Bursaries and Scholarships
A bursary is a non-repayable award that is granted to students. Like bursaries, scholarships are also non-repayable awards, but are typically awarded based on achievement. Listed are a number of bursaries and scholarships available to you through SGEI or your affiliate college or university.
Bursaries and scholarships for students in Canada
- ATCO Indigenous Education Awards
- CICan Paul and Gerri Charette Bursary
- Dreamcatcher Educational Funding
- First Nations Child and Family Caring Society
- FNIGC National Student Bursary
- Indspire Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards
- KPMG Indigenous Student Awards
- Moss Bag Scholarship
- NIB Trust Fund
- NWAC’s Helen Bassett Commemorative, Michael Melancon-Koffend, and Nellie Makokis Carlson Commemorative Student Awards
- NWAC Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Funding
- ONECA Post Secondary Student Awards and Four Directions Scholarship
SGEI’s Biskaabiyang Bursary
Affiliate college bursaries
First Nations Education Funding
Some First Nations communities have education dollars set aside for resident students. Rules relating to funding differ based on your community. Please contact your local Education Counsellor for more information. For assistance applying for funding, contact your post-secondary program coordinator.
The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a financial aid program that helps students in Ontario pay for college or university through grants (money you don’t have to pay back) and loans (money you have to repay once you’ve completed school).
PSSSP: Post-Secondary Student Support Program
The Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP) provides financial assistance to individuals from eight First Nations communities (see below for complete list) enrolled in an accredited post-secondary certificate, diploma, undergraduate or advanced professional degree program.
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.
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 Administrative Handbook.
How to Apply
- For new students entering the first year of a post-secondary program: New Student – PSSSP Application Package.
- For continuing students: Continuing Students – PSSSP Application form.
- Spring/Summer (May-August) – April 1st
- Fall/Winter (September-April) – June 1st
- Scholarship Applications (full-time previous year funded students only) – July 31st
Please send the completed form and supporting documentation to: