If you are audited

All student financial aid files are subject to verification and audit at any time.

StudentAid BC funding is based on your financial need. It is meant to supplement funds you have through work, savings, assets, and family resources and income.

What is an audit?

Each year, a percentage of files are audited to check the information provided by students, their spouse/common-law partner and/or their parent(s)/step-parent//legal guardian.

Before you sign:

Read the declaration on your StudentAid BC application and any applicable appendices so you understand the details of the binding legal contract you are entering with the provincial and federal governments.

If you, your spouse, or your parent(s) fail to meet these terms and conditions, you may not be able to get further StudentAid BC funding and you may no longer be eligible for funds that you have already received.

StudentAid BC and federal program policies are subject to change. View the StudentAid BC Policy Manual and visit CanLearn.ca for the most up to date information.

What do I need to do if I am audited?

If your file is audited, you will need to support your application with documentation. For this reason, please keep all receipts and other documents that may be needed, including:

  • cancelled cheques and/or cash withdrawal receipts
  • bank and other financial statements
  • child support receipts
  • spousal support and maintenance receipts
  • utility bills
  • residential tenancy agreements
  • day-care payment receipts/contracts
  • day-care subsidy records
  • income statements
  • income tax returns and notices of assessments
  • T4 and other information slips
  • pay stubs
  • records of employment, and
  • financial statements

By responding quickly to audit requests, you can avoid delays in processing your student financial aid file and/or program application. Funding will be withheld until audits are completed.

The following may be considered fraud and restrict you from further financial assistance for up to five years:

  • false or misleading statements,
  • failure to fully disclose information,
  • acts of document tampering or forgery
Audits that identify suspected fraud will be sent to the RCMP for formal investigation and may result in charges under the Criminal Code of Canada.