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Paying for College

When most Ontario college students start thinking about financing their education, they start with OSAP – the Ontario Student Assistance Program which provides grants for full-time students and part-time students. OSAP also offers loans for part-time students. It’s a great place to start, but there’s lots of other possibilities out there.

OSAP video

This video has information about OSAP, who's qualified and how it works.

If you do qualify for OSAP money, or even if you don’t, Seneca is another place to look for assistance. Our bursaries and scholarships are available to Seneca students and range in value. Our Head Start bursaries are available to first-year students and can provide $2,000 for nursing or degree students or $1,000 for diploma students.

 Seneca offers numerous other bursaries and scholarships including the following:

  • The Ontario First Generation Bursary. It’s for students who are the first generation in their families to attend post-secondary education.
  • Seneca’s scholarships also include the Marie Labatte Award which offers a full-year of tuition to a returning full-time female student who has volunteered in the community.
  • The Board of Governors Entrance Scholarship, Peter N. Ross Scholarship and the Stephen E. Quinlan Next Generation Bursary are each worth $1,500.

More information is available from Seneca's Financial Aid office.

Other Scholarships

Canada’s banks also offer scholarships like the RBC Royal Bank Scholarship Awards and the TD Canada Trust Scholarships for Community Leadership.

And finally, here’s a website that allows you to search for scholarships, bursaries or awards available to students across the country:


OSAP offers loans that are repayable upon graduation and banks also offer them. Keep them in mind, but your first step should always be to investigate any scholarships, bursaries or awards you may be eligible for. Anyone considering a loan should only borrow what they need. 

Earning money at Seneca

Here's a few ways to earn money while you’re at Seneca.

Work Study - This program helps students find part-time jobs on-campus in such areas as Student Services, peer tutoring and on our computer help desks. Positions are usually flexible and planned around students' timetable. The rate of pay starts at minimum wage and students can earn up to $1,000 per semester.

Student Ambassador Program - Represent Seneca, giving tours of the college, assisting at events and gain work experience that can enhance your career marketability.



These are amounts of money you receive to help finance your education that don’t normally have to be paid back.

Grants and bursaries are awarded based on financial need and other factors.

Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit and other factors.

Student loan
This is an amount of money to help finance your education that you typically have to pay back.