Financial Aid & Awards

Important Announcements

The Government of Canada is taking action to help Canadians including resources for students. For information on how to apply visit their website at:

During this unprecedented and evolving COVID-19 situation, VIU face-to face reception enquiries and/or meetings are not available. Please direct any VIU Financial Aid and Awards enquiries by either phoning 250-740-6423 or emailing

To date, over 1400 VIU student bursaries have been provided to a total of more than $430,000. The provincial government provided VIU with $140,000 out of their recent $3.5 million announcement in emergency student funding. Funding above our $140,000 government allotment was provided by generous donors in our community.

VIU Emergency Funding is now reserved for students returning in fall 2020. The Government of Canada has implemented a wide range of student emergency funding options, for more information and to apply visit

The VIU Scholarship, Award and Bursary profile for new and/or returning students starting in the fall is NOW OPEN and is located within your student record

Students who complete their VIU Scholarship, Award and Bursary profile by the October 31 deadline will be notified if they are a recipient of these bursaries by early January.

International Students seeking resources are advised to view the International Education Student updates posted at

Indigenous Students seeking emergency assistance are advised to email their request to The Indigenous Emergency Assistance Fund is limited and students must be currently enrolled at VIU, include your full name and student number in email.


BC Student Loan info at

National Student Loan info at

Note: If you receive a call offering Federal Government relief for student loans and to call back for more information, beware it is a scam. Do not call the number provided as this is not a legitimate representative from the NSLSC.

StudentAidBC – Access your student dashboard for updates at

Students from Out of Province – View your province of residence student aid website for daily updates and student dashboard options.

External Awards visit

Your VIU student record information must be accurate and up to date including your mailing address, email, phone number, photo ID and security question.

New B.C. Access Grant - Effective September 2020, a needs-based, up-front B.C. Access Grant will be available to low-and middle-income students in full- and part-time studies at B.C. public post-secondary institutions.

The VIU Financial Aid & Awards Office is committed to supporting students in their search for financial assistance, both in the form of loans, grants and awards, and in helping students to make the best use of these resources. This office works closely with Vancouver Island University faculties, community and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training to foster and support student access to financial assistance.

Thank you to all individuals and organizations who have donated funds to assist students.

Interested in donating to assist VIU students? visit 

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