Frequently Asked Questions: Student Loans

Two main sources of funding may be available to Canadian students or residents. One is through British Columbia Student Assistance Program (BCSAP), and the other is through Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

British Columbia Student Assistance Program

Canada student loans are available for the following full-time certificate programs:

Note: Part-time programs are not eligible for student loans.

The Ministry of Advanced Education, Student Services Branch is responsible for financial assistance to students under the British Columbia Student Assistance Program (BCSAP).

Canadian students or residents from outside of BC should contact their respective provincial Student Assistance Program for information.

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Contact Information for the Ministry of Advanced Education, Student Services Branch

Correspondence Mailing Address:
Ministry of Advanced Education
Student Services Branch
PO Box 9173
Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC  V8W 9H7

Telephone Numbers:
Victoria: 250.387.6100
BC Lower Mainland: 604.660.2610
Anywhere else in BC: 1.800.561.1818

Fax Numbers:
Victoria: 250.387.4858
Anywhere else in BC: 1.888.262.2112

Website:
http://studentaidbc.ca/

What are the procedures to obtain a Canada Student Loan?

If you are interested in attending a UBC Continuing Studies full-time program, funding assistance may be available from the Ministry of Advanced Education in the form of a Canada Student Loan. If you qualify for assistance, the amount of funding you receive will depend on your individual situation.

Application forms and instructions for completing the forms are available online at: http://studentaidbc.ca/.

It can take up to six weeks for Canada Student Loans office to arrive at a decision. Policies and procedures vary. Please contact the Canada Student Loans office for details.

What is the program code I require for my application form?

The program codes you will require for the student loan application form, are:

  • Project Management (Intensive) - ZFQ8
  • Network Systems and Security Professional - UHF8
What amount of funds may I expect to receive from Canada Student Loans?

The maximum amount of Canada Student Loan money available varies according to the program.

Program # of Weeks Tuition Fee Max. Without Dependents Max. With Dependents
Project Management Intensive 13 $9,850 $4,160 $6,630
Network Systems and Security Professional 34 $15,500 $10,880 $17,340
  These loan amounts are valid from Aug 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017
What happens once Canada Student Loans accepts my application for sponsorship?

The Canada Student Loans office will advise you of their decision in writing. Payments will be made directly to the student.

UBC Continuing Studies is required to submit monthly reports to the Canada Student Loans office. If for any reason a student's enrollment is terminated, funding will cease and the student is responsible for any outstanding tuition and other related expenses.

If you have any questions, please contact your Canada Student Loan office.

Please note: The application process takes four to six weeks so we recommend you apply as soon as possible.

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

Eligible participants receive financial assistance to complete a course or program of instruction. Applicants must demonstrate that their choice of skills training represents the most direct route to employment.

Contact Information for Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

Phone: 1-800-622-6232
Official Website: http://www.esdc.gc.ca
Visit: Service Canada

What costs are covered?

Funding may be provided to participants to cover all or a portion of the following costs:

  • tuition fees for a course or program of instruction
  • expenses for a course of instruction such as books and software and/or
  • living expenses and other costs relating to dependent care, disability needs, transportation and accommodation.

The level of funding is negotiated on an individual basis and is usually for a period of up to one year.

Who is eligible to apply?

Participants are unemployed people who meet the following conditions when they request assistance:

  • receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits
  • had an EI claim in the past three years; or
  • started a maternity or parental benefits claim in the past five years and they are now seeking to re-enter the workforce after having cared for a newborn or adopted child
How to apply?

Participants should contact a Service Canada Centre to be referred to a case manager. The case manager will determine if the program is appropriate. If appropriate, the individual and case manager will develop a Return to Work action plan outlining how participation in the program will lead to employment.

The applicant must also provide documentation that includes the course outline, tuition costs and personal finances.

An official reviews all applications, assessments and action plans. If approved, participants are responsible for enrolling in the course and paying any related costs. Skills Development applications must be approved before the course or program begins.

Residents of the Lower Mainland may contact a case management service.

Information on Education and Training services available to Canadians can be found here.

Note: The application process takes four to six weeks so we recommend you apply as soon as possible.