Financial Aid

Bursaries and Scholarships

A bursary is a non-repayable award that is granted to students. Like bursaries, scholarships are non-repayable awards, but typically awarded based on academic achievement or merit. Listed below are a number of bursaries and scholarships students can apply for. Click the links below to apply for bursaries and scholarships through your affiliate college or university:

First Nations Education Funding

Some First Nations Communities have education dollars set aside for students. Rules relating to applications differ based on your community so please contact your local Education Counsellor for more information. For assistance with this, contact your post-secondary coordinator.


The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a financial aid program that can help students pay for college and university. OSAP offers funding through:

  • Grants: money you don’t have to pay back.
  • Student loan: money you need to repay once you’re done school

When you apply for OSAP, you are automatically considered for grants and loans. If you don’t want to take a loan, you can decline it after your application is approved.

To apply for OSAP, click here.

SGEI staff is available to assist you with your OSAP application and getting proper documentation for your OSAP application.


The Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP) provides financial assistance and counselling resources to individuals from select First Nations communities enrolled in accredited post-secondary programming. An accredited program of study can include college diploma or certificate, undergraduate  and advanced professional degree programs.

Participating First Nations include:

  • Wabigoon Saaga’igan Anishinaabeg – (Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation)
  • Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek (Gull Bay First Nation)
  • Red Rock Indian Band – Lake Helen Reserve 53A
  • Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinabek (Sand Point First Nation)
  • Obashkaandagaang (Washagamis Bay First Nation)
  • Wabaseemoong Independent Nations (formerly Islington Band)
  • Northwest Angle #33 First Nation
  • Northwest Angle #37 First Nation

Type of support

For students in full-time studies, PSSSP can cover the cost of tuition, mandatory student fees, textbooks, monthly living allowances and travel support.

For students in part-time studies, PSSP can cover the cost of tuition and textbooks.

Application Requirements

The following are required documents that must be submitted on or before the application deadline

  • Completed PSSSP Education Application Form
  • An official acceptance letter/offer of admission to a post secondary institute
  • Proof of status (photocopy both sides of status card)
  • Proof of dependents, if applicable (photocopy of birth certificates)
  • Transcripts from previous studies


  • Academic Achievement Scholarships: PSSSP approved students who have achieved a grade point average of B or higher while enrolled in a full time, Level 1 or Level 2 program of studies may apply for a scholarship up to a maximum of $1,000 annually.
  • Strategic Studies Scholarship: PSSSP approved students who are enrolled in a Level 2 university undergraduate program that directly contributes to achieving First Nation Self Government and economic self reliance. Maximum of $2,500 annually.
  • Incentive Scholarship: PSSSP approved students enrolled in a full time Level 3 degree program. Maximum of $1,500 awarded only once throughout program.

For more information regarding the Post-Secondary Student Support Program, read the Admistrative Handbook.

Application Forms

Application Deadlines

  • Fall/Winter – June 1
  • Spring/Summer – April 1
  • Scholarship – July 31