Eligibility for Awards and Scholarships

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Wondering if you meet the eligibility requirements to apply for awards and scholarships? Here is a quick summary of the different criteria for eligibility.

Student Status


Students who are enrolled full-time are taking a minimum 60% of the prescribed courses for their program or 40% for students with a permanent disability.


Students who are enrolled full-time are taking a minimum 20-59 % of the prescribed courses for their program.

Residency Status

Domestic Student - Ontario Resident:

Students who are residing in the province of Ontario for more than 12 months and have valid Canadian citizenship or Permanent residency.

International Student:

Students who are residing in Canada for the purpose of education and do not have a permanent residency status.

Protected Person:

Protected Persons are individuals who hold a valid Verification of Status document issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada or a valid Protected Persons Status Document issued prior to January 1, 2013. A decision letter (“Notice of Decision”) from the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) is also a valid form of identification. Protected Persons can include convention refugees, humanitarian-protected persons abroad, and persons in need of protection. A person in need of protection is a person in Canada whose removal to their country of nationality or former habitual residence will make them subject to the possibility of torture, risk of life, or risk of cruel and unusual treatment or punishment. A Protected Person is defined in subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada).

Financial Need:

Financial need is based on, but not restricted to, the following factors:


  • Family income
  • Personal income
  • Number of dependents in the family
  • Applicant's financial assets and resources (including savings)
  • Applicant's government student assistance assessment


  • Cost of program of study (tuition fees, books, and supplies)
  • Cost of living ( Rent, Utilities and household supplies)
  • Food
  • Transportation ( TTC, Go Transit, parking etc.)
  • Personal ( Clothing, Medical, Entertainment)
  • Child Care
  • Other

*Not eligible for Better Jobs Ontario Recipients (formerly known as Second Career)