COVID-19 Update: DC is offering more than $1.5 million in emergency student bursaries

WHAT

DC is offering more than $1.5 million in emergency bursaries to help students during COVID-19

WHEN

Monday, April 13

IMPLICATIONS

It is a challenging and unprecedented time in Ontario. And it has been particularly hard for students. Not only are students facing the stress of isolation and a rapidly changing pandemic, but also adjusting to the abrupt pivot to an online program and service delivery model. 

While this isn’t what any of us expected, the academic year is nearing completion, and we are committed to ensuring that students can complete their semester successfully. 

To help address a portion of the financial burden that we know our students are experiencing as a direct result of COVID-19, Durham College has established an emergency bursary fund with the support of the independent student association (DCSI) and Provincial government. Full-time domestic and international students with exceptional expenses related to maintaining their studies during this time are advised to submit an application form. 

It has been our unwavering focus to ensure learning continuity for every student. With academic integrity at the foundation of every decision, we are committed to working together to foster learning and achieve academic success, even though it is in a different medium than originally expected. Thus, our tuition policy remains as it is for the 2019-2020 year, meaning we will not be offering tuition refunds or rebates.

Faculty and staff at all colleges have worked diligently to provide alternative service and program delivery options that allow students to continue their education as seamlessly as possible. As circumstances continue to change, we develop solutions that support the delivery of programs that would normally require face-to-face interactions, such as science labs, shops and studio work.

We will continue to do everything we can to ensure students have access to the support they need to complete the semester successfully and we encourage you to reach out to these supports often. 

Please visit www.durhamcollege.ca/coronavirus for ongoing updates and FAQs.