OCAD University is committed to ensuring that students with financial need will have enough funding to meet the direct educational costs (tuition, books and other mandatory fees) of attending university. Education costs will be met by a variety of sources including OSAP, bursaries, scholarships, awards and opportunities to work on campus.

There are various bursary programs available to OCAD U students generated through government, donations, endowments, tuition revenue or external agencies.

Search and apply for in-study bursaries.

Bursaries are non-repayable awards given primarily on the basis of financial need. Please be aware that bursary awards may be taxable. You will be issued a T4A slip by the Finance Office in February for all scholarship, bursary or award funds issued by the university in the prior tax year. It is your responsibility to check with Canada Revenue Agency and report all scholarships, awards and bursaries received in the tax year as per their guidelines. 

Bursaries are intended to supplement, not replace, other sources of funding that students may have for their studies. Bursaries can range in value depending on the amount of funds available, number of students who apply, and the students' financial need. Students may apply for and receive bursaries through more than one program, and students are encouraged to apply to all bursary programs for which they are eligible. Funds are limited through all bursary programs, so not all students will receive a bursary through each and every program to which they apply.

Common criteria for bursary decisions have been developed by the Financial Aid & Awards office so that applications will receive comparable consideration. Although other factors may be considered, the deciding factor is financial need. All decisions regarding applications (unless specified otherwise) are made by the Financial Aid & Awards office. All applicants will receive an email advising them of the results of their application whether successful or unsuccessful.

Receiving a bursary

If you receive a bursary, there are requirements that must be met. Students who withdraw to part-time studies, fully withdraw from the university or don't pick up their bursary by the recommended deadline will risk the possiblity of losing a portion of all of their award.

Donor information

Individuals or corporations interested in contributing to the OCAD University Bursary Program, the Wendy Curtis Emergency Loan Fund or the Ontario Trust for Student Support (OTSS), should contact the Development office:

OCAD University
100 McCaul St., Toronto, ON M5T 1W1
Tel: 416-977-6000, Ext. 481
Fax: 416-977-4870

For more information on funding opportunities, contact the Financial Aid & Awards office.