Please note, we no longer have paper applications to apply for VIU Bursaries. To be considered for VIU Bursaries, students must log on to their student record and complete the "Bursary Profile" information between September 1st and October 31st each year. Once your "Bursary Profile" has been completed, you will automatically be considered for all VIU General Bursaries, as well as the VIU Tuition Bursaries. All funds will be issued in January each year as a tuition credit, unless otherwise specified.
Bursaries will be selected based on minimum course load requirements of 60%, grade point average requirements of 2.0 (or better), specific donor criteria and information provided on the "Bursary Profile". The value of some bursaries may vary dependent on investment returns.
To be considered for VIU Tuition Bursaries, students must log on to their student record and complete the "Bursary Profile" information between September 1st and October 31st each year.
Vancouver Island University Tuition Bursary Program
The Vancouver Island University Tuition Bursary program has been established through institutional means to provide tuition relief for students with the greatest financial need attending this institution. Tuition bursary amounts are $400* for single students with no children, and $600* for students with children. Please note, first consideration will be given to students receiving government student loan funding for the current academic year, from any Province within Canada. Students not receiving student loans must demonstrate financial need through recent pay stubs, T4 slips, or an income tax assessment. Funds will be applied directly to tuition fees for the spring semester. In allocating bursaries and determining the amounts, grade point average (GPA) will be considered. *(amounts may vary dependant upon funds available)
To be considered for VIU General Bursaries, students must log on to their student record and complete the "Bursary Profile" information between September 1st and October 31st each year.
NOTE: See Section III for a list of bursaries with different application deadline dates.
Pat & Les Dickason Teacher Education Bursary
1 bursary, $400; Available for satisfactory academic standing and financial need to students entering final year of the Teacher Education program at VIU.
RR Smith Bursary in Education
1 bursary, $500; Available to deserving students in good standing in the Bachelor of Education or Post Baccalaureate programs.
Zonta Club of Nanaimo Bursary
1 bursary, $500; For financial need and academic achievement; available to female students enrolled in Science, Education, or Women's Studies at the Nanaimo Campus, who will be continuing at VIU in the Fall semester.
Applications for the following bursaries will be available in our "Applications" section approximately 4-6 weeks prior to the posted deadline dates. Note that deadlines for these bursaries may vary with each. Please see Financial Aid & Awards for additional information.
Dean's Education Bursaries
5 bursaries, $2,000 each; Available to continuing students in the Education Program, who have completed at least one year of studies toward the program. Selection will be based on financial need and academic achievement. Apply to Financial Aid & Awards Office by October 31. Funds awarded as a tuition credit for the spring semester.
Vancouver Island University Foundation
The Vancouver Island University Foundation is a registered non-profit society made up of community volunteers who contribute their time and expertise to raise funds for Vancouver Island University and its students.
For information on how to contribute to the VIU Foundation, please contact:
Vancouver Island University
Advancement & Alumni Office
900 Fifth Street, Building 310
Nanaimo, BC V9R 5S5