Supporting students during the COVID-19 pandemic

Thank you for your patience, your support and doing your part during these unprecedented times.

Update: The UVic Alumni Association has generously pledged $50,000 in matching funds to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund. This means that donations to the fund will be matched dollar for dollar, doubling the support for students in need.

The University of Victoria has established the COVID-19 Support Bursary to provide support for students—domestic or international, undergraduate or graduate—who are experiencing emergency financial need as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will help students facing challenges such as job loss, access to housing, food, tuition, or technology to facilitate online/remote learning, mental health services, child care, transportation, and more.

The university is providing an initial allocation of $200,000 to support the needs of UVic students. This funding is intended to provide for students’ urgent and emerging needs. In this rapidly shifting learning environment, we want to ensure students can cover their basic needs, so they can continue focusing on their studies, wellbeing, and the things that matter most.

One of the best ways we can help students right now is through the COVID-19 Support Bursary. If you are able, please consider joining us in supporting students through this crisis by making a gift today.

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How Students Can Apply

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, Student Awards and Financial Aid (SAFA) is experiencing a delay in assessing requests. SAFA will respond to all submitted applications received in date order as soon as possible.

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UVic Updates on COVID-19

As part of the university's response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, a website has been created to provide the university community with the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, including tips for staying healthy, information for travellers, and other resources for students, faculty and staff.

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