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Financial Aid

Important COVID-19 Update: April 23rd 2020

We continue to receive a high volume of emails regarding emergency financial assistance.

The Douglas College COVID-19 Emergency Fund is for both domestic and international students who can demonstrate an emergency financial need, and is not meant to replace government funding programs such as Canadian Emergency Response Benefit, the temporary rent supplement program, or student loan programs.

Emergency financial assistance does not cover tuition.

This fund may provide assistance with groceries, rent, utilities, transit, technology and books required for course work.

If you can demonstrate an emergency financial need you may qualify for this fund and should complete the Douglas College COVID-19 Emergency Fund Application Form.

Please note that we will be assessing your need based on:

  • Supporting documentation showing the impact COVID-19 has had on your financial situation. This will include sending in proof of unemployment related to COVID-19, bank statements, etc.
  • Detailed account of how you have accessed the additional resources to support you during this time (see additional government supports below)

We are doing our best to process requests as quickly as possible, however please note that the response time is approximately 2 weeks.

For up-to-date information about COVID-19, please visit this page

The government of B.C. and Canada have provided the following resources during the COVID-19 outbreak :

  1. The CERB - Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
  2. The B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers will provide a one-time $1,000 payment to people who lost income because of COVID-19.
  3. A one-time enhancement to the climate action tax credit will be paid in July 2020 for moderate to low-income families
  4. temporary rent supplement will provide up to $500 per month paid directly to landlords. Applications for the supplement will open soon on the BC Housing website
  5. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and other mortgage insurers offer tools to lenders that can assist homeowners who may be experiencing financial difficulty
  6. If you have lost your job through no fault of your own, you may qualify for Employment Insurance benefits
  7. BC Hydro customers can defer paymentsaccess grants and receive three months of free credit to help pay their hydro bills
  8. ICBC customers can defer monthly payments for up to 90 days
  9. Ministry of Children & Family Development Response to COVID-19
  10. COVID-19 Support for Income & Disability Assistance
  11. Indigenous Community Support Fund
  12. Government of Canada Economic Response Plan
  13. Tax filing and payment due dates

Additional Resources

There are many resources available to students for financial assistance.   Some are specific to student status. If you are unsure of whether you qualify for a specific assistance program please meet with a Student Success Advisor to discuss your options further. 

Funding your studies: 

Financial Support from Douglas:

Funding through your bank:

Inquire about requesting a student line of credit through a bank or credit union. Talk to your bank or credit union to see if you qualify for a student line of credit or other financing options.

Financial Planning:

Financial planning will help you with managing your finances and is the key to success. Refer to our Cost of living calculator and Budget worksheet. See more under DEVISE a Plan.