StFX Bursaries

This listing is a resource that gives students direct access to bursaries available only through St. Francis Xavier University. The online application form is available by clicking the link on the left-hand menu.

The University has a modest bursary program which has been established in order to offer financial assistance to students in academic programs who find themselves in unanticipated financial difficulty and unable to meet their obligations. Awards are made to those who meet the qualifications established by the university, and, where applicable, by the individual donors. It is important to understand that applicants for St. FX bursaries are expected to have exhausted other financial resources, including student loans if available. Bursaries are not intended to assist students with costs that are unrelated to attending university or to avoid incuring student debt. Financial hardship caused by misuse of private funds will be considered the responsibility of the student.

  • Students enrolled in degree or diploma programs in the September to April academic year, who are making satisfactory academic progress, are eligible to apply. For bursary purposes, full-time is defined as a minimum of 9 credits per term unless stated otherwise in the bursary criteria. 
  • Bursary applications will not be accepted prior to the posted opening dates for applciations for each term: August 30, 2017 for the 2017 fall term and December 19, 2017 for the 2018 winter term.  Rolling application opening dates will be used within each term. 
  • Bursaries fall into one of two categories: Limited or General. Limited bursaries are available to students who meet particular requirements as stipulated in the terms of the bursary. General bursaries only require that applicants be part-time or full-time students making satisfactory academic progress and in need of financial assistance. Please review the list of Limited bursaries to determine your eligibility for any of these before making an application for a General bursary.
  • Please review the criteria of each Limited bursary before applying and only apply for bursaries you can reasonably expect to be considered for as an applicant.  For example, if you are a Bachelor of Arts student from Cape Breton, please do not apply for a bursary that can only be awarded to a Bachelor of Science student from Toronto. 
  • Please be sure to indicate on your application how you qualify for a limited bursary. Are you from a particular region, enrolled in a particular program or year of study, the member of a certain ethnic group, from a particular kind of family?  Specify the criteria that you meet (or do not meet) in the 'Bursary Criteria' section of the application.
  • Bursary awards will be applied directly to the recipient's student account. In some circumstances, the recipient may request that some or all of the award be issued to them via cheque to use towards external student costs. This requires the approval of the Financial Aid Officer and may not be granted in all cases.    
  • Please note you must reapply for all bursaries each year that you wish to be considered for.  Renewable burasries also require an application each year, renewals are not automatic and the recipient must demonstate that they continue to meet the criteria in each year fo study for the renewal to be granted.
  • You are not required to meet with the Financial Aid Officer to apply for bursaries.
  • You may apply for buraries as they open througout the fall and winter.  Applications will not be accepted early for any bursaery awards. This allows students to update their applications with any potential increase or decrease in funding throughout the school year. For example, if you receive a bursary in November, you should add this to the budget section of any new bursary applications you submit going forward. 

    Note to Masters Students: Masters students are only eligible for those bursaries in the Limited Bursary program that specifically state they are open to students at the graduate level in their desription. Please see external bursaries for additional possible funding sources.

    Note to Part-Time Students: Part-time Study Awards are available through Continuing & Distance Education Up to ten awards of $500 will be granted each year to part-time students registered in undergraduate courses. Deadline for application is November 15 & February 15 of each academic year.

    Note to grade 12 students: Apply to the Limited Bursary Program after you have registered for your courses and the applciations have opened in August. We do not accept applications for Limited Bursaries while you are still in high school.

Please be advised that bursary amounts and criteria can change from year to year. The Financial Aid Office will not be held responsible for any inconvenience this may cause. When the website and the Financial Aid Office have discrepancies as to the amount of award, the Financial Aid Office will take precedence in the decision.

For more information about Limited Bursaries, click here.
For more information about General Bursaries, click here.