Vancouver Island University Bursary Program

VIU Bursaries have been established through donor and institutional means to provide tuition relief for students with the greatest financial need. 

Students who are not currently receiving government student loans must demonstrate financial need by providing documentation in their on-line bursary profile. 

To apply for VIU Bursaries, students must complete the "Scholarship/Award/Bursary Profile" from their student record.  See our Applications section for more information.  The deadline date for submission of student profiles for Bursary consideration is NOON on October 31st.

Bursaries will be selected based on minimum course load requirements of 60%, grade point average requirements of 2.0 or better, specific donor criteria and information provided on the "Scholarship/Award/Bursary Profile".  Students with a documented permanent disability may study at a reduced course load of 40%.

View our bursary list:

VIU Financial Aid - Bursary List

If selected to receive a bursary, funds will be applied directly to tuition fees for the spring semester.

  • Published bursary information is subject to change.  Many of the bursaries are funded by interest earned on endowment funds established by very generous donors. The interest earned for the bursaries will vary with the financial markets.

Vancouver Island University Foundation

The Vancouver Island University Foundation is a registered non-profit society made up of community volunteers who contribute their time and expertise to raise funds for Vancouver Island University and its students.

For information on how to contribute to the VIU Foundation, please contact:

Vancouver Island University
Advancement & Alumni Office
900 Fifth Street, Building 310
Nanaimo, BC V9R 5S5

Phone: 250-740-6216
Email: foundation@viu.ca
Web: VIU Giving