Funding for First Generation Students

Students who are the first in their families to attend postsecondary studies can face significant challenges and barriers to their educational pursuits. York University has dedicated funding in place to help these generational pioneers attain their goals and start a new tradition in their family.

Definition of "First Generation"

First generation can be defined as:

  1. Students who are first generation Canadian;

or more commonly as

  1. Students who are the first person in their immediate family to pursue post-secondary education

Ontario First Generation Bursary

The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development provides funding to York University on an annual basis in support of the Ontario First Generation Bursary. The bursary is available to Ontario students with financial need whose parents have not attended postsecondary education. To be considered for this bursary, students must meet the criteria outlined above and must be enrolled in direct-entry programs.

To apply for consideration, York University students must complete the Student Financial Profile by the October 15 deadline and must, in the Additional Personal Information section, self-identify by responding "Yes" to the statement, "I am the first generation in my family to participate in postsecondary studies and declare that my parents did not attend postsecondary studies in or outside of Canada, at any time or in any program."

Funding for this bursary program is limited and is allocated at the discretion of York University on the basis of financial need level and/or study level. Successful applicants will be notified by email in December.

Private donor awards

In addition to this bursary, there are several donor-funded awards to assist First Generation students at York University in overcoming some of the financial barriers that can hinder success at postsecondary education.

More information on these awards can be found by using the Award Search module. Use the keywords "first generation" to narrow the search.

To be considered for these awards, York University students must complete the Student Financial Profile by the October 15 deadline and must, in the Additional Personal Information section, self-identify by responding "Yes" to the statement, "I am the first generation in my family to participate in postsecondary studies and declare that my parents did not attend postsecondary studies in or outside of Canada, at any time or in any program." Successful applicants will be notified in writing.