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.
Regardless of your financial situation, we encourage you to make an appointment for confidential one-on-one financial advising with a financial advisor in Student Financial Assistance and Awards. Advisors are available at Brock Hall to help you with your financial planning from admission to graduation. Even if you are still just thinking about attending UBC, they can meet or speak with you and your parents to help you plan for university. For more information click here.
To make an appointment for one-on-one advising contact:
Student Financial Assistance and Awards
Brock Hall (East Wing), 1036-1874 East Mall
or for a referral:
Nadine Alvarado Hensley
Aboriginal Student and Community Development Coordinator
First Nations House of Learning
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.
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.
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.
Revised: October 24, 2014