UVic establishes emergency bursary fund for students

March 31, 2020 - University of Victoria (updated April 14, 2020)

COVID-19 Support Bursary fund: The university has created the COVID-19 Support Bursary to support all students—domestic or international, undergraduate or graduate—who are experiencing financial need as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Give to the fund

The university has created a COVID-19 Emergency Bursary available to all students—domestic or international, undergraduate or graduate—who are experiencing emergency financial need as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This funding is intended to provide for students’ urgent and emerging needs and enable them to continue their academic programs in this rapidly shifting learning environment.

Examples of circumstances that will be taken into consideration include job loss; access to housing, food, tuition, or technology to facilitate online/remote learning; mental health services; child care; transportation; and other emerging needs directly related to the impact of COVID-19 on student life.

To apply for the bursary please complete and submit the bursary budget form. If you have already received an application via email from a Financial Aid Officer, please only apply once.

Due to the high volume of bursary inquiries, we are experiencing a delay in assessing requests. We will respond to all submitted applications received in date order as soon as possible.

Visit SAFA's web page on emergency bursaries.

I am facing unexpected financial hardships because of COVID-19. Are there any resources available to help me?

Yes! The university has created a COVID-19 Emergency Bursary available to all students—domestic or international, undergraduate or graduate—who are experiencing emergency financial need as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding is intended to provide for students’ urgent and emerging needs and enable them to continue their academic programs in this rapidly shifting learning environment. Examples of circumstances that will be taken into consideration include job loss; access to housing, food, tuition, or technology to facilitate online/remote learning; mental health services; child care; transportation; and other emerging needs directly related to the impact of COVID-19 on student life.

In addition, the BC government has invested $3.5 million to support all BC domestic students during these challenging times.

To apply for the bursary please complete and submit the bursary budget form. If you have already received an application via email from a Financial Aid Officer, please only apply once.

Due to the high volume of bursary inquiries, we are experiencing a delay in assessing requests. We will respond to all submitted applications received in date order as soon as possible.

Visit SAFA's web page on emergency bursaries.

I'm an Indigenous student facing unexpected financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 situation. How do I access the Indigenous Emergency Assistance Fund?

UVic’s Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement (IACE) provides emergency bursaries year-round through its Indigenous Emergency Assistance Fund. Indigenous (First Nations status or non-status, Métis or Inuit) students currently enrolled in a full-time or part-time credit program are eligible to apply.

On April 3, the Province of BC announced an additional $1.5 million to support Indigenous students attending 25 post-secondary institutions in BC, including UVic.

Examples of circumstances that will be taken into consideration when applying for emergency funding include job loss; access to housing, food, tuition or technology to facilitate online/remote learning; mental health services; child care; transportation; and other emerging needs directly related to the impact of COVID-19 on student life. Other eligible expenses under the current emergency funding include unanticipated expenses like medical, dental and optical costs, and travel costs for family crisis or community obligations.

To start the application process, please send a brief explanation of how you have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 situation to Crystal Seibold, Indigenous Student Support Co-ordinator at iaceiss@uvic.ca. You will be sent an application package to complete and return to IACE for review.