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Financial Support

We know that this is a challenging time for students, as you navigate the impact of COVID-19 in your academic, personal, and professional lives. The information below outlines financial supports available at Western and through the provincial/federal governments, as well as strategies for navigating summer/post-grad job prospects during these uncertain times.

What kind of financial support is available through Western?

Financial Counselling

If you have concerns about financing your education, appointments are available for students who would like to speak directly with a Financial Aid Counsellor. Topics of discussion could include reviewing your OSAP entitlement, applying for financial assistance, developing a personal budget, student financial planning, debt management advice or emergency financial assistance. To request assistance, complete a Virtual Helpline request form, and a staff member will be in touch within 1 business day.

Graduate Students

Funding commitments made to graduate students in their funding letters will be honoured, regardless of whether you are able to progress in your scholarly activities and/or duties due to the current disruptions. For more information on graduate-specific funding and fees please visit the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies.

OSAP & Government Loans

Are you registered in courses for Fall 2021? You may be eligible for provincial and/or federal assistance through OSAP or other lending programs. Visit the Office of the Registrar for more details, including application instructions and deadlines.

International Student Emergency Funding

Western offers short-term loans to international students who encounter unforeseen financial emergencies. The maximum loan is $500. Financial emergencies may arise as a result of medical expenses, delays in transfers of funds from outside of Canada, expensive textbooks, moving, etc. Learn more at the International & Exchange Student Centre website.

Work Study

Are you registered in courses for the Fall 2020? The work study application will become available in late April. Work study offers an opportunity for students to work part-time at Western University in jobs that accommodate their studies. For more information and updated application deadlines, please visit the Office of the Registrar 

International Student Work Opportunities Program

The International Student Work Opportunities Program (ISWOP) is a work study program for international undergraduate (main campus degree) students designed to provide financial assistance through paid part-time employment on the campus. Learn more at the International & Exchange Student Centre website.

What kind of jobs are available?

Canada Summer Jobs Program

Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative of the Federal Government, which aims to provide flexible and holistic services to support all young Canadians in developing the skills and gaining paid work experience to successfully transition into the labour market. Explore opportunities through the Canada Job Bank.


Internships/co-ops are a great way to gain paid, degree-relevant work experience. Visit Careers & Experience for more information on the types of internship/co-op opportunities available through your faculty. Already approved for internship/co-op? Employers are still hiring! Visit Western Connect to view current opportunities.

Western Connect job board

All Western students have access to the Western Connect portal, which houses thousands of job opportunities on a yearly basis. Use your Western user ID and password to log in and access both summer and new graduate postings.

Western Undergraduate Summer Research Internship Program

The Western Undergraduate Summer Research Internship Program is an initiative to help undergraduates gain experience and secure summer employment during the COVID-19 crisis. To apply for the program, contact your faculty’s Associate Dean (Research).

Working at Western job board

Interested in working at Western? Both full-time and part-time student roles are posted through the Working at Western job board. On the left panel of “Search Jobs”, use the filter to select which jobs display in the main panel (e.g., search by “Posting Type” > “Student”).

Other tips and information:

Banking and credit

For those facing challenges with ongoing expenses or keeping up with regular payments, visit your bank's website for options proposed by your bank in response to COVID-19, as they may be able to help with varying forms of relief on certain credit products, waive certain fees, and/or delay payments. For homeowners, you can access more information on mortgage payment deferrals via the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation website.

Budgeting in times of uncertainty

During times of economic uncertainty, it’s important to monitor your spending and to only spend money on the essentials. For more information on best practices related to essential vs. non-essential spending, check out Module 1 of the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada’s online Financial Literacy Program.

Filing your income tax

The deadlines to file your 2019 tax year return and to make any payments on taxes owing have been extended to June 1. Penalties and interest relief will be considered on a case-by-case basis for income tax balances not covered by the relief provisions described on the Canada Revenue Agency website. Visit the Canada Revenue Agency website for more details.

Job search strategies

Learn more about which employers are hiring during the COVID-19 pandemic, find advertised remote jobs, improve your job search skills, and look at key strategies for job searching or interviewing in difficult times - visit the Career Education website for more details.

Resume and Cover Letter help

Visit Western’s Employment Resource Centre for tailored e-advising on your resume, cover letter, personal statement, CV, and/or LinkedIn profile.

Working from home

Adjusting to a new work environment can be difficult; for tips and strategies to help manage the unexpected stresses of working and living during the COVID-19 pandemic, check out http://www.learningsnippets.ca.