Pay for School

Post-secondary education is a great investment – be sure to plan what your costs are going to be. Students need to be prepared to pay for things like tuition, student fees, books, supplies, room and board, and transportation.

Funding Options

Besides using personal savings or getting help from family and friends, there are two other options students can use to help pay for school:

Grants and scholarships

A type of funding that doesn’t have to be repaid. Students need to meet specific requirements in order to qualify for a specific grant or scholarship.

Student loans

The provincial and federal governments can loan students money to help cover education costs.

Tuition Waiver

The Provincial Tuition Waiver Program waives tuition and eligible fees for B.C. students who are current or former youth studying full-time or part-time at the undergraduate level at a B.C. public post-secondary institution, the Native Education College, or one of the approved union-based trades training providers.


Paying back a student loan: Before you take out a student loan, find out how much it will cost and how long you have to pay it back.