UBC Bursary

Am I eligible?

To be considered for bursary support, you must meet these criteria:

  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or have refugee status

  • Apply for the UBC Bursary program by the deadline (optional for BC students meeting specific criteria)

  • Be receiving full-time Canadian government student loans in the same session you are applying for bursary support

  • Have your enrolment confirmed for your Canadian government student loans by the bursary deadline

  • Have an assessed unmet financial need using the provincial need assessment calculation based on StudentAid BC policies regarding income and assets

  • Be enrolled in an eligible program with a full-time course load

  • Unclassified, Qualifying, Visiting, and Access students are not eligible

UBC Access Promise for eligible BC students

For the Vancouver campus, completion of a bursary application is not required for BC students meeting these criteria; however, you must still meet the criteria identified above to be considered for bursary support:

Eligible Undergraduate Degree Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Dental Science (Dental Hygiene)
  • Bachelor of Environmental Design
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of International Economics
  • Bachelor of Kinesiology
  • Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science
  • Bachelor of Media Studies
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Midwifery
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Biology
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science Natural Resources Conservation
  • Bachelor of Science in Wood Products Processing
  • Bachelor of Forestry
  • Bachelor of Science in Food Nutrition and Health
  • Bachelor of Science in Forest Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Global Resource Systems
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Urban Forestry

All students receiving a full-time student loan through the Student Financial Aid office of other provinces (not BC) must apply for the UBC Bursary program through the bursary application process in order to be considered for bursary support. Applications must be received by the bursary deadline.

Your student loans must be confirmed by the bursary deadline of September 15 (Winter) or June 1 (Summer) to be eligible for UBC bursaries. To make sure you meet this deadline, we strongly recommend that you apply by July 15 for Winter session and March 31 for Summer session bursaries.

All UBC bursary funding is subject to financial reviews and audits performed by Enrolment Services. If you are selected for a financial review, you may be asked to provide some or all of these documents:

  • Lease agreement for students living away from home
  • Bank statement (student and/or parent)
  • Tax returns, child care receipts, and other similar documents evidencing financial need

Failure to provide the requested documents in a timely manner may result in the cancellation of your UBC bursary funding.

How to apply

Application period

Winter: August 15 – September 15
Summer: May 1 – June 1

You must apply to the bursary program to be considered unless you meet all the criteria for bursary application exemption. You can apply on the Student Service Centre (SSC).

How bursaries are calculated

Your unmet need is determined by:

  • The provincial need assessment calculation based on StudentAid BC policies
  • The unmet need of other bursary applicants and bursary-eligible students
  • The eligibility of your program and the bursary funding available for your program, as mandated by Policy 72 - Access to University of British Columbia

Accepting your offer

We will notify bursary recipients at the email address they provide on the SSC. Double check that your email address is current and that UBC is on your safe sender list.

We will update your SSC account with an offer letter outlining your bursary amount and disbursement dates.

You must accept your offer(s) on the SSC in the Finances section. Your funding will not be disbursed until you have accepted.

Changes to your financial situation

Other financial support programs

You may be eligible to apply for other UBC and government bursary programs:


I haven't applied for my student loan yet. Can I submit a bursary application?

Yes. You can apply for the UBC Bursary before your loan application is complete. However, UBC will need to confirm your enrolment prior to the bursary deadline.

I have loans from a province other than BC. How do I ensure my bursary eligibility?

If you are receiving a student loan through Quebec or Newfoundland and Labrador Student Financial Assistance, bring your Loan Certificate to the Advising Centre in Brock Hall before the bursary deadline to have your enrolment confirmed for your loan funding. For all other provinces issuing the loan where the loan certificates are sent directly to UBC, the certificates must be received before the bursary deadline.

Are there any programs at UBC that aren't eligible for bursary funding?

All Non-Degree Studies student categories (Unclassified, Visiting, Access, Qualifying) are not eligible for bursary funding. 

Are there any bursary support for high cost professional degree programs?

Graduate programs designated as professional programs are eligible for faculty-funded or donor-funded bursaries specifically identified to their particular program. Faculty-funded bursaries are subject to faculty budget approval, and therefore, are not guaranteed. All graduate students must submit a bursary application through the Student Service Centre (SSC) by the deadline.

What happens to bursary cheques not picked up or lost?

Your bursary cheque may be cancelled if the cheque is not picked up before the last day of your program study period or 5 months from the cheque issuance date, whichever period is shorter.  For replacement of lost cheque, please contact your ESP.

Am I eligible for bursary if I am only applying for Term 2 loan?

Bursary application for Term 2 only loan opens from December 15th to January 15th. You must contact your Enrolment Services Professional (ESP) to have the bursary application available for you to complete and submit through the Student Service Centre (SSC). Don't have an ESP?

Why is UBC Access Promise not available to students from other Canadian provinces or territories?

UBC does not have access to need assessment and Canada Student Grant information for students from other Canadian provinces or territories. In order for UBC to determine a student’s financial need, students from Canadian provinces or territories must provide their financial profile using the bursary application through the Student Service Centre (SSC).  

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