McGill University is committed to supporting the academic pursuits of qualified undergraduate students who require financial assistance. The University’s Entrance Bursary Program offers entrance bursaries to students from low to modest-income families who demonstrate financial need. 

The goal of the program is to make the University more accessible to those who face financial challenges by supplementing other funding resources such as government aid, Indigenous Band Support Funding, part-time work, parental support, and other sources of funding.

Perk! Any student receiving this form of aid will be automatically approved to seek employment through the University’s Work Study Program upon application via Minerva.


Entrance bursaries range in value and award amounts are determined by:

  • The level of need demonstrated by the student and their family, relative to other applicants
  • The tuition fee rate charged based on the program of study and student residency (Quebec, rest of Canada, US, International)

While these awards are not automatically renewed in the second and subsequent years of study, students may continue to receive assistance through our In-Course Financial Aid Program.

We offer a limited number of entrance bursaries which are renewable and tenable until completion of an undergraduate degree (up to a maximum of four years) provided the criteria for renewal are met (financial need and academic standing). Students will automatically be considered for this type of an entrance award when they submit the Entrance Bursary application on Minerva i.e. no separate application is required.


Those eligible to apply include all:

  • Newly accepted, first-year, first-degree undergraduates, and
  • Newly accepted, first-year undergraduate direct entrants to professional programs in Medicine and Law (with prior degree)

To be considered for the Entrance Bursary Program, applicants must:

  • Enrol in a full-time degree program at the University
  • Demonstrate financial need, including the intention to apply for government student aid and/or Indigenous Band Support Funding 

Students registered with the Student Accessibility & Achievement may be eligible for financial aid while pursuing a reduced course load.

Method of Application

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Upon notification of acceptance to the University (either by formal letter or via the Admissions Status page on Minerva), the application becomes available on Minerva.

There are two steps to complete:

1. In Minerva:

  • Select the Financial Aid/Awards tab > Financial Aid Menu > Apply for a McGill Entrance Bursary > Apply to Entrance Bursary Program > Complete then submit your application.

2. Submit a CSS Financial Aid Profile if you are a:

  • Canadian (citizen or permanent residents) students living outside of Canada
  • U.S. students
  • International (non-US) students

If you are a student with a disability who requires help completing online applications, please do not hesitate to contact us.

For More Information,

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Application Deadline: June 30, 2024.