Need-Based Financial Aid

Need-based financial aid is usually awarded based on a combination of demonstrated financial need and a specific minimum cumulative grade point average or CGPA. There are two types of need-based financial aid available for continuing education students:

NOTICE to all students applying for the Chang School Tuition Fee Bursary

All fees must be paid in full at time of enrolment. If you are successful in your application for a bursary/award and have already registered for your course, you will receive a refund for the amount of the tuition.

­Ryerson Bursaries

Bursaries are a form of need-based financial aid, and are usually awarded based on a combination of demonstrated financial need and a specific minimum cumulative grade point average, or CGPA. The list below describes the bursaries available to continuing education students.

CESAR General Bursary
Awarded By: The Continuing Education Students’ Association of Ryerson (CESAR)

Eligibility/Criteria:
Students registered in a continuing education, distance education or part-time degree course. Criteria is based on financial need.

Description:
Non-repayable award

Number of Bursaries Available: Varies
Value: $500

How to Apply:
Applications are available online at mycesar.ca/services/bursary/.

Application Deadlines:
Fall 2016 – Friday, October 7, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
Winter 2017 – Friday, February 3, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
Spring 2017 – Friday, May 19, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
Summer 2017 – Friday, July 7, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education Tuition Fee Bursary
Eligibility/Criteria:
Students registered in a Chang School course or certificate program. Criteria are demonstrated financial need and demonstrated academic objectives and/or performance.

Description:
Non-repayable tuition waiver

Number of Bursaries Available: Varies
Value: Up to $600 for one course

How to Apply:
Application forms (PDF) are available online and at The Chang School, Heaslip House, 297 Victoria Street. Applications must be handed in to The Chang School.

Application Deadlines:
Fall 2016 – Friday, August 12, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
Winter 2017 – Friday, November 4, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
Spring/Summer 2017 – Friday, March 3, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

­Government Assistance

Students may apply for Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) funding if they are officially enrolled in a certificate or degree program taking three or more billing units throughout each term. The courses must be part of the required curriculum to complete the certificate or degree.

For more information on government assistance, visit the Student Financial Assistance website at www.ryerson.ca/currentstudents/financialaid/index.html.

Important Note about the Term “Part-Time” Student

Government financial assistance programs define a part-time student as a student registered in a degree or certificate program who is taking between 20 percent and 59 percent of a full course load throughout each term. These courses must be part of the required curriculum to complete your program.

For complete details, visit the OSAP website.

Part-time Canada Student Loans

For information on Part-time Canada Student Loans, visit the Government of Ontario website.

The Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP)

Chang School programs may meet the education requirements outlined by the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP), enabling you to withdraw from your RRSP to cover tuition fees. View the Canada Revenue Agency’s website to access more information on the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP), including eligibility specifications and requirements for qualifying educational programs.