Section 2 - Institution/Program Study Period


Q14. Name of School

Enter the name of the school you are or will be attending. If you are or will be attending two schools at the same time, this is called a split enrollment. Enter the name of the school where you are or will be taking the most courses and from which you will receive your credential.

This will be considered your “home school.” The “home school” must approve the split enrollment and must take responsibility for verifying you are maintaining a minimum course load for credits.


Q19. Select your Program of Study

Program Search for B.C. schools only. If you are studying outside B.C., leave questions 19 and 20 blank, and continue to the Program Information section.


Q21. Date Classes Start

Enter the date of your first day of classes in the study period for which you are or will be registered and are applying for financial assistance.

Example: If you attend university, most classes will begin in September and end in April.

The correct start date of your classes is critical. If you are not sure when classes start, contact your school.

Note: Class start date to class end date cannot be more than 52 weeks.


Q22. Date Classes End

Enter the date of your final class or exam, whichever is later. Remember, we are only interested in the study period for which you are registered and are applying for financial assistance.

Example: If you attend university, most classes will begin in September and end in April.

The correct end date of your classes is critical. If you are not sure when classes end, contact your school.

Note: Class start date to class end date cannot be more than 52 weeks.


Q23. Program/Faculty

Select the program/faculty in which you are or will be registered.


Q24. Major/Department (if applicable)

Programs may have more than one option. In such cases, list your chosen option. For example:

Program/Faculty Major/Option
Arts History, English
Science Physics, Chemistry
Culinary Arts Core, Short Order, Banquet, etc.
Information Technology Computers, Telecommunications
Nursing

If you do not have a major or option, leave this section blank.


Q25. Program Type

A program is a combination of courses leading to a credential. The program type identifies the certificate, diploma or degree you expect to receive upon completion of the program.

Example: If you are enrolling in a diploma program, select ‘Associate/Diploma,' even if you plan to go on to a bachelor or master’s degree. If you are enrolled in university transfer courses, select the ‘University Transfer’ box, not the ‘Unclassified/Qualifying’ box. If you have questions regarding your program type, contact your financial aid office or school official.

Note: “Unclassified/Qualifying” studies refers to a study period where you are taking courses in preparation for entry into a specific program or faculty. Maximum funding for “Unclassified/Qualifying” studies is 52 weeks. For example: If you have completed an undergraduate degree, you may need to take additional courses before being admitted into graduate studies.


Q26. What year of this program will you be in?

Most programs have a standard length for completion. Indicate the year of the program you will be in, not the total number of years you have spent working towards completion of the program.

For Example:

  • If the program requires one year or less to complete, select “1st.”
  • If you are entering the third year of a four year program, select “3rd."

If you are not sure which year of your program you are in, contact the financial aid office at your school.


Q27. Course Load

To receive full-time student financial assistance, you must be a full-time student. If you are in a credit‑based (academic) program, you must take at least 60 per cent of a full-time course load (40 per cent for students with a permanent disability) for credit. If you are in a non-credit (hours based) program, you must attend a minimum of 20 hours of instructional time per week at your school.

If you are repeating a previously passed course only to improve your grade level, the course cannot be included as part of the 60 per cent calculation. If you are not sure what percentage of courses you are taking, contact your financial aid office or school official.

Note: Students with permanent disabilities may qualify for other programs. Contact the Disability Services Coordinator, Adult Special Education Coordinator or financial aid office at your school, or visit www.StudentAidBC.ca


Q28. Student Number (if known)

Enter the student number your post-secondary school assigned to you. Your student number will assist your school in confirming your full-time enrollment to StudentAid BC. If your school did not assign a student number to you, leave this question blank.

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