Awards for Aboriginal students

Award types

Awards for First Nations (Status or Non-Status), Metis, or Inuit are non-repayable scholarships and bursaries.


Scholarships are merit-based awards that recognize academic achievement. Other merit awards based on achievements in areas like community involvement or athletics may also be available.


Bursaries are based on assessed unmet financial need. Student awards based solely on financial need are not indicated on a student's transcript. 

You can find a full list of how UBC defines different types of awards in the Academic Calendar.


General award requirements

To be considered for awards for Aboriginal students, you must:

  • Be an Aboriginal student

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident

  • Provide supporting documentation as required

  • Be in full-time studies in the study period you’re applying for

  • Meet the eligibility requirements as outlined in UBC’s Regulations Governing University Awards

Additional requirements

Some awards have additional requirements, which are listed in the application. You can also read the award descriptions before you start your application.

How to apply

You'll find detailed instructions on the application form, but before you start:  

  • Make sure you have everything you need to apply before you start the application, including all required financial information (see below)
  • If you have applied to the UBC Bursary Program, you won't be required to provide financial information on this application
  • The application opens on June 1st and closes on August 1st 2017.

Information you'll need to apply

Before you apply for awards, make sure you know what information and documents you'll need to submit.

Financial information

If you applied for the UBC Bursary Program last year, we won't need financial information on this application. 

If you didn't apply for the UBC Bursary, we'll require tax information from you and/or your parents (if applicable) and things like assets, resources, and income.

We'll also need an estimate of your costs for the upcoming school year - you can use the UBC Cost Calculator to help figure out your expenses. 

Other documents

Read the award descriptions to find out if there are documents you'll need to submit before you apply. 

Band sponsorship

Third-party billing

If you're an Aboriginal student and are thinking about how to finance your education, you might consider band funding. Depending on your band, sponsorship can cover some costs and not others.

One common type of sponsorship is band funding for tuition, also known as third-party billing, where your band office provides your tuition and fee payments directly to UBC through Enrolment Services.

If you're considering band sponsorship, always be aware of deadlines for your band office and UBC Enrolment Services. For more information, read about third-party billing.

If you're already receiving band sponsorship, it's important to make sure you understand the type of sponsorship you're receiving and any restrictions on it.

Read more on third party billing

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