Financial Support For International Students

Posted by Shannon Hui on March 20, 2018

Finances | International

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It goes without saying that a university education represents a significant investment: while you need to understand the expenses of your school year, it’s equally important to stay informed of the resources available to you in order to properly build a financial plan. York University provides financial assistance to international students by offering multiple sources of funding including scholarships, bursaries, awards and on-campus employment opportunities. For those who may not know, scholarships are merit based and recognize academic excellence, awards combine academic criteria and non-academic criteria such as community service, financial need and leadership, and bursaries are assessed on the basis of financial need. To learn more, read today’s #YUBlog post and explore financial resources for international students!

Success tip: York University’s Student Financial Services website is an excellent resource for students who want to learn more about fees, funding opportunities and budgeting tips.

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Keep track of the fees and expenses of your university education!

Complete Your Student Financial Profile

In order to be considered for many of York U’s scholarships, bursaries and on-campus employment programs, you will need to complete your Student Financial Profile (SFP). You should complete the SFP at the start of each academic session (once for fall/winter and once for summer) to be considered for a variety of programs. To learn more about submitting your SFP, read our previous #YUBlog post, “Submitting Your Student Financial Profile”. Remember, it’s important to include your personal statement in your SFP and list your extracurricular activities and community service experience.

Entrance Scholarships

Did you know that you can get paid for your grades? York University offers automatic entrance scholarships based on your final admissions average. No award application is required for the entrance scholarships below.

  1. York University Automatic Entrance Scholarship

You are eligible for York University Automatic Entrance Scholarships if you are an international student studying the Canadian curriculum at a secondary school within or outside of Canada.

Admission Average Value of Award
95-100% $3,500*
90-94.9% $2,000
85-89.9% $1,000
80-84.9% $500

*Please note the award is renewable for an additional three years based on your grade point average and course load requirements.

  1. Student Life Award (SLA)

If you meet the criteria for the York University Automatic Entrance Scholarship, you may also be eligible for the Student Life Award (SLA) valued at $500. To qualify for the Student Life Award, you must accept your offer of admission by the date indicated in your offer letter. The SLA is a one-time award applied to your YU-Card to help students with the cost of books, supplies and meals on campus.

  1. Faculty Entrance Scholarships

Additional scholarships are available to students entering specific Faculties. Take a look at the descriptions below to see if you qualify!

Scholarship Value of Award Description
York University Talent Entrance Scholarships $1,000 For applicants to programs in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design
Lassonde Entrance Scholarships $2,000 For Lassonde applicants
Columbia International Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Entrance Scholarship $1,000 For Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Applicants
Liberal Arts & Professional Studies International Students Entrance Scholarship $2,000-$3,000 For Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Applicants
Faculty of Science Entrance Scholarship $2,000 For Science applicants
York Science Scholars Award $10,000 For Science applicants

For more information about faculty scholarships, refer to the Scholarships & Financial Aid page for Future Students.

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Apply to additional scholarships to help fund your education costs!

Scholarships and Awards Requiring Applications

York University also offers international entrance scholarships which require submitting the International Student Scholarship & Award Application. To be eligible, you must be an international student entering your first year of studies at York University. You must also be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program in the following Faculties: Arts, Media, Performance & Design, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Environmental Studies, Glendon, Health, Science, the Lassonde School of Engineering or the Schulich School of Business.

The online application portal will open on December 4, 2018 for the Fall 2019 international scholarships. The application requirements are as follows:

  • High academic average (the minimum average is an “A” or equivalent”)
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Nomination by your high school (only one candidate can be nominated per school)
  • One letter of recommendation

Preparing your application can take more time than you may think! It’s important to prepare well in advance to ensure you have fulfilled all the requirements. Once you submit your application, you will be considered for the following awards:

Scholarship Value of Award
International Circle of Scholars Scholarship $15,000
Global Leader of Tomorrow Award for International Students $20,000*
International Entrance Scholarship of Distinction  $35,000*

*Please note the award is renewable for an additional three years based on your grade point average and course load requirements.

Award Search Page & Employment Opportunities

Additionally, York U’s Award Search page is an excellent resource that allows you to filter and find all awards, scholarships, prizes and bursaries at York University. Take the time to search for awards that are specifically designated for international students.

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As an international student, you may be eligible to apply for Work/Study jobs on campus!

As international student, you may also be eligible to work in Canada while studying and after you graduate. As a study permit holder, you may qualify to work on-campus or off-campus without an additional work permit if you meet specific criteria. Additionally, you may be eligible for an Internship or Co-operative Education placement at York U. Visit the York International website to learn more about working in Canada as an international student, or contact an Immigration Specialist at York International for an individual advising appointment.

External Awards

When it comes to funding your university education, don’t limit your financial plan to York U awards and scholarships. Be sure to research external awards and scholarships as well. Take a look at the websites below to find additional funding opportunities:
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT)
• iStudent Canada
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) – for graduate studies.

You can also visit the External Awards page on the Student Financial Services website for more external award opportunities.

U.S. Loans

U.S. citizens and permanent residents studying in an undergraduate or graduate program at York University can apply for Direct Loans through the U.S. Department of Education. The FAFSA application will be available for the next academic session as of October 1 of each year. To learn more about applying US Loans to your studies at York U, visit the U.S. Loans page on the Student Financial Services website.

Money matters! If you would like to further explore financial resources for international students, check out the Scholarships & Financial Aid page for Future Students and Student Financial Services’ Award Search page.

Did you know that York U offers an extensive range of financial support? Comment below or tweet us on Twitter at @YorkUStudents.

Shannon Hui
Shannon Hui

Shannon is a third-year student in the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Program at York U. She is also an ice cream fanatic (especially for chocolate chip cookie dough), bookworm and stationery enthusiast, and she hopes York students enjoy reading her posts!

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