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StudentAid BC assists eligible BC residents with the cost of their post-secondary education through loans and grants. It is a needs-based program offered in partnership between the provincial and federal governments. As a post-secondary student, you have the primary responsibility of paying for your education. Most students meet their costs through employment income, savings, assets, support from family, scholarships, bursaries, and/or awards. However, if this is not enough StudentAid BC may be able to supplement (not replace) your own financial resources to help you reach your educational goals. A single application assesses your eligibility for both BC student loans and grants (provided by the provincial government) and Canada student loans and grants (provided by the federal government).
You are considered full-time for student loan purposes if you are enrolled in at least 60% of a full-time courseload (9 credits att the 100-level or higher) in an eligible program at Capilano University. Your courseload cannot include any courses for which you have previously received credit (no repeat courses). Students with a recognized permanent disability (who have been approved through StudentAid BC) may be enrolled in at least 40% of a full time courseload (6 credits).
To apply, please visit StudentAid BC
You are considered part-time for student loan purposes if you are enrolled in 3 to 8.5 credits at the 100-level or higher in an eligible program at Capilano University. Your courseload cannot include any courses for which you have previously received credit (no repeat courses). Students with a recognized permanent disability (who have been approved through StudentAid BC) who are enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits can be considered to be studying full-time; to discuss your options, please contact us.
If you are enrolled in more than 8.5 credits, see the Full-Time Studies section. If you are enrolled in less than 3 credits, you are ineligible for government student loan funding.
To apply, download the Part-Time Studies application here. Once complete, bring your signed application to Financial Aid and Awards for processing.
StudentAid BC has specific requirements for minimum courseloads and minimum length of study periods. This table outlines the type of student loan application that can be completed depending on your intended courseload and study period in the summer term. * all credits must be at the 100-level or higher
Check your Capilano University email account regularly for correspondence from Financial Aid and Awards. If there are errors processing the confirmation of enrolment request, we will communicate with you by email.
Approved loan and grant funding is not released until on or after the first day of classes, and fee payment deadlines are before the first day of classes. If you need your student loan to make your payment, you can apply for a Fee Deferral after you receive your Notice of Assessment letter from StudentAid BC.
All or a portion of your funding may be sent directly to the school to pay for your tuition and fees.
If there is a balance owing on your student account on the day that your confirmation of enrolment is sent to StudentAid BC, your approved student loans will be sent to the school. The amount of student loans sent will equal the amount owing on that day or the total amount of loans you were approved for, whichever is less. Grant amounts are not sent directly to the school.
StudentAid BC links:
You must maintain enrolment in the minimum required courseload for the entire study period for which you have received funding.
If you are granted an extenuating withdrawal by Capilano University, you may wish to include information about your extenuating withdrawal in your StudentAid BC appeal form.
Please note that if your program is ineligible for student loan funding, it is also ineligible for interest-free status. Please review our list of programs and their eligibility status.
Courses that are a repeat/duplicate of courses you have previously received credit for are not eligible to be counted towards the minimum required courseload for student loan funding and interest-free status.
StudentAid BC states that students repeating courses solely to improve their grades are not eligible for financial assistance (whether you paid for tuition costs on your own or were in receipt of student assistance). StudentAid BC may give consideration an appeal basis if you have passed a course but did not obtain the grade required to proceed to the next level of the program. To request this consideration, you need to complete a StudentAid BC appeal request (available in their Form Library under "Appeal Request Forms - Other") and submit it to StudentAid BC for decision. Appeals can take 6-8 weeks to be reviewed by StudentAid BC.
If you are planning to
enrol in courses at both Capilano University and at another post-secondary
institution during the same term, you may be eligible to apply for
StudentAid BC funding and/or maintain your full-time interest-free status if
you meet all of the following criteria:
Please download the Split
Enrolment form and complete your portion. Submit form to the Financial
Aid Office of the other institution to be completed and forwarded back to
Once you have completed the course(s) at the other
institution, you submit an official transcript to Capilano University verifying
final grades. This must be completed within 30 days of course completion.
While you are enrolled in full-time studies, there are no payments required and the interest will be paid by the provincial and federal governments. Repayment will begin six months after your studies end.
The National Student Loans Service Centre (NSLSC) offers on-demand online webinars on the student loan repayment process. The webinars assist students with understanding their obligations when repayment their student loans, and provide answers on:
Capilano University | 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver, British Columbia Canada V7J 3H5 Tel: 604.986.1911
Sunshine Coast | 5627 Inlet Avenue, Sechelt, British Columbia Canada V0N 3A0 Tel: 604.885.9310