Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Part-time Assistance

Applicants must be resident in BC at the time of application to receive part-time assistance through Open Learning. For students not residing in BC, the Part-time Canada Student Grant (CSG) can be applied for directly through the government in the province in which the student is residing.

To apply for part-time funding which includes: The Canada Student Grants, CKNW Bursary, Barbara Guttmann-Gee Bursary or Open Learning Bursary, for studies commencing between Aug. 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017, download a 2016/17 Part-Time Studies Application form, along with the Open Learning Course Registration Form. Then mail the original completed application and Course Registration to: TRU Open Learning, Student Awards and Financial Support, 900 McGill Road, Kamloops, B.C. V2C 0C8. Allow two to four weeks for processing.

The programs listed in this section pay for all direct educational costs, including tuition and fees, required textbooks, miscellaneous allowance and some childcare when applicable.

Upon approval of a bursary or grant application, the student is registered in the requested course(s), or, if already registered, is reimbursed by cheque or credit card refund if applications are received within two months of the original date of registration.

Bursaries and grants are available to applicants who demonstrate financial need (according to the formula used by StudentAidBC) and, for Canada Student Grant only, all students must be studying between 20 percent to 59 percent of a full-time course load (normally 3-8 undergraduate credits). Applicants must be in good standing with any previous Canada or BC student loans.


Canada Student Grant for Part-time Students (CSG)

This federal grant program (CSG) provides funding to low-income students registered in qualifying post-secondary courses who are pursuing a certificate, diploma or degree. The maximum funding per student per program year (Aug. 1 to July 31) is $1,800.

Erm Fiorillo - Hal Davis CKNW Orphans' Fund Bursary

Established by the CKNW Orphans' Fund, this endowment provides funding to students in distance courses who are single parents. Preference is given to those not already receiving funding through other programs, who reside in the Greater Vancouver area, and who have not previously completed a post-secondary program of study.

Barbara Guttmann-Gee Bursary

Established by BC Open University 1991 graduate Barbara Guttmann-Gee, this endowment provides funding to female students in distance courses. Preference is given to older females in financial need and those pursuing a Open Learning certificate, diploma or degree.

Open Learning Bursary

This endowment gives preference to the applicants in distance courses who do not have access to other sources of financial aid and those pursuing a TRU credential.

Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG)

This provincial grant program provides funding to students enrolled in Adult Basic Education courses; Grade 10, 11, or 12 completion; ESL (English as a Second Language); or Basic Literacy. First-time AUG applicants may only be funded for up to two courses, and must successfully complete both courses before being concurrently funded for more than two courses.

To apply for AUG funding download an Adult Upgrading Grant Application Form and Open Learning Registration Form in PDF format and submit the original completed forms to: TRU Open Learning, Student Awards and Financial Support, 900 McGill Road Kamloops, B.C. V2C 0C8. Allow up to four weeks for processing.