If you’re upgrading your skills or taking developmental education or training courses, the Adult Upgrading Grant could help cover your costs.

Apply early for Fall 2018:

Applications open:  July 9
Application deadline: August 27, 2018

The Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG) was established by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education to provide financial support to adult students. The grants are given based on financial need. You must be enroled in skills upgrading, developmental education, or training courses in order to qualify.

The grants provide funding to help with:

  • required fees
  • required textbooks and supplies
  • U-pass or transportation costs
  • unsubsidized child care costs 
  • tuition fees, if applicable.

Which courses qualify? 

Most CapU courses below the 100-level qualify for AUG funding.  Courses at the 100-level and above are not eligible.

 

How do I apply?

To apply, complete and submit original copies of these two forms to the CapU Registrar's Office. (No photocopies or emails please.)

  • Submit your AUG application and AUG Fee Deferral application at the same time. 
  • Make sure you answer all questions on the applications.
    • If you leave any questions blank, you cannot receive the grant.
  • Fill out your application in ink or electronically, and hand in the original signed copies of your application.
    • If you hand in a scanned, emailed, photocopied, or faxed application, you cannot receive the grant.
  • If you are a permanent resident of Canada:
    1. Photocopy the front and back of your PR Card.
    2. Attach it to your application.
      • If you forget to do this, you cannot receive the grant.
  • If you are a Protected Person: 
    1. Photocopy the front and back of your SIN card, and
    2. Photocopy your "Protected Person Status Document" or "Decision Letter" issued by the Immigration Refugee Board.
    3. Attach both photocopies to your application.
      • If you forget to do this, you cannot receive the grant.
  • If you want to receive the grant for your required textbooks or supplies:
    1. Purchase them first, then
    2. Take your receipts to the Registrar's Office.
      • If you do not submit your receipts, you cannot receive the grant for these items.

 

How will I know if I'm approved?

To receive the grants: 

  1. You must be eligible; AND,
  2. Your courses must be eligible.

We will assess your eligibility within one week of receiving your completed application.  This can happen before classes start.  

We will then send you a letter in the mail letting you know if you are eligible.  The grant is not approved and no money is released at this time.  

If you are eligible, the letter will let you know the action you have to take to claim the grant.  If you are not eligible, the letter will let you know the reason(s) why you are not eligible.  

We will assess your courses within 1-3 weeks after the standard term add/drop period ends.  This will happen about one month after classes start.  

We will send you a letter in the mail letting you know if your courses are eligible and if a grant has been approved.  

If a grant has been approved, the letter will let you know how much the grant is, what costs it is intended to cover, and that the grant has been put into your student account.  

If a grant is not approved, the letter will let you know the reason(s) why your courses are not eligible.

Will the grant cover me for repeating a course?

If you received AUG for a course before and didn’t complete it, you may still be eligible to receive AUG again for the same course. However AUG funding for a repeat course is not guaranteed and will be assessed after you submit an AUG application.  

What if my circumstances change?

AUG applicants who have a change in their course registration and want to request a review of their application should complete the AUG Request for Reassessment form (pdf).

Submit the form to the Financial Aid & Awards office no later than three weeks before the end date of your course(s).