Financial Aid

Important Announcements

During this unprecedented and evolving COVID-19 situation, face-to face reception enquiries and/or meetings is not available. Please direct any Financial Aid and Awards enquiries by either phoning 250-740-6423 or emailing
Vancouver Island University is working as quickly as possible responding to an overwhelming student demand for emergency financial need bursaries. Over the past 10 days, VIU has provided more than 748 bursaries at $250 per student to a total of more than $187,000. VIU is receiving 100’s of student requests each day which is why current bursaries provided are being limited to $250 per student. While the provincial government announced $3.5 million in emergency financial assistance last week for post-secondary students, VIU’s share of this money is $140,000. We realize many students are struggling right now, which is why VIU is working hard to raise more funds for our internal emergency bursary fund supporting student demand and dependent on generous donors in the community. 
While VIU is not able to offer more than $250 through the emergency bursaries due to this increased demand for support, we are trying to help in other ways. For example, we have developed a resource page for students impacted by COVID-19 that lists other benefits and aids that students can apply for during this difficult time, and we anticipate further supports from the federal government to be announced soon. Thanks for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.
Indigenous Emergency Assistance Fund students are advised to email their request to by April 20, 2020. As funding is limited, all enquiries received by April 20 will be reviewed and students contacted by the following week. Students must be currently enrolled at VIU, please include your full name and student number in the email.
Student services can provide you with information about financial assistance for government student loans and grants, institutional bursaries and a variety of scholarships and awards.

The Financial Aid & Award Office is committed to supporting students in their search for financial assistance, both in the form of loans and awards, and in helping students to make the best use of these resources.  This Office works closely with the faculties and the Student Service branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education to foster and support student access to financial assistance.

Click here for information on average expenses for first year studies at Vancouver Island University.

We offer a wide variety of financial assistance to students who require funding to attend Vancouver Island University.

Click here for more information about funding sources available to students.