York University Emergency Travel Disruption Bursary - FW19/WI20


The York University Emergency Travel Disruption Bursary aims to assist registered York University undergraduate and graduate students (domestic and international) who are currently on international study programs (e.g. exchanges, coops, placements) at a partner university with unanticipated financial hardship during the period from March 1, 2020 to April 30, 2020. It also aims to assist international students with international travel-related expenses due to COVID-19.

The Emergency Travel Disruption Bursary will help to provide immediate short-term relief for unexpected costs related to emergency housing, rent, food and other costs due to COVID-19. It is not intended as a source of long-term funding.

Deadline: May 31, 2020

Value: Up to $1,500 CDN


You are eligible to apply for the Emergency Travel Disruption Bursary if you are:

  • an undergraduate or graduate international student who is currently enrolled in the Fall/Winter 2019-2020 academic session; or
  • an undergraduate or graduate (domestic or international) student who is currently on an international study program (i.e. exchanges, coops, placements etc.) at a partner university or institution;
  • and

  • you have incurred unexpected travel costs such as flight change fees or additional housing costs due to travel restrictions, border control changes, etc. during COVID-19 during the period March 1 – April 30, 2020.
  • Eligible Expenses

    1. Travel costs
    2.  (i.e. cost of ticket or charge for changing flight)
      • Flights to return to your home country earlier than anticipated because of the cancellation of in-person classes and exams.
      • Flight cancellation/change fees to due to travel restrictions/border closures (either earlier or delayed return flights.)

    3. Housing and Accommodations
      • International and domestic students having to stay longer than anticipates, either in Canada or program location abroad, due to travel restrictions.

    4. Meals and living costs
      • Additional food and living costs associated with COVID-19 related measures.

    5. Health Care and Medical Costs
      • Additional medical expenses above what is covered through Guard.Me, UHIP and Extended Health plans (YFS, YUGSA).

    6. Other extenuating circumstances:
      • Additional accommodation or living expenses for students who had to extend/break their lease agreements or make other living arrangements as a direct result of COVID-19 (documentation includes lease agreement and/or rent receipt.)
      • Students who have paid for summer program fees for May and/or June 2020 and are unable to obtain reimbursement.
      • Additional local transportation for students whose courses have been extended.

    To Apply

    • Applicants must complete all sections of the form. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
    • Include a personal statement in the application that speaks to how you have been financial impacted by COVID-19.
    • Attach all relevant supporting documentation such as receipts for additional rent, proof of loss of employment (i.e. letter/email from employer or Record of Employment) and two recent pay stubs.

    It is expected that prior to applying for this Emergency Bursary, students will have explored all sources of funding such as family support, savings and study period income, OSAP or other government assistance programs, daycare subsidies, bank lines of credit, as appropriate. It is also expected that students will explore financial assistance from their respective York Faculties to supplement the Emergency Bursary.

    Processing Times and Receipt of Funds

    For the timely receipt of Emergency Bursary support, York University will issue your funds through Electronic Fund Transfer. If you have not already provided the University with your banking information, you must provide it here: https://sfs.yorku.ca/refunds/request.

    Please allow five to ten (5 – 10) business days for your bursary application to be assessed by York University, and an additional five to ten (5 – 10) business days for the funds to be received by your banking institution from York University.

    Other Financial Support

    Emergency Bursary

    You can also apply for the Emergency Bursary if you are an undergraduate student (domestic or international) who is currently enrolled in full year Fall/Winter 2019-2020 courses or Winter 2020 courses.

    Please note: This program is restricted to undergraduate students only. Graduate students can apply for assistance through the FGS Emergency Bursary.

    Federal and provincial government assistance

    Both the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario have made emergency bursary funding available to individuals with COVID-19 related financial needs.