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There are three different Opportunity Fund programs: the Bursary program, the Tuition Credit Program and the Youth-in-Care Tuition Waivers. These programs are outlined below.

The first element of The Opportunity Fund is a bursary program designed to help learners who have financial need and are from under-represented student populations. The bursaries are intended to assist students with their direct education costs (tuition and books), and are based on the individual financial need of the applicant.

Eligibility: You may be eligible for this bursary program if you meet the following criteria:

  • Have at least a 2.00 (C) grade point average, or a 65% admission average
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Belong to a population currently under-represented at The University of Winnipeg such as recent immigrants or refugees and Indigenous students.

Deadline: Mid-September each year


2. Tuition Credit Program

Tuition Credits allow you to β€œearn as you learn”. Students as early as Grade 4 can begin to earn their tuition by staying in school, maintaining good grades, graduating and participating in their community. By the time you earn a high school diploma, the support will be there to help cover your tuition costs at The University of Winnipeg.

Value: Tuition credits are deferred awards. Depending on your activities in Grade 4-12, you could potentially earn an award of up to $4,000 towards your post-secondary education. Here is how it works:

Grades 4 through 8:

  • $50 for extra-curricular activities
  • $150 if you get a 70% average or better
  • $100 for extra-curricular activities.

Eligibility: To be enrolled in this pilot program, you must be actively involved in one of the following programs/schools:

  • Southeast Collegiate
  • Model School at The University of Winnipeg Collegiate

How To Register:

  • Inner City Junior Wesmen Basketball team - contact the coach
  • Model School at The University of Winnipeg Collegiate - contact the Model School Coordinator


The University of Winnipeg is committed to breaking down the barriers to university education for Youth in Care. The Youth-In-Care Tuition Waiver Program is a part of the Opportunity Fund, and it is intended to cover undergraduate tuition fees. Tuition Waivers are based on the individual financial need of the applicant and will be selected by the Awards and Financial Aid Office in partnership with the Child and Family Service Authorities and the Province of Manitoba. 

Eligibility: You may be eligible for this tuition waiver if you meet the following criteria:

  • Are a current or former youth-in-care
  • Have applied to the University, are in the process of applying to the University, or have been given an offer of admission to the University for the upcoming Fall
  • Over the age of 18 or turning 18 in the upcoming academic year
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Enrol in a minimum of 18 credit hours per academic year (over Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer)
  • Completion of an Authorization for the Release of Information form allowing the University and the Authority/Province to share information on your progress
  • Maintain continued contact with the University and Authority/Province officials satisfactory to facilitate monitoring and administration of the Program

How To Apply:  In order to be considered for this program and obtain an application, please contact the Provincial Tuition Waiver Coordinator:

Laura-Lynne Hildebrand

Application Deadline: March 31st, 2020 for the 2020-21 academic year beginning Fall 2020.

Selection Process: The applications are forwarded to the University for review and selection. Application results are communicated after the University committee has reviewed applications and made their selections (June/July).

Note: If you are seeking information on the Opportunity Fund Bursary or Tuition Credit programs, please contact the Awards and Financial Aid office.

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