Alternative Sources of Funding for US students

Overview

Beyond Direct Loans, UBC offers a range of funding options for US students, including: 

  • Veterans Affairs
  • Americorps
  • State funding

Veterans Affairs

US veterans, their dependents, and/or spouses attending UBC may be eligible for educational benefits through the US Department of Veterans Affairs. 

Please apply online through the US Department of Veterans Affairs or in person at a local Veterans Affairs regional benefit office.

If you need a confirmation of program eligibility, email usloans.inquiry@ubc.ca with your intended program of study. UBC will work with Veteran Affairs to determine the program eligibility and notify you about the decision by email. This process usually takes 2 to 4 weeks but can take longer depending on the time of year.

Applying and using benefits at UBC

Email usloans.inquiry@ubc.ca with a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility and your program of study. If your program is eligible, UBC’s certifying officials will complete a V22-1999a form on your behalf and work with you to secure your funding.

Americorps

Students who have completed voluntary activities for AmeriCorps may be eligible for an Education Award. UBC is a qualified institution for certifying Americorps Education Awards.

To determine your eligibility for educational benefits or request disbursements (payments) from your education awards, please log into your My Americorps account or call Americorps directly at 1 800 942 2677.

Using your benefits at UBC

Once you have applied for your AmeriCorps benefits through your My AmeriCorps account, UBC will receive an email from AmeriCorps to complete a cost of attendance for you and confirm your enrolment.

AmeriCorps cheques in USD are sent directly to UBC and are applied to your tuition account. You will be notified by email when a cheque has been received and applied to your tuition account.

State Funding

UBC can provide cost of attendance and confirmation of enrolment information for students applying for a number of state funded and 529 college savings plans including:

  • Alaska Education Loans
  • Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET)
  • Rhode Island Higher Education Assistance Authority (RIHEAA)
  • Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC)

For the RIHEAA and VSAC state funding, email usloans.inquiry@ubc.ca to confirm that your electronic loan or enrolment request has been received. Be sure to provide your name and UBC student number.

For Alaska Education Loans, visit Enrolment Services to get your paperwork signed. 

If you’re eligible for student loans from a state not listed above, email usloans.inquiry@ubc.ca with your name and UBC student number.

Additional resources

If you have questions

If you're an undergraduate student, please contact your Enrolment Services Advisor directly. To find your advisor’s contact information, log into your Student Service Centre (SSC) and select “UBC Contacts” under Personal Info.

Graduate, postgraduate, and all other students can contact an Enrolment Services Advisor by calling 604 822 9836 or submitting a question through the online form.