How to apply as a part-time student


Below are the steps in applying for B.C. and Canada student loans as a part-time student.

  1. 1 Enrol in the designated post-secondary school in Canada you want to attend
  2. 2 Fill in a part-time studies application available from the StudentAid BC website for the federal financial assistance programs.
  3. 3 Take your application to the financial aid office at your school. Your school will fill out the study information section and forward the application to StudentAid BC.

2018/2019 Part-time Studies Application


For classes starting between
Aug 1st, 2018 and July 31, 2019

2017/2018 Part-time Studies Application

PDF - 131 KB

For classes starting between
Aug 1st, 2017 and July 31, 2018

B.C. residency requirement

To receive part-time student financial assistance, you must be a resident of B.C. Your province or territory of residence of a part-time student is where you have last lived for at least 12 months in a row, not including time as a full-time post-secondary student.

Students who are incarcerated or have an outstanding warrant for arrest are not eligible for funding.

Family income

To be eligible for federal part-time grants and loans, Your total family income for the program year must be below the amounts shown on the following table:

Family Income Eligibility Thresholds for the 2018-2019 Loan Year

Family size Canada Student Loan for Part-Time Students (CSL-PT)
Gross Annual Family Income Threshold for CSL-PT
Canada Student Grant for Part-Time Students (CSG-PT)
Gross Annual Family Income Eligibility for Maximum CSG-PT
Canada Student Grant for Part-Time Students with Dependants (CSG-PTDEP)
Gross Annual Family Income Eligibility for Maximum CSG-PTDEP
1 $62,743 $30,600 N/A
2 $87,752 $43,275 $43,275
3 $104,691 $53,001 $53,001
4 $115,073 $61,200 $61,200
5 $124,674 $68,424 $68,424
6 $133,801 $74,955 $74,955
7+ $141,675 $80,960 $80,960

Application deadlines

The latest you can apply for part-time student loans is 6 weeks before your study period ends.

The earliest you can apply for part-time student loans is when applications for the upcoming program year are made available to the public, usually in June. You must be accepted and enrolled into your study program before applying for part-time assistance.

The part-time loan program does not have a limit on the maximum number of weeks for assistance. Funding can continue over an extended period. However, your outstanding principal and interest for all part-time Canada student loans cannot exceed $10,000 at any given time.

What happens after I submit an application?

After you submit your application for funding, it is assessed. StudentAid BC assesses your financial need considering allowable costs and resources and determines whether or not you will receive funding.

You will receive a notification of assessment that tells you how much funding you will get.

The receive your funding section describes the steps you need to take to use your funding to pay for school.

If you do not receive funding, you can appeal your assessment .

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