Federal and provincial assistance 

Funding for BC Youth

This recorded session will give some insights into the tuition waiver program for BC youth in care and BC youth formerly in care. Meet our Financial Aid Officer Allison Conway and how she can help you access funds

Assistance Program for Students with Disabilities (APSD)

Grants to a maximum of $10,000 are provided to students with disabilities for the purchase of goods and services (students requiring attendant care may receive up to $12,000 within a calendar year). This program will assist students who would otherwise encounter access barriers due to their disability. Eligible goods and services include adaptive special equipment that is not covered by SETBC or other funding and attendant care for direct support related to schooling. There is no provision for tuition or books.
Contact your local Accessibility Services Coordinator for more information.

Canada Access Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities

This $2000 grant program is designed to assist students who have a functional limitation or impairment. The awards are intended to meet expenses that are not covered by other support programs and agencies. This program is available to both full and part-time students. Application for this funding is part of the regular British Columbia Student Assistance Program, (full-time students) or the High Need Part-Time Program (part-time students).

Canada Apprentice Loan: Funding for Apprentices

Canada Apprentice Loan (CAL) is loan funding offered by the government of Canada to apprentices registered in a Red Seal trade apprenticeship program who are enrolled in technical training. CAL is meant to help apprentices pay for tuition, tools, equipment, living expenses, cover forgone wages or support their family.

For more information, visit the Canada Apprentice Loan Service Centre.

Part-Time Studies Grant

This program is designed to assist students who cannot pursue their studies on a full-time basis and whose income falls below a prescribed threshold. The amount of assistance is based on a need assessment procedure and is in the form of a grant. When applying for this program, students may also apply to the Part-Time Student Loan program. For more information and to apply, visit StudentAid BC.

Provincial Tuition Waiver Program

This program waives tuition fees for B.C. students who are former youth in care between 19 and 26 years old who are attending a B.C. public post-secondary institution. Students who access this program are also eligible to apply for the Youth Futures Education Fund for a grant of up to $500 per academic year for financial expenses.

Student Aid BC

This is a comprehensive program of assistance based on need for post-secondary students to ensure that British Columbia residents are not denied the opportunity to reach their educational objectives due to financial constraints. Funds provided under the program are intended to supplement, not replace, the student’s own financial resources and those of the student’s immediate family. Levels of Assistance: The maximum assistance available per year in federal and provincial funds is $320 per week of study for applicants without dependent children and $480 per week of study for applicants with dependent children. Funds awarded under this program will be disbursed through a combination of Canada Student Loan, B.C. Student Loan and Grant payments, depending on eligibility. Enrollment: You must maintain enrollment in 60% of a full course load (40% for those with permanent disabilities) for credit in in eligible program at least 12 weeks long. When to Apply: It is in the best interest of the applicant to APPLY EARLY, ten to twelve weeks prior to the beginning of classes. Repayment of Loan: You must start repayment of both Canada and BC Student loans six months after leaving school. Application: Apply on-line at www.studentaidbc.ca

Youth Educational Assistance Fund for Former Youth in Care

This program provides grants of up to $5,500 per program year to former B.C. youth in care students between 19 and 24 years of age. Students may receive a maximum of four grants.