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, and Ontario apply through their individual province. 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
    2. Other provinces and territories: National Student Loans
    3. Fill out your application form and contact Enrolment Services for instructions on how to submit your part-time student loan application.
    4. You will receive an assessment from the loan provider detailing what kind of funding you'll receive and when you'll receive it.
    5. 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

    Please contact your Enrolment Services Advisor directly. If you do not have an assigned advisor, they are still available to help.