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

COVID-19 Funding for AUG students

A new grant is available for AUG-eliglble students to assist with online education during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Students may receive up to $500 for technology support. See details below under: How do I receive the grant for technology support? 

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.
  • technology support

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, electronically complete these two forms and email them to us at finaid@capilanou.ca for processing. We strongly recommend keeping the original copy of your applications for your records.

To access the AUG application, you need to first download it on your computer and then open it from the saved location.

To receive the grant for your required textbooks and supplies:

  1. Submit your AUG application;
  2. Purchase the items; and
  3. Email your receipts to finaid@capilanou.ca 
    • If you do not submit your receipts, you cannot receive the grant for these items.
    • Submissions are subject to review and approval.

To receive the grant for technology support such as hardware (laptop, headphones, microphone, etc.), software, and/or internet connectivity:

  1. Submit your AUG application; and
  2. For hardware and/or software items, purchase the items. 
    Items must be purchased after October 19, 2020. Receipts for purchases made before this date do not qualify.

For internet connectivity, provide us with a copy of your monthly internet bill

  1. Email your receipts to finaid@capilanou.ca
    • If you do not submit your receipts, you cannot receive the grant for these items.
    • Submissions are subject to review and approval.

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.

If you are a permanent resident of Canada:

  • Email a copy of your PR card (front and back) in PDF format, with your application to finaid@capilanou.ca. If you forget to do this, you cannot receive the grant.

If you are a Protected Person:

  • Email copies of your SIN card (front and back) in PDF format and "Protected Person Status Document" or "Decision Letter" issued by the Immigration Refugee Board with your application to finaid@capilanou.ca. If you forget to do this, you cannot receive the grant.

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 notify you through your myCapU email account 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 notification will let you know the action you have to take to claim the grant. If you are not eligible, the notification 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 notification to your myCapU email account letting you know if your courses are eligible and if a grant has been approved.

If a grant has been approved, the notification 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 notification 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).