New B.C. Access Grant


February 18, 2020

Building on the elimination of interest on B.C. student loans, beginning in September 2020, a new needs-based, up-front B.C. Access Grant will remove barriers to post-secondary education and training and provide non-repayable financial support for students at B.C. public post-secondary institutions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the B.C. Access Grant?

  • Beginning in September 2020, the B.C. Access Grant will help more than 40,000 low- and middle-income students access, afford and complete public post-secondary education and training each year in B.C.
  • The grant will be needs-based, up-front and available to eligible students each year.

Who is eligible for the B.C. Access Grant?

  • The B.C. Access Grant will be available to low- and middle-income students enrolled in full- and part-time undergraduate degree, diploma and certificate programs.
  • Students must be studying at a B.C. public post-secondary institution.
  • Students must be eligible to apply for and receive a student loan to access the grant.

How much will students receive?

  • The B.C. Access Grant amount is based on a student’s family income. As family income increases, the grant amount decreases.
  • Grant maximums are:
    • Up to $4,000 a year for students enrolled in programs less than two years in length.
    • Up to $1,000 a year for students enrolled in programs two years in length or longer.
    • Up to $1,000 a year for students studying part-time.

When and how can students apply for the new grant?

  • Students applying for student aid for programs at B.C. public post-secondary institutions starting in September 2020 will be automatically assessed for the B.C. Access Grant.

What else is changing?

  • The new B.C. Access Grant replaces the B.C. Completion Grant, B.C. Completion Grant for Graduates, and the B.C. Labour Market Priorities grant to provide up-front financial support to students when they need it at the beginning of studies.
  • The B.C. Completion Grant, B.C. Completion Grant for Graduates, and the B.C. Labour Market Priorities grant will continue to serve students during the 2019/20 student financial assistance program year and be discontinued as of July 31, 2020.
  • Students submitting grant applications for the B.C. Completion Grant for Graduates and B.C. Labour Market Priorities grant for study that began during the 2019/20 program year will be able to do so after July 31, 2020.

For more information on the new B.C. Access Grant, please see the Budget 2020 B.C. Access Grant Backgrounder.

For more information on how to apply to StudentAid BC, please see the How to apply for a loan page on the StudentAid BC website.

Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training