Financial Assistance

OpenEd offers opportunities for financial assistance to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Who is eligible?

Students interested in enrolling in a continuing education or Open Learning program course are eligible to apply for a bursary.

Continuing education offerings, recognized with awards for excellence, consist of specialized, career-oriented certificates and diplomas that are delivered face-to-face or entirely online.

The Open Learning program provides worldwide and open access to award-winning degree-credit distance education courses for professional development or personal enrichment.

Registered undergraduate students at the University of Guelph may find more detailed information regarding applicable bursaries/scholarships by contacting Student Financial Services.


Virginia L. Gray Memorial Bursary

The Virginia L. Gray Memorial Bursary recognizes the exemplary work of Virginia L. Gray in continuing and distance education, and her passion for making education accessible. 

Open Learning Bursary

The Open Learning Bursary supports individuals requiring financial assistance to advance their academic and career goals through education.

Bursary Application Requirements

What do I need to apply?

To apply for a bursary, contact OpenEd with a letter of application outlining the following:

  • Financial need, with appropriate supporting documentation
  • Educational goals and how the bursary will help you to achieve these goals

Supporting Documentation

Examples of supporting documentation for the application include:

  • T4 from last year
  • T4 from this year
  • Letter from employer
  • Other relevant Revenue Canada documentation that confirms current income

Deadlines for Bursary Applications

  • Winter Semester - July 30th
  • Summer Semester - January 30th
  • Fall Semester - July 30th

Submission Address

Please send bursary applications to:

Bursary Award Committee
Open Learning and Educational Support
University of Guelph
Johnston Hall, Room 160
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1

You Can Help with a Donation

Staff and friends of the University community have established and continue to contribute annually to the above bursary funds. OpenEd invites you to consider making a contribution to these funds. Any amount will be sincerely appreciated and will benefit a student in need. To donate, simply indicate the amount of your donation on your course or program registration form, and name the bursary of your choice. A donation receipt will be issued for your contribution.

For more information, please email our main office or phone us at 519-767-5000.