Financial Assistance

Bursaries are awarded annually to Canadian citizens or permanent residents wishing to enrol in a Open Learning and Educational Support continuing education activity and/or in the Open Learning program (courses, certificates and diplomas).

Continuing education offerings, recognized with awards for excellence, consist of specialized, career-oriented, certificates and diplomas available through face-to-face and e-learning opportunities for local, national, and international audiences.

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


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

Apply to Open Learning and Educational Support by January 30th and July 30th for the following Fall and/or Winter and/or Summer semesters of study with a letter of application outlining financial need with pertinent supporting documentation, educational goals and how the bursary will help you achieve these goals.

Examples of supporting documents for the Bursary application are:

T4 from last year
T4 from this year  
Revenue Canada documentation  
Letter from Employer  

Applications must be submitted to:

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

You Can Help

Staff and friends of the University have established and contribute annually to the above bursary funds. We invite 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 the name of the bursary of your choice. A donation receipt will be issued for your contribution.

For more information, contact Open Learning and Educational Support at 519 767-5000 or send an e-mail to