Queen’s restructures financial aid for first-year students, prioritizes improved access to higher education


Queen’s University has restructured its financial aid for first-year students as part of a broader effort to prioritize improved access to higher education. Previously, $9M was disbursed to about 70% of the incoming class in the form of one-year awards of up to $4K each. Beginning in the Fall, $2M will be distributed to the top 5% of each program, based on secondary school grades, in the form of $7K scholarship awards, while the remaining $7M will be allocated to need-based aid. “We are providing significant and sustained funding to our highest-need students because we know that large, predictable, and renewable support is what enables them to accept their invitation to join our community,” explained Queen’s Registrar Tracy Al-idrissi.