Admission Bursaries

We continue to expand our needs-based financial aid initiatives to reduce financial and personal barriers so you can thrive at Queen's.

A bursary is based on an assessment of your financial need. It is an amount of money you receive to assist you in financing your education that you do not have to pay back. 

Applying for an Undergraduate Admission Bursary

To be eligible for most admission bursaries you must be:

  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or Protected Person
  • Demonstrate financial need based on, but not restricted to, the following factors:
    • Student and family income
      • Decisions regarding eligibility for Queen's bursary assistance are based on the parent's ability, not willingness, to assist their dependant
    • Number of dependants in the family
    • Applicant's assets (including savings, anticipated resources through government student financial aid)
    • Full cost of the program of study, books, supplies, and basic living expenses
  • Entering post-secondary studies for the first time
  • Entering the first year of full-time studies in an undergraduate degree program in September or participating in the Queen's First-Year Program at Bader College (Herstmonceux Castle)

If you indicate on your Financial Aid and Awards Profile that you want to be considered for Work Study it will have no bearing on your assessment for bursary funding.

International and U.S. students should visit the International and U.S. Students section for more information about admission awards and other sources of funding. 

  1. Log into SOLUS Student Centre
  2. Select the Financial Aid tile
  3. Select the Online Award Applications navigation
  4. Select the Queen's Financial Aid and Awards Profile

The deadline 2024-25 Queen’s Financial Aid and Awards Profile has now passed. Students currently in their first year of study are encouraged to to explore the Queen's General Bursary and other options for "Current Students."

Application for 2025-26 admissions cycle will open early October.

Most students selected to receive an admission bursary will be notified with their offer of admission. Students should view their SOLUS Student Centre to see if they have been selected for a bursary or award for the program they have been offered admission to. 


  • The values shown for the bursaries and awards were in effect at the time of publication. Queen's University reserves the right to revise or withdraw any award without prior notice
  • The grades listed for individual awards are based on the Canadian School System and generally reflect the average of the previous year's recipients and are not a guaranteed level for receiving an award
  • Bursaries are granted to students based on their current level of financial need. If you are not able to attend in a given year, bursary funding cannot be deferred

Need-Based Admission Bursaries

By submitting a Financial Aid and Awards Profile, eligible students are considered for the following:

Major Access Awards

Transformative four-year financial aid for our highest-need applicants.

Learn about the Major Access Awards

Promise Scholars

Dedicated financial, academic and career support for eligible Kingston and area first-generation students.

Learn about Promise Scholars

Commitment Bursary

Four-year financial aid for eligible first-year students who self-identify as a member of an underserved or underrepresented group.

Learn about the Commitment Bursary

Admission Bursary

Students who may not qualify for the Major Access Awards but still need funding to assist with financing their education may be eligible for an Admission Bursary.

See program values below

Named Admission Bursaries

The name of your Admission Bursary may change to one of the named admission bursaries after your eligibility has been determined. The value of your Admission Bursary will not change if the name is changed.

Named admission bursaries for all faculties & schools

Regional/high school specific named admission bursaries

Faculty specific named admission bursaries

Program Value
Arts and Science

up to $3,500

Health Science

up to $3,500


up to $5,000

Engineering and Applied Science up to $6,000
Commerce up to $7,500

Commitment Bursary

A Commitment Bursary is available to students entering first year of any first-entry undergraduate degree program who self-identify as a member of an underserved or underrepresented group based on demonstrated financial need. 

Commitment Bursaries will be offered at values between $2,000 and $5,000, renewable for three subsequent years. Applicants to Queen’s are encouraged to complete the Financial Aid and Awards Profile on SOLUS by February 15, 2025. The 2025-26 Financial Aid and Awards Profile will be available in early October.

Funding for the Commitment Bursary may be provided by the university and/or through donor funding. If donor-funded awards are included in your Commitment Bursary funding package, the award name(s) and value(s) in SOLUS may change each academic year. The total value of your Commitment Bursary funding package will not decrease if the name is changed.

Program-Specific Bursaries

The following admission bursaries require an application separate from the Financial Aid and Awards Profile.

Faculty of Law Admission Bursaries are non-repayable grants. Financial need is the primary consideration in the selection of bursary recipients. Please note: assessment of eligibility for Faculty of Law Admission Bursaries is independent of your assessment for admission to the Faculty of Law.

Law Admission Bursary Details

School of Medicine Admission Bursaries are non-repayable grants. Financial need is the primary consideration in the selection of bursary recipients. Please note: assessment of eligibility for School of Medicine Admission Bursaries is independent of your assessment for admission to the School of Medicine.

Medicine Admission Bursary Details