INVESTIGATE Funding Options

Student loans are funded by the government and will need to be repaid after your study period ends. However, grants do not need to be paid back. Both the student loans and grants are provided depending on your eligibility.

You are automatically assessed for grants when you apply for a student loan and if you qualify, you will be advised with your loan approval.

Only approved programs listed on the Program Cost page at Douglas College are eligible for student loan/grant funding. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

Full-time student funding

  • Available for education and living expenses.
  • You must be registered in at least 60% course load (9 credits),
  • Or 40% course load (6 credits) for students with an approved permanent disability status with StudentAid BC.

Part-time student funding

  • Available for education expenses.
  • You must be registered in 20% - 59% course load (3 – 8.5 credits).

Adult upgrading grant

  • Available for tuition and fees towards upgrading courses or special education programs:
    • Basic Occupational Education (BOCE)
    • Career and Employment Preparation (CAEP)
    • Customer Service and Cashier Training (CSCT)
    • English and Mathematics Upgrading (ENGU and MATU) levels 300 and 400
    • English Language Learning and Acquisition (ELLA) levels 200 and 300 
    • Warehouse Training (WT)

Awards, bursaries, & scholarships

These are additional awards, bursaries, and scholarships shown on their corresponding information page on the left.

Provincial tuition waiver program for former youth in care

Tuition for former youth in care will be waived for B.C. students who are between 19-26 years of age (inclusive) attending a B.C. public post-secondary institution who meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the application form below. This program is open to students pursuing programs that lead to a certificate, diploma, or undergraduate degree.  Students enrolled in graduate programs or post-graduate courses are not eligible. Students registering in Continuing Education courses are also eligible.

Students who wish to be considered for the waiver while studying at Douglas College must complete the Provincial Tuition Waiver Application and return it to the Financial Aid Office at either the Coquitlam or New Westminster Campus.

For more information, check out BC Government

This is a detailed listing of all bursaries and grants available for former youth in care.

Youth educational assistance fund for former youth in care

Students eligible to apply for a Provincial Tuition Waiver, may also be eligible to apply for the youth educational assistance fund. 

Check out the eligibility criteria for YEAF applications on the StudentAid BC website.