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Thompson Rivers University

Funding Your Education

Thompson Rivers University, through the work of our Foundation and volunteers, and the generosity of thousands of individuals, businesses and community organizations, is able to offer hundreds of awards worth over 1.5 million dollars each year to TRU students.

Scholarships and awards

Entrance scholarships

Undergraduate entrance scholarships are open to students who have never attended a post-secondary institution (with the exception of up to 12 transferable undergraduate credits completed on a part-time basis). Applicants must be planning to graduate from TRU with a degree or two year diploma, and must enroll in at least 12 undergraduate credits (four courses) per term.

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Entrance awards

TRU seeks to be community-minded with a global conscience, boldly redefining the university as a place of belonging, where all people are empowered to transform themselves, their communities, and the world.

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Ongoing scholarships, bursaries & awards

More than 1000 scholarships, bursaries, awards and prizes are available to students who have completed at least one semester of studies at TRU.

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of eligible general entrance scholarship applicants were offered an award


was the cut-off average for the 2019 President's Entrance Scholarship


of scholarship offers of $1000+ are made to students with an 85% average or higher

Student loans and grants

In Canada, student financial assistance is available from the federal and provincial/territorial governments. However, all applications for assistance are made through the province of which you are considered a resident.

There are two main forms of assistance available: loans and grants. Student loans must be paid back with interest, whereas grants, do not need to be repaid as long as eligibility is maintained.

Benefits of government student assistance

  • Interest free while you are a full-time student
  • No payments required while you are a full-time student
  • You do not need to have a co-signer or collateral
  • A portion of your loan may be forgiven
  • You may also be considered for non-repayable funding such grants and bursaries
  • An interest relief safety net is available if you encounter financial hardship during repayment.
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Tuition Sponsorship

Some students have all or part of their tuition and student fees paid by a third party, such as an Indigenous community, employer, or government agency. This is known as sponsorship. Whether you’re studying part-time or full-time, sponsorship may be an option for you. 

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