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Thompson Rivers University

Part-Time Grants & Loans

Eligibility for part-time grants and loans

  • Be a Canadian citizen, a Permanent Resident or have protected person status.
  • Be enrolled in a TRU degree, diploma or certificate program (post-secondary only).
  • Be a resident of British Columbia.
  • Be enrolled in a course load that is between 20 and 59 per cent of a full course load (normally 3 - 8 credits, either on campus or via Open Learning).

How to apply for part-time grants and loans

Application form can be downloaded from StudentAid BC

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What expenses do the part-time funding programs cover?

The part-time funding program does not cover living costs. It allows for:

  • Tuition and compulsory fees
  • Books and supplies
  • Unsubsidized child care costs incurred to attend classes

Canada Student Grant for part-time students

A grant up to $1,800 per program year (Aug-Jul) is available for part-time students who qualify under the low income guidelines.

Canada Student Grant for part-time students with dependants

If you qualify for the "low income" grant of $1,800 and you have dependants aged 11 or under, and if:

  • Your financial need in this program year exceeds $1,800 of grant for part‑time students
  • And you have at least $4,000 in outstanding loan principal for part-time student loan program (based on previous applications plus the amount of loan assessed for this current application).

Canada Student Loan for part-time students (less than 60 percent course load)

If you are studying at less than 60 percent of a full course load but do not quality for part-time grants you may be eligible to receive up to $10,000 in part-time student loans.

Canada Student Grants for persons with permanent disabilities

If you have a permanent disability that affects your ability to attend classes, you may qualify for a grant of $2,000 per program year.

If you are a BC resident you may also qualify for the Supplemental Bursary for Students with Disabilities. Disbursements are $400 or $800 depending on your course load.


Do you have an approved government student loan?

Government student loan piggy bank

If your student loan is approved before the start of classes, a portion of your loan will be paid directly to TRU. The portion paid to TRU will be automatically deducted and applied to your student account, paying all or some of your balance owing for the semester.

If you have an approved student loan, do not pay your tuition until the portion of your loan directed to TRU has been applied to your student account.

Important:

  • The loan amount directed to TRU is based on your total balance due to TRU, as shown on your myTRU account, as of one week before your classes start.
  • Once the loan has been applied to your account, it is your responsibility to pay outstanding tuition and fees (if any) before your specific fee payment deadline.
  • Adding classes during the add/drop period will impact your student account balance and will not be paid by your student loan.