Policies for entrance scholarships, awards, and medals
For further Senate interpretations and applications of these policies, please review the Awards & Honours Committee information.
Be sure to refer to definitions to understand the types of awards
Policy for bursaries
Thompson Rivers University is committed to assisting students in the pursuit of their educational goals through the removal of financial barriers.
Bursaries are monetary awards based on demonstrated financial need and satisfactory academic achievement, and in some cases additional criteria.
Bursaries exist to supplement, not replace, funds available to students through work, savings and assets, government student loans and grants, and family resources/income.
I. ELIGIBILITY AND ASSESSMENT
- It is expected that students applying for bursaries will already have applied and been approved for government student loan and grant funding from their province of residence. Students who have not applied for student loan and grant funding will be asked to explain why they have not done so.
- Demonstrated financial need shall be determined using either a government student loan assessment or an institutional formula set by Student Awards & Financial Support (which generally follows Canada Student Loan Program parameters). Need assessment will consider student and (where appropriate) family income and resources against mandatory educational costs and a moderate standard of living. Individual faculty bursary programs may use a modified need assessment formula.
- Academic program applicants: Unless a bursary specifies otherwise, must have already completed a full-time semester at TRU and attained a minimum 2.00 Undergraduate Current GPA and Cumulative GPA in their most recent semester of full-time study. In extenuating circumstances as determined by Student Awards, applicants may be allowed to qualify with either a minimum Current OR Cumulative GPA of 2.00 only, and may be considered in their first semester using an equivalent standing in their most recent study elsewhere.
- Trades and Vocational program applicants: must have a satisfactory standing in their program at the time of adjudication.
- Unless a bursary specifies otherwise, applicants must be enrolled in at least nine undergraduate credits in the semester of application, or be enrolled full-time in a trades or vocational program. Students approved to study at a reduced course load by StudentAid BC or Disability Services must be enrolled in at least six undergraduate credits.
- General Bursary applicants must be Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents, or Convention Refugees (as demonstrated by a valid Social Insurance Number).
- Emergency Bursary applicants must be current TRU students. Emergency Bursary funding is for students who encounter an unforeseen financial crisis resulting in a verifiable need that will have a material impact on their ability to successfully complete their semester.
II. AUDIT AND REVERSAL
- Student Awards reserves the right to reclaim or adjust the bursary should the student reduce his/her courseload, or if information becomes available which changes the student's eligibility for the bursary. Student Awards may audit a student application by asking for additional financial, income tax, or family information at the time of application, during the study period, or at the time of a subsequent application.
III. REVIEW AND APPEAL
- Students may make an appointment with a Student Finance Advisor to better understand their assessment and level of eligibility, and to elaborate on any unique circumstances which they believe impacts their level of eligibility.
- If a student believes his/her assessment was inequitable or unfair, he/she may submit a letter of appeal to the Manager, Student Awards & Financial Support, either by email or post. Complex appeals may be referred to the Senate Awards & Honours Committee for a final decision.
- Student and family financial information will not be released without prior written consent of the applicant. For donor bursaries, a bursary recipient's name, city, and program of study may be released to the TRU Foundation and the donor.