Plan your finances now to avoid stress and uncertainty while you are a student.
Live simply and cheaply so that you can look forward to graduating without a huge debt.
Interest-free while the student is enrolled in full-time post-secondary-level studies (minimum 60% course load (9 credits) or 40% course load (6 credits) for students with an approved permanent disability status with StudentAid BC).
Repayment starts six months after leaving full-time study.
Special grants are available for students with dependants and students with disabilities and for students from low- or middle-income families.
Considered taxable income.
Not repayable unless you withdraw early or your financial need changes.
BC students can apply through StudentAid BC and out of province students may need to apply through their home province.
Drop by the Financial Aid Office for assistance with your application since we have computers for students to use.
Talk to a Financial Aid Advisor for help with an appeal or reassessment, if you did not receive enough funding or your situation changes after you applied for student loan/grant funding.
Students with approved student loan/grant funding and are unable to pay their fees prior to the fee payment deadline, may request a fee deferral.
Approved fee deferrals allows your fees to be paid directly from your student loan/grant and are only applied for one semester at a time.
Students approved for student loan funding sometimes experience unusual delays in the processing of their loan at the start of the semester. Temporary assistance may be available until the student loan funding arrives.
The emergency advance is required to be repaid from the loan or grant disbursement. Drop by the Financial Aid Office to talk to a Financial Aid Advisor for more information.
Visit MANAGE Your Loan for information on how to stay in touch with your student loan provider and maintain proof of your ongoing studies.
Are an unemployed person in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits,
Or have received benefits in the last three years,
Or have started a maternity or parental EI claim within the last five years.
Talk to the Aboriginal Coordinator at 604-527-5565 for information on band funding if you are a First Nation student and check out Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada for scholarships, bursaries, and awards.
Tuition for former youth in care will be waived for B.C. students who are between 19-26 years of age (inclusive) attending a B.C. public post-secondary institution who meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the application form below. This program is open to students pursuing programs that lead to a certificate, diploma, or undergraduate degree. Students enrolled in graduate programs or post-graduate courses are not eligible. Students registering in Continuing Education courses are also eligible.
Students who wish to be considered for the waiver while studying at Douglas College must complete the Provincial Tuition Waiver Application and return it to the Financial Aid Office at either the Coquitlam or New Westminster Campus.