The pandemic has prompted federal and provincial governments to offer one-time funds in addition to their usual programs. The largest amount comes from the Canada Student Grant for Full-Time Students, a non-repayable program for lower-income students that is doubling to $6,000 from the usual $3,000.
Additionally, StudentAidBC recently announced the new, non-repayable BC Access Grant that can provide students with up to $4,000 a year.
Here is a list of resources students can explore to support their studies this fall:
- Canada Student Grant for Full-time Students
- BC Access Grant
- Canada Student Service Grant (The status of this grant is undetermined at this time)
- Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)
- Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
- Canada Student Loans
Scholarships and bursaries: Students can also seek scholarships at Universities Canada, Scholarships Canada, Yconic and, for Indigenous students, Indspire.
Open Education Resources (OER): Students can look into OER —free textbooks, supplementary manuals and guides on a variety of subjects that are available through BC’s Open Textbook collection.