University students can access
 new education funds

Thompson Rivers University is hosting a free virtual event on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 6 p.m. on TRU’s YouTube channel.

Thompson Rivers University is hosting a free public event so prospective students can find out more about their financial options.

The virtual event, University Affordability in a COVID-19 Era, is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 6 p.m. on TRU’s YouTube channel.

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Prospective students can get answers to their questions about enrolling this fall, including how to pay for school.

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 The pandemic has prompted federal and provincial governments to offer one-time funds in addition to their usual programs. The largest amount comes from the Canada Student Grant for Full-Time Students, a non-repayable program for lower-income students that is doubling to $6,000 from the usual $3,000.

Additionally, StudentAidBC recently announced the new, non-repayable BC Access Grant that can provide students with up to $4,000 a year.

Here is a list of resources students can explore to support their studies this fall:

Canada Student Grant for Full-time Students

BC Access Grant

Canada Student Service Grant (The status of this grant is undetermined at this time)

Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Canada Student Loans

• Scholarships and bursaries

• TRU offers numerous scholarships and bursaries. Students can also seek scholarships at Universities CanadaScholarships CanadaYconic and, for Indigenous students, Indspire.

• Open Education Resources (OER)

• Students can look into OER —free textbooks, supplementary manuals and guides on a variety of subjects that are available through BC’s Open Textbook collection.

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