Aboriginal Emergency Financial Assistance Fund

Post secondary facilities, Province-wide
Funding Amount:
Up to $1000
Target Audience:
Exclusively targets Aboriginal people.
Description/History of Program/Initiative

The Ministry provides $4.3M for an Aboriginal Emergency Financial Assistance Fund to support Aboriginal students experiencing a short-term financial crisis (available at all 25 B.C. public post-secondary institutions).

The goal of the Fund is to support Aboriginal student retention and program completion. It was established partly as a result of the LE NONET pilot program evaluation (UVic), which identified that program’s emergency assistance funding as a key contributor to student retention and success. In FY2015/16, $678,741 was disbursed to 1,343 students through the Fund.

Eligibility Requirements (Program Delivery Agents)
Public post-secondary institutions.
Eligibility Requirements (Program Participants)
Aboriginal students experiencing unforseen or unexpected financial need, such as (but not limited to) family emergencies, car repairs, medical expenses. Students can receive up to a maximum of $700 per year, and can apply for assistance more than once. Institutional staff determine eligibility in keeping with purpose of the fund.