Financial Aid and Awards

The VIU Financial Aid and Awards Office is committed to supporting students in their search for financial assistance including provincial and federal loans, grants, and internal and external Scholarships, Awards, and Bursaries. Please search the menu tab for a wide range of resources available to assist students.

We've Moved!

Our Financial Aid and Awards Team is now located in Building 255, 2nd floor effective January 4, 2022. Check in with Reception to connect with our team.

The 2022-23 VIU Scholarship, Award and Bursary Application Program is closed and will re-open for the 2023-2024 program year in early September.

Apply by the yearly deadlines to be considered for over $4.3 million internal awards and scholarships. For more details, visit: VIU Scholarships, Awards, and Bursaries: Deadlines and Processes.

Featured External Awards and Funding

External awards include scholarships, awards and bursaries through organizations unaffiliated with VIU. This viable funding option is often underutilized. See our complete list of categorized awards.

Featured list of awards

Adult Basic Education Transition Award ($5000)

Applications open February 15, 2023. If you are completing your Adult Basic Education program and plan to enroll in full-time post-secondary studies, you may be eligible for a $5000 Transition Award. Application Deadline: June 1, 2023

Canada Post Aboriginal Education Incentive Awards ($2000)

Canada Post Aboriginal Education Incentive Awards gives $2,000 grants to Indigenous Peoples who have renewed their educational learning. Deadline: August 31, 2023

Access to Practical Nursing (APN) Education Incentive Bursary

APN Education Incentive Bursary is for students and recent graduates enrolled in a recognized Access to Practical Nursing (APN) program at a BC-based public institution. NOTE: Vancouver Island University - for students with an expected beginning date of May 2023.

Canadian Association of Women in Construction (CAWIC) Bursary

CAWIC Bursary Program Bursaries ($2000) are available to female identifying students who have completed their first year in a construction-related program. Deadline: June 30, 2023 

Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks - Dream Fund

Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks - Dream Fund supports young people in and from care to pursue their careers and achieve their goals through education and skill building. Includes two different bursaries 3 times per year. $1500. Deadline: July 7, 2023

Thank You!

Thank you to all individuals and organizations who have donated funds to assist students. Interested in assisting VIU students? 

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