Financial Aid

All students, both undergraduate and graduate, are welcome to meet with an Indigenous Student Advisor to discuss their financial concerns. Stop by Indigenous Services in the Western Student Services Building (WSSB), Room 2100, or book an appointment by email

Student Financial Services

Western Bursaries/Grants/Awards

Western students, both undergraduate and graduate, are automatically considered for bursaries, work-study & need based award programs online via the Financial Assistance Profile Application through their Student Center.


  1. Login to Student Center using your Western secure login.
  2. Go to "Student Services Links"
  3. Click on "Financial Assistance"
  4. Login to Student Services using your Western secure login.
  5. Under "Financial Assistance" select "click here to apply"

It is important to keep your financial profile up to date!

If you need to change/update your application or profile contact

Emergency Bursaries

Available for students experiencing unexpected or emergency situations. Indigenous students must book an appointment with Indigenous Services to be considered on a case by case basis.

To book an appointment call 519-661-4095, email, or visit our Centre, WSSB, Room 2100.

Dr. Valio Markkanen Aboriginal Award of Excellence

2 Awards Valued at $1000 each - Deadline to apply: January 30, 2020

Awarded annually to an Aboriginal undergraduate and graduate student (First Nations, Métis, and/or Inuit ancestry) at Western's main campus, who has achieved excellence in academics, and has also been actively contributing to the Aboriginal/Indigenous community. The recipient will be selected on the basis of academic achievement and previous and/or intended future contributions to the Aboriginal community. This award was established with a generous gift from the estate of Dr. Valio Markkanen.

How to Apply:

Students must submit a one-page statement that explains why they are a worthy recipient, as well as a non-official transcript, and one letter of reference, to Indigenous Services (WSSB, Room 2100). The recipient will be selected by a committee assembled by Indigenous Services staff. This award will be presented each spring at the annual Indigenous Student Graduation Ceremony.

Graduate Students

A variety of funding and financial assistance options are available to graduate students. Visit the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) for details and links.

Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)

OGS awards are merit-based scholarships available to students in all disciplines of graduate study. Visit SGPS OSG Scholarships website for full details.