Adult Upgrading Grants

    • Spring 2017 applications
      - Open: November 14
      - Close: March 17 at 4:00 p.m. (firm deadline)

      Summer 2017 applications
      - Open: April (exact date to be announced)
      - Close: August 18

      Funding may be limited, and applications are assessed in the order they are received.  Apply early!


      The Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG) program has been established by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education to provide needs-based grants to learners enrolled in developmental programs.  

      The Capilano University Supplemental Upgrading Grant (SUG) program has been established by Capilano University to provide needs-based grants to learners enrolled in developmental programs who are not eligible to receive AUG funding. 

    • What costs do the grants cover?

      Adult Upgrading Grants (AUG)
      -  Up to 100% of tuition fees for developmental courses 
      -  Required fees for developmental courses 
      -  Transportation costs (UPass or equivalent*)
      -  Required textbooks and course packs for developmental courses*
      -  Required supplies for developmental courses*
      -  Unsubsidized child care costs* 
      Receipts and/or supporting documentation may be required 

      Cap U Supplemental Upgrading Grants (SUG)
      -  Up to 100% of tuition fees for developmental courses 

       

      Am I eligible?

      Eligibility Criteria for AUG
      -  You are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person
         Note: landed immigrants with Investor Class Status NV5 are not eligible for AUG.
      -  You are a resident of British Columbia 
      -  You are enrolled in eligible developmental courses at Cap U 
      -  You demonstrate financial need, as outlined in Figure 3 (PDF) 
      -  You demonstrate successful completion and/or satisfactory progress in previous courses for which you have received AUG funding  
      -  You have not exceeded the lifetime maximum of 156 weeks of AUG funding 
      -  You are not in receipt of full-time government student loan funding for course registration below 100% courseload  

      Eligibility Criteria for SUG
      -  You are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person
         Note: landed immigrants with Investor Class Status NV5 are not eligible for SUG  
      -  You demonstrate financial need, as outlined in Figure 4 (PDF)  
      -  You have been denied funding for up to 100% tuition costs through the Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG) program 
      -  You are enrolled in eligible developmental courses at Cap U  
      - You have not previously received SUG for enrollment in the same course 
      -  You demonstrate satisfactory academic performance in previous courses for which you have received SUG 
      -  You are not in receipt of full-time government student loan funding for course registration below 100% courseload.   

       

      How do I apply?

      Complete all three of the following forms and submit them together in one package
      1.   Spring 2017 Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG) application
      2.   Spring 2017 Cap U Supplemental Upgrading Grant (SUG) application
      3.   Spring 2017 AUG Fee Deferral application

      Submit your application package to the Registrar's Office.  
      Original forms are required; no photocopies or emails.  

      Important

      All questions on all applications must be answered.  If the question does not apply to you, make sure you enter "$0.00" or "Not Applicable" for your answer.  
      If you are a Permanent Resident, you must attach a photocopy of the front and back of your PR Card to your application.
      Attach original receipts for required textbooks and required supplies if you would like these costs to be considered for a grant. 
      Incomplete applications cannot be processed and will be returned to you
      Original applications are required.  Scanned, emailed, photocopied or faxed forms will not be accepted.  You must fill out your application in ink or electronically (recommended)
      You must apply for AUG and SUG in a separate application each term.  
      We strongly recommend that you apply for AUG, SUG, and an AUG fee deferral together and at the same time.

      Funding may be limited, and applications are assessed in the order they are received.  Apply early! 

      What is a fee deferral?

      A fee deferral extends your fee payment deadline.  If you are eligible for AUG, you may be eligible for a fee deferral.  Submit your fee deferral application at the same time you submit your AUG application.  

      Important:

      It is your responsibility to ensure that all fees and deposits are paid in full by Fee Payment Deadlines established by Capilano University, or for obtaining a fee deferral in advance of these deadlines. Payment in full must be made, or an approved fee deferral must be in place, by fee payment deadlines to avoid de-registration from your courses due to unpaid fees.  Approved AUG fee deferrals will be noted in  your Student Information Web Service (myCap) under Student Services > Student Records > View Holds.

      Approved fee deferral applicants are responsible for ensuring that all fees and deposits are paid in full by the fee deferral expiry date. After the expiry date, students who still have outstanding fees on their student account may be subject to one or more $50.00 late fee penalties and an Accounts Receivable Hold. For more information about late fees, see Fees & Fee Payment.

      When will I find out if I am approved?

       

      If you submit your applications BEFORE classes start: 

      1. Within 5 business days of receiving your application, we will assess whether you meet the eligibility criteria.   
      2. We will then send you a letter by postal mail to let you know if you meet the criteria and confirm whether an AUG fee deferral has been applied to your student account.  You should receive this letter approx. two weeks after submitting your completed applications. 
      3. After the standard term add/drop period ends, we will assess whether your courses meet the eligibility criteria. 
      4. We will then send you a letter by postal mail to let you know if you are approved to receive a grant.  If you are approved, the letter will let you know how much the grant is and the costs it is intended to cover.  If you are not approved, the letter will outline the reasons why your courses do not meet the eligibility criteria.  You should receive this letter approx. 2-3 weeks after the standard term add/drop period ends.

       

      If you submit your applications AFTER classes start: 

      1. After the standard term add/drop period ends, we will assess whether you meet the eligibility criteria and whether your courses meet the eligibility criteria. 
      2. 4. We will then send you a letter by postal mail to let you know if you are approved to receive a grant.  If you are approved, the letter will let you know how much the grant is and the costs it is intended to cover.  If you are not approved, the letter will outline the reasons why your courses do not meet the eligibility criteria.  You should receive this letter approx. 2-3 weeks after the standard term add/drop period ends.Approximately 2-3 weeks after you submit your completed applications or after the standard term add/drop period ends, whichever is later.   

       

      Which courses qualify?

      Courses below the 100-level qualify for AUG and SUG funding.  There will be restrictions if you are repeating a course.  

      Courses above the 100-level are post-secondary courses and do not qualify.

      Examples:
      BENG 052 and EAP 090 are below the 100-level and are eligible. USSD 110 and EAP 100 are above the 100-level and are not eligible.  

      The following programs at Cap U include courses that are  eligible for AUG and SUG: 

      Adult Basic Education
      Education and Employment Access
      College and University Preparation
      Discover Employability
      English for Academic Purposes / ESL
      Students enrolled in other programs at Capilano University who are registered in one or more classes that are below the 100-level may also be able to access AUG and SUG funding.   

       

      What about repeating a course?

       AUG
      If you received AUG before and did not complete the course, you will not receive AUG again to support the costs of that course.
      If you received AUG before, completed the course but received an "F" grade, you may be eligible to receive AUG funding one more time to support up to 50% of the tuition fees only for that course.

       SUG
      If you received SUG before for a course, you will not receive SUG again to support the costs of that course.

      If you stop attending your course(s), withdraw twice from course(s), and/or fail to demonstrate satisfactory progress in your education while funded by AUG, you will no longer qualify for AUG or SUG for enrolment in any courses.   

      What if I'm taking post-secondary courses too?

      AUG and SUG funding does not support costs associated with post-secondary courses (100-level or higher).  

      If you are enrolled in developmental courses (below the 100-level) and post secondary courses (100-level or higher) at the same time, the type(s) of funding you are eligible to apply for depend on your courseload.  

       Your courseload:

       You should apply for:

      One or more developmental course(s) AND
      between 3 and 8.75 credits at the 100-level or higher
      AUG AND
      SUG AND
      Part-Time Studies Application 

      One or more developmental course(s) AND
      between 9 and 14.75 credits at the 100-level or higher 

      Full-Time Studies Application
      One or more developmental course(s) AND
      15 or more credits at the 100-level or higher 
      AUG AND
      SUG AND
      Full-Time Studies Application

       

      What if my circumstances change?


      Adult Upgrading Grants (AUG) and/or Capilano University Supplemental Upgrading Grant (SUG) applicants who would like to request a review of their application due to a change in course registration or circumstances should complete the AUG/SUG Application - Request for Reassessment (PDF) form. 

      If you are applying for AUG and SUG for Summer Session II and also applied for AUG and SUG in Summer Session I, you will need to submit a Request for Reassessment form only to apply in the second session.

      Your completed form must be received in the Financial Aid and Awards office no later than three weeks before the scheduled end date of your course(s).  Once your request for reassessment has been reviewed, Financial Aid and Awards will contact you via postal mail with results.


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      Financial Aid and Awards presents a number of workshops each term to enhance your financial well-being.  Check out our Upcoming Events for information about upcoming Adult Upgrading Grant Workshops to assist you in understanding AUG applications, fee deferrals, awards, and the budgeting and money management strategies that are available to help support you.