unlike OSAP or student lines of credit, you don’t need to pay this money back. The winter 2024 application cycle is open from Jan. 1 to Feb. 15, 2024!

Applying is easy

With just one online application, you can help fund your future! Remember to update your application at the start of each term. Some opportunities require supplemental information to provide proof that you’ve met eligibility criteria. Learn how to apply, and watch a video tutorial of the application system.

Our friendly staff can help you  navigate your options
Our friendly staff can help you navigate your options

Awards and scholarships

The average value of Georgian awards and scholarships is $1,000. With more than 750 available each year, we’re confident there’s an award that fits you.

Some ways we select recipients

  • demonstrated community involvement
  • financial need
  • academic achievements
  • area of study
  • sport and athletics

As you can see, it’s not all about your marks. You also don’t need to be fresh out of high school or in your first year of study. You don’t even need to be enrolled full-time! There truly are awards and scholarships for Georgian students from all walks of life.

Georgian is also pleased to offer more than 150 entrance awards with a combined value of over $300,000. Applications for the entrance awards open on Feb. 20, 2024 for newly admitted students. Anyone offered admission for the 2024-25 academic year will be emailed the link to apply before the deadline of March 30 at 11:59 p.m.


Bursaries are usually paid based on financial need, but criteria vary. Their minimum value is $500.

Types of bursaries available

  • Emergency Bursary: For full-time students facing a financial emergency because of events beyond their control.
  • Georgian Bursary: For full-time domestic or international students who need extra help paying for postsecondary school.
  • International Bursary for Political Unrest: For full-time international students who are experiencing a financial emergency due to political or financial unrest in their home country.
  • Georgian Technology Bursary: For full-time domestic or international students who require new technology during their study period.
  • Georgian Travel Bursary: For full-time domestic or international students who commute more than 30 kilometres to campus by car or transit.
  • Indigenous Student Bursary: For Indigenous students (self-identified through Georgian’s online form) in financial need.
  • Métis Nation of Ontario Bursary: For students of Métis ancestry.
  • Ontario First Generation Bursary: Offers extra funding to students whose parents never attended postsecondary studies, and who have also applied for OSAP.

When to apply

Our application cycles are in the fall, winter and summer terms. For most opportunities, you must complete your general application before the end of each cycle in order to be considered. The application cycles are:

  • Winter: Jan. 1 to Feb. 15, 2024
  • Entrance awards for newly admitted students (2024-25): Feb. 20 to March 30, 2024
  • Summer: April 15 to May 30, 2024


We’re happy to help! If you have questions about award, scholarship or bursary opportunities, read our frequently asked questions or contact the Financial Aid and Awards office.

Phone: 705.722.1530

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This article was originally published in March 2019. It was updated and re-shared in December 2023.

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