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U-Prep (Adult Basic Education) Student Assistance

The Adult Ugrading Grant (AUG) provides need-based grants for BC residents who wish to access preparatory and secondary level courses, including Adult Special Education.

AUG can provide funding assistance for direct educational costs such as tuition and books for programs such as basic literacy, academic upgrading, pre-vocational programs, English as a Second Language and adult special education (in general, course numbers that begin with a zero).  It does not fund any post-secondary programs or courses.

Students who qualify have the opportunity to be funded once for each course. Students who are applying for continued funding must demonstrate successful completion of previously funded courses.

How to apply

  • Based on the courses you are taking, the Student Awards & Financial Support Office will determine your probable costs.
  • Students must reapply each semester for funding
  • Early application must be made as approvals are granted on a first come, first serve basis
  • Application must be completed in pen and all questions answered, including ALL income information and a Social Insurance Number.
  • If you are a DEPENDENT under the age of 22, single, living with parent(s), you will be required to provide parental income on application.
  • Once approved, your student number will be posted on the board outside of the Student Awards office. Depending on the course program, AUG funding may be available for tuition, fees and the required textbooks for the course(s).
  • AUG funded students who get into a waitlisted course or add a course(s) need to provide this information to the TRU Student Awards & Financial Support office as soon as possible.
  • Students who withdraw from a course(s) where a full refund is not credited to AUG, or DNC/ Fail a course(s), will not be funded for that course again. Please speak to an advisor if this occurs.
  • A textbook cheque will be issued once funding has been approved (for payment of ‘required’ textbooks for funded courses). If you withdraw/drop the funded course , you are required to pay back the textbook money disbursed ASAP. By not doing so, future funding will be jeopardized.

Download the Adult Upgrading Grant application

Help completing this form can be found by contacting either the Student Award and Financial Support Office or the University Preparation department.

Funding is awarded on a first come, first served basis, so it is important to pay close attention to application dates. Applications are accepted as follows:

  • Summer semester — April 2
  • Fall semester — July 2
  • Winter semester — Nov. 1

Students attending classes at the Kamloops campus submit their completed forms to the Student Awards & Financial Support Office (OM 1631). Students at the other centres return their forms to the general office.

Applications are assessed at the Student Awards & Financial Support Office by a Student Finance Advisor.