Awards and Money Management

Post-secondary education is expensive, but that shouldn’t stop you from coming to UBC. Financial support is available, and there are people and resources to help you manage your money and develop a financial plan. You can find information below on how much you should expect to spend on your education, where you can find financial support, and who to contact for help. For more information, please visit the Awards and Money Management site for Aboriginal students.

Financial Advising

From the start of your degree, until the day you graduate, Enrolment Services Professionals (ESPs) are a great point of contact for help with anything from paying tuition or making a budget to requesting a transcript or changing your program. They can also guide you through UBC regulations and processes to make sure you get the support you need, when you need it. They can look at potential awards, scholarships, loans and grant opportunities to help you fund your time at UBC or help answer any questions you may have about being a sponsored student.

All undergraduate students have an ESP assigned to them for personalized advising. Additionally, there is an Aboriginal ESP Team available, and any Aboriginal student — including undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate — can contact the Team Lead to make an appointment for one-on-one advising.

jludlow2Aboriginal Student Team Lead
Joanna Ludlow
Enrolment Services Professional
1874 East Mall Vancouver BC V6T 1Z1
Phone 604 827 0141
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There are a variety of costs associated with pursuing a post-secondary education. These include tuition, housing, student fees, books, meals, entertainment, and unexpected expenses. Factors like where you live or the amount of time it takes to complete your degree may also affect how much you need to spend.

Check out the online cost calculator or the UBC Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help assess your expenses. You may wish to bring these with you to any meetings with Student Financial Assistance and Awards to discuss with an expert. Below is some more information on specific costs:


Tuition costs vary depending on what program you are enrolled in and whether you are a domestic or international student.


One of the major expenses associated with obtaining a post-secondary degree is housing. Many students wish to live on or near campus. If you choose to live some distance from campus, costs associated with transportation will need to be factored into your budget.

Funding Sources

Now that you are a bit more familiar with the costs that are associated with studying at UBC, you are ready to build a plan! How will you pay for your degree? How will you cover any expenses that go beyond your available resources? Click here to see how one student did it, or check out some of the options below that you may want to consider for funding your education.

Scholarships and Awards

There are a variety of scholarships and awards available to all students at UBC. They are awarded based on a number of different criteria, including academic standing, involvement in extra-curricular activities, or financial need. Check them out and see if you qualify! There are also a number of awards at UBC specifically for Aboriginal students.

Band Sponsorship/Third Party Billing

Some students are able to receive support from their band to pay for their post-secondary education. Financial Services can bill your band directly for your tuition and fees but there a number of important steps that must be taken.


While many students want to avoid going into debt and taking student loans to complete their degree, there are programs in place to help you reduce or manage your debt once you are finished. It is important to know that by applying for a loan you become eligible for a number of university-based awards and bursaries.

Work Study and Part Time Employment

UBC offers a work study program which allows students to get paid to engage in career-related employment opportunities on campus. For example, each year a number of students work at the First Nations Longhouse in a variety of jobs. Other students choose to work part time outside of the university while completing their studies.

Emergency Support

Sometimes even with the best planning, the unexpected happens. If you find yourself in a financial emergency, contact Student Financial Assistance and Awards right away to discuss what options are available. Emergency appointments are prioritized to be soon as soon as possible. Call 604-822-5111 to make an appointment. We can help.

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Page Modified: August 31, 2016

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