Government loans and grants are available to eligible full-time students who are registered in eligible programs.
What does it mean to be a full-time student for the purposes of financial aid?
You're full-time if you are registered in an eligible program with a minimum of 60% of a full course load (40% if you are designated as a student with a permanent disability). The credit value required to meet the full-time threshold varies by program. If you are unsure about the required credit load, or if you want to ensure your program is eligible for funding, please contact Financial Aid & Awards.
What will I be assessed for when I apply?
One application will ensure that you are assessed for all government funds for which you are eligible. They may include:
- Federal and provincial integrated student loan
- Canada Student Grant for Students from Low Income Families
- Canada Student Grant for Students from Middle Income Families
- Canada Student Grant for Students with Dependents
- Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities
- BC Supplemental Bursary for Students with Permanent Disabilities
- BC Access Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities
- BC Access Grant for Labour Market Priorities
- B.C. Access Grant for Part-Time Studies or B.C. Access Grant for Full-Time Studies
Do I have to repay all of it?
No. You must pay back the loan portion of your funding, with interest. Grant and bursary funds do not need to be repaid. Once your application has been assessed, you will receive a notification that tells you how much money and what type of money you will receive.
How do I apply?
Visit the StudentAid BC website where you can determine your eligibility and apply for a full-time loan online. Make a note of your login and password – you can use it later to track your application. Also, remember to contact Financial Aid & Awards if you have any questions as you are completing the application. If you need to fix your application after you've submitted it, it can result in unnecessary delays.
How do I check my status?
Check your status online using your StudentAid BC Dashboard.
What else do I need to know?
Get student loan application and management tips here!
What if I'm not a resident of BC?
You will want to apply for a student loan through your home province or territory. Check out CanLearn to find out how to do so.