Whether you are studying full time or part time, as an Indigenous student, you can get help paying for school through band funding as well as, scholarships, awards and bursaries. Indigenous Student Services is here to help guide you through the process of applying for band funding and financial aid.
Douglas College Financial Aid
Whether you are a full- or part-time student, you may be eligible for the following awards, bursaries and scholarships, administered through the Douglas College Financial Aid Office:
Dave Seaweed Award of Distinction (see Athletics Awards)
- Caroline Chan Memorial Bursary (see General Bursaries)
- Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation Bursary (see Health Sciences Bursaries)
- Wayne Strandlund Bursary (see Humanities and Social Sciences Bursaries)
- Minerva Foundation for BC Women in STEM Bursary (see Science and Technology Bursaries)
- BC Hydro Scholarship (see General Scholarships)
- Ricoh Canada Inc. Scholarship (see Applied Community Studies scholarships)
For information on deadlines and how to apply to any of the above, visit Financial Aid FAQs. For a comprehensive list of all scholarships, bursaries and awards, or to find out about student loans and grants, see Financial Aid.
External Financial Aid
In addition to Douglas College-administered awards, you may be eligible for external awards. These are administered through individual donors, so you'll need to apply according to each organization's instructions. For an extensive list of scholarships, bursaries and awards for Indigenous students, see the following resources:
You may also qualify for financial support from the Post-Secondary Student Support Program through Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.
For more information, contact Indigenous Student Services or Student Success Advisors.
First Nations band funding
Submit your band application to your Nation in early Spring for the following Fall and/or Winter Semester. Questions about sponsorship funding should be directed to the band. Indigenous Coordinators can assist by liaising with band education coordinators on your behalf. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society (ACCESS)
If you cannot get sponsorship through your band, or if you identify as Métis, contact ACCESS for alternative funding options.
Tuition and living allowances
The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres supports Indigenous status First Nations and Inuit people with tuition and living allowances. See the application and eligibility criteria on their website.
Financial aid for former youth in care
Former youth in care may be eligible for the provincial tuition waiver program and other financial supports. Contact the Student Support Navigator for more information.