Find scholarships and bursaries

Scholarships and bursaries provide financial support to help you cover the costs of going to school. They can help cover a variety of expenses including tuition, text books, housing, food, and other living essentials.

What are the different types of funding I can get for school?

  • Bursaries are money awards you get based on your financial need.
  • Scholarships are money awards you get for having high grades or other achievements.
  • Grants are money awards you get based on high grades or financial need.
  • Tuition waivers are used by some post-secondary schools to allow students to attend by "waiving" the cost.

What are grants, bursaries, scholarships video:

What am I eligible for?

It depends. Start by looking for funding for your age group and care status. Here's what's out there:

If you had a Continuing Custody Order (CCO) and are:

Under 19 years old

Adoptive Families Association of BC (AFABC) Multiple deadlines
BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) Multiple deadlines
BC Federation of Foster Parents (BCFFP) Multiple deadlines
BCIT Tuition Waiver program
Canada Post Aboriginal Education Award August 31st deadline
Children's Aid Foundation Multiple deadlines
CIBC Future Heroes Bursary Program July 15th deadline
Coast Capital Savings Youth Education Award Applications open early 2021
Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks (FBCYICN) March, July and October deadlines
Federation of Community Social Services (FCSS) Applications open early 2021
HSBC National Transformation Project
Indspire Scholarships February 1st, August 1st and November 1st deadlines
Irving K Barber Scholarship Applications open early 2021
Kwantlen Polytechnic University 
Langara Bursary program
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Tuition Waiver program
Pacific Association of First Nations Women Applications open January 2021
RBC Indigenous Student Awards Program February 28th deadline
Simon Fraser University Tuition Assistance Program
UBC Tuition Waiver Program
University of Victoria Tuition Waiver program
Vancouver Island Tuition Waiver
Youth Educational Assistance Fund

19-24 years old
Adoptive Families Association of BC (AFABC) Multiple deadlines
Agreement with Young Adults (AYA)
BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) Multiple deadlines
BC Federation of Foster Parents (BCFFP) Multiple deadlines
BCIT Tuition Waiver program
Canada Post Aboriginal Education Award August 31st deadline
Children's Aid Foundation Multiple deadlines
CIBC Future Heroes Bursary Program July 15th deadline
Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks (FBCYICN) March, July and October deadlines
Federation of Community Social Services (FCSS) Applications open early 2021
HSBC National Transformation Project
Indspire Scholarships February 1st, August 1st and November 1st deadlines
Irving K Barber Scholarship Applications open early 2021
Kwantlen Polytechnic University 
Langara Bursary program
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Tuition Waiver program
Pacific Association of First Nations Women Applications open January 2021
Public Guardian and Trustee (PGT) April 15th deadline
RBC Indigenous Student Awards Program February 28th deadline
Simon Fraser University Tuition Assistance Program
UBC Tuition Waiver Program
University of Victoria Tuition Waiver
Vancouver Island Tuition Waiver
Youth Educational Assistance Fund

Over 24 years old
Adoptive Families Association of BC (AFABC) Multiple deadlines
BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) Multiple deadlines
BC Federation of Foster Parents (BCFFP) Multiple deadlines
BCIT Tuition Waiver program
Canada Post Aboriginal Education Award August 31st deadline
Children's Aid Foundation Multiple deadlines
CIBC Future Heroes Bursary Program July 15th deadline
Federation of Community Social Services (FCSS) Applications open early 2021
HSBC National Transformation Project
Indspire Scholarships February 1st, August 1st and November 1st deadlines
Irving K Barber Scholarship Applications open early 2021
Kwantlen Polytechnic University 
Langara Bursary program
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Tuition Waiver program
Pacific Association of First Nations Women Applications open January 2021
Public Guardian and Trustee (PGT) April 15th deadline
RBC Indigenous Student Awards Program February 28th deadline
UBC Tuition Waiver Program
University of Victoria Tuition Waiver program
Vancouver Island Tuition Waiver
Youth Educational Assistance Fund (for 19 - 24, but you can appeal.)
 

If you had a Temporary Custody Order (TCO) and are:

Under 19 to 25 years old 
Adoptive Families Association of BC (AFABC) Multiple deadlines
BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) Multiple deadlines
BC Federation of Foster Parents (BCFFP) Multiple deadlines
Canada Post Aboriginal Education Award August 31st deadline
CIBC Future Heroes Bursary Program July 15th deadline 
Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks (FBCYICN) March, July and October deadlines
Federation of Community Social Services (FCSS) Applications open early 2021 
HSBC National Transformation Project
Indspire Scholarships February 1st, August 1st and November 1st deadlines
Irving K Barber Scholarship Applications open early 2021
Kwantlen Polytechnic University 
Pacific Association of First Nations Women Applications open January 2021
RBC Indigenous Student Awards Program February 28th deadline
Simon Fraser University Tuition Assistance Program
UBC Tuition Waiver Program
University of Victoria Tuition Waiver program

Over 24 years old

BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) Multiple deadlines
Canada Post Aboriginal Education Award August 31st deadline
CIBC Future Heroes Bursary Program July 15th deadline
HSBC National Transformation Project  
Indspire Scholarships February 1st, August 1st and November 1st deadlines
Irving K Barber Scholarship Applications open early 2021
Kwantlen Polytechnic University 
Pacific Association of First Nations Women Applications open January 2021
RBC Indigenous Student Awards Program February 28th deadline
UBC Tuition Waiver Program
University of Victoria Tuition Waiver program
 

If you had a Youth Agreement (YAG) and are:

Under 19 years old
Adoptive Families Association of BC (AFABC) Multiple deadlines
BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) Multiple deadlines
BC Federation of Foster Parents (BCFFP) Multiple deadlines
BCIT Tuition Waiver program
Canada Post Aboriginal Education Award August 31st deadline
CIBC Future Heroes Bursary Program July 15th deadline
Coast Capital Savings Youth Education Award Applications open January 2021
Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks (FBCYICN) March, July and October deadlines
Federation of Community Social Services (FCSS) Applications open early 2021
HSBC National Transformation Project
Indspire Scholarships February 1st, August 1st and November 1st deadlines
Irving K Barber Scholarship Applications open early 2021
Kwantlen Polytechnic University 
Langara Bursary program
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Tuition Waiver program
Pacific Association of First Nations Women Applications open January 2021
RBC Indigenous Student Awards Program February 28th deadline
Simon Fraser University Tuition Assistance Program
UBC Tuition Waiver Program
University of Victoria Tuition Waiver program
Vancouver Island Tuition Waiver

19-24 years old
Adoptive Families Association of BC (AFABC) Multiple deadlines
Agreement with Young Adults (AYA)
BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) Multiple deadlines
BC Federation of Foster Parents (BCFFP) Multiple deadlines
BCIT Tuition Waiver program
Canada Post Aboriginal Education Award August 31st deadline
CIBC Future Heroes Bursary Program July 15th deadline
Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks (FBCYICN) March, July and October deadlines
Federation of Community Social Services (FCSS) Applications open early 2021 
Indspire Scholarships February 1st, August 1st and November 1st deadlines
Irving K Barber Scholarship Applications open early 2021
HSBC National Transformation Project
Kwantlen Polytechnic University 
Langara Bursary program
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Tuition Waiver program
Pacific Association of First Nations Women Applications open January 2021
RBC Indigenous Student Awards Program February 28th deadline
Simon Fraser University Tuition Assistance Program
UBC Tuition Waiver Program
University of Victoria Tuition Waiver program
Vancouver Island Tuition Waiver

Over 24 years old
Adoptive Families Association of BC (AFABC) Multiple deadlines
BCIT Tuition Waiver program
BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) Multiple deadlines
BC Federation of Foster Parents (BCFFP) Multiple deadlines
Canada Post Aboriginal Education Award August 31st deadline
CIBC Future Heroes Bursary Program July 15th deadline 
Federation of Community Social Services (FCSS) Applications open early 2021
HSBC National Transformation Project
Indspire Scholarships February 1st, August 1st and November 1st deadlines
Irving K Barber Scholarship Applications open early 2021
Kwantlen Polytechnic University 
Langara Bursary program
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Tuition Waiver program
Pacific Association of First Nations Women Applications open January 2021
RBC Indigenous Student Awards Program February 28th deadline
UBC Tuition Waiver Program
Vancouver Island Tuition Waiver
University of Victoria Tuition Waiver program

If you had a transfer of custody (54.1):

Adoptive Families Association of BC (AFABC) Multiple deadlines
BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) Multiple deadlines
Canada Post Aboriginal Education Award August 31st deadline
CIBC Future Heroes Bursary Program July 15th deadline
Coast Capital Savings Youth Education Award Applications open January 2021
HSBC National Transformation Project
Indspire Scholarships February 1st, August 1st and November 1st deadlines
Irving K Barber Scholarship Applications open early 2021
Kwantlen Polytechnic University 
Pacific Association of First Nations Women Applications open January 2021
RBC Indigenous Student Awards Program February 28th deadline
University of Victoria Tuition Waiver program

 

Insider Tip

When you leave care, get a letter indicating your care status because many of the bursaries require you to "prove" you were in care. If you have already left care, you can contact your last social worker's office and ask them to provide you the information. Because of privacy issues you might have to go into an office and show ID to get that information.

How do I apply for funding?

You can often apply online, but the program's website will have more info. You might need these things to apply:

  • A reference
  • Proof of enrollment
  • A letter showing your care status
  • A brief description on how the bursary would help you
  • A budget to show your financial need

How much money will I get?

It depends on the program. Check the program's website for the amount of funding.

Insider Tip

Not all bursaries will give you the full amount listed on the website. Sometimes the organization will only have a certain amount of money to give out and will divide it among the best applicants. If you're not sure whether you'll get the full amount, contact the organization and ask them.

Do they cover my living expenses?

Check the program's website to find out what the funding will cover. Some only pay tuition. Others allow for more flexibility in how you spend the money.

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