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Hey, I'm just wondering if there are any merit based scholarships for any of the English schools. I likely don't qualify for the bursaries that I've gotten emails about from Queens and Western, but if I get in I'm going to be paying for everything through a line of credit like most other people. I was therefore wondering if there's anything I should be applying for or if any scholarships go out based on MCAT/GPA? I know everyone applying has an amazing background so my chances wouldn't be great, but I'd like to throw my hat in the ring if there's an option.

Edit: I just took a look at Western's normal bursary (not the Schulich scholarship) and it looks like I may not have to supply parental income because I've been out of high school for 4 years. Does anyone know if this is true?

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12 minutes ago, gangliocytoma said:

Don't forget about applying for OSAP and taking advantage of all the grant $$ you can get! Avoid using your LOC until you absolutely need to.

Most medical school scholarships/bursaries are need based from what I understand.

I'm definitely planning on doing that, although I'm not sure if I can if I leave Ontario.

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Queen's has at least one purely merit based scholarship called the Edgar Forrester Scholarship. It is a 1 time lump sum of 1000$ and therefore will only help slightly with tuition. There are yearly merit based scholarships for being the top student in the class, these will give you around 4000$. 

If you do not have any family financial support, you will most likely end up with 150k+ of debt when all is said and done. OSAP will help as you will be out of high school for 4 years, you won't need to declare your parents income. Expect to get around 15k from OSAP, which you will only need to repay 8k (the other 7k will be grants). Queen's also has bursaries for the most in need students. For the first few years, you probably won't get it unless you have significant debt in undergrad. 

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2 hours ago, Aetherus said:

Queen's has at least one purely merit based scholarship called the Edgar Forrester Scholarship. It is a 1 time lump sum of 1000$ and therefore will only help slightly with tuition. There are yearly merit based scholarships for being the top student in the class, these will give you around 4000$. 

If you do not have any family financial support, you will most likely end up with 150k+ of debt when all is said and done. OSAP will help as you will be out of high school for 4 years, you won't need to declare your parents income. Expect to get around 15k from OSAP, which you will only need to repay 8k (the other 7k will be grants). Queen's also has bursaries for the most in need students. For the first few years, you probably won't get it unless you have significant debt in undergrad. 

OK thanks! Can I get OSAP if I go out of province, or do I have to apply for that province's student support program?

I don't have any undergrad debt, as my parents did support me a fair amount up until this point, but their financial situation has changed and I will essentially be on my own after this.

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