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Explore BC’s Student Aid Options!

Whether you’re a high school student just starting your post-secondary studies or you’re hoping to kick-start a new career, there are financial aid options that just may suit your needs. The B.C. government has a variety of aid programs available to all kinds of new and returning college students, one of which is sure to meet your needs. Take a look to see what options are available and find the one that may be right for you!


  • Skills Development: B.C.’s Strategy Can Help You Transition Into a Brand New Career!

    The Employment Program of B.C. has launched a program called Skills Development that provides monetary assistance to eligible individuals in order to get them the skills and training needed to re-enter the labour market. The program is geared towards unemployed individuals and can help with the cost of tuition, living expenses, child care and transportation as you return to college to upgrade your skills. It may even be possible to continue receiving your EI benefits until the end of your benefit period, while participating in the program. If Skills Development sounds like the program you’re looking for, get in touch with your college’s student aid office to determine if you qualify and what your financial needs will be. This just may be the opportunity you’ve been looking for to get the education you need to transition into a brand new, high-skill career.
  • Student Aid B.C.

    Student Aid B.C. is a provincial student aid program that provides loans to help cover the costs of tuition, books, living expenses and, if applicable, child care and transportation costs. In 2012, National Student Loans Service Centre (NSLSC) incorporated both provincial and federal loans to create what is now known as the B.C. Integrated Student Loan. You apply directly to the NSLSC, but receive a single, integrated student loan. One application and one point of contact makes this a much simpler and streamlined process for students. Full-time students who successfully complete each year of their studies may further be eligible for the B.C. Loan Reduction Program, which is applied towards only the provincial part of your integrated loan. Your college’s student aid department can provide you with all of the information you need to calculate your financial needs and complete your student loan application.
  • Scholarships, Grants and Bursaries

    There are many scholarships, grants and bursaries being offered by the B.C. government as well as colleges and employers across the province. Generally speaking:
    • Scholarships are based upon high academic achievement or other achievements, such as athletic ability;
    • Grants are money given out for high grades, financial need and sometimes to continue research projects, such as scientific projects, at the post-secondary level;
    • Bursaries are generally given to students based upon financial need.
    Whether you’re a new student or a worker returning to college to hone your skills, there are scholarships, bursaries and grants waiting for you to discover. Search our directory of colleges today and learn more about these many opportunities!

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