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. 

UBC’s Common Assessment Mechanism

The bursary application collects information such as family income and size 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.

How we determine funding amounts

A defined set of criteria is followed to determine the amount of funding you can receive.

For JD, DMD, MD, PHRMD, and BEd (11month)

  • The unmet financial need of other students
  • The total number of bursary applicants for your program
  • Available funding from departments/faculties specifically allocated to your program

For Designated Graduate programs

  • Bursary funding for students in designated graduate programs listed on this website is provided from your department/faculty
  • Eligibility and bursary amounts depend on funds your department/faculty can provide

For all other programs

  • Your individual student loan needs assessment, which is determined by your provincial lender
  • Your program's eligibility for UBC Bursary funding
  • Your family size and prior year’s total family income


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

If you are claiming child care expenses in your bursary application

You must apply for government funding before applying for bursary support.

  • You may be asked to submit a confirmation letter from the BC Child Care Service Centre indicating Affordable Child Care Benefits (ACCB) eligibility
  • You may be eligible for the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative without an application.
  • You need to submit an application for the Affordable Child Care Benefit every year. The BC Child Care Service Centre estimates that it takes 10 business days to process an electronic application. Please ensure that you apply early to allow time for your application to be processed before the start of the academic year. 

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.

Students who were eligible as Access Promise in one session may not automatically qualify as Access Promise students in subsequent or future session(s).

Access Promise student criteria

  • Meet UBC Bursary Program criteria
  • Be registered in any undergraduate degree program at UBC Vancouver campus, except for JD, MD, PHRMD, DMD, and BEd 11MO.
  • Have received the maximum Canada Student Grant for Full-Time Students
  • Have received a full-time student loan through StudentAid BC
  • 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


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 enrolment must be confirmed with your provincial loan provider before the bursary application 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 31 
  • 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 navigate these changes and connect you to relevant support.
    • 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 Verifications

    All UBC bursary support is subject to financial reviews and verifications.

    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.

    Keep all relevant receipts and documents for 18 months after you apply. Information provided on your bursary application can be verified before and after the bursary decision, and up to 18 months after you receive your funding.

    If your application is selected for verification

    If your application is selected for verification, you may be asked to provide additional supporting documents, such as: 

    • Housing: rental agreement and proof of payment
    • Bank statements for the student, parent, and/or dependents
    • Canada Revenue Agency Notice of Assessment for the most recently available tax year (including line 150)
    • Proof of address for student and family members living in same household
    • Child care expenses such as:
      • a letter from child care service providers,
      • confirmation of child care benefits from BC Child Care Service Centre, and
      • proof of payment to child care service providers.

    Note: Cash receipts will not be accepted as proof of payment.

    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.

    Should I report benefits related to COVID-19 that I am receiving or will be receiving in my bursary application?

    No, you are not required to report Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), and/or other benefits related to COVID-19 in the bursary application.

    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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