Financial Support

DISCLAIMER: Because SOGS is a non-profit organization, we require original receipts. We cannot accept per-diems. Although subsidy applications are available both online and in the SOGS office (Middlesex College, Room 8), SOGS only accepts hard copy subsidy applicationsBursary applications are only available online.

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Application requirements

The following conditions must be met for applications to be considered:

  1. Applications MUST be hard copy. If you are not physically in London, you will need to mail your application to the SOGS Office.
  2. Applications must be complete and accurate. Please read the application forms carefully.
  3. All relevant original receipts must be attached (stapled) and in order. The order corresponds to the second page of the application where students are asked to list expenses in specific categories.
  4. Submitted receipts must be the original receipts. If you have already submitted the originals to your dept./faculty for reimbursement, and that office has stamped and signed the photocopies as proof they are in possession of the original receipts.
  5. The provided income information must be more than $0. We need to know how much money you are living on for the term, regardless if it is in the form of a loan, line of credit, parental/spousal support, and/or school/government funding, etc.
  6. Applications must be printed out and provided in person. All applications should be hand-delivered or mailed to the SOGS Office (Middlesex College, Room 8).
  7. Applications must be provided by the last business day of each term.

If you have extenuating circumstances and cannot comply with these submission rules, please contact sogs@uwo.ca for more information.

SOGS Bursaries

SOGS Bursaries are awarded three times annually to full-time members of the Society of Graduate Students (Masters or Doctoral) who have demonstrated financial need. The Society of Graduate Students bursary program two bursary types: the SOGS Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund (OSOTF) Bursary and the Out of Province/Country (OOP) Bursary:

  • The OSOTF Bursary is valued at $1500 each. These bursaries are awarded to students from Ontario with demonstrated financial need.
  • The OOP Bursary is valued at $1500 each. These bursaries are awarded to students from outside Ontario with demonstrated financial need.

Applications are completed on-line through the SGPS Graduate Student Portal. Deadline dates are: September 30, January 31, and May 31. Please note that the SGPS online portal for these bursaries do not open until the first month of each term.

Emergency Loans

The Society administers a financial service aimed at providing emergency loans of up to $1,000. SOGS members in good standing may apply for an emergency loan. Financial emergencies are tough, and we understand that sometimes you need a little help. Emergencies are wide-ranging, so we don’t judge; we just help. In an effort to help our members, the loan is interest-free. Loans are secured through post-dated repayment cheques.

How does the Emergency Loan Program work?

We loan you anywhere from $100 to $1000. You repay us within 3o days or three months, depending on how much money you are loaned. For example, if you take a loan for $100-$900, you must repay it within 30 days. If you take a loan for $1000, you can repay SOGS over three months, typically in equal payments. Please be advised that you must show income on the application form as this is a loan program and not a subsidy/bursary.

How do you obtain the loan?

  1. Fill out this application.
  2. Take it to your home department and have your Graduate Administrative Assistant/Graduate Program Co-ordinator or Department Chair sign off on the form.
  3. Bring the completed form to the SOGS office (Middlesex College, room 8). Once approved, SOGS can complete the loan within 3 business days.
  4. Obtain 1 or 3 cheques, depending on how much money you are requesting (see above). (Note: If you don’t have cheques, ask your bank and they can often give you some blank ones OR ask a friend/family member to lend you some). These cheques function as your proof of intent to repay the loan/loan repayment. SOGS will not release the loan without post-dated cheques written out to “The Society of Graduate Students”.
  5. Once you receive email notification that your emergency loan cheque is ready for pick-up, come to the SOGS office with post-dated cheques in hand.
  6. Cash the cheque!
  7. SOGS will cash your cheque(s) on or shortly after the date(s) listed on the cheque(s). If you cannot make one (or more of) your repayment date(s), please contact the SOGS Accounting Manager in advance of the date(s) written on your cheque(s). Email Raquel: sogs.accounting@uwo.ca. Please be advised that NSF charges apply to bounced cheques. 

Students with more complicated financial needs should seek appropriate support from outside the Society, such as through their department or the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Please download the application from our Documents page.

Subsidies

Child Care Subsidy

SOGS provides limited subsidies, up to a maximum of $500 per term, to offset the cost of child care services. The confidentiality of all applications is assured, and the general statistical information that is collected is used in our ongoing lobbying of the University for improved childcare assistance and facilities.

Applications must be completed and returned by the last business day of each term.

Please download the application from our Documents page.

Professional Placement and Experiential Learning Subsidy

This subsidy offers financial assistance for travel and accommodations of SOGS members undertaking professional placements, practicums, co-ops, or other experiential learning opportunities. Each award amounts up to a maximum of $500 based on demonstrated need. Students who are enrolled in Category II programs (i.e., non-funded professional masters) will be given first priority.

Applications must be submitted within the term when the placement or experiential learning activity ends. Deadlines are the last business day of each term in April, August and the last day of operation before the Christmas break. However, members have until the April, 2017 deadline to submit applications for placements that ended at any point between May 1, 2015 and April 30, 2017.

Please download the application form (with full details) and template letter (that is completed by your graduate administrator or supervisor) from our Documents page.

Travel Subsidy

Travel Subsidies are awarded up to a maximum of $500 based on demonstrated financial need. The information collected through this form is used by SOGS for internal statistical purposes. Confidentiality of all information will be maintained.

Completed applications must be submitted within the term of the conference. Deadlines are the last business day of each term in April, August and the last day of operation before the Winter holiday break.

Please download the application from our Documents page.

Budgeting in Graduate School

During the 2018-19 SOGS Wellness Week the finance committee presented on how to budget your money in graduate school. Review this presentation (PDF) here.