Budgeting Tips and Resources

Paying for university studies can be challenging. The good news is, there are lots of options available to help you manage expenses and reduce costs while having a great university experience. We’ve compiled these resources and tips for students -- reach out to us with questions!

Budgeting and Planning

Tips to help you finance your education

A budget is a plan that helps you manage your money. It will help you figure out how much money will be coming in and how much you can expect to spend during your studies. It also might help you see where you might fit in some part-time work to help finance your studies, or where a student loan or a scholarship, award or bursary could make a difference.

Download and fill out this VIU Student Budget Sheet to capture your educational costs.

Tips to help stretch your student dollar

VIU students have some good advice in this Tip Sheet on how to stretch your dollars, which is possible by keeping an eye on your finances and saving where you can. Check out the blog on Financial resources to help you pay for post secondary to help you get financially prepared. The online budget calculator tool on this Government of Canada webpage may also help you in your planning.

Student life can be challenging and stressful--here is a list of  20 activities under $20 in Nanaimo that will help nourish your body, mind and soul to ensure success in your studies!


Education Planner BC

Education Planner BC helps learners make well informed decisions about their education and career options. Use the Plan Your Education section to find articles and information about the different paths along the student journey.

Working While Attending University

It can be challenging to work while attending university, however many students successfully combine work and studies. Staying organized and developing excellent study habits can help you combine work and studies. You might pursue off-campus part-time work, or work at one of the 400-plus jobs created for students on VIU’s campuses.

Career Services for Students at VIU

Did you know that more than 400 students worked in jobs on campus last year? Learn about campus jobs – from co-operative education, practicum and internships to general jobs available on campus at VIU Career Services. Staffed by knowledgeable faculty and staff, VIU Career Services can provide you with assistance on:

  • Career exploration and work search
  • Interview preparation
  • Labour market Information

Centre for Experiential Learning

VIU’s Centre for Experiential Learning (CEL) offers courses that contribute to academic success. Developing great study habits and time management can help you achieve success, and help you make time for other activities, including paid work. These courses can also help you if you are pursuing Co-operative Education or Internship programs, or seeking work experience within your field of study.

Helpful Links

Here are some helpful links and downloads to get you planning for university studies:

Financial Aid Information

Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries

Financial Aid - Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG) Handout

Full Time Student Loans

Part-Time Student Loans

Tuition Waiver Program

Financial Aid & Awards Handbook

Ways to pay for school

Take time to view the many External Awards listed on our VIU Financial Aid website.

Help for new Immigrants Planning for Post-Secondary

Each year the Immigrant Welcome Centre at the Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society welcomes hundreds of new immigrants from over 50 countries around the world – and almost as many different languages!

With specialized programs, services and supports for newcomers, this Nanaimo-based organization can help you make the transition to a new life in Canada a little easier.

Connect if you need help to get settled in Nanaimo, want to learn English, or need assistance finding a job.

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