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Financial Aid

Financial Literacy text with images of money and illustrations of piggy banks and a wallet

If you have any questions about financial aid, email FSU Finance Coordinator Karen Martinez at, or call 519.452.4109 ext. 6303

The Piggy Bank Tips

The Piggy Bank Tips - Set specific financial goals.

Set specific financial goals

The Piggy Bank Tips - Allocate at least 20% of your income towards financial priorities.

Allocate at least 20% of your income towards financial priorities

The Piggy Bank Tips - consider an all cash diet

Consider an all cash diet

The Piggy Bank Tips - set a budget, period

Set a budget, period

Let’s Spend Together

Let's Spend Together - Computers and Office Supplies

With the holidays just a few months away, it’s a good idea to get a head start on gift shopping this month.

But if you’re in the market for a new computer, wait until the back-to-school rush is over and buy one in September.

Let's Spend Together - Bell peppers

Yes Falcons, September is here and you know what that means: back-to-college season is here!!!!!

Don’t let the overwhelming feeling of a new semester disrupt your appetite. Let’s start pepper-ing your meals together.

Let's Spend Together - Summer Supplies

Take advantage of giant price cuts on outdoor essentials in August. Camping season is almost over, but you can still get amazing items in stores.

Don’t forget that we are getting close to returning to class. The closer to the start of the school year that you buy school supplies, the better your chances are of getting good deals.

Let's Spend Together - Blueberries

You might be looking for fresh fruit to enjoy at the beach with your family and friends. Does blueberries and raspberries sound like a nice treat? Let’s go shopping together and find some amazing deals.

Let's Spend Together - Fall Items

Mid-year sales are here!!!
If you are thinking about getting your new outfits for your new semester, July is the perfect month to do it.
With Fall Collections hitting the stores, let’s go and get ready for the new college year.

Let's Spend Together - Corn On The Cob

The temperature usually rises in July, but the prices of certain items drop.
With barbeque season in full swing, let us give you some suggestions for your next barbeque party... Does sweet corn sounds good?

All About Tax

Tax Tips

Find helpful tips below to remember while filling your taxes this year!

  • You can file your taxes for free!
    Save money when filing your taxes by using free softwares such as Turbo Tax Free and SimpleTax! You can also search on the CRA website for free tax clinics on your area.

  • Minimize the amount of tax you have to pay by filing your T2202 tax form!
    A T2202 is an income tax form issued to post-secondary students which shows the amount of tuition that can be deducted from your tax bill. Depending on your situation, this form either will help you pay less taxes for the year or give you a nice refund! You can find it on Web Advisor by going to Financial Information, View My T2202.

  • What is the difference between a T4 and a T4A?
    A T4 is a tax slip issued to you by your employer. This slip shows how much employment income you were paid during the tax year and the amount of income tax deducted. A T4A tax slip includes other types of income. If you received a bursary, scholarship or a monetary award from Fanshawe, a T4A will be issued to you.

  • CERB and CESB payments are taxable!
    If you received CERB or CESB payments, you are required to pay taxes on these. A T4A will be issued to you by the CRA which you will need to include when filing your taxes. If your total income for the year was less than $12,000 you don’t have to worry about paying any income tax!

  • Don’t forget to claim the Climate Action Incentive tax credit!
    If you were over the age of 18 and a resident of Ontario on December 31, 2020, you are elegible to claim the $300 tax credit for single adults. The amounts vary for couples and dependants. Visit the CRA website for more information.

Free Tax Clinics and Free Tax Software for Students

Need help filing your taxes? See below for Free Tax Clinics for Students.

Looking for software to file your taxes? Check out UFile’s free software for students to complete their taxes.

Financial Literacy

Please see below for helpful resources to help you start on the path to Financial Freedom.

Road to Financial Freedom

When it comes to personal finance there are a lot of do‘s and don‘ts and knowing what to do and what not to do is key to you and your families financial well-being. Fortunately, the Fanshawe Student Union cares about you and wants to see you succeed. The FSU Finance Coordinator has provided you this step-by-step guide to start getting your finances in order... read full article

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Budgeting Documents



  • Apps: To make budgeting more accessible for you, check out “Mint” and “Goodbudget”. They are both free to download and are available in the App Store and Google Play.
  • Desktop: For desktop users we have included a free budget template that is already done for you, simply plug in your information! You can also customize it to better reflect your personal situation.

Fanshawe Student Union Student Bursary

  • Available for Fanshawe Student Union employees who are currently enrolled in a full time post secondary program with a minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Student must demonstrate financial need
  • Student must have completed at least 50 hours of work for the FSU during the Fall semester of study
  • Student must meet Ontario Residency criteria
  • Student must meet Canadian Citizenship criteria
  • Applications will be made available, upon request, to eligible students by contacting the Student Awards Office


Would you like to make an appeal regarding a financial decision? If you would like to make an appeal you can drop by E2020 to pick up an appeal information pamphlet and an application or contact Tanushree Prasad, FSU Advocacy and Communications Coordinator in SC1000 or email, or call 519.452.4109 ext. 6341

Student Awards and Bursaries

Student Assistance Bursaries

Fanshawe College Student Assistance Bursaries have been established by the College, in accordance with Ministry guidelines related to tuition fees. These bursaries are available to students who have a demonstrated financial need while in school. Both educational and personal expenses related to program study will be considered. Students attending on a full-time basis within a post-secondary or post-diploma program at Fanshawe College are eligible to apply.

For more Bursary Information, visit:

Student Awards

The Student Awards office administers all of the Fanshawe College’s donor-funded awards, bursaries and scholarships. More info on Student Awards

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