There are two primary resources Online for information about special grants and scholarships available from the Government of BC and the Student Loan program that involves both the Federal and Provincial levels of government.

StudentAid BC:

This is where students and parents can find information about resources available to help with the cost of post-secondary education through student loans and grants, as well as some special scholarships. StudentAidBC offers many grants and scholarships based on financial need, academic achievement, community involvement and other criteria. Some focus on special groups such as:

  • B.C. Access Grant for students in high-priority trades training
  • Financial assistance for students with permanent disabilities
  • Financial assistance for students with dependents
  • The Student Bursary Program of the First Citizens’ Fund for Indigenous students
  • Financial assistance for students who are former youth in care between 19 and 24 years of age

On this website you can get detailed information on these and other grants, scholarships and assistance programs, and apply for and manage student loans. Under the “EXPLORE Funding Options” link at the top of the page, you will find detailed information on eligibility for student assistance, and the contributions expected from students and parents as part of this process.

Canada Student Loans:

When you apply and qualify for student financial assistance, you are automatically assessed for Canada Student Loans and Canada Student Grants. Government student loans are based on your assessed financial need.

Canada Student Loans are offered by the Government of Canada to help students pay for post-secondary education at a designated college, university, or other post-secondary institution. It is offered to eligible full- and part-time post-secondary students in most provinces and territories.

Information on student loans and grants for students in BC is on the StudentAid BC website.