Financial support options


UBC recognizes the significant contribution you and your family make toward your degree. Enrolment Services Advisors are here to advise you on financial advising and resources like scholarships, bursaries, and other assistance programs.

Setting yourself up for financial wellness

Your responsibilities as a student

As a student, please make sure you have a clear understanding of your financial responsibilities and take the necessary steps to access available resources.

This may include:

  • Talking with your family about support
  • Applying for government student loans
  • Meeting deadlines for funding programs
  • Making sure you take the minimum number of courses required for support
  • Maintaining a good credit history

Domestic student support

UBC is strongly committed to ensuring accessibility for domestic students. For this reason, UBC established the UBC bursary program, aligning with the Financial Aid Policy for domestic students (Policy LR10).

Beyond financial support from the UBC Bursary, there are other resources and support options for you to fund your studies:

International student support

UBC recognizes the academic achievement of outstanding students from around the world by devoting more than $10 million annually to awards, scholarships, and other forms of financial support for international undergraduate students, including:

Indigenous student support

As an Indigenous student, there are many ways for you to finance your education at UBC. Browse financial support options such as UBC awards available for Indigenous students, job opportunities during your degree, band or community sponsorship, and more.

Students with a disability

To help students with disabilities deal with their financial challenges, Enrolment Services coordinates with the Centre for Accessibility. As a student with a disability, you may be eligible for all standard programs, but there is additional information that you need to know.

Student loans for students with a disability

Both the federal and provincial governments have special programs that are administered through the student loan agencies. These programs include non-repayable grants to help with living expenses, and funding designated for specialized educational equipment and services for eligible students with disabilities.

You can find more information on these programs through the Centre for Accessibility or by reviewing StudentAid BC’s list of programs.

Permanent Disability Programs application

British Columbia residents

BC residents who are student loan approved and have a permanent or chronic disability are encouraged to submit a Permanent Disability Programs Application to StudentAid BC. Once approved, you may be eligible for up to $3,800 in grants, additional financial support for services and equipment, and approved for studying at 40% of a full course load.

If you are taking less than 40% of a full course load, you can apply for grant funding through the StudentAid BC Part-Time Studies application.

Students outside of BC

The application process for government student loans for students with permanent disabilities is different in each province. Consult your home province loan provider to ensure that you are submitting the correct information and forms. See information about loans for students from other provinces.

Awards for students with a disability

Awards in the form of scholarships and bursaries are available for students with disabilities. Awards range in value and eligibility criteria. Registration with the Centre for Accessibility is required for eligibility.

Browse awards

Helpful resources

If you have questions

If you have questions, please contact your Enrolment Services Advisor. Even if you do not have an assigned Enrolment Services Advisor, they are still able to help.