Loans for part-time students

About part-time funding

Loans are available for students studying part-time at UBC. To be considered a part-time student, you must be registered in 20-59% of the full-time load listed for your program, which you can check on the Course Load Guide.

Not all programs are eligible for part-time funding. You must be in a program approved for full-time student loans. Contact Enrolment Services to check if your program is approved.

Part-time funding is suitable for you if:

  • You need support for educational expenses like tuition, books, and transportation
  • You require assistance in paying for childcare while attending school
  • You are recognized by StudentAid BC with permanent disabilities status (Students with 40-59% of a full course load and have permanent disability status qualify for full-time loans)

Part-time funding does not cover living costs. If you need additional financial support for living costs, please contact Enrolment Services Advisors to discuss your financial plan.

How to apply

Before you apply

Residents of British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island apply through their individual provinces. Residents of all other provinces and territories apply through National Student Loans. Your province of residence is typically the province where you lived before attending UBC, depending on whether you are a dependent or an independent student.

    Application process

    1. Download the application form based on your home province or territory:
      British Columbia: StudentAidBC
      Alberta: Student Aid Alberta
      Ontario: Ontario Student Assistance Program
      Saskatchewan: Saskatchewan Student Loans
      Nova Scotia: Nova Scotia Student Assistance
      Prince Edward Island: Prince Edward Island Student Financial Services
      Other provinces and territories: National Student Loans
    2. Fill out your application form and contact Enrolment Services for instructions on how to submit your part-time student loan application.
    3. You will receive an assessment from the loan provider detailing what kind of funding you'll receive and when you'll receive it.
    4. Your funding will be sent to you through direct deposit by your loan provider after your enrolment has been confirmed by UBC.

    Students with previous part-time loans

    If you have a previous part-time government Student Loan and you are returning to either part-time or full-time study, you do not need to begin repayment; however, you must inform your lender that you are returning to study. Please review the information for students with previous loans.

    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 Services 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 your question through the online form.