Student loans and government funding
There are various financial assistance programs that are government funded and available to post-secondary students:
Full-time student loans (Federal and Provincial)
Funding for your education for students with BC residence status may be available through StudentAid BC. Students from outside BC should contact the student loan ministry from their home province or territory.
- StudentAidBC - Apply for a student loan
- Canlearn - Planning and paying for post-secondary
- List of student loan services by province
Part-time student loans
Students studying on a part time basis, may apply for part-time studies financial assistance.
You will need to print an application from the StudentAidBC site. Complete the application in full; bring with a copy of your recent Income Tax return (line 150) and a copy of your Admissions Registration Statement for the semester(s) and book an appointment with the Financial Aid Advisor to upload the application into the StudentAid system.
Keep in mind that needs assessment for part-time students is different than for full-time students. Part Time Canada Student loan pays for tuition and fees, books, supplies, transportation and unsubsidized child care costs incurred to attend classes, but does not cover living costs.
Part-time loans are not available for students registered for Continuing and Community Education, Career & College Preparation, English Language Training, or Adult Basic Education courses.
Canada Apprentice Loans and Grants
Canada Apprentice Loans (CAL)
Apprentices registered in a Red Seal trade apprenticeship program who meet the eligibility requirements for Canada Apprentice Loan (CAL) may receive up to $4000 in interest-free loans per period of technical training.
Information and on-line application available at https://www.pca-cal.ca/en/home
Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG)
Taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year, up to a maximum of $2,000 per person, available to registered apprentices once they have successfully finished their first or second year/level (or equivalent) of an apprenticeship program in one of the Red Seal trades.
Information available at: http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/goc/apprenticeship/incentivegrant/program.shtml
Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG)
Taxable cash grant of $2,000 that helps registered apprentices who have completed their training become certified journeypersons in designated Red Seal Trades.
Information available at: http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/goc/apprenticeship/completiongrant/program.shtml
Support for Apprentices
Information to help apprentices complete their training in a Red Seal trade and for employers to help support the apprentices they hire and train -
Adult Upgrading Grant
The Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG) is a provincial government-funded program that provides needs-based grants to help off-set the costs associated with program/course(s) fees, tuition, workbooks, unsubsidized childcare and transportation for learners most in need of financial assistance enrolled in Adult Basic and Special Education programs including:
- Academic Upgrading (ACDU)
- Academic Upgrading (ABE)
- English Language Studies (ESL)
- Focus Employment Training (FOCUS)
- Job, Education and Training (JET), Techniques for Access (TARGET) and
- Essential Skills
Application forms can be downloaded from here or picked up at the Financial Aid & Awards Office, next to Admissions. Complete the application in full; bring a copy of your most recent Income Tax return (line 150) and a copy of your Admissions Registration Statement for the course(s) you are taking to the Financial Aid & Awards office to book an appointment.