Community Service Bursary
The Community Service Bursary program provides PEI high school students with an opportunity to help pay for a portion of their post-secondary education through volunteering in their community. This bursary is administered by Student Financial Services with the Department of Education & Lifelong Learning.
What is the Community Service Bursary?
It is an award which ranges from $300 to a maximum of $1,500. The bursary is sent directly to a post-secondary institution of choice and is not sent directly to the student.
The Community Service Bursary is awarded to students who volunteer their time at a registered volunteer organization during their high school years. The bursary is based on the number of volunteer hours students accumulate between July 1 before they begin their grade 10 year and June 30 following the completion of their grade 12 year. The bursary is calculated at a rate of $10 per volunteer hour. Students must complete a minimum of 30 hours to receive the bursary and the bursary is capped at a maximum of 150 hours.
Who is eligible for the Community Service Bursary?
All PEI residents, who are also a Canadian or permanent resident, who attend a PEI high school, and who volunteer with a registered volunteer organization are eligible for the Community Service Bursary.
What kind of volunteer work is eligible for the Community Service Bursary?
Our program aims to provide students with an opportunity to develop new skills and make a meaningful contribution to a registered volunteer organization and its goals. Acceptable volunteer activities would include the following examples (but are not limited to):
- Coaching, tutoring, or mentoring children in sports, at a library, at a camp, at a church, or at an after-school program;
- Labour assistance (packing, stocking, organizing, serving, or moving items for a food program, for special events, or for festivals);
- Office assistance (filing, photocopying, typing, creating or editing social media);
- Providing information and answering questions at an information desk;
- Conservation (making trails, planting trees, beach clean-up, restore wildlife habitat, removing invasive species, carrying equipment, water collection);
- Holding a youth position on a board or council.
All volunteer work must occur with one or more of our registered volunteer organizations. A complete list of our registered volunteer organizations can be found here - List of Registered Organizations.
What kind of volunteer work is not acceptable?
- Direct fund-raising activities (canvassing or selling merchandise);
- House cleaning/janitorial duties;
- Volunteering during school hours (for example, peer tutoring and library work must be done after school hours);
- The International Baccalaureate community service requirements do not qualify as volunteer work for this bursary;
- Volunteer hours completed for organizations that are for-profit;
- Volunteer hours which displace paid employees in the organization;
- Volunteer hours completed if you are a trainee or an associate of the organization;
- Volunteer hours completed during an organization's core business operations when the student is a member of the organization;
- Volunteer hours for political organizations or elections;
- Volunteer hours completed for organizations not registered with the Community Service Bursary program.
If students would prefer to volunteer with an organization that is not registered with our program, their preferred organization can apply to become a registered volunteer organization here – CSB Volunteer Organizations.
When should my volunteer organization(s) report my volunteer hours?
Volunteer hours should be reported by July 31 in the year a student graduates from grade 12. Volunteer organizations can find submission information here – CSB Volunteer Organizations.
When a volunteer organization submits a student's volunteer hours to our office, the hours are recorded, and a confirmation email is sent to the volunteer organization and to the student. Students can track the number of volunteer hours recorded for the bursary through the confirmation email(s).
How do I apply for the Community Service Bursary
Step 1 – Complete the Student Registration form
- Students can register online at any time after they complete grade 9. Generally, most students register prior to beginning their volunteer work.
- Please ensure all requested information is provided. Social insurance numbers and mailing addresses are required for tax purposes. The Community Service Bursary is reported on Income Tax forms using a T4A form. Our office will mail T4A forms to students in February following the year they receive the bursary.
- Students should not use their high school (.edu) email on the registration form because this email expires after their graduation from high school. Our office continues to contact students for information up until the bursary is issued in November.
Step 2 – Find a Volunteer Opportunity with a Registered Volunteer Organization
- Students are responsible to find their own volunteer opportunities with volunteer organizations.
- After high school graduation, students should contact their volunteer organization(s) to ensure they have submitted their volunteer hours. Volunteer organizations can find submission information here – CSB Volunteer Organizations.
Step 3 – Complete the Post-Secondary Information form
- Once students decide which post-secondary institution they will be attending, they should complete the Post-Secondary Information form. The name of their post-secondary institution and their student ID numbers are required to ensure the bursary is deposited into the correct student account. Without this information, we cannot award the bursary.
What if I don't go to College/University after high school?
For students who do not attend a post-secondary institution after high school, they can defer their Community Service Bursary for up to a maximum of 1 year.
To defer the Community Service Bursary, please email our office at email@example.com.
How is the Community Service Bursary Awarded?
The bursary is credited to a student’s account at their post-secondary institution in November following completion of their grade 12 year. To ensure the award is sent to the correct post-secondary institution, students should complete the Post-Secondary Information form before they start college/university.
The minimum value of the bursary is $300, and the maximum value is $1,500. Students can calculate their bursary amount by multiplying their total number of volunteer hours by a rate of $10 per volunteer hour. (For example, 150 total volunteer hours x $10 per volunteer hour = $1,500).
Where can I get more information about the Community Service Bursary?
Student Financial Services
Department of Education & Lifelong Learning
P.O. Box 2000
176 Great George St., Suite 212
Telephone: (902) 368-4604