Student Loans and Grants

Student Aid BC

StudentAid BC helps eligible students with the cost of their post-secondary education through loans, grants, bursaries, scholarships and special programs. It also has programs for borrowers who need help repaying their loans.


Provincial Grants and Bursaries

Adult Basic Education Student Assistance Program – This provincial program provides grant funding to adults enrolled in adult basic education, adult special education and intermediate English as a Second language courses.

Assistance Program for Students with Disabilities – Depending on your need, grants of up to $10,000 (up to $12,000 if an attendant is required at school) are available for exceptional education-related services and adaptive equipment.

B.C. Access Grant for Full-time Students with Permanent Disabilities – A grant for students with permanent disabilities of up to $1,000 per year that displaces B.C. student loan funding.

Learning Disability Assessment Bursary – This bursary program is available to part-time or full time students attending British Columbia public post-secondary institutions taking post-secondary level courses. A bursary of up to $1,800 will be made available to eligible applicants with a learning disability.

Supplemental Bursary for Students with Disabilities – This program is for part-time or full-time students with permanent disabilities. It is designed to assist with exceptional educational costs.

The Nurses Education Bursary Program – This provincial program awards up to $1 million in bursary funding a year to nurses and nursing students.

Youth Educational Assistance Fund (YEAF) for former youth in care – The Youth Educational Assistance Fund (YEAF) provides grants for former B.C. youth in care between 19 and 23 years of age who are taking post-secondary level courses at a designated post-secondary institution.

Canada-B.C. Job Grant – The Canada-BC Job Grant (CJG) will help British Columbians gain the skills needed to fill available jobs while helping employers invest in their workforce by equipping workers with the training necessary to help businesses succeed.

Eligible training includes, but is not limited to:

  • essential skills training
  • technical training
  • business training
  • management and leadership training
  • short-term certificate training

Federal Grants and Bursaries

Canada Student Grant for Students from Low-income Families – $250 per month of study available to students from low-income families who:

  • qualify for a federal student loan
  • meet the specific grant eligibility requirements
  • are enrolled in a university undergraduate, college or trade school program, of a minimum of two years duration

Canada Student Grant for Students from Middle-income Families – $100 per month of study available to students from middle-income families who:

  • qualify for a federal student loan
  • meet the specific grant eligibility requirements
  • are enrolled in a university undergraduate, college or trade school program, of a minimum of two years duration

Canada Student Grant for Students with Dependants – $200 per month of study per each child under 12 years of age. This grant is available to students with dependants who:

  • qualify for a federal student loan
  • meet the specific grant eligibility requirements
  • have a child under 12 years of age (at the beginning of the school year)
  • have a child 12 years of age or older with a permanent disability (a permanent physical or mental impairment that results in the child requiring daily care)

Canada Student Grant for Part-Time Studies – Available to students who:

  • apply and qualify for a Canada Student Loan
  • are from a low-income family as defined by the Canada Student Loans Program
  • are enrolled part-time in a program lasting at least 2 years (minimum 32 weeks) at a designated post-secondary institution

Canada Student Grant for Part-time Students with Dependants – Available to students with dependants who:

  • apply and qualify for a Canada Student Loan
  • are enrolled part-time in a program (minimum 12 weeks) at a designated post-secondary institution
  • have a dependant who will be less than 12 years old at the beginning of the study period
  • have an assessed need that exceeds the Grant for Part-Time Studies (which provides a maximum of $1,200)
  • borrowed at least $4,000 in Canada Student Loans.

Important: Exceptions can be made for low-income students with dependants 12 or older who have a disability.


Canada Student Grant for Persons with Permanent Disabilities – $2,000 per loan year available to students who:

  • qualify for a federal student loan
  • have a permanent disability as defined by the Canada Student Loan Program and submitted to StudentAid BC acceptable documentation of their permanent disability
  • To apply for this program you must complete the Canada Student Grant for Persons with Permanent Disabilities application form.

Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities – Up to $8,000 per loan year available to students who:

  • qualify for a federal student loan
  • have a permanent disability as defined by the Canada Student Loan Program
  • have exceptional education related costs for services or equipment due to their permanent disability
  • have submitted a completed Technology and Services Support Program application form with acceptable documentation of their permanent disability with their application for student funding

How to receive your grant or bursary money – Grant and bursary funding is sent by cheque or distributed via a certificate of eligibility by the organization that administers the grant or bursary program.