The Government of British Columbia has announced changes to the application process for StudentAid BC, as well as a new non-repayable BC Access Grant.
The changes will allow every student who applies for StudentAid BC to be automatically assessed for the BC Access Grant, enabling over 40,000 low- and middle-income students—about twice as many students as supported under previous grants—to access more affordable public post-secondary education.
Applications for StudentAid BC, along with the new non-repayable B.C. Access Grant, are now open. The province also announced new investments totalling over $2M to better support post-secondary students and faculty. The funding includes $1.5 million to be shared by 20 public post-secondary institutions throughout B.C. and will be used to develop or build upon supports for students with cognitive, mental health or physical disabilities to create the conditions they need to succeed.