Indigenous ServicesStudent Experience

Financial Aid


Here at Indigenous Services, we are trying to make looking for financial aid as easy and effortless as possible. There is currently a Financial Aid advisor, Danielle Robinson available to you during office hours (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings) or by appointment through She is available to answer all of your questions regarding OSAP, OSAP applications, and external funding.


Here is a link to a list of the Scholarhip/Bursary/Grant Opportunities for Indigenous Students

about is/2017-Scholarship.pdf



Western Bursaries/Grants

Western students are automatically considered for bursaries, work-study & need based award programs online via the Financial Assistance Profile Application through the Student Services site:


  • Go to "MyPresent"
  • Click on "Financial Assistance"
  • Access my financial application
**It is important to keep your financial profile up to date**

 If you need to change/update your application or profile email to


Emergency Bursaries are available for students experiencing unusual or emergency situations. Indigenous students must book an appointment with Indigenous Services to be considered on a case by case basis.

To book an appointment call 519-661-4095, email or visit our centre


Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)

OGS awards are merit-based scholarships available to students in all disciplines of graduate study. The Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) program is in addition to and harmonized with the OGS program. QEII-GSST awards are merit-based scholarships available to domestic students in graduate study undertaking research in science and technology fields. The OGS and QEII-GSST programs are jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and Ontario universities. The Province of Ontario contributes two-thirds of the value of every award and the university provides one-third through private donations to Western.

Both OGS and QEII-GSST awards are annually allocated to eligible universities in Ontario. Western’s allocations for the 2018-2019 OGS and QEII-GSST competition are as follows:

  • 288 OGS awards to support domestic students
  • 8 OGS to support international students
  • 3 OGS to support Indigenous to Canada - First Nations, Métis, Inuit Students
  • 57 QEII-GSST to support domestic students in science and technology research in the Faculties of Engineering, Science and the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.

At Western, applicants are automatically considered for both the OGS and the QEII-GSST through one application - Western’s Online OGS/QEII-GSST Application.

Here is a link for more information:



Western's University Student Council (USC) Health and Dental Plan - Opting out for First Nations undergraduate students

If you are a First Nations undergraduate student studying at Western who is covered by Health Canada’s Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB), and do not wish for additional coverage through Western’s University Student Council (USC) health and dental plan, the deadline to opt out is Wednesday September 30, 2015 at 11:30 p.m.

Please note that some First Nations students maximize their NIHB coverage, because Health Canada’s plan does not cover extended health, prescription, vision, dental costs, or their NIHB plan does not cover their Non-Status dependents. In some cases, Band funded students are expected to cover the additional costs associated with Western’s health and dental plan.

If you have any questions, contact Indigenous Services directly at 519-661-4095.

To opt out, please go to:

Click on:

  • University Students' Council of Western University
  • Opt Out
  • Select Undergraduate - complete form
  • Insurance Company:      Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
  • Policy Number:              Registry #
  • Scan and upload status/identification card
  • Send