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Adult Upgrading Grant 

The Adult Upgrading Grant is a provincially sponsored program that provides for direct educational costs to students enrolled in programs such as: Career and College Preperation (CCP), Adult Special Education (ASE), and English as a Second Language (ESL). Eligible applicants are:

  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Enrolled at a participating secondary/post-secondary institution in a recognized Adult Basic Education program.
  • Not receiving financial assistance for educational expenses from any other source.

Applications are available at all NWCC campuses and can be submitted to the local Educational Advisor or click on the link above to take you to the website where you can download the form.

Assistance Program for Students with Disabilities (APSD)

Grants to a maximum of $10,000 are provided to students with disabilities for the purchase of goods and services (students requiring attendant care may receive up to $12,000 within a calendar year). This program will assist students who would otherwise encounter access barriers due to their disability. Eligible goods and services include adaptive special equipment that is not covered by SETBC or other funding and attendant care for direct support related to schooling. There is no provision for tuition or books. 
Contact your local Accessibility Services Coordinator for more information.

Canada Access Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities

This $2000 grant program is designed to assist students who have a functional limitation or impairment. The awards are intended to meet expenses that are not covered by other support programs and agencies. This program is available to both full and part-time students. Application for this funding is part of the regular British Columbia Student Assistance Program, (full-time students) or the High Need Part-Time Program (part-time students).

Canada Apprentice Loan: New Loan Funding for Apprentices

Canada Apprentice Loan (CAL) is loan funding offered by the government of Canada to apprentices registered in a Red Seal trade apprenticeship program who are enrolled in technical training. CAL is meant to help apprentices pay for tuition, tools, equipment, living expenses, cover forgone wages or support their family.

For more information, click here. You can apply for a Canada Apprentice Loan at this website as early as January 2.

Part-Time Studies- Canada Study Grant for High-Need Part-Time Students- Part-Time Canada Student Loan

This program is designed to assist students who cannot pursue their studies on a full-time basis and whose income falls below a prescribed threshold. Valid reasons for attending part-time include single parent status, responsible for the care of an elderly dependent or a dependent with a disability. The amount of assistance is based on a need assessment procedure and is in the form of a grant. When applying for this program, students may also apply to the Part-Time Student Loan program.

Student Aid BC

This is a comprehensive program of assistance based on need for post-secondary students to ensure that British Columbia residents are not denied the opportunity to reach their educational objectives due to financial constraints. Funds provided under the program are intended to supplement, not replace, the student’s own financial resources and those of the student’s immediate family. Levels of Assistance: The maximum assistance available per year in federal and provincial funds is $320 per week of study for applicants without dependent children and $480 per week of study for applicants with dependent children. Funds awarded under this program will be disbursed through a combination of Canada Student Loan, B.C. Student Loan and Grant payments, depending on eligibility. Enrolment: You must maintain enrolment in 60% of a full course load (40% for those with permanent disabilities) for credit in in eligible program at least 12 weeks long. When to Apply: It is in the best interest of the applicant to APPLY EARLY, ten to twelve weeks prior to the beginning of classes. Repayment of Loan: You must start repayment of both Canada and BC Student loans six months after leaving school. Application: Apply on-line at www.studentaidbc.ca

Youth Educational Assistance Fund for Former Youth in Care

This program provides grants of up to $5,500 per program year to former B.C. youth in care students between 19 and 24 years of age. Students may receive a maximum of four grants.