Community Services Bursary Student Registration
The Community Service Bursary is awarded to post-secondary students who volunteer at least 30 hours at a registered charity while they attend high school in PEI. Once you enter high school, you may register anytime and accumulate volunteer hours until June 30 in the year you graduate Grade 12.
You must submit the online registration and your volunteer organization(s) must submit a record of your hours served before September 30th of the year the bursary is issued.
How is the bursary awarded?
The bursary will be credited to your post-secondary school account in November of your first year. In order to be eligible for these funds, please submit the online form below by September 30th. The bursary has no cash value and is not transferable. The maximum value of the bursary is $750, calculated at a rate of $5 per volunteer hour. You are required to volunteer a minimum 30 hours, up to a maximum 150 hours. (For example, 30 hrs = $150 and 150 hrs = $750).
A T4A slip for this bursary will be issued the following March and mailed to your home address.
Does my volunteer work qualify for the Community Services Bursary?
You must volunteer 30 qualified hours minimum for a not-for-profit organization registered with the Community Services program. View Community Service Bursary – List of Registered Organizations.
Acceptable activities include coaching, tutoring or mentoring children and youth in sports, at a library, camp, church or after school; volunteering at a hospital or other health facility, or providing non-profit or community service, i.e. school breakfast or food program, office support or labour assistant, special event organization.
Your volunteer work will be recognized based on the following criteria:
- You are not directly involved in handling or raising money i.e. canvassing, selling merchandise.
- You do not displace paid employees in the non-profit organization.
- Your work is not part of your academic studies, related to extra-curricular school activities or sporting events, or during school hours. International Baccalaureate community service requirements do not qualify.
- Your volunteer work offers you a new, meaningful experience and helps you develop career and leadership skills. Household chores or cleaning/ janitorial duties are not accepted.
- Your hours are not completed on behalf of a for-profit organization, political organization or election, or an organization you have joined as a member, associate or trainee, such as a cadet academy or youth organization.
- Your sponsor organization agrees to supervise your work and submit a record of your volunteer hours by September 30 of your graduation year.
What do I need to complete the online form?
- You will be asked to accept the terms and conditions of the Community Service Bursary Program and provide the following information:
- Your complete contact information
- Your Social Insurance Number (required by Canada Revenue Agency)
- Parent or guardian name and contact
- Name of your high school and expected year of graduation
- How long will it take to complete the online form?
- You can complete the form in less than 15 minutes.
If you do not plan on pursuing post-secondary studies immediately after graduation, you may place your bursary on hold for one academic year. Please contact the Student Financial Services to defer your award until September 30 of the year following your graduation from high school.
Who can I contact Student Financial Services?
Student Financial Services
176 Great George St., Suite # 212
P.O. Box 2000
Telephone: (902) 368-4640
Fax: (902) 368-6144