Scholarships & Financial Aid

We know this is a challenging time, and many students and families have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The information below outlines financial supports available. If you would like help developing a financial plan for this coming year or have general questions, please contact a Financial Aid Counsellor.  

If you are experiencing financial hardship, please contact a Financial Aid Counsellor

If you are a Richmond campus student experiencing financial need you can also contact your program coordinator or TWU-R Student Life to explore alternative financial support that may be available.

Student Loan Funding

Students enrolled in eligible programs can apply for student loans to help pay for their post-secondary education. To support students during the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has recently announced an increase in grant funding (non-repayable), as well as an increase in the amount of loan funding for the 2020/21 school year. See the Government of Canada website for more details. 

Canadian Government Support Programs

Both federal and provincial governments have programs in place to support students in a variety of ways, including emergency grants and summer employment opportunities. 

The information below outlines federal and provincial financial support for students and families to help navigate the impact of COVID-19. 

Canadian Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) - Provides temporary financial support from May to August for high school graduates, post-secondary students, and recent graduates. Available to Canadian citizens, permanent residents, protected persons, and those persons registered under the Indian Act.  

B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers - Residents of British Columbia may be eligible for a one-time $1,000 payment to those whose ability to work has been affected due to COVID-19. 

Canada Emergency Relief Benefit (CERB) - Provides temporary financial support for eligible workers who have stopped working due to COVID-19. The CERB provides a taxable benefit of $2,000 every 4 weeks, up to 16 weeks. 

Canada Student Loan and Grant Program Enhancement - Eligibility for student financial assistance will be broadened, as well as increased levels of funding for loans and grants. This will in place for 2020/21 only. 

Student Loan Repayment Deferral - All Canadian student loan borrowers will automatically have their loan repayments and interest suspended until September 30, 2020. 

Canada Student Service Grant (New Program) - Provides financial support up to $5,000 to eligible post-secondary students for volunteering at Canadian not-for-profits during summer 2020.  

Canada Child Benefit - The government is providing up to an extra $300 per child through the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) for 2019-20. This benefit will be delivered as part of the scheduled CCB payment in May; no action is required for those already receiving the CCB. 

International Student Work Hours Extension for Essential Services - The restriction that allows international students to work a maximum of 20 hours a week while classes are in session has been lifted, provided that students are working in an essential service or function such as health care, critical infrastructure, or supply of food.