Check your school designation

To be eligible for funding through StudentAid BC, you must attend a designated post-secondary institution. It's also important to be aware of the student loan default rates of the school you wish to attend.

Public institution designation

All public universities, colleges, and institutes in B.C. are designated.

Private or out-of-province school designation

Not all private training schools or out-of-province schools have been designated by the government.

If you are attending a private post-secondary school in or outside B.C., or an out-of-province public post-secondary school, check here to see if your school is designated, which will mean you are eligible to apply for funding under StudentAid BC.

My school is not designated

It is up to you to start the designation process by completing and submitting the designation request form.

It can take months to receive the required information from a school that will determine if it can be designated. You should start the designation process well in advance of your intended study start date. Not all schools meet B.C. designation criteria.

If you are not sure if your program of study is designated, contact the financial assistance officer at your school.

Designation request form

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Correspondence, distance education and online learning

Students from a private in-province or out-of-province institution are not eligible for B.C. student loans unless one of the following three things is true:

  • Your distance education program has an equivalent course with an equivalent study period offered on site (at the institution itself).
  • You will earn the same number of academic credits in the same time period as students in other programs eligible for StudentAid BC funding, delivered on site at the same institution.
  • You will earn academic credits, in the same amount of time as the same course recognized at another designated institution listed in the B.C. Transfer Guide or other acceptable joint agreements from other jurisdictions.

My program is not already approved

If the program is not already approved for B.C. student loan funding, a confirmation of StudentAid BC distance education eligibility form will be mailed to you before your B.C. student loan application is processed.

This must be completed by the financial assistance officer at your school and returned to StudentAid BC for you to be considered for B.C. student loan funding.

BC distance education eligibility form

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Loan default rates

InstitutionCityCodeFY 2007/08 to 2011/12FY 2006/07 to 2010/11FY 2005/06 to 2009/10FY 2004/05 to 2008/09
Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences NelsonAPQY13%11.1%5.7%3.2%
Academy of Excellence Hair Design & Aesthetics Ltd. VictoriaAPBJ21.3%14.3%12.9%11.6%
Academy of Learning AbbotsfordAPNT38.2%41.3%40.5%37%
Academy of Learning BurnabyAPTR40%13.3%--
Academy of Learning KamloopsAPNG22.2%24.6%33.3%41.7%
Academy of Learning KelownaAPSB50%50%36.4%-
Academy of Learning LangfordAPLQ18.2%9.1%28.6%39%
Academy of Learning LangleyAPPX33.3%34%41.3%32.3%
Academy of Learning NanaimoAPMT29.7%34.8%39.1%44.6%
Academy of Learning RichmondAPKU11.4%12.9%12.2%12.5%
Academy of Learning SurreyAPRX27%29.8%29.3%25%
Academy of Learning Vancouver-BroadwayAPLV57.1%--52.5%
Academy of Learning VictoriaAPMS14.9%17%17.2%24%
Adler School of Professional Psychology VancouverAPRY4.8%2.1%0%0%
Alexander College BurnabyAPUF0%---
Arbutus College of Communication Arts, Business and Technology VancouverAPFA0%---
Ashton College VancouverAPZE9.1%9.8%11.6%15.9%
Automotive Training Centre SurreyAPUE, APOF34.9%36.5%37.9%34.6%
Aveda Institute Victoria VictoriaAPON12.7%14.9%13%13.9%
BC College of Optics SurreyAPEZ5.3%3.6%4.7%7.5%
BC Helicopters AbbotsfordAPSX8.3%---
Ben Kersen and The Wonderdogs VictoriaAPYU16.7%---
Blanche Macdonald Centre 12th Avenue VancouverAPBE21.1%18.7%15%15.2%
Blanche Macdonald Centre Robson Street VancouverAPTO22.6%18%6.3%-
BM Chan International Cosmetology College VancouverAPJC22%13.5%22.2%21.5%
Body Glamour Institute of Beauty by Anita North VancouverAPTB23.5%8.3%--
Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine New WestminsterAPYL1.4%2.9%3%2%
Brighton College BurnabyAQBE3.6%4.7%2.2%2.2%
British Columbia Institute of Technology BurnabyBCIT5.9%5.8%5.4%5.9%
Cambridge College BurnabyAQAF14.9%8.2%11.9%22.3%
Camosun College VictoriaCAM11.5%11.6%11.6%12.1%
Canadian College of Performing Arts VictoriaAPYB0%0%0%10.5%
Canadian Flight Centre DeltaAPBS18.2%16.7%18.8%7.7%
Canadian Health Care Academy New WestminsterAPQU5.8%7.6%10.7%7.2%
Canadian Institute of Natural Health and Healing KelownaAPCH16.7%16.1%18.2%21.1%
Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training Campbell RiverAPRM0%---
Canadian School of Natural Nutrition VancouverAQAV0%0%--
Canadian Tourism College SurreyAPIC9.3%17.9%18.6%24.2%
Canadian Tourism College VancouverAPEY13.4%12%11.8%13.6%
Canscribe Career College KelownaAPUJ7.7%0%--
Capilano University North VancouverCAPU10.5%9.6%10.5%11%
Career Gate Community College AbbotsfordAPZR26%30%29.3%35%
Cascade Culinary Arts School AbbotsfordAQBI41.2%58.3%--
CDI College of Business, Technology & Health Care AbbotsfordAPPA30.2%32%31%30.6%
CDI College of Business, Technology & Health Care BurnabyAPIN13%13.9%18.7%19.1%
CDI College of Business, Technology & Health Care RichmondAPUW0%---
CDI College of Business, Technology & Health Care SurreyAPIM22.7%22.2%23.8%24%
CDI College of Business, Technology & Health Care VancouverAPBX20.4%22.8%26%24.9%
CDI College of Business, Technology & Health Care VictoriaAPSH9.5%8%18.8%0%
Central College Inc. New WestminsterAPZZ5.4%5.3%3.8%4.3%
Centre For Arts and Technology KelownaAPZU15.8%18.1%16.5%18.1%
Chinook Helicopters Ltd AbbotsfordAPHN0%---
Christ College SurreyAPKD0%---
City University of Seattle VancouverAPDL and MQYN14.6%---
Coastal Pacific Aviation AbbotsfordAPCG0%---
College of New Caledonia Prince GeorgeCNC21.1%21.1%22.3%23%
College of the Rockies CranbrookCOTR15.8%17.1%18.4%18.2%
Columbia Bible College AbbotsfordAPAJ2.7%5.5%7.5%8.2%
Columbia College VancouverAPAI0%---
Cornerstone International Community College of Canada VancouverAPXE16.7%7.7%--
Corpus Christi College VancouverAPYJ0%---
Discovery Community College Campbell RiverAPNO36.4%---
Discovery Community College CourtenayAPTS29.4%6.7%--
Discovery Community College Maple RidgeAPUY9.1%---
Discovery Community College NanaimoAPTP33.3%30.3%--
Discovery Community College NanaimoAPTX45%---
Discovery Community College ParksvilleAPUA44.4%27.8%--
Discovery Community College ParksvilleAPUB24%11.8%--
Discovery Community College Port AlberniAPTQ41.2%26.3%9.1%-
Divesafe International Campbell RiverAPVC0%---
Diving Dynamics KelownaAPJL14.3%12.5%13.4%16.2%
Douglas College New WestminsterDOUG11%10.4%11.4%13%
Drake Medox College VancouverAPDB9.7%2.7%0%-
Electrical Joint Training Committee BurnabyAPTI7.7%5%0%-
Emily Carr University of Art & Design VancouverECU8.9%8.2%7.8%9.4%
Eton College VancouverAPBR9.9%8.7%11.3%6.4%
Excel Career College CourtenayAPYT and APPI44.3%46.8%42%37.5%
Focal Point Visual Arts Learning Centre VancouverAQBS20%10.5%15.8%13.3%
Future Hair Training Centre VancouverAPXL23.5%16.7%22.7%15.4%
Gateway College VancouverAPGY3.7%3.4%1.7%5.2%
Gente Bella Beauty Academy ChilliwackAPBN43.1%43.7%47.1%43.2%
Granville Business College VancouverAPLG13.7%11.5%13.6%17.5%
Greystone College of Business and Technology VancouverAPEP0%---
Hair Art Academy SurreyAPOZ15.6%12.1%17.2%21.2%
Harbourside Institute of Technology North VancouverAPSK24.2%23.8%25%-
Heli ‐ College Canada Training Inc LangleyAPOP0%---
Hilltop Academy New WestminsterAPOU37%39.6%44%45.1%
Holly's Salons and Schools North VancouverAPCI44.4%42.1%38.9%28.6%
Imperial Hotel Management College VancouverAPRP14.3%14.3%7.7%-
Insignia College of Health and Business VictoriaAPRV21%17.9%12.5%11.1%
Institute of Ocean Careers VictoriaAPPT22.2%---
Interior Heavy Equipment Operator School Ltd WinfieldAPUH0%---
International College of TCM VancouverAPOG2%6.9%7.5%9.6%
International Culinary School @ AIV VancouverAPDW16.2%14.5%13.9%11.9%
John Casablancas Institute of Applied Arts VancouverAPCZ16.1%17.4%20.6%21.7%
Justice Institute of British Columbia New WestminsterJIBC3.2%4.6%1.6%1.8%
Kelowna College of Professional Counselling KelownaAQCC23.7%23.5%15.4%8.6%
Kosmetae Academy AbbotsfordAPJS32.9%35.4%29.2%29.3%
Kutenai Art Therapy Institute NelsonAPPU7.1%---
Kwantlen Polytechnic University SurreyKWAN10.2%10.3%10.4%11.2%
Langara College VancouverLANG13%13.5%13.6%14.6%
Lasalle College International Vancouver VancouverAPYA13%18%16.3%9.1%
London School of Hairdressing and Aesthetics VancouverAPDK25.8%27.2%30.6%30.9%
Lost Boys Studios ‐ School of Visual Effects VancouverAPUG0%---
Loxx Academy of Hair Design Prince GeorgeAPLZ49.2%--60.2%
M.C. College KelownaAPBU19.9%17.6%18.5%18.5%
Maple Ridge School of Esthetics Maple RidgeAPNM30.8%41.7%53.8%37.5%
Marvel College KelownaAPBU20.1%17.6%18.5%18.5%
Metropolitan Community College VancouverAQCL45.5%53.8%45.5%41.7%
Montessori Training Centre of BC VancouverAPEM3.7%6.9%2.9%3.4%
Mountain Transport Institute Ltd CastlegarAQBK28.6%---
Ms Lorea's College of Esthetics & Nail Technology Prince GeorgeAPQL29.8%38.9%38.2%33.3%
MTI Community College AbbotsfordAPTK18.7%10%14.3%-
MTI Community College BurnabyAQBX11.7%21.8%23.5%25.3%
MTI Community College ChilliwackAPRK32.5%38.9%39.2%34.5%
MTI Community College CoquitlamAPRL16.3%16.4%16.3%7.7%
MTI Community College SurreyAPLS17.3%16.4%23.1%22.2%
MTI Community College VancouverAPRC16.6%14.2%17.1%21.2%
Native Education College VancouverAPGG54.3%64.9%66.2%58.8%
New Image College of Fine Arts VancouverAQBB36.4%34.8%26.4%21%
New York Institute of Technology VancouverAPTL0%---
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology MerrittNVIT33.6%42.1%46.3%53%
Nimbus School of Recording Arts VancouverAPXD20.5%21.4%30.4%21.7%
North Island College CourtenayNIC14.8%15.1%17.7%20.1%
Northern Lights College Dawson CreekNLC15.2%17.7%20.4%21.5%
Northwest Community College TerraceNWCC34.8%36.9%40.4%38.4%
Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver VancouverAPRJ8.8%7.7%11.8%16.7%
Nu‐Way Hairdressing And Esthetics School SurreyAPCJ0%---
Okanagan College KelownaOKAN12.7%12.4%11.3%11.6%
Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy VernonAPPL2.1%5.1%4.9%2.8%
Omni College RichmondAQBL6.7%0%0%-
Oshio College of Acupuncture & Herbology VictoriaAPZB16.7%23.1%23.5%22.2%
Pacific Audio Visual Institute VancouverAQBC30%32.6%35.3%34.1%
Pacific Coast Community College VancouverAPAC7.7%9.5%9.1%9.9%
Pacific Design Academy VictoriaAPFY13.6%13.9%10%10.7%
Pacific Film & New Media Academy VictoriaAPJY29.2%28%23.3%31.3%
Pacific Flying Club DeltaAPBQ0%---
Pacific Horticulture College VictoriaAPIQ40%33.3%30%23.8%
Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts VancouverAQAH8.1%5.6%8.5%9.2%
Pacific Life Bible College SurreyAPAG11.4%12%18.8%20%
Pacific Rim College VictoriaAPTU3.4%---
PCU College of Holistic Medicine VancouverAQBQ10.2%17.9%19.7%15%
Penticton School of Hair PentictonAPEF34.1%34%37.3%31%
Prana Yoga Teacher Training VancouverAPRW0%---
Procare Institute Inc BurnabyAPMI23.4%20%23.5%26.8%
Quest University Canada SquamishAPTJ0%---
Ray Hair Arts Academy VancouverAPQF29.2%32.1%30.6%35.4%
Regent College VancouverAPAQ0%0%1.6%3.8%
Rhodes Wellness College VancouverAPRA15.8%19.4%17%21.3%
Ridge Meadows College Maple RidgeAPOM11.1%---
Roggendorf School of Hairdressing & Nails SurreyAPEC20%---
Royal Canadian Institute of Technology VancouverAPSD and APUU21%17.5%3.6%9.1%
Royal Roads University VictoriaRRU4.4%3.6%4.3%4.6%
RSH International College of Cosmetology Maple RidgeAPJP35.4%32.8%28.8%28%
Saint Elizabeth Education Centre VancouverAPUB0%---
Selkirk College CastlegarSEL12.5%14.2%14.8%15.2%
Seminary of Christ the King MissionAPCR8.3%---
Simon Fraser University BurnabySFU4.6%4.8%4.9%5.1%
Sprott Shaw Community College AbbotsfordAPWS19.3%21.6%23.2%30.1%
Sprott Shaw Community College BurnabyAQCH14.3%6.3%6.7%7.7%
Sprott Shaw Community College East VancouverAPYN15%15.8%20.9%23.6%
Sprott Shaw Community College KamloopsAPYQ20.4%21.7%24.4%24.6%
Sprott Shaw Community College KelownaAPWX21.7%20.7%16.4%19.1%
Sprott Shaw Community College Maple RidgeAPZM26.1%28.6%30.3%33%
Sprott Shaw Community College NanaimoAPWW33.8%32.1%34.3%37.4%
Sprott Shaw Community College New WestminsterAPNI12.9%14.2%14.3%18.9%
Sprott Shaw Community College PentictonAPWV23.8%25.6%27.4%30.2%
Sprott Shaw Community College SurreyAPNZ12.5%13.1%15.5%21.8%
Sprott Shaw Community College VancouverAPLH21.3%21.6%22.8%23.6%
Sprott Shaw Community College VictoriaAPAO29.3%28.3%30.8%33.9%
Stenberg College SurreyAPXS10%10.5%10.7%13.2%
Suki's Advanced Hair Academy VancouverAPEE14.3%23.1%--
Summit Pacific College AbbotsfordAPAH10.2%12%14%12.9%
Surrey College SurreyAQBJ10.9%8.5%9.4%7.6%
Taylor Pro Training Ltd. KelownaAPTN22.2%---
The Art Institute of Vancouver VancouverAPZC13%14%11.2%11.4%
The Art Institute of Vancouver BurnabyAPCY13%17.1%15.8%15.2%
Think Tank Training Centre North VancouverAPTH4.3%0%--
Thompson Career College Inc KamloopsAPZH14.8%16.8%14.6%16.7%
Thompson Rivers University KamloopsTRU12.1%11.2%11.5%12.8%
Trinity Western University LangleyAPAK5.2%5.4%6.3%6.8%
Tru Spa Institute of Aesthetics NanaimoAPVD0%---
UA Piping Industry College of British Columbia DeltaAPTV7.7%---
Universal Learning Institute RichmondAQAK37.5%35.5%18.2%15%
Universal Learning Institute SurreyAQBG45%43.5%50%46.4%
University of British Columbia VancouverUBC2.9%3%3.2%3.7%
University Canada West VancouverAPDH and APUK16%-20%30%
University of Northern British Columbia Prince GeorgeUNBC7.7%8.1%8.8%8.9%
University of the Fraser Valley AbbotsfordUCFV11.1%12%12%13%
University of Victoria VictoriaUVIC4.3%4%4.2%4.7%
Utopia Academy AbbotsfordAPXY15.4%14.1%17.4%26.2%
Utopia Academy VancouverAPRS13.6%13.5%22%18.8%
Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts VancouverAPRT5.9%0%--
Vancouver Acting School VancouverAPUI14.3%---
Vancouver Art Therapy Institute West VancouverAPDO0%0%0%0%
Vancouver Career College AbbotsfordAPMW9.5%12.3%18.7%23%
Vancouver Career College VancouverAPNE11.8%13.8%14.7%14%
Vancouver Career College BurnabyAPWR10.3%9.5%9.6%9.7%
Vancouver Career College SurreyAPZJ16.4%16.6%18%23.8%
Vancouver Career College CoquitlamAPZQ16.1%12.3%16.1%21%
Vancouver Career College KelownaAQAZ22%18.3%20.9%24.4%
Vancouver College of Counsellor Training VancouverAPIX27.4%28.4%26.1%28.8%
Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene VancouverAPUV0%---
Vancouver Community College VancouverVCC8.3%8.9%8.9%9.2%
Vancouver Film School VancouverAPHO15.6%15.3%15.9%15.8%
Vancouver Institute of Media Arts (VanArts) VancouverAPQJ9.2%11.4%9.7%9%
Vancouver Island School of Art VictoriaAPSC11.1%---
Vancouver Island University NanaimoMUC12.5%13.3%14.3%16.3%
Vancouver Premier College of Hotel Mgmt VancouverAPYZ16.1%21.6%17.8%16%
Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage VancouverAPUX6.3%---
Vancouver School of Theology VancouverAPAP5%5.3%10.7%11.1%
Victoria College of Art VictoriaAPAU and APUP16.7%---
Victoria Flying Club SidneyAPDG7.7%8.3%7.1%10%
Vogue College North VancouverAPZY23.4%22%28.8%39.3%
Waterworks Technology School VictoriaAPAG45.2%40.8%37.1%35.6%
West Coast Adventure College SookeAPDU18.2%36.4%27.3%-
West Coast College of Health Care SurreyAPOD12.3%9.7%10%13.3%
West Coast College of Massage Therapy New WestminsterAPDJ7.3%7%6.1%5.2%
West Coast College of Massage Therapy VictoriaAPXU4.6%4.8%3%3.4%
Western Academy of Photography VictoriaAPEU10.7%7.6%8.8%9.1%
Windsong School of Healing Ltd. Port AlberniAPXJ0%10%4.2%4.2%
Winston College BurnabyAPDI28.6%---