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COVID-19 Emergency Financial Aid Bursary

Bursary Overview

Sheridan created the COVID-19 Emergency Financial Aid Bursary in April 2020 to help students cover basic needs and unexpected costs related to the pandemic. This fund was made available to both domestic and international students enrolled full-time in the Winter 2020 semester, who demonstrated financial need.

Applications were open from April 1–6, 2020, and are now closed.

We're still in the process of reviewing all the requests received and will start distributing bursary funds on Wednesday, April 15, prioritizing requests from students who are in the greatest financial need. Please know that the large volume of bursary requests received means we will not be able to provide every student with the full amount they requested.

Additional Financial Assistance – Government Resources

The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario have announced several sources of financial assistance for those facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage you to consider these resources, which may be helpful for you, depending on your circumstances.

Bursary Details


  • Full-time domestic and international students who remain enrolled in their program and who have unanticipated emergency financial needs because of the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to apply to this fund.
  • Apprentices enrolled in Winter 2020 who are completing their in-school training are also eligible to apply.
  • Co-op students enrolled in their work term are eligible as long as they are deemed full-time.
  • Students in joint programs would apply to their home institutions.
  • Students will be eligible to receive up to $1,500 for immediate unexpected costs.
  • Allocation will take into consideration the scale of need across our student community and therefore, assessment will be based on urgency and criticality and be directly resulting from the pandemic.
  • Bursary applicants were asked to complete a short statement outlining the urgent nature of the need as arising from COVID-19.
  • The application was open from April 1, 2020 – April 6, 2020
  • Students will receive a decision after April 8, 2020 to their Sheridan student email account


  • Support for food and housing security
  • Return home travel expenses
  • Study continuity costs (e.g., access to technology, software or the Internet)
  • Other essential needs occurring as a result of the pandemic

Processing and payment

All applicants will be notified of the decision via email to your Sheridan student email address. The bursary funds will be distributed via cheque beginning on Wednesday, April 15th to the address you have provided in myStudent Centre.

Important: to complete the application Windows users should use Internet Explorer and Mac users should use Google Chrome. Also, besure to disable any popup blockers before accessing the site below. 

Note: you may be prompted to provide your consent to allow Blackbaud to import your student information as this is our application system.

Important: to complete the application Windows users should use Internet Explorer and Mac users should use Google Chrome. Also, be sure to disable any popup blockers before accessing the site below. 

Note: you may be prompted to provide your consent to allow Blackbaud to import your student information as this is our application system.

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