Financial need-based programs

Adult Basic Education Student Assistance Program (ABESAP) 

StudentAid BC Student Loan Program

Applying for StudentAid BC Assistance Program

Part time studies

Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities

Passport to Education Program

Student lines of credit

UFV emergency student funding

UFV STUDENT UNION SOCIETY Emergency Student Grants

Work study program



ADULT BASIC EDUCATION STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ABESAP)

Please note, ABESAP processing may take up to 4 weeks - apply in advance!

This provincially funded grant program (administered by UFV Financial Aid and Awards) is to assist Canadian citizens, landed immigrants, or convention refugees. You must demonstrate financial need and be enrolling in Upgrading and University Prepararion programs, ESL, Adult Basic Education (ABE), TASK, Employment Orientation Programs, or GED.

Grant funding is for direct educational costs: tuition, books and supplies per semester. (Room and board costs are not funded). Awards are based on 16 weeks of study. If you continue beyond 16 weeks you can renew your awards if you show evidence of satisfactory progress and attendance.

If you need funding through the Adult Basic Education Student Assistance Program you should apply at least three weeks before your registration date. ABESAP application forms are available from the Upgrading and University Preparation Access Centre, ESL instructors, Program Assistants, UFV Financial Aid and Awards or CLICK HERE to access the fillable application form.

What You Need To Do:

  1. Completely fill out the application and drop it off at the UFV Financial Aid and Awards department (Students attending the Hope campus can drop it off at the Chilliwack campus).
  2. If the application is filled out correctly you will be notified of the results of the assessment approximately three weeks from the time the application is received. If the application is not filled out correctly the application will be sent back to you for further information or corrections.
  3. If you have been approved for funding:
    • a sponsoring form for the tuition fees will be electronically entered into your student record in Admissions and Records.
    • for books and supplies, a cheque will be mailed to you once you are registered, but not before the first day of classes.
    • a notification of all the above steps will be sent to you in the mail.

StudentAidBC STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM 

StudentAidBC student loan program is a one-application process and is comprised of Canada Student Loan, B.C. Student Loan, Canada Student Grant for Persons with Dependents.

StudentAidBC exists to supplement, not replace, funds available to students through work, savings/assets and family resources/income. The Program is need-based, considering income and resources against basic educational costs and a moderate standard of living. StudentAidBC is designed to provide additional financial assistance to eligible students enrolled in at least 60% of a full-time post-secondary course load (9 credits or more), for credit by semester (40% for students with permanent disabilities), for a minimum of 12 weeks. You must attend a provincially designated post-secondary school, and your studies must lead towards a certificate, diploma, or degree.

You must also be a resident of British Columbia as defined under this program. Some students are required to apply to a different province by virtue of their residency status. Contact UFV Financial Aid and Awards for clarification. UFV Financial Aid and Awards often carry applications from the different provinces.

The amount of StudentAid BC you can receive depends upon your financial need as calculated under Federal and Provincial government assessment regulations. There is also a limit to the amount of funding available to you based on the number of weeks of study in an application period. In addition, both the federal and provincial programs have lifetime maximums.

Amounts listed below represent "maximums available", not necessarily the amount you may qualify for or receive. (May be subject to change)

Students without dependent children may receive up to $320 per week of study.
Students with dependent children may receive up to $510 per week of study.

 

Program            Length    Students Without Dependent Children     Students With Dependent Children
13 weeks $ 4,160 $ 6,630
17 weeks $ 5,440 $ 8,670
22 weeks $ 7,040 $11,220
26 weeks $ 8,320 $13,260
34 weeks $10,880 $17,340
39 weeks $12,480 $19,890
43 weeks $13,760 $21,930
52 weeks $16,640 $26,520


Students in high-tuition programs or with significant financial commitments in addition to direct educational expenses, may need to seek alternate sources of funds.

It is essential that careful financial planning take place prior to any decision to pursue post-secondary studies, in order to ensure that sufficient resources are available to cover all costs.

In addition, it is your responsibility to review your financial situation on an on-going basis, to ensure that your obligation to repay the cumulative debt load can be met once full-time post-secondary studies cease.

Interest-Free Status: Canada Student Loans and B.C. Student Loans are interest-free while a student is attending 60% of a full-time course load (based on 9 credits each semester) in post-secondary studies. Payments on these student loans are not required during this period, or for a six-month period after you leave school. In the case of Canada Student Loans cashed after August 1, 1993, interest is charged from the date a student ceases attending full-time.

Once you have a student loan, it is your responsibility to contact your lending institution, National Student Loan Service Centre and/or BC Student Loan Service Bureau every six months to make sure that the interest-free status is continued or reinstated while you are in school.

If you currently have a Canada or B.C. Student Loan, get a Schedule 2 (CSL) and/or Certificate 2 (BCSL) signed by Financial Aid and Awards confirming that you are taking a 60% full-time post-secondary course load for credit. Send the Schedule and/or Certificate to the lender, National Student Loan Service Centre and/or BC Student Loan Service Bureau where you have your loan(s) to continue or reinstate your interest-free status. You must give a Schedule 2 and/or the Certificate 2 to your lender, etc. before your study end date each semester if required.

Canada Student Grant for Persons with Dependents is designed to to assist low-income students with dependent children under the age of 12, or children with disabilities 12 years of age or older. 

Students are eligible for this new grant for each year of their post-secondary studies as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.  The grant is $200 per month per child under the age of 12.  This is a flat amount and may exceed a student's assessed need.

Reassessments: If information on your application changes after you submit it, you must submit a Reassessment form (Appendix 7) to the Ministry to inform them of your change of circumstances. Reassessment forms are available at UFV Financial Aid and Awards. The deadline for submission is no later than six weeks before the study end date that is indicated on your application.

Appeals: You may request a special Appeal of your application when exceptional circumstances exist, which do not fall within standard program policy. Appeals are examined on an individual basis and may result in the setting aside or waiving standard program policy. All reviews that are not resolved with the Branch are referred for consideration by the Appeal Committee. Not all Appeals are approved.

If you wish to do an Appeal, the forms (Appendix 6) are available from UFV Financial Aid and Awards.


APPLYING FOR StudentAid BC ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

If you wish to be considered for StudentAidBC funding you should apply early, at least 8-10 weeks before funds are required. Applications are available at the beginning of June. Apply online at www.StudentAidBC.ca. If a paper application is needed, you can pick up a B.C. Student Assistance Program application from UFV Financial Aid and Awards.

You do not have to wait for final acceptance into UFV or be registered into classes to apply for student loan funding.


PART TIME STUDIES

Please note, processing may take up to 4 weeks - apply in advance! 

A federally-funded program to assist Canadian citizens, permanent resident/landed immigrants, convention refugees or a protected person living in Canada who can demonstrate financial need.

Five levels of assistance for qualified part-time students are:

  • Canada Student Grants for High-Need Part-Time Students (CSG-HNPT) - up to $1,200
  • Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities (CAG-PD) - up to $2,000
  • Supplemental bursary for students with disabilities - $400 for 20%-39% of a full-time course load or $800 if you study 40% or more.
  • Part-Time Canada Student Loans (PT-CSL) - up to $10,000
  • Canada Student Grant for Part-time Students with Dependants 

To be eligible, you must be:

  • Enrolled in, or planning to enrol in, 20-59% of a full time post-secondary course load (by credits per semester)
  • Have a family income that falls below the maximum income limits for part-time eligibility
  • If you have had previous funding from Canada Student Grants and Loans for part-time studies, you must have successfully completed those study periods.
  • Not be in default of previous full or part-time Canada Student Loans.

Funding covers:

  • Tuition and compulsory school fees
  • Textbooks and supplies
  • Miscellaneous allowance
  • A small allowance for local transportation to and from classes
  • An allowance for unsubsidized childcare costs incurred to attend classes.

NOTE:  Room and Board costs are not funded

What You Need To Do:

  1. Apply at least six weeks before your registration date if you need assistance with your tuition fees. Part-time applications are available at UFV Financial Aid and Awards.
  2. Completely fill out the application and hand it back to UFV Financial Aid and Awards along with any documentation that is required.

CANADA STUDENT GRANT FOR SERVICES AND EQUIPMENT FOR PERSONS WITH PERMANENT DISABILITIES

Part-time or full-time students with permanent disabilities in post-secondary programs may apply for up to $8,000 each year for adaptive equipment, supplies and/or services to assist them with their studies.

To be eligible you must apply for the StudentAidBC Program if you are full-time (40%-100% course load) or a High Need Part-Time application if you are part-time (20%-59%) to determine if you have financial need. If you are eligible you do not need to negotiate your loan documents in order to obtain your grant.

What You Need To Do:

  1. Application and advising for the Canada Student Grant with permanent disabilities may be obtained through UFV Disability Services. An Access advisor will help you document your disability and determine what equipment, services and supplies for which you may be eligible.
  2. UFV Financial Aid and Awards will help you complete the remainder of the application process. (SABC or Canada Student Grant for High-Need Part -Time).
  3. Application and documentation will then be sent to Special Programs, Student Services Branch, Ministry of Advanced Education for processing.
  4. If funding is approved the grant will then be sent to UFV Disability Services in approximately 6-8 weeks.

PASSPORT TO EDUCATION PROGRAM

This program acknowledges the accomplishments of B.C. Secondary School students in Grades 9 through 12. The value of credits are: Grade 10 — $250; Grade 11 — $250; Grade 12 — $500. The maximum credit is $1000. To receive the money associated with the credits, students must enrol in and attend a program at a bona-fide post-secondary institution or training program which is approved by the B.C. Ministry of Education. Credits may be redeemed by students at any time within five years of graduation from secondary school. Passport credits can be applied against tuition fees.


STUDENT LINES OF CREDIT

Most of Canada’s chartered banks offer lines of credit and special banking packages to Canadian students who have exhausted assistance possibilities through government and institutional sources. Monthly interest must be paid by the borrower while in school but payments on loan principal can be deferred until the student is out of school. A co-signer is often required.

For further details, contact a loans officer at the bank or credit union.


UFV EMERGENCY STUDENT FUNDING

Emergency tuition deferrals:

Emergency tuition deferrals are available to UFV students who, due to some unforeseen emergency situation, are unable to pay tuition fees by the due date.

Who is Eligible for Emergency Deferral?

  • Students who are waiting for approved, but delayed student loans.
  • Students who can demonstrate that they will be able to pay the deferred fees through some other means by an agreed upon date.

What You Need To Do:

  1. You must complete a "Request for Emergency Deferral" and submit it to UFV Financial Aid and Awards at least one week before the tuition due date.
  2. You may be required to meet with the Financial Aid Officer.
  3. You will be notified by letter or telephone of the decision.
  4. Upon approval, your student record will be flagged to indicate approval of the deferral of tuition fees.
  5. If a student loan was used as security, a consignment for payment will be placed on the student loan when it is disbursed.
  6. If a student loan was not used as security, students will be required to make payment at Admissions and Records, by the due date.

Emergency Student Loans:

Emergency Student Loans are available to assist students who, because of some financial interruption or emergency, needs short-term loan assistance to meet study-related expenses. Loans are interest-free and are repayable in 30 to 90 days.

Who is Eligible for an Emergency Student Loan?

  • Students who are waiting for an approved, but delayed student loan.
  • Students who can demonstrate that they will be able to pay the emergency loan through some other means by an agreed upon date.
  • Students who are progressing in their studies as indicated by a GPA of at least 2.0.

What You Need To Do:

  1. You must complete an Emergency Loan application and submit it to UFV Financial Aid and Awards.
  2. You may be required to meet with the Financial Aid Officer.
  3. You will be notified by letter or telephone of the decision.
  4. Upon approval, a cheque will be produced within 2 to 3 working days.
  5. If a Canada or BC Student Loan was used as security, a consignment for payment will be placed on the student loan document.
  6. If a student loan was not used as security, students will be required to make payment to UFV at the UFV Financial Aid and Awards office, by the due date.

UFV STUDENT UNION SOCIETY Emergency Student Grants

The purpose of this grant is to help any UFV student who, because of some reasonably unforeseeable financial interruption or emergency, needs short-term funds to meet college-related or living expenses.

Candidates must show extreme financial need by submitting a completed Student Union Society Emergency Grant application to UFV Financial Aid and Awards. Eligible candidates must be attending and enrolled in at least two classes in the current semester. Disabled students, need only be attending and enrolled in at least one class.

An Emergency Student Grant may be awarded in the amount of $1.00 up to a maximum of $750.00 per candidate, with financial need being the criteria used to determine the amount awarded.

Contact Financial Aid and Awards office to make an appointment with one of the Financial Aid and Awards Advisors.

Confidentiality is of the highest regard. The names of the applicants will not be disclosed beyond the scope of what is reasonably necessary to fulfill the grant process.


WORK STUDY PROGRAM

The Work Study program offers students a sound work experience and a funding alternative that is beneficial to the student, the institution, and the employer. Students can work between 5-10 hours a week for approximately 10-16 weeks per semester at jobs which are on campus and which may be related to their program of study.

Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credits for the current semester.

Students with one or more physical, developmental or learning disabilities will be considered eligible for Work Study if they are enrolled in 6 credits. Must attach a "Verification of Disability Form" from UFV Disability Services to their Work Study application.

Students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or greater.

Postings will be available on the world wide web at: www.UFV.ca/jobs at the beginning of September. Postings will also be posted on all campuses. In Abbotsford, the postings will be on a bulletin board outside the UFV Centre for Co-operative Education and Employment Services (RM B238). In Chilliwack, the postings will be posted in the hallway near the cafeteria. In Mission, a binder will be available at the Admissions and Records front counter.


 

 

Apply online for your Canada-B.C. Student Loan
6 to 8 weeks
before you register:

www.StudentAidBC.ca

Continuing your full-time studies without
renewing your student loan?
Apply for Interest-Free Status:

www.StudentAidBC.ca

UFV Bursaries
Applications accepted every semester.
Apply online through your myUFV account!

UFV Scholarships
Applications accepted from
March 15th to May 10th

For more information, including award criteria,
please visit www.ufv.ca/scholarships

    
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