Financial Aid & Awards

You want a VCC education. We're here to help you fund it.

Financial Aid enables VCC students to realize their educational goals by helping students access a variety of financial assistance sources. These include scholarships, bursaries and student loan programs.

Students requiring financial assistance for registration should apply for assistance well in advance.

See below for more information about the types of financial assistance available, deadlines to apply and how to download application forms.

For complete descriptions of all VCC's financial awards, visit our Online Awards Guide

Many financial aid forms will ask you to list program costs. To help you determine the cost for your VCC program we have an online calculator

‌‌Numerous awards and scholarships are available to assist students with funding their education at VCC. Most are provided through the Vancouver Community College Foundation and by community donors.

The Great-West Life, London Life & Canada Life Scholarship for New Canadians 

Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life offers scholarships to support new Canadians and provide opportunities to assist newcomers to integrate more fully into their workplaces and communities. ‌‌

A tuition credit is offered to new Canadian Citizens or Permanent residents (within the last five years) who are B.C. residents to 1) assist in advancing their education and 2) alleviate financial barriers to pursue post-secondary study.  Recipients will exhibit a desire to enter or be currently enrolled in a full-time VCC program. (Continuing Studies programs/courses are not eligible for this scholarship).

Application deadline: April 30, 2018 Application form
Award amount: 1 x $1,250

Jess Daniel Nichol Memorial Award

The Jess Daniel Nichol Memorial Award is offered to students entering the Music Program at Vancouver Community College who have a strong interest in music and have encountered challenges in their lives. Preference will be given to residents of the Downtown Eastside area of Vancouver and those who have a financial need.

Application deadline: Available Fall 2018
Award amount: 1 x $3,000 ($1,500/year x 2 years)

Positive Space Scholarship

The Positive Space Scholarship will honour a student who has displayed leadership in building a positive and welcoming environment for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered (GLBT) community – inside VCC or in the community. ‌

Application deadline: April 30, 2018 Application form
Award amount: 1 x $450

Pyrrha Scholarship

The Pyrrha Scholarship is offered to a first-year VCC Jewellery Art & Design student who demonstrates high academic and artistic achievement in their first year coursework. The recipient must qualify for financial aid and must intend to pursue jewellery arts.

Application deadline: April 30, 2018 Application form
Award amount: 1 x $3,500

Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. Entrance Award

Samsung Electronics Canada Inc., worldwide electronics leader, has established three $1,000 entrance awards at Vancouver Community College. The applicant must be enrolling in the Samsung Tech Institute - Appliance Repair Technician - Entry or Professional Pathway program in order to qualify for these entrance awards. 

Application deadline: April 30, 2018 Application formApplication form
Award Amount: 2 x $1,000

Tourism Industry Partners Society Entrance Award - Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts programs 

The Tourism Industry Partners Society's (TIPS) Invitational Golf Tournament is organized to fund awards that will help attarct and retain hospitality industry talent. Proceeds from the event generously fund these awards.

Application deadline: April 30, 2018 Application formApplication form
Award amount: 5 x $1,000

TIPS offers a limited number of one-time, $1,000 entrance awards to Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts students.

Tourism Industry Partners Society Entrance Award - Hospitality Management, diploma program

The Tourism Industry Partners Society's (TIPS) Invitational Golf Tournament is organized to benefit young talent entering the hospitality industry. Proceeds from the event generously fund these awards.

Application deadline: April 30, 2018 Application form
Award amount:
20 x $1,000

Tourism Industry Partners Society Entrance Award - Hospitality Management, degree program

The Tourism Industry Partners Society's (TIPS) Invitational Golf Tournament is organized to benefit young talent entering the hospitality industry. Proceeds from the event generously fund these awards.

Application deadline: April 30, 2018 Application form
Award amount:
5 x $5,000

The University Women's Club of Vancouver Pathways to Health Sciences Award

A tuition credit is offered to a female student on a pathway leading to a Health Sciences program at VCC. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a female B.C. resident
  • Have completed 10 credits from VCC in subjects on a pathway leading to a Health Sciences program at VCC
  • Demonstrate community engagement including volunteer experience in a health setting or related endeavour (Reference letter required)
  • Provide two letters of support, including one from someone who has worked closely with the applicant during her education explaining how she has a demonstrated aptitude in relevant academic area

Application deadline: April 30, 2018 Application form
Award amount:
 2 x $750

The University Women's Club of Vancouver Award to New Canadians

A tuition credit is offered to a female student who is pursuing studies in any program at VCC in order to enter the work force in Canada. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a female permanent resident, living in Canada for more than five years
  • Have earned a post-secondary degree outside Canada, whose degree is not given equal recognition in this country (proof of this education to be included)
  • Provide two letters of support that demonstrate the attitudes and attributes which will help ensure applicant’s success as a student, and in her future career.

Application deadline: April 30, 2018 Application form
Award amount: 1 x $750‌‌

The University Women's Club of Vancouver Women in Transportation Trades

A tuition credit is offered to a female student with demonstrated aptitude for hands-on tasks entering any Transportation Trades program at VCC.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a female B.C. resident
  • Have been accepted in any transportation trades programs at VCC
  • Demonstrate the skills, attitudes, and attributes which will help ensure her success as a student, and as a future worker in the transportation trades

Application deadline: April 30, 2018 Application form
Award amount: 1 x $750‌‌ 

Vancouver Community College entrance awards 

Entrance awards are available to students entering one of the college's full-time programs of at least six month duration or minimum of three University Transfer courses for four months. Award recipients will be selected based on academic achievement and community involvement (volunteering). Applicants must have a B average and include a letter of reference along with the award application form. 

Application deadline: April 30, 2018 Application form
Award amount:
1 x $1,000

Vancouver Community College entrance scholarships for high school students 

Ten Entrance Scholarships of $1,000 are available to students entering one of the College's full time programs of six month duration or longer or two terms of University Transfer courses (minimum three courses). The scholarships are available to one student from each of the following high schools, based on achievement as determined by the high school. 

  • Britannia
  • Charles Tupper
  • Carson Graham
  • David Thompson
  • Gladstone
  • Killarney
  • John Oliver
  • Templeton
  • Windermere
  • Van Tech 

Vancouver Community College (graduating) scholarships and awards 

The faculty and departments in which students are studying select the recipients for graduating awards which are presented at the May and November Awards Ceremonies each year.

No application is necessary.

Variety - The Children's Charity Youth Award

Variety-the Children’s Charity (variety.bc.ca) distributes funds throughout British Columbia to inspire hope, enrich lives, and build a better future for children who have special needs. We are offering two $500 awards to students entering a program at VCC who demonstrates personal barriers such as special needs, financial challenges, etc.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Under 19 years old at the time of application
  • B.C. resident and Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Enrolled or accepted in a post-secondary program
  • Have a special need, including, but not limited to:
    • Medical
    • Developmental

Application deadline: April 30, 2018 Application formApplication form
Award amount: 2 x $500

Vancouver Community College bursaries are non-repayable grants given to students who demonstrate financial need. Students are expected to have exhausted all other sources of financial assistance including student loans and the adult upgrading grant (AUG). 

Who can apply? 

Any VCC student can apply who:

  • is able to show financial need (AUG or student loan recipients will be given priority)
  • is registered full-time student (18 hours ESL/ABE or 60% course load for post-secondary) or is disabled and approved to study at 40%. Part-time students will be considered for a bursary only for emergency situations.
  • is receiving passing grades in all courses.

When can I apply? 

Apply now

  • Apply in September, if your program ends in November, December, January or February
  • Apply in January, if your program ends in March, April, May or June
  • Apply in June, if your program ends in July, August, September or October 

How to apply? 

Students can apply through myVCC login. Applications are only accepted online. If you do not have a computer, you can use the computers in the Learning Centre, Library, Counselling Department. 

See the bursary application document for step-by-step instructions on completing your application.


The provincial government has announced that it will be restoring funding and removing tuition fees for Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs in British Columbia as of September 2017.

We are currently working closely with the provincial government to implement these changes, and to amend our ESL and ABE student registration processes. In the interim we have put together information to help answer any immediate questions you may have. 

Non-repayable grants are available!

If you are enrolling in English as a Second Language, adult basic education (academic upgrading) or adult special education programming, you may be eligible for the Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG), a provincial-funded financial assistance program. 

Adult Upgrading Grant
Adult Upgrading Grant application forms are available to ‌‌print (use Internet Explorer to open form or download from other browsers and open with Acrobat Reader). 

Please bring:

  • 2016 Notice of Assessment from Revenue Canada
  • Social Insurance Card
  • Permanent Resident card (if you are a landed immigrant/Permanent Resident)

AUG covers any tuition fee charged and includes other non-discretionary charges, such as the college initiative fee and student fee. In addition, if applicable, funding for text books and supplies may also be provided. 

If you are receiving AUG funding you may also be eligible for a Compass Card. 

Eligible students are those enrolling in part-time or full-time courses in:  

  • ESL classes (EAP and Pathways)
  • ABE classes (Basic Education, CCA, College Foundations)
  • ASE classes (Adult Special Education) 

The eligibility is based upon financial need. To be considered to have financial need, an applicant's income must meet or be below a standard level. This level is dependent upon the applicant's living arrangement and the size of their family. AUG funding is also dependent on successfully completing previously funded courses.

Do you have questions or need help?
Please contact the VCC Financial Aid office for more information and assistance.

View the government FAQ sheet regarding the AUG grant.

Young people leaving foster care now have access to free tuition. The Provincial Former Youth in Care Tuition Waiver program provides tuition waivers to former youth in care who are less likely to have access to post-secondary education or training than young people who grew up with family supports.

Who is eligible?

Students accessing the program must be:

  1. from British Columbia;
  2. aged between 19 to 26 years (inclusive)‌; and
  3. have been in care for a minimum of 24 months

How do I apply for the tuition waiver?

  1. Apply to your program of choice at VCC
  2. Complete the Former Youth in Care consent form
  3. Bring the completed consent form to VCC's Financial Aid office

More information:

  • Provincial tuition waiver program FAQs

‌‌The Canada Apprentice Loan (CAL) is an initiative of the Government of Canada to help you complete your apprenticeship in a designated Red Seal trade.

Starting in January 2015, you can apply for up to $4,000 in interest-free loans per period of technical training. The money will be available to you to help pay for tuition, tools, equipment and living expenses, to cover forgone wages or to help support your family.

Get the support now, pay later

You will not have to make payments on your CAL, and no interest will accumulate until after you complete or leave your apprenticeship training program.

Apply today

Visit the Canada Apprentice Loan Online Service for more details and to apply online for quicker service. Don’t delay—start your application today!

Other resources

Frequently asked questions
Canadian apprentice loan overview

BC Aboriginal Student and BC Teacher Education Awards

The BC Aboriginal Student Award (Past Recipient) is part of a general awards program offered by the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society aimed at reducing barriers to post-secondary education for Aboriginal learners. The award is specifically designed to encourage and facilitate Aboriginal learners to access post-secondary education and training and has been made possible by funding provided by the Province of British Columbia.

Application deadline: Available spring 2017

Canadian Hospitality Foundation

The Canadian Hospitality Foundation (CHF) offers over $200,000 worth of scholarships annually for students across Canada wishing to pursue a career in the hospitality, foodservice and tourism industry.

The Canadian Hospitality Foundation's mission is to reward the best and the brightest students across Canada whose goal it is to enter the foodservice, lodging and hospitality industry. The scholarships are to encourage and ensure that these students continue and complete their education and enter into the industry. We are investing in our Future Human Capital.

The CHF offers two scholarships to VCC students:

  • College Entrance Scholarship (for students in their last year of high school)
  • Hospitality/Hotel/Tourism/Food and Beverage Scholarship‌

Application deadline: Fall 2017

Credit Union Foundation of B.C.

The Credit Union Foundation of B.C. provides Vancouver Community College students with several bursaries each year. Founded by and funded by credit union members, CUFBC awards are provided to B.C. resident post-secondary students in need of financial assistance to complete their education. The awards vary from $500 to $3,000.

Eligibility criteria and application form: learn more at www.cufoundation.org


ESL101 is a free resource for teachers looking to teach abroad. Education is crucial to being a successful teacher, and most teaching positions overseas require applicants to have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree. ESL101 has established a scholarship to help undergraduates pay for their education so motivated individuals can pursue the opportunity to live and teach in a a foreign country after graduation.

Application deadline: TBA
Eligibility criteria and application form: https://www.esl101.com/scholarship

Finland House Society 

This scholarship program is for full-time students of Finnish descent who are residents of British Columbia and who have been accepted for admission at an accredited institution providing a degree, a diploma, or a certification for its program of studies, in B.C. or elsewhere.  

In addition to scholarships for any field of study, there is an additional scholarship for Music Studies in Memory of Robert Dennis Orava.

For a complete list of the criteria and the application form for all of these scholarships, please visit the website or contact the Chair of the Scholarship Committee. 

Mrs. Lorene Mara, Chair, 604.939.5235/moopeople@shaw.ca    

Application deadline: November 1, 2017
Eligibility criteria and application form: learn more at scandinaviancentre.org/Finland

Flight Network Scholarship

The Flight Network scholarship is a $1,000 award presented to a currently enrolled North American student with a GPA of 3.0.

Eligible students must submit a 500-1000 word essay about a travel related experience or topic. The winning essay will be featured on the Flight Network blog. For more information or to apply, please visit the Flight Network website.

Application deadline: December 31, 2016

Bursary amount: $1,000

Helen Bassett Commemorative Student Award 

The Helen Bassett Commemorative student award is awarded to four Aboriginal women in Canada from each of the four traditional directions (north, east, south, and west) who are currently in post secondary studies. Priority is given to those studying in law or justice related fields. Priority is given to students committed to improving the situation of Aboriginal women and youth in Canada politically, culturally, economically or otherwise.

Application deadline: TBA

Bursary amount: 4 x $1,000

Ike Barber Transfer Scholarship 

The Ike Barber Transfer Scholarship is open to students who, after completing one year (minimum of 30 credits) or two years (minimum of 54 credits) of study at a BC public post-secondary institution, will transfer their credits into full-time studies at another public post-secondary institution in BC to complete their degree.

Successful applicants must demonstrate academic merit as well as significant involvement in their community and/or school.

Up to 153 scholarships worth $5,000 each are available in 2016 under the Ike Barber Transfer Scholarship program. The program is offered by the Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society, administered by the Victoria Foundation.

Eligibility criteria and application form: learn more about the scholarship program eligibility requirements and complete the application form at www.ikbbc.ca.

Application deadline: Available winter 2017

Irving K. Barber Scholarship - One World International Scholarship

One World Scholarships of between $1,000 – $3,500 are awarded to students participating in study, or work-abroad programs that are either experiential learning opportunities (language or cultural training), or that provide credits toward the BC academic credential they are working towards.

Each year, the society provides hundreds of scholarships and awards valued between $1,000 and $10,000 each to students studying everything from trades to doctoral degrees.

Application deadline: May 5, 2017 Application form

Bursary amount: $1,000 - $3,500

VCC students can access student loans through StudentAid BC. Designed to help B.C. residents overcome financial barriers to post-secondary education, it is a partnership between the provincial and federal governments, who cover interest payments during your time of study. 

There are three types of loans available to students in B.C.: British Columbia student loans, Canada student loans and part-time Canada student loans. B.C. student loans are provided by the provincial government. Canada student loans are provided by the federal government. These are all administered through StudentAid BC, as are Canada study grants, Canada access grants. 

A basic principle of StudentAid BC is that the primary responsibility for the funding of post-secondary education rests with students and their immediate families. While the federal and provincial governments cover interest on student loans during full-time studies, student loans must be repaid. 

After the assessment of your application, you will receive a Notification of Award by mail at the address on your application. This notification advises you of the amount you may receive. You may also find out this information by calling 1-800-561-1818. 

Get more information or apply online at www.studentaidbc.ca

Changes to student loans for BC Students 

No more managing two student loans.

Managing student loans is about to get easier for borrowers from British Columbia (BC). The governments of Canada and BC are integrating their full-time student financial assistance programs - Canada Student Loans and StudentAid BC - to simplify the borrowers' experience. There's no change to the administration of Canada Student Loans and Grants for part-time students. 

Interest-Free Status 

Do you need to maintain your interest-free status on your student loan? If you are still studying full-time but are no longer receiving funding through StudentAid BC, you need to apply for interest-free status to delay paying back your student loan. Login on to www.studentaidbc.ca and on the left hand side under "Resources" click on the "Apply for Interest-Free Status Online" link and start your application. 

Part-time Students 

The Financial Aid Program for Part-time Studies has loan and grant funding available to students attending post-secondary studies part-time.


Locations, hours, and contact information

For all enquiries, please call the Broadway campus Financial Aid office at 604.871.7046.

Broadway campus

Level 4, building A
Monday, Tuesday and Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Phone: 604.871.7046
Email: financialaid@vcc.ca

Downtown campus 

Level 1
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Phone : 604.443.8420
Email: financialaid@vcc.ca