New supports for post-secondary students this fall (flickr.com)

Media Contacts

Sean Leslie

Communications Director
Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training
sean.leslie@gov.bc.ca
250 356-8485

Backgrounders

Aid for B.C. post-secondary students
  • Applications for StudentAid BC (student financial assistance) are open for students studying in post-secondary programs between Aug. 1, 2020, and July 31, 2021.
  • The B.C. Access Grant is the first new investment in post-secondary student grants in 15 years.
    • Grant funding can be used toward tuition costs, but can also be used for basic living expenses, such as rent, groceries or transit.
  • This is the first time that provincial grants will be available to part-time students and students in programs fewer than two years, as well as in a much broader range of programs.
  • BCcampus is a government-funded organization with the primary focus of supporting B.C.'s post-secondary system in the areas of teaching and learning, open education and digital learning.
    • BCcampus is working with expert stakeholders, students, faculty at B.C.’s public post-secondary institutions to develop topics and issues that will be covered in future webinars as part of mental health supports for students, faculty and staff.
  • The Open Textbook Project is managed on government’s behalf by BCcampus.
    • Over 675 British Columbia faculty members at 40 public and private post-secondary institutions are participating in the open textbook initiative.