UBC Bursary Program

About the bursary

The UBC Bursary program is designed to help fill the gap between your assessed educational and living costs, and your available government assistance and expected financial contributions.

The bursary program follows the framework set out by Student Aid BC to provide eligible domestic students access to the financial resources they need to meet their needs. 

Changes to the bursary application

In the bursary application, we now ask questions about an applicant's family size and family income.

We collect this information to ensure that we have an accurate picture of student situations and to adjust student expected contributions to ensure that the greatest possible number of students receive financial support.

Being eligible for a bursary does not guarantee that you will receive the full amount of funding to cover all costs.

Funding provided will factor in the demands of the UBC Bursary Program for the study period to which you have applied, available funding from departments and faculties, and eligibility of programs for consideration. 

How we determine funding amounts

We follow a defined set of criteria when we determine the amount of funding you can receive. This includes: 

  • Your individual student loan needs assessment, which is determined by your provincial lender
  • The unmet needs of other students
  • The total number of bursary applicants
  • Your program's eligibility for UBC Bursary funding


To be eligible, you must:

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

  • Apply for the bursary by the deadline

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

  • Have received confirmation of enrolment for your Canadian government student loan by the bursary deadline

  • Have an assessed unmet financial need using UBC’s Common Assessment Mechanism, which is based on StudentAid BC policies

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

  • Programs that are not eligible for the bursary: Certificate, Diploma, Unclassified, Qualifying, Visiting, Access Studies, and UBC Co-op

UBC Access Promise for eligible BC students

The UBC Access Promise program automatically assesses bursary funding for eligible BC students meeting the below program criteria. We recommend all eligible students submit an application to ensure maximum funding support.

Access Promise criteria

  • Meet UBC Bursary Program criteria
  • Be registered in an eligible undergraduate degree program
  • Have received the maximum Canada Student Grant for Full-Time Students
  • Have received a full-time student loan through StudentAid BC
  • For Vancouver campus:
    • Be classified by StudentAid BC as a Dependent student who is considered to be dependent on a financial sponsor, such as parent(s), OR
    • Self-identify as an indigenous person
  • For Okanagan campus: 
    • Self-identify as an indigenous person

Eligible undergraduate degree programs for Access Promise

  • 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


Bursary application periods


August 15, 2020 – September 15, 2020 (11:59 PM PST)


May 1, 2020 – June 1, 2020 (11:59 PM PST)

If you’re applying for a student loan

Your student loan must be confirmed by your provincial loan provider before the bursary deadlines above to be eligible for UBC bursaries.

When to apply for your loan

To meet the bursary deadline, we strongly recommend that you apply for your provincial student loan by:

  • Winter: July 15 
  • Summer: March 31  

    How to apply

    1. Log in to the SSC
    2. Update your contact information Personal info > Contact summary

    3. Navigate to Finance > Apply for UBC Bursary

    4. If you have received a bursary, you will be notified by email with instructions on how to accept your offer. Bursary offers not accepted within the study period will be cancelled.

    Information in the application is collected under the authority of section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

    If there are changes to your financial situation

    • If you are facing unexpected financial distress or have had a significant change to your financial situation, contact an Enrolment Services Advisor. They can help you through this difficult time and make sure you get the support you need.
    • If you have been awarded a bursary and have recently come into additional resources not reported on your bursary application, you must report this to your Enrolment Services Advisor

    UBC bursary audits

    All UBC bursary funding is subject to financial reviews and audits. If you are selected for a financial review or audit, you may be asked to provide additional supporting documents, such as: 

    • Housing: rental agreement and payment receipt
    • Bank statements for the student, parent, and/or dependents 
    • Tax returns, child care receipts, and other similar documents demonstrating financial need

    Failure to provide the requested documents in a timely manner may result in the delay or cancellation of your UBC bursary funding, and/or a reassessment of your application.

    Other financial support programs


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

    Yes. You can apply for the UBC Bursary Program before your loan application is complete. However, UBC will need to confirm your enrolment by 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, Northwest Territories, or Nunavut Student Financial Assistance you will be required to upload your Notice of Assessment before your bursary application can be assessed.  Students receiving student loans from other provinces will need to make sure their loan has been confirmed by the bursary deadline, but are not required to upload their Notice of Assessment.

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

    All Non-Degree Studies student categories (Certificate, Diploma, Unclassified, Qualifying, Visiting, and Access Studies) and students enrolled in a UBC Co-op term are not eligible for bursary funding. 

    Am I eligible for bursary support during my Co-op term?

    Students enrolled in an approved UBC Co-op term are not eligible for bursary funding during their Co-op term(s).  Students who have received bursary funds before Co-op registration has been added for the current study period will have their bursary reassessed accordingly and funds will be recovered.

    Am I eligible for bursary support if my loan starts in January?

    Yes, UBC Vancouver offers a Winter Term 2-only bursary which is open from December 15 to January 15 (if it falls on a weekend the deadline will be the next working day) for students with full-time Canadian government student loans starting in Winter Term 2 (January). Loans must be confirmed by January 15 to be considered for bursary eligibility. Students are encouraged to apply for their term 2 loans by November 15th.

    Is 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 who wish to be considered for bursary support must submit a bursary application through the Student Service Centre (SSC) by the deadline.

    How will my bursary funds be issued?

    Bursary will be issued as a payment to your tuition account first. If there are no overdue or imminently due tuition or student fees, the funds will be issued to you via a cheque or direct deposit.  Students are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit to ensure timely access to bursary funds.

    Learn more about direct deposits

    What happens to bursary cheques that are lost or not picked up?

    Your bursary cheque may be cancelled if the cheque is not picked up before the last day of your program study period and/or deposited within 5 months from the cheque issuance date, whichever period is shorter.  For replacement of a lost cheque, please contact your Enrolment Services Advisor.

    What happens if I forget to accept my bursary offer?

    Students are required to accept their bursary offer as soon as possible and no later than the last day of the study period they applied for funding. Students who do not accept their bursary within their loan study period will have their bursary cancelled.

    Is my bursary confidential?

    UBC will disclose to award donors your name, contact information (mailing address, telephone number and email address), year and program of study, and other information relevant to the requirements of the award, for the purpose of maintaining donor relations and informing the donor about the impact of their generosity. Information about your award will also be shared with University faculty and staff on a “need to know” basis but it will otherwise be kept confidential to the extent authorized by law

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