Emergency Post-Secondary Education Funding

COVID Relief Funds

BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres is pleased to provide additional funds to help First Nation post-secondary students get the supports they need to continue with their studies despite disruptions caused by the current public health crisis.  BCAAFC is pleased to administer these additional emergency COVID-relief funds for eligible students on behalf of Indigenous Services Canada.

Who is Eligible?

Subject to BCAAFC’s contract with ISC, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

– First Nations students who are registered Status Indians
– and do not have band membership, and are thus ineligible to apply for funding through their band
– Must be a BC resident, who has resided in BC for a minimum of 12 consecutive months


These funds are intended to support students whose studies have been impacted by the ongoing pandemic and thus need additional financial support in order to continue successfully.  Up to $1,500 will be given to select students as a one-time payment.  Eligible expenses fall under one of the following three categories:

1) Counseling, mental health, and wellness
2) Technology needs to support students switching to online schooling
3) Additional tuition and/or living allowance support for extenuating circumstances

Funding is limited, thus not all applicants will receive financial assistance.

A Complete Application Includes:

Applications for the Emergency Post-Secondary Education Funding must be completed and submitted to the Education Coordinator at BCAAFC by 5pm on the application deadline.  A complete application includes:

1. Application Form – completed and signed

2. A copy of your Status Card – front and back

3. Proof of Registration – documentation of the courses you are registered in for the current and/or upcoming semester.

4. Most Recent Grades/Transcripts – you may submit unofficial grades with your application, but successful candidates must submit their official transcripts before receiving their funds.

5. A Self-written Letter – explaining your circumstances including: what you intend to use the funds for, why you need the extra financial support, and how it will assist you in your studies.

6. (Optional) Additional supporting documents and evidence of need, if applicable – any additional documents that help demonstrate your circumstances and confirm your need for financial assistance.

*Please Note: Applicants may be asked to provide additional supporting information at the discretion of the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendships Centres.

Application Deadline: October 30, 2020
[Click here for the Emergency Post-Secondary Education Funding Application Form]


Please forward all applications, correspondence, inquiries, and official transcripts to the following:

Email: education@bcaafc.com
Phone: (250) 388-5522 Ext. 216

BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres – Education
551 Chatham Street
Victoria, BC V8T 1E1