Ontario Tech spotlight: Student Awards and Financial Aid (SAFA)

Keisha Deoraj


Post-secondary education—while it has its perks—can be pretty stressful. Balancing assignments, midterms and exams for multiple courses can be a lot to manage. In addition, some students worry about how they are going to fund their education. 

While post-secondary education is key in alleviating cycles of poverty, increasing costs provide barriers to students that seem impossible to move without assistance.

That's where our Student Awards and Financial Aid (SAFA) team can help!

What is SAFA?

SAFA is a team of knowledgeable individuals who are dedicated to helping students achieve financial success while pursuing their degree.


How can SAFA help you?

SAFA has many resources that students at all levels of education can find useful. The following are some of the key resources available on the SAFA website. 

1. Government aid

If you're an Ontario resident, you might be eligible for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)—a combination of federal and provincial loans and grants. OSAP is available to both full-time and part-time students who meet the criteria. Students can find out more about OSAP (application, loan repayment and the entire process) through the SAFA website.

2. Scholarships and bursaries

A number of generous donors, such as external businesses, generous individuals, organizations, provincial and federal governments, and our very own Ontario Tech University, contribute to various scholarships and bursaries. Find out more about the types of awards that are available, eligibility requirements, how to apply, important dates and useful information by visiting the SAFA website

Some scholarships and bursaries are faculty- and/or subject-specific, so make sure to reach out to SAFA with any questions you may have. 

3. On-campus work

Students who demonstrate financial need can apply to different on-campus jobs through our internal MyCampus portal. SAFA provides a variety of opportunities for students—domestic, international, mature and more—while providing a competitive wage. Learn more about the University Works program

4. Additional resources

Helpful resources such as budgeting tactics and financial planning are some of the services that SAFA provides to students. Useful tools such as a budgeting calculator, money-saving tips, financial literacy workshops, and emergency assistance are all also available on SAFA's website.  

Who can access SAFA's services?

Students should make use of their institutional email address or their home mailing address for all communications with SAFA.

SAFA guarantees that no personal information regarding your student account will be released to anyone without your precise written permission.


How can you contact SAFA?

Connect with us online to see how you can get a hold of us. We're here to help! 

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