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).
- Apply through the province where you are considered a resident for loan/grant purposes.
- Be enrolled in a course load that is between 20 and 59 per cent of a full course load (normally 3 - 8 undergraduate credits, either on campus or via Open Learning) and is at least six weeks in duration.
Summer Session Update – StudentAid BC policy change
Study periods of six – 12 weeks in length are now eligible for full-time funding through StudentAid BC. Therefore if you enroll in more than three credits in either Summer Session One or Summer Session Two, you are considered a full-time student, and may therefore only apply for funding through the full-time application, not a part-time application. (Note: Co-op terms are always considered full-time.)
When applying to StudentAid BC for full-time funding for only Summer Session One or only Summer Session Two (i.e. a seven-week application), please identify yourself as being in Year One of your studies, regardless of the number of credits completed. This will then present you with the option of a seven-week application period.
How to apply for part-time grants and loans
For courses starting prior to August 1, 2021, BC residents can download the application form. Complete the fillable pdf, sign the form, and send it back to firstname.lastname@example.org as a scanned attachment. Further details on the grants can also be found at StudentAid BC.
Note: Do not complete the PDF form in your web browser. Download the form and save it to your computer before filling it out.
Students who moved to TRU from other provinces need the form from their home province.
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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 [increased to $3,600 for 2020-21 and 2021-22] 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?
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.
- The loan amount directed to TRU is based on your total balance due to TRU, as shown on myTRU, 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.