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Financial aid coming for BC post-secondary students

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 11:57 PDT, Thu April 2, 2020

Financial aid is coming to students attending BC’s 25 public post-secondary institutions.

Students who are experiencing emergency financial pressures will benefit from a one-time investment of $3.5 million in emergency financial assistance.

This investment will supplement existing student emergency financial assistance. It will support domestic BC students who are experiencing unexpected financial emergencies that affect their ability to finish their studies and handle expenses.

The emergency assistance, which is non-repayable, can be used to help with costs including living expenses, travel, food, portable computers and other supports for students who are currently unable to study remotely.

Students of one of BC’s 25 public post-secondary institutions can access these funds through their school’s financial aid office, which will assist with the application process. Each institution will determine the amount a student can receive based on individual needs.

“Our government is taking steps to ensure post-secondary students get some emergency support so they can focus on staying healthy, meet their educational goals and finish their semester,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. “We heard from students who are facing extremely difficult situations, and we’re moving quickly to ensure they have access to immediate financial relief.”

The ministry is also working directly with public post-secondary institutions to ensure emergency assistance is provided to international and out-of-province students.

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