COVID-19 Emergency Student Response Fund
The BC Government and BCIT have established a COVID-19 Emergency Student Response Fund to provide one-time funding to support currently registered students who are experiencing an unexpected financial emergency as a result of the pandemic. These limited funds will be available to assist students with immediate financial hardships.
Please note: these funds are extremely limited and we are currently working hard to attend to a large volume of applications. As a result, you may experience a two week wait to receive updates on your application status.
Additional government supports
On April 22, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a new Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) program to provide financial support to students during the COVID-19 situation. All post-secondary students who are currently in school, are planning to start school in September 2020, or who have graduated in December 2019 are eligible for CESB if they have lost work or cannot find work due to the pandemic. Working students earning less than $1,000 may also be eligible.
Eligible post-secondary students will receive $1,250 per month, from May to August 2020. If you are taking care of someone else or have a disability, that amount increases to $1,750 monthly.
As of April 22, the federal government is still working on bringing a bill forward to make the funds available as soon as possible. More information to come from the Government of Canada.
Depending on your personal situation, there may be other sources of financial support for which you may qualify. As part of the COVID-19 Emergency Student Response Fund application form, you are asked to identify which additional sources of funds you have accessed. Please note the following websites, which include information on various sources of financial aid available:
- A plain-language overview of financial aid – a document by Dr. Jennifer Robson of Carleton University
- Government Financial Supports – a site by Bowinn Ma, MLA, North Vancouver – Lonsdale
- Supports for Individuals from the Government of Canada
- Canada Summer Jobs program
- BCIT Student Financial Aid & Awards, which provides information on various government student loans and grants, scholarships, and bursaries
If the above funds are not applicable to you, or if your immediate situation requires additional emergency funding, read on to find out how to apply for the COVID-19 Emergency Student Response Fund.
The following information will be required to complete the application form:
- Details about how you have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 situation (e.g. lost income, technology requirements)
- An account of how much money you need and for what purpose (e.g. rent, food)
- Description of how you have accessed additional sources of funds to assist you (see additional government supports above)
How to apply
Other emergency funds
Emergency Loan may be available for students who are experiencing an unexpected delay in receiving their student loans. To apply for an emergency loan, students must book an appointment with a financial aid advisor.
Emergency Bursary is a non-repayable award that may be available for those students who are experiencing an unexpected financial hardship that is beyond their control. To apply for an emergency bursary, students must book an appointment with a financial aid advisor.
Note: students who qualify for an emergency loan / bursary, the funds can be made available within two business days.
Contact Student Financial Aid and Awards to book an appointment.