British Columbia

B.C. boosts emergency funding for post-secondary students by $3.5M

B.C. has announced a one-time, $3.5-million investment in emergency financial help for post-secondary students struggling due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Students at B.C.'s 25 public post-secondary schools can contact financial aid office for help

Students are pictured on campus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver on Nov. 20, 2019. The provincial government has added $3.5 million to its emergency assistance fund to help students struggling financially during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

B.C. has announced a one-time, $3.5-million investment in emergency financial help for post-secondary students struggling due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

A statement Thursday said students attending any of the 25 public post-secondary institutions in the province are eligible for the new funding, which is being added to regular annual emergency funds. The money is designated for students facing an unexpected emergency which affects their ability to finish their studies.

"We heard from students who are facing extremely difficult situations, and we're moving quickly to ensure they have access to immediate financial relief," said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

The latest investment is available to domestic B.C. students, according to the statement.

The ministry said the emergency assistance does not have to be repaid and can be used to help with a broad range of costs, including living expenses, food, travel, portable computers and other supports to help students study remotely.

The statement said students looking to apply for the financial aid should contact their school's financial aid office for guidance.

Each post-secondary institution will determine the specific amount a student can receive based on individual needs.

A full list of eligible post-secondary institutions and contact information for their financial aid offices can be found here.

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