Prince Edward Island

Island Advantage – George Coles Bursary

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If you are a PEI student entering your first year at UPEI, Maritime Christian College, Holland College, or Collège de l'Île, you may be eligible for the George Coles Bursary. You do not need to apply for this bursary.

You can view the amount of money offered in the George Coles Bursary webpage.

You must make sure your name is included on the list. If you have not gotten the bursary and feel you are eligible, you may submit an appeal form to the Registrar’s Office at your educational institution before August 31 of your eligible year. The appeal form must be signed by your educational institution.

Please note: The George Coles Bursary will not be awarded retroactively. Student Financial Services makes all decisions regarding the payout of the George Coles Bursary.

To receive the George Coles Bursary, you must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • You are a student who meets PEI residency requirements as stated in the Provincial Student Loan criteria (you do not require a student loan to receive this award);
  • You are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident within the meaning of subsection 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) or a protected person within the meaning of subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) and with a valid Social Insurance Number;
  • You are enrolled in post-secondary education for the first time, which leads to your first degree, diploma or certificate at UPEI, Holland College, Maritime Christian College, or Collège de l'Île;
  • You have not earned a certificate, diploma, or degree from any post-secondary educational institution;
  • You have not previously gotten the George Coles Bursary for the same year of study, as determined by your post-secondary institution.
  • You provided your Social Insurance Number to your educational institution;
  • You are enrolled full-time (nine semester hours or 20 hours of instruction per week) for a period of at least 24 continuous weeks;
  • You have not gotten a tuition subsidy through Skills PEI and the Labour Market Development Agency.

If you are enrolled in an articulated program or a non-traditional program stream, contact Student Financial Services for specific eligibility criteria related to your program of study.

You do not have to apply for this award. The award will be credited directly to your school account in January (UPEI and Maritime Christian College) or February (Holland College and Collège de l'Île) and fully released after you have been enrolled for 24 continuous weeks, usually by the end of February.

For more information contact:

Student Financial Services
176 Great George St., PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE
C1A 7N8

Telephone: (902) 368-4640
Fax: (902) 368-6144

Last updated: March 4, 2023