Bursaries & Aid

Have you ever wondered if you could afford Christian education? Redeemer is committed to providing financially sustainable Christian higher education. Students are encouraged to apply for donor-funded scholarships and bursaries that match financial need, abilities, and talents.

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Can I afford Christian
At Redeemer, we understand that affordability is a critical part of your University decision process. Our incredibly supportive donors know this too. Thanks to their generous gifts, we are able to offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to help make a Redeemer education more accessible for you.
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Quick Facts
scholarships and bursaries available to incoming and current students
in financial aid is available through various programs and organizations
of students receive financial aid to make school more affordable
Approximately $225,000 is graciously donated yearly toward scholarships and bursaries
Scholarships, Awards & Bursaries
Select an option to browse scholarships and bursaries available to you.*
Available to Incoming Students
Available to Returning Students
Scholarship Name Description Eligible Programs
Academic Achievement Scholarship

For Incoming Students:

  • Students who have earned 95% or higher on their admission average (GPA 4.00+ and ACT of 30+ or SAT of 1390+ or CLT of 98+ for U.S. students) will be eligible and considered for an Academic Achievement Scholarship valued at $2,000.

For Renewal:

  • Students who earn a GPA of 11.00 or better during any year of full-time study (two terms with a minimum of four courses/12 credits per term) at Redeemer University will be eligible and considered for a $2,000 scholarship to be used while enrolled in full-time studies at the university during the following year.
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Academic Divisions Scholarships (The)

Each year up to six $1,000 scholarships are awarded to students entering their second year of studies who have registered in a major or program, achieved a high grade point average, and made a contribution to the university. At least one student from each of the three academic divisions will receive this scholarship.

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Adriana De Wolf Van Weelden Business Scholarship (The)

As a tribute to Adriana Van Weelden, mother of a long-time business professor, two scholarships of at least $1,500 will be given annually to returning students enrolled as a four-year major or honours major in Business. Selection is based on performance in business and overall academic performance, with a minimum required cumulative and departmental GPA of 9.00, and a demonstrated passion for ministering to others through Bible study, prayer, and/or song. Nominations may also be made by faculty members in the Business Department. The Business Department will rank the applicants.

Alumni Leadership Award

The Redeemer University Alumni Association funds a leadership award valued at $2,000 to reward students who make a fine contribution to Redeemer through their volunteer and extra-curricular activities and to encourage their involvement in Alumni activities after graduation. Applicants must have and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 7.00 or better and be entering their final year. Preference will be given to those students who have not received other scholarships, bursaries, or awards The Alumni Association will rank the applicants.

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Alumni Leadership Bursary (The)

A series of bursaries, valued at $1,500 each, will be awarded annually to returning students who demonstrate financial need and who are making a contribution to Redeemer University through their volunteer and extra-curricular activities. The recipients must be full-time students in good academic standing. The Alumni Association will rank the applicants.

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Ann Bergshoeff Memorial Award (The)

A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to one incoming and one returning full-time Health Sciences major. This scholarship is being given in honour of Ann Bergshoeff and seeks to encourage students to consider a career in healthcare with a focus on serving seniors. Applicants must have attained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 85% (incoming) or 9.00 (returning). When two equally outstanding applicants meet the above criteria, preference will be given to a student who demonstrates financial need.

Health Sciences; Health Sciences Professional; Health Sciences – Pre‑Medicine
Arnold A. Beale – Triple AAA Scholarship

Established in 2019 by Arnold Beale to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Lunar Landing, an annual scholarship of at least $1,500 will be given to a returning student in good academic standing who can best explain how their experience at Redeemer will resound for the betterment of humanity, reflective of Neil Armstrong’s proclamation: “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind” when he stepped foot onto the moon in July 1969. Students must submit a one-page essay describing how their time at Redeemer will impact others, their community or the world and give examples of their current involvement and how they’ve made an impact while a student.

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Au Sable Creation Stewardship Bursary (The)

This bursary was established in honour of Emeritus Professor Henry Brouwer for his deep commitment to caring for God’s creation over his many years of dedicated service to Redeemer University and the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies. The aim of this bursary is to aid students with demonstrated financial need to cover the costs associated with taking courses at Au Sable. Bursaries of up to $1,000 per course taken at Au Sable are available, with a limit of two bursaries per student over their time at Redeemer. Preference will be given to students enrolled in an Environmental Science/Studies major. However, students enrolled in other programs are encouraged to apply as additional bursaries may be available depending on the availability of funds. Students are required to apply by emailing by March 31 prior to the summer they plan to attend Au Sable. The Environmental Studies Department will rank the applicants.

Environmental Science; Environmental Studies
Blue Jean Bursary (The)

Funded by the staff of Redeemer University, a bursary of at least $1,000 will be awarded each year to a new or returning student who is enrolled at Redeemer and has a demonstrated financial need.

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Blue Sky Scholarship

Each year, two scholarships of up to $2,000 will be awarded to returning full-time students majoring in Politics and International Studies, who are in good academic standing. Preference will be given to female students in the International Development stream and demonstrating a desire to support micro-finance projects in developing countries. In the case where there are no eligible candidates in the Politics and International Studies major, priority will be given first to students majoring in Applied Social Sciences, and then any other major. Interested students must submit with their application a one-page statement expressing their career goals, including any aspirations to work in micro-finance in the developing world. The Politics and International Studies Department will rank the applicants.

Politics and International Studies; Applied Social Sciences; International Development; International Relations
* Awards available each year are dependent on funds available.

Financial Aid


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Apply for Financial Aid by your deadline

  • Incoming student applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with priority consideration given to applications received before February 28.
  • Returning student applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with priority consideration given to applications received before March 31.

Submit any required supporting documentation

  • Applying for an award with an essay or other supporting materials? Don’t forget to submit all required documentation be eligible for consideration.

Find out which awards you have qualified for

  • Applicants typically hear back within 8 weeks of submitting their application and supporting documents.
It’s an exciting time for Redeemer students. We are committed to investing in a vibrant academic and spiritual campus experience that prepares them to make a difference in the world.
Dr. David Zietsma,



Get answers to your top questions about scholarships, bursaries and awards at Redeemer.
If I am taking a gap year am I still eligible to receive Redeemer scholarships and bursaries?

Yes, you are still eligible to apply for scholarships/bursaries when you apply to Redeemer. You may be excluded from certain scholarships based on donor criteria, but there are many others for which you would be eligible.

When is the deadline to apply for financial aid?

For Fall intake, the deadline to apply for financial aid and the Christian Leadership Scholarship is February 28 (for maximum consideration).

What if I have missed the priority funding application deadline?

If there is funding available after the first round, late financial aid applications will be taken into consideration during the second round of funding.

I am a mature student. Am I still eligible for financial aid?

Yes, please complete the financial aid application located on your student portal to see what you are eligible for.

Where can I find a full list of tuition and fees?

A full listing of the fees that are required for the 2023-2024 academic year can be found on the Tuition and Fees page. It does not include books (estimated at $300 to $600 per term) or personal items. Fees for the academic year can also be found in the Academic Calendar.

How do I apply for financial aid at Redeemer University?

Please view the step-by-step process listed on our website.

Is a bursary different from a scholarship?

Yes. Bursaries are based on financial need. Scholarships require that you meet certain criteria (which may include minimum GPA, specific major or area of study, extracurricular activities, leadership, etc.). All students can apply for both bursaries and scholarships as long as they meet the listed criteria.

Can I apply for more than one scholarship/bursary? Is there a limit?

There is no limit. You can apply for both scholarships and bursaries, provided you meet the criteria listed. There is, however, no guarantee that you will receive every award for which you have applied. In addition, Redeemer does not offer full-ride scholarships.

Does Redeemer offer full-ride scholarships?

Redeemer is committed to offering affordable tuition and to helping students match with any awards for which they are eligible. Full-ride scholarships are not currently offered.

How am I assessed for scholarships and bursaries with a GPA requirement as a secondary school applicant?

Secondary school applicants (students entering directly from secondary school with no previous post-secondary education) will be assessed on their admission average at Grade 12 midyear time, and again at the end of Grade 12 based on the Ontario curriculum scale.

How am I assessed for scholarships and bursaries with a GPA requirement as a GAP year applicant?

Students who have taken one or two years off after secondary school or who have attended a discipleship or gap year program (that is not eligible for post-secondary credit), will be assessed on their admission average calculated from their final secondary school transcript based on the Ontario curriculum scale. Students who receive post-secondary credit for their gap-year program are subject to the eligibility criteria as outlined by Scholarship Consideration for Incoming Transfer Students. Students admitted as mature students are not eligible for academic scholarships under this policy.

How am I assessed for scholarships and bursaries with a GPA requirement as a transfer student applicant?

For students transferring directly from a recognized undergraduate university institution, scholarships will be awarded based on the grade point average of the last year (two terms) of full-time studies (minimum of four courses a term) based on the Ontario curriculum scale. Transfer students are also evaluated for the Automatic Entrance Scholarships at admission.

When will my financial aid be applied to my student account?

Most financial aid is posted to the student account approximately two weeks prior to the start of the semester, provided that all documents are completed.

What happens if I am not taking a full course load?

To receive the full value of any award, a student must be enrolled in a minimum of 4 courses (12 credit hours) in each term. A student who has received an award and enrolls in a course load of 3 courses (9 credit hours) in one term will receive the award on a prorated basis (i.e. enrolment in 3 courses would result in 60% of the award total) unless otherwise stated in the conditions of the specific award. Award proration on courses dropped after the term has started will follow the tuition and fees refund schedule in the Academic Calendar.

Even with financial aid, I won’t be able to pay my tuition fees. Are there any other ways I can fund my courses?

Yes. There are paid jobs on campus which may help fund your education. Our Career Centre can also actively help you find access to paid internships and other opportunities in the local area.

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