Plan your education


Planning your post-secondary education can feel overwhelming, but there are many resources available to make it easier.

Whether you're trying to decide what school to attend or what program to take, there are websites designed to help you.

Choose a program

Use these tools to help build your personalized learning plan.

  • Education Planner
    find reliable, detailed and searchable information about public post-secondary programs in B.C.
  • CoursesBC
    check out online and distance courses available at B.C.'s public post-secondary institutions.
  • Universities, Colleges and Institutes in B.C.
    explore the various public and private post-secondary institutions in B.C.
  • Perspectives
    interviews with young adults who talk about their experiences in post-secondary education and beyond.

Estimate your student loan amount and parental contribution

The Student Financial Assistance Estimator is an interactive tool that you can use to estimate your annual student loan and grant amounts.

The estimator has been designed to show the amount of assistance you could potentially receive from the Canada Student Loans Program and StudentAid BC.

The Parental Contribution Calculator is a tool that can help parents or legal guardians of full-time dependent students estimate the amount of money that they should contribute to their children's post-secondary education.

Apply to schools

Once you have a plan in place for your education, you can start applying to post-secondary institutions. The process of applying differs depending on whether the institutions you are applying to are public or private, and on where they are located.

  • ApplyBC
    apply to some of B.C.'s post-secondary institutions online.

If you are planning to take out student loans, an important step to take before applying to the school of your choice is to ensure that school is designated for that purpose.

If you are considering attending a private post-secondary institution, visit our Being an Informed Student section. It provides a step-by-step process for planning your education at a private institution. You may also want to contact the Private Career Training Institutions Agency, which provides in-depth information on the private training sector in B.C.

Do you want to explore the world while obtaining a degree or other credential? Visit the website on studying and working abroad for information to help you plan for your educational adventure abroad.