Current & Returning Students

    • Scholarships, Bursaries, and Awards

      Spring 2018
         - Applications closed January 16
         - Award recipients will be notified by March

      Summer 2018
         - Applications opened March 5
         - Applications close May 25
         - Award recipients will be notified by July 

       Fall 2018
         - Applications open July 9
         - Applications close September 17
         - Award recipients will be notified by November


      How to Apply

      Good news - you don't have to fill out separate applications to apply for specific awards!

      You complete one general online application (see Step 1 below) to be put into the running for most awards, and then complete additional documents (see Step 2 below) to make sure you are in the running for all of them!

    • Step 1: Submit your online application

      You apply for scholarships, bursaries, and awards by logging into your student account and filling out the Scholarships, Bursaries, and Awards application.  This general application is used to shortlist eligible applicants and match them to available awards.  

      Individual applications for specific awards are not required. 

      The online application is available in your Student Information Web Service (myCap).  

      • Log in and select:
        > Financial Aid and Awards 
        >> Apply for Scholarships, Bursaries, Awards
        >>> Scholarships, Bursaries, Awards application
      • Fill out the application, answer yes/no to the the Applicant Statement on the last page of the application, and click the "Submit" button.  Only complete and submitted applications can be considered.

      Some awards are by departmental nomination.  If you are nominated to receive one of these awards and have not submitted your online Scholarships, Bursaries, Awards application, you will be contacted by Financial Aid and Awards and asked to complete the online Nominee Statement (available in your Student Information Web Service (myCap)) so that your eligibility for the award can be confirmed.

      You may choose to complete the Nominee Statement in advance in case you are nominated to receive an award; however, completing Nominee Statement in advance will not affect whether or not you will be nominated to receive an award. 

      Step 2: Submit your additional documents

      There are awards available to support students who demonstrate leadership qualities, volunteerism and engagement in their community and on campus, commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship, and commitment to gender and women's issues.  

      To be considered for these types of awards, you need to submit one or more of the following additional documents to supplement your online application. 

      By submitting an additional document for one of the categories below, you are in the running for all awards in that category.  Use the Awards Guide to search for awards by category to see which awards are in each category.  

      Summer 2018 

    • How to Apply for Awards workshops are offered at the beginning of each term to answer any questions you have about the award application process and help you submit your application before the deadline.  The schedule for workshops is available on the Events webpage.  

    • Reporting Exceptional Expenses

    • Supporting Documentation

      If you have exceptional financial circumstances set you apart from other students and are a barrier to accessing your education, you are able to report the amount of your exceptional expenses for the term in the budget portion of the online application, to be considered as part of the demonstrated financial need calculation for bursaries. 

      If you report exceptional expenses, you must submit documentation (e.g. receipts) that supports those expenses.  All claimed exceptional expenses are subject to review.

      Supporting documentation requirements
      1. A letter outlining the nature of your exceptional expenses, when they occurred, the amount of payment, and an explanation of why these expenses are necessary during your educational term; and,
      2. Receipts and other documentation verifying the nature of the expense and the amount you are responsible to pay.  
        • For example, if you have medication costs and they are not covered by a health insurance plan, documentation could include a copy of the prescription, a letter from insurance verifying the cost is not covered and you will not be reimbursed for your payment, and payment receipts.

      Instructions for submitting your documentation
      • Include your full name and student ID number on all pages, including receipts.  
      • Submit your documentation in one complete package, marked to the attention of "Financial Aid and Awards - Exceptional Expenses".  You may submit the package by either:
        • Email in PDF format to, sent from your student email account; or,
        • In person at BR 230 (Registrar's Office).
      • Deadline date: no later than the date that award applications close for the term.

      Exceptional expense documentation will be reviewed by Financial Aid and Awards.  Approved exceptional expenses will be included in the budget worksheet in your award application for the demonstrated financial need calculation; demonstrated financial need is one eligibility criterion used for the assessment of bursaries.  

    • What Happens Next

    • Selection and Notification Process

      Once applications close: 

      1. Financial Aid and Awards reviews your application and matches you to all awards that you meet the criteria for.  
      2. University nomination committees review eligible applicants and nominate award recipients.
      3. Financial Aid and Awards verifies award nominees, confirms and notifies approved award recipients, and disburses approved award funds.

      This process takes 6-8 weeks.

      If you are selected to receive an award:

      • You will receive official notification by email or postal mail.
      • Approved award funds are applied directly to your student account.  
      • If the award creates a credit balance in your account for the term, a refund cheque will be mailed to your address listed on your student account.  Make sure your contact information, including your mailing address, is up-to-date; you can make changes through your Student Information Web Service (myCap) under Personal Information -> Update Addresses and Phones.  
      • This process happens by approximately the third month of the term.

      If you are not selected to receive an award: 

      • Your award application status in your Student Information Web Service (myCap) under Financial Aid and Awards -> Apply for Scholarships, Bursaries, Awards will state "Not Selected to Receive an Award".  
      • This happens by approximately the end of the third month of the term.

      Your Letter of Thank You

      If you are selected to receive an award, it is important that you write a letter of thank you.  

      Awards are made possible through the generosity of donors who make Capilano University a priority in their philanthropy and give generously because they believe in the importance of education and want to help students pursue their dreams. 

      Visit Thank You Matters for resources to assist you with this, and submit your thank you within three weeks of receiving your award notification.

      Application Audits

      All submitted award applications are subject to audit and verification.  Financial Aid and Awards conducts audits on a minimum of 5% of application each term, and applicants may be required to submit additional supporting documentation as part of the audit process.    

      If your application is selected for audit, you will receive a letter notifying you of the information and documentation you must submit.  

      Awards will be revoked for students who misrepresent themselves on applications or do not respond to the audit.