Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance for International Students


International Student Emergency Loan Program

The International Student Emergency Loan Fund is a revolving fund with no yearly infusion of new capital. For this reason, every effort is made to exercise sound judgment to ensure that funds are not lost and that sufficient funds are available to assist students in the event of an emergency. Such emergencies arise as a result of medical/ dental/vision expenses, delay in transfer of funds from outside Canada, expensive textbooks, moving, etc. There is no interest charged on these short-term loans. The maximum amount one can borrow is $500.

To be considered for this financial assistance, the following criteria must be met:

  • The student must be currently registered at Western in an undergraduate or graduate program and provide evidence of good academic standing.
  • The student must be registered on Main Campus (i.e., students registered at an Affiliate College are not eligible to participate in this program).
  • Financial need must be the result of an unforeseen/unforeseeable temporary financial emergency.
  • The loan must be repaid within 90 days on a date mutually agreed upon by the International Student Advisor or Financial Aid Officer and the student borrower.

How to Apply:

Students must book an appointment with the International Student Advisor in order to apply for a loan. Contact:

Student Development Centre's Reception Office
WSS, Room 4100
Telephone: 519-661-3031

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International Student Bursary Program

The purpose of the International Student Bursary is to enable undergraduate international students in financial need to continue or complete their program of study at Western University. Bursaries range from $300 to $2,000.

The following are the criteria to be met by the applicant:

  • The student must be registered as a full-time, undergraduate student at Western university in a degree program. (In special cases, a part-time registration may be considered).
  • The student must be registered on Main Campus (i.e., students registered at an Affiliate College are not eligible to participate in this program).
  • The student's current financial difficulties must be a result of unforeseen or emergency situation(s) over which the student had no explicit control. The situation must not be due to lack of planning.
  • The student must be able to submit satisfactory documentation showing evidence of his/her circumstance and demonstrate financial need through a modest standard of living. Applications without appropriate documentation will not be processed.
  • The student must hold a valid Study Permit or Temporary Resident Permit (Minister's Permit).
  • The student must be resident in Canada at the time of application.
  • The student must be in good academic standing.

How to Apply:

Students must book an appointment with the International Student Advisor in order to apply for an International Student Bursary. To book an appointment call or visit:

Student Development Centre's Reception Office
Room 4100, WSS
Telephone: 519-661-3031

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International Student Work Opportunities Program (ISWOP)

ISWOP is an on-campus employment program which was piloted in the 2005 winter term. Over 450 international students have participated since the program started.

The application deadline is Friday, September 27, 2013.

For information on the program and application procedures, visit ISWOP.

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Other Awards

 

Barkley's of Avonmore Bursary

Value: 2 awards at $400

Awarded to a main campus degree international student who is from a developing country and who demonstrates financial need.

To apply: please pick up an application form at the International and Exchange Student Centre, Western Student Services building, Room 2120. Applications and required documentation must be submitted by Monday, March 3, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

Application Deadline: Monday, March 3, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

2014 Ken Chu International Student Scholarship

Value: 2 awards at $33,333

To be awarded annually to full-time international students from China who are enrolled in the Master of Public Administration program at Western University. This scholarship is based on academic achievement and was established through the generosity of the Chu Family.

Eligibility:

Eligible students must be from China. Additionally all applicants for the scholarship must also complete a formal application to the Master's of Public Administration Program at Western University.

For further information including how to apply, visit: Local Government Program Western University

O. Jane Plas Award

Value: 1 award at $2500.

This award was established by a generous donation by Jane Plas through Foundation Western; it is given to an international student from Mainland China, Mongolia or Tibet, beyond Year 1 in any undergraduate program, based on academic achievement at Western University. Students must have a full-time academic course load.

To apply download the application form from the Office of the Registrar (Awards & Scholarships) . Complete the application form and submit it to Student Financial Services, Western Student Services, Room 1100.

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by September 30, 2013.

CultureWorks ESL Awards

Value: 3 awards at $1500

Awarded annually to full-time international students in any year of any undergraduate program, based on academic achievement and financial need. Preference will be given to students who have graduated from the CultureWorks ESL program. Applications can be obtained from the International and Exchange Student Centre and must be submitted to Student Financial Services by October 31. The Office of the Registrar will select the recipients. These awards were established by a generous donation from CultureWorks ESL.

Deadline:  Submit applications by October 31, 2013.

To apply:  Applications can be obtained from the International and Exchange Student Centre, Room 2120, WSS, and need to be submitted to Student Financial Services, Room 1120, WSS

Frank Manning Bursary

Value: 1 award at $300.

Awarded annually to an international undergraduate, student who is from a country in the West Indies. Candidates must be registered in the Faculty of Social Science (on main campus) and have completed at least one course in Caribbean or Latin American Studies.

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by Friday, January 31, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

To apply, pick up an application form at the International and Exchange Student Centre, WSS 2120.

Igal Holtzer & Family Bursary

Value: 1 award at $1500

Awarded annually to a full-time international undergraduate student (Main campus only) in any year of any program in the Faculty of Science who demonstrates the greatest financial need.This bursary was established by Igal Holtzer, BA '75 and family.

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

To apply, pick up an application form at the International and Exchange Student Centre, WSS 2120.

 


Funding from the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS)

The Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) and the Grad Club offer financial assistance to graduate students through a variety of programs. Membership fees and Grad Club profits fund these programs. SOGS offers Emergency Loans, Grad Club Bursary Fund, Grad Club Child Care Bursary, Grad Club Travel Subsidy, Out of Province Bursaries, and the StudentWise Health Care Bursary Program. For more information and a complete list of the financial assistance programs offered by SOGS, please visit their web site at http://www.uwo.ca/sogs/Benefits/financial.html. All bursary and subsidy applications are available at the SOGS office.

Society of Graduate Students
UCC , Room 260
Telephone: 519-661-3394
Website: http://www.uwo.ca/sogs/Benefits/financial.html

 

Funding from PSAC Local 610

Western University's PSAC Local 610 offers financial assistance to graduate students who are graduate teaching assistants with the following priorities: physical health, personal well-being, and academic needs. The applicant must be enrolled as a full-time graduate student and must have TA-ed within the last 8 months. For more information, please contact the PSAC Local 610 or visit their website.

PSAC Local 610
Somerville House, Room 1313
Telephone: 519-661-4137
Website: http://www.psac610.ca/benefits

 

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Student Financial Services

Student Financial Services (Office of the Registrar) administers bursaries, grants, loans, and scholarships. Students must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents to be eligible for most of these monies, except in-course scholarships. Most in-course scholarships and merit-based awards are automatically awarded based on course load and grades. Some, however, require a separate application. For more information on Academic Merit Scholarships visit the Student Financial Services (Office of the Registrar) website: http://www.registrar.uwo.ca/index.cfm/student-finances/

Student Financial Services
Western Student Services Building, Room 1100
Telephone: 519-661-2100

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Last Updated: January 29, 2014

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Confidentiality

All information disclosed by students to IESC will be kept confidential. It will not be shared with family, university staff, course instructors, or others without written permission and will not become part of academic records.

The International and Exchange Student Centre is experienced in working with diverse populations.


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