College costs money. We can help.
You may need to find more than one source of funding to help pay for your education and living costs while attending college. Do you have money saved? Can your parents or other relatives help? Can you work part-time and still maintain your grades? Check out sources of money you don’t need to pay back as well as those that need to be repaid.
Post-secondary education is an investment in your future. Financial support may be available for Valemount College students in need, including scholarships, bursaries, grants and loans. Learn about the different types of supports available by contacting our financial aid advisor are also available to help with exploring your funding options and with the application process. There are always more funding opportunities than you think!
A scholarship is a financial award usually given to students based on their outstanding academic achievements. Recipients are not always expected to repay or work back the money they receive. Recipients are encouraged to write and send a thank you letter via Valemount College to the donor.
Bursaries are grants awarded to enable students in need to study at universities or colleges. Students are not usually required to pay back a bursary and bursaries are available through organizations like unions, service groups, non-profit organizations, corporations as well as Valemount College. Only 1 application is permitted per semester, you must notify Financial Aid and Awards at VC if your address changes, selected recipients will be notified via letter and no changes are accepted once the application has been submitted. Recipients are encouraged to write and send a thank you letter via Valemount College to the donor.
Eligibility Criteria for Bursaries:
You are eligible to apply for a bursary if you are:
- Enrolled in a full-time post-secondary program at Valemount College during the bursary application period and have been approved by StudentAid BC.
- A Canadian Citizen or Landed Immigrant or Permanent Resident
- A new student or continuing student who has successfully completed your last full-time period of study (C grades or higher)
- Not on a co-op/internship work term
- Able to demonstrate financial need
A student loan is a type of loan designed to help students pay for post-secondary education and the associated fees, such as tuition, books and supplies, and living expenses.
Students may search the following resources as part of their post-secondary funding research:
BC Government service with links to a variety of bursaries and grants available to students.
- Student Grants
Government of Canada service connecting students with grants to help finance your post-secondary education.
- First Citizens Fund Student Bursary Program
Provided through the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centre, this bursary program provides funding to students of Aboriginal ancestry to help support their post-secondary education.
- Scholarships Canada
Free service that connects students with 99,000 awards worth more than $199-million to help students achieve their post-secondary goals.
Student Loans: Government and other student loans
If you are registered in either full or part time post-secondary level courses (numbered 100 or higher), you may be eligible for student loans and/or grants. Provincial and Federal/Canada Student Loans are available for students in need; explore various types of repayable funding in this section.
(the above option can be used for applications by non-BC residents and is information for applying for a Canada Student Loan)
Each province or territory offers financial support for students. Application should be made from your home territory or province.
To reach your educational goals, planning is needed for the duration of your program. Plan ahead and prepare a budget to ensure that you control spending and your finances do not run out before your program does!