Financial aid FAQ

Review frequently asked questions below about ϼ financial aid.

Awards, Bursaries, and Scholarships

Visit ϼ Awards, Bursaries, and Scholarshipsadministered by ϼ to find out about eligibility criteria and deadlines.

You may be eligible if you:

  • Are graduating from a high school in Metro Vancouver.
  • Are entering ϼ in the Fall semester.
  • Have a minimum 3.5 GPA (scholarship) or 3.0 GPA (award).

Visit Entrance Awards and Scholarships for more information regarding the entrance awards and scholarships.

Visit ϼ Awards, Bursaries, and Scholarships for listings of the funds available.

You may be eligible if you:

  • Are graduating from ϼ
  • Have achieved a record of academic excellence

Visitgraduation awardsandgraduation scholarshipsfor listings of the awards and scholarships available.

Apply onlinewithin the dates listed below:

  • Feb. 1–Apr. 1

Swing by External Awards, Bursaries, and Scholarshipsfor more financial assistance outside ϼ.

Check in your local community, credit unions, businesses, organizations, and agencies for possible sources of funds.


Student Loans and Grants

Visit Financial Toolsfor tools to plan your funding for education.

  • Investigate funding options and try to minimize your borrowing.
  • Plan your finances now to avoid stress and uncertainty while you are a student.
  • Live simply and inexpensive so that you can look forward to graduating without a huge debt.

Loans

  • Interest-free while the student is enrolled in full-time* post-secondary-level studies.
  • Repayment starts six months after leaving full-time study.

Grants

  • Special grants are available for students with dependants and students with disabilities and for students from low- or middle-income families.
  • Considered taxable income.
  • Not repayable unless you withdraw early or your financial need changes.

* Enrolled in minimum 60% course load (9 credits) or 40% course load (6 credits) for students with an approved permanent disability status with StudentAid BC.

The loans and grants process page has all the information you'll need on how to apply for full-time and part-time student funding.

BC students can apply throughand out of province students may need to apply through their home province.

VisitMANAGE Your Loanfor information on how to stay in touch with your student loan provider and maintain proof of your ongoing studies.

VisitREPAY Your Loanfor information on repayment of student loans.

  • Register inat least 9 creditsof post-secondary level courses.
    • Not eligible for a student loan:
      • Upgrading courses such as ENGU/ELLA and MATU.
      • Courses that start with a zero (e.g., HUMD 0130).
      • Repeating courses that you have passed with a grade of "P" or higher. (Unless approved repeat course appeal by SABC)
      • Courses that you are auditing.
      • PLAR students.

  • Ensure your program is correct and that it matches on the ϼ registration system (check myAccount) and your student loan application.
    • If your program on the student record system does not match the program on your student loan application, your funding will be delayed.

Full-time Student Loan Funding

Apply earlyto receive your funding by the start of the semester. The application deadline is six weeks before the end of the semester and check out.

Part-time funding- Apply early as processing time is six to eight weeks.The application deadline is six weeks before the end of the semester and check out.

Adult Upgrading Grant

Apply bythein order to have your application processed before the fee payment deadline and note that funding is limited.

If you apply after the fee payment deadline, you will need to pay your fees in full in order to avoid being de-registered from all courses and removed from all waitlists. You will receive a refund for the eligible courses if you qualify for funding.

Check if your fee deferral is in place by logging in to your myAccount >Registration > Registration and Schedule > Prepare for Registration > Select a term.

View eligibility requirements to receive a fee deferral on the Fee Deferral Page.

If you do not meet BC residency requirements to apply for a BC student loan, you will need to for a student loan or grant funding through another province or territory. Once you have been approved for funding, you will need to ensure a fee deferral has been placed on your account to prevent you from being dropped from classes since you will not receive the funds by the tuition payment deadline date.

  • Check if your fee deferral is in placeby logging in to your myAccount >Registration > Registration and Schedule > Prepare for Registration > Select a term.

    View eligibility requirements to receive a fee deferral on the Fee Deferral Page.

NOTE:If you decide not to attend one or more of your courses, or if you are disqualified, from receiving loans at any time after the fee payment deadline, you are responsible for dropping your courses.

See thedates and deadlinesfor current deadline dates.

Adult Upgrading Grant funding is available for the following programs and courses:

  • 3rd and 4th level English and Mathematics Upgrading (ENGU and MATU)
  • 2nd and 3rd level English Language Learning and Acquisition (ELLA)
  • Basic Occupational Education (BOCE)
  • Career and Employment Preparation (CAEP)
  • Customer Service and Cashier Training (CSCT)

Apply early in order to have your application processed before the.

  • If you apply after that date, you will need to pay your fees yourself. You will receive a refund for eligible courses if you qualify for funding.

Funding is available for part-time students enrolled in. Programs must be offered full time and designated for student loan funding to be eligible.

Students must be enrolled in3 to 8.5 creditsin order to apply for the part-time student loan and grant funding. Theonly covers educational costs such as tuition, books, transportation and unsubsidized child care costs.

Processing time:Approximately six to eight weeks. Apply early! See theDates and deadlines pagefor current deadline dates.

Application process:Email the form toenrolmentservices@douglascollege.ca.We will check it for completeness and forward your application for processing to StudentAid BC. You will be notified by letter of your eligibility by StudentAid BC.

One application is used for the following programs:

  • Canada student grant for part-time students
  • Canada student grant for students with permanent disabilities
  • Supplemental bursary for students with disabilities
  • Canada student loan for part-time students
  • Canada student grant for part-time students with dependants

Funding:If approved, you will be required to complete your Master Student Financial Assistance Agreement which will be sent to you via email approximately 2 weeks after submitting your loan application.

Who qualifies:If you are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or convention refugee whose income is low and are registered part time in an eligible program, you may qualify if you meet all other eligibility requirements.

You maysubmit an appeal requestto repeat your course when you have passed a course but did not obtain the grade required to proceed to the next level in your program of post-secondary study.

Find more information here:https://studentaidbc.ca/help-centre/applying-loans/why-do-i-have-overaward

For repayment of an overaward:https://studentaidbc.ca/help-centre/loan-repayment/how-do-i-repay-my-overaward

Qualifying for funding while enrolled at more than one eligible school, is called "Split Enrolment."

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Contact your Student Success Advisor (SSA) for further information.

If Douglas, is not your home school (where you will graduate from), then please also contact the Financial Aid Office at your home school.

To continue receiving financial aid, theCanada Student Financial Assistance Act, Canada Student Financial Assistance Program policy and StudentAid BC policy require you to maintain a satisfactory.

More about this: https://studentaidbc.ca/maintain/responsibilities#scholastic-standing

Study period dates are different from the class start and end dates. To ensure you are accurately funded, find study dates and program codes for each semester on thepage.


Other Funding Options

TheAdult Upgrading Granthelps students based on financial need who are enrolled in upgrading courses and special education programs:

  • Basic Occupational Education (BOCE)
  • Career and Employment Preparation (CAEP)
  • Customer Service and Cashier Training (CSCT)
  • 3rd and 4th level English and Mathematics Upgrading (ENGU and MATU)
  • 2nd and 3rd level English Language Learning and Acquisition (ELLA)

Apply early as funds are limited and by the end of late registration.

Email Student Success Advising to talk to aStudent Success Advisorto discuss available options.

  • Visit your banking institution to apply for a private student loan or line of credit. A co-signer may be required and interest is charged while you are in school.
  • Browsefor sponsorship or training assistance if you:
    • Are an unemployed person in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits,
    • Or have received benefits in the last three years,
    • Or have started a maternity or parental EI claim within the last five years
  • Talk to the Aboriginal Coordinator at 604-527-5565 for information on band funding if you are a First Nation student and check outfor scholarships, bursaries, and awards.
  • Earn while you learn by working part-time on or off-campus. Check outfor job opportunities.

Tuition for Former Youth in Care will be waived for B.C. students who are between 19-26 years of age (inclusive) attending a B.C. public post-secondary institution who meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the application form below. This program is open to students pursuing programs that lead to a certificate, diploma, or undergraduate degree. Students enrolled in graduate programs or post-graduate courses are not eligible. Students registering in Continuing Education courses are also eligible.

Students who wish to be considered for the waiver while studying at ϼ must complete theProvincial Tuition Waiver Applicationand return it to the Financial Aid Office at either the Coquitlam or New Westminster Campus.

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