Navigating the Bursary Application System

The Financial Aid and Student Awards office has designed a list of helpful tips and a step-by-step guide for navigating through the Bursary Application System. If you have any more questions, please email 

Step 1: Log in to the system using your Fanshawe username and password

Log in at

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Have you forgotten your username or password? Please visit the Account Self Service page. For additional assistance, contact the I.T. Service Desk at 519-452-4430 x4357 or email You will need your student number.

Step 2: Click “Search” to view all bursary opportunities available for the current term

Tip: You can start by applying for the Fanshawe College Student Assistance Bursary. This bursary is open to all full-time, domestic, post-secondary or post-graduate students, regardless of program or level. Search for this bursary in the search bar, click on the bursary name in the red bar, then click “Apply” on the following screen.

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Step 3: Create your profile

Your bursary application profile will ask you questions about your family, living arrangements and the resources you plan to use to support your costs this term. Refer to the blue question mark icons Blue question mark icon displayed throughout the application for additional information. Once you create your profile, you will be able to use this information to apply for additional bursaries available this term. Please note that you must re-apply for bursaries every term you are registered full-time.

Here are some tips for successfully reporting your information under each section:

Personal: This section will display your personal contact information. Please ensure this information is accurate and current. If any information displayed here is incorrect, please log in to your WebAdvisor account to update your profile. If the information is correct, click “Next”.

Educational: This section will show program information for the current term. Confirm that the program, level and term dates are correct and click “Next”.

Situational: You will be asked questions to determine your status in this section. This is similar to the questions asked when you applied for OSAP. Answer the questions using the drop down box displayed:


  • Last attended high school: If you are an adult learner who completed high school recently, please indicate the year you last attended high school on a full-time basis.
  • Working full-time (30+ hours/week) for 24 months: This question applies to applicants who worked full-time and were not attending school for two years or more. If you worked full-time while attending school, do not answer yes to this question.
  • Living with your parents/ legal guardians: Please be sure your response this question matches what you reported on your OSAP application (living at home or away).
  • Living on campus: This refers to living in one of Fanshawe’s residence buildings.

Resources: This section is where you will report all of the resources you plan to use to cover your expenses for the term. Please report all values in full dollar amounts. Students must report a minimum amount of resources to be considered for bursary funding:

  • Working while attending Fanshawe: If you are currently employed and expect to earn income during your study period, please report your anticipated monthly earnings here. If your earnings are variable, please estimate the average amount you typically earn each month.
  • Savings: Savings includes any personal savings you have set aside to support your educational/living costs, financial support from family/friends and any additional savings accounts (bonds, stocks, dividends, investments) that you have access to. Please do not include the full amount of the resource, only the amount you intend to use this term.
  • RESP (Registered Educational Savings Plan): Please include only the portion of your RESP that you plan to use to support your costs this term.
  • Student Line of Credit: Include an amount in this field only if your line of credit is intended to support educational costs as a student. Do not include credit cards, personal line of credit or home ownership loans in this section.
  • External Scholarship: If you received a bursary or scholarship from an organization outside of Fanshawe College, please include the amount and name of the bursary/scholarship here.
  • Parental Income: If you are a dependent student, you are asked to provide parental income to calculate their expected contribution towards your educational costs. Please ensure the number(s) provided are the same as the amount provided on your OSAP application (Line 15000 of your parent(s) or guardian(s) most recent tax return).

Government and other sponsorship resources: In this section, you will report any resources that you have been assessed to receive through provincial and/or federal programs.

Your OSAP funding will be added automatically. Please ensure the amount shown is accurate. If you are receiving funding from your home province (outside Ontario), you will enter the amount you are receiving for the current term under “Out of Province Funding”.

To review all eligible government resources to be included, please click “Add New Government or Sponsor Resource” as shown.

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Use the drop down box to review a list of funding that should be included. If you receive funding from any of these sources, please report it here. If you do not receive any of the resources listed, click cancel, then click next.

Expenses: Your living expenses have been automatically calculated to reflect the maximum allowable amount based on your situation. These amounts cannot be changed. If you have additional expenses, you can add them to the expense grid with an explanation.

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Only eligible expenses will be considered and factored into your budget. Eligible expenses can include: medical costs (maximum $250 for individuals or $500 for families); travel home (for dependent students living away from home) or other exceptional amounts. If you claim additional expenses, please describe the expense in the description box shown. Once complete, click next.

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Summary: In this section, please review the information provided in your application. Use the drop down arrow shown on the right of each red bar to ensure the information provided is complete and accurate. If any of the information you see is incorrect, you can return to previous portions of the application by clicking on the section you’d like to change, using the green progress bar at the top of the screen.

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Waiver: Once you have confirmed that the information provided is complete, your final step is to read the waiver page, click to confirm your agreement then click submit to submit your application.

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Step 4: Apply for additional bursaries

Once you have created your profile and applied for your first bursary, you can now apply for additional bursary opportunities quickly and easily! Click on the search button to view the full list of bursaries available this term. Bursaries that you are eligible to apply for will be listed first. You will see these bursaries marked as “Open, eligible”. Bursaries that you are not eligible to apply for will also be listed, but will be marked “ineligible” if you do not meet the criteria for the bursary.

Some bursaries may require you to complete a short written response (250 words), or upload a document as part of the criteria. If there are additional requirements, that are part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete these items once you have filed out your general profile, and have selected to apply to a specific bursary.

Step 5: Monitor your application status and provide your banking information on WebAdvisor

All bursaries that you have applied for this term will be listed under “My Applications”. You will be notified by email when your bursary has been reviewed. Any bursary funding that you are eligible to receive will be first applied against any outstanding tuition fees for the term. If your fees are paid in full, your bursary will be issued to you directly. Please provide your banking information on WebAdvisor, so we can issue funding to you as quickly as possible by direct deposit. Payments typically take between 7-10 business days to process after your bursary has been approved. Below are the instructions for setting up direct deposit:

  • Log in to WebAdvisor using your Fanshawe username and password (Remember: if you have forgotten your password, visit the Account Self Service page or contact the I.T. Service Desk at or call 519-452-4430 x4357. You will need your student number.
  • Under the Students' menu, select Bank Information (Canadian).
  • Enter your bank information. Only you have access to add, update, view or change this information. There is a help screen if you have trouble locating your account information.
  • Agree to the terms and conditions.
  • Submit your information. Once setup is complete, you will receive a confirmation email to your FOL account.


We have also created a step-by-step video on how to easily apply for bursaries below: