Awards, scholarships, grants and bursaries

Scholarship, award, and bursary applications may require an investment of your time but are gifts of money you don't need to repay.

Notification of awards

Only successful award and bursary applicants are notified.

Entrance Awards and Bursaries

Entrance awards are given to outstanding students entering a full-time Camosun College credential program. All Entrance awards are adjudicated on a competitive basis. Entrance bursaries are given to students entering full-time studies at Camosun College. Entrance bursaries are normally based on financial need and additional criteria.

Selection is based on academic standing or financial need and on additional criteria as outlined in the award specific information. Other factors may be taken into consideration such as participation in school activities, community involvement and demonstrated leadership qualities. Where applicable, these additional criteria are listed under the award information.


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Bursaries are funds that do not need to be repaid. Each year full-time many of Camosun's full-time students will receive financial assistance through bursaries. Bursaries are provided through the Camosun Foundation are made possible through the generosity of donors who are keen to recognize student excellence and help students in need.

You can apply to over 300 bursaries with one application!

2022/2023 Bursary Application Periods

  • Fall 2022 September 6, 2022, to October 12, 2022
  • Winter 2023- December 12, 2022, to January 24, 2023


One step bursary application

Emergency Bursaries 

Even with the best financial planning, emergency situations may arise during your study period. In cases of unplanned financial emergencies, you may contact Financial Aid & Awards to discuss what options may be available to you.

Emergency funding is non-repayable and is made possible through donors such as the Camosun College Foundation, The Camosun College Student’s Society, Student Aid BC, and other community donors. Emergency funding is considered on a case by case basis and intended to support students through a short -term financial crisis that occurs within your study period. Emergency funds are not intended to cover planned expenses such as rent and utilities or to replace funding shortfalls through your student loan.

Expenses that Emergency Funds can assist with may include:

  • Food Security
  • Sudden living cost increases during study period
  • Emergency health expenses not covered by the student benefit plan or personal health insurance
  • Emergency travel expenses
  • Expenses incurred due to physical, emotional, and psychological safety
  • Expenses that Emergency Funds Cannot assist with:
  • Outstanding and upcoming tuition, fees, textbooks, or other foreseen school-related expenses
  • Previous debt obligations (car payments, credit card bills, line of credit payments, etc)
  • Non-essential expenses (extra-curricular activities, non-essential travel, etc)

If you are experiencing an unexpected financial crisis and would like to discuss your options, please contact to connect with a Financial Aid Advisor. 


Awards and scholarships have various criteria that may include high grades and/or non-academic achievements, such as volunteerism. You may be nominated for an award by Camosun faculty or staff, or you may have to submit an application. Read the application criteria carefully!

School-specific awards

Inquire at your school office if you need more information about the awards and scholarships it oversees.


Grants are government funds you do not repay. You will be assessed for grants when you apply for full-time or part-time funding.

Canada Student Grants and B.C. Access Grants

Different grant funds are accessible to students fitting a variety of criteria including, but not limited to, having dependents, permanent disability status, and/or low- or middle-income.

To learn more about the various grants for which you may be assessed when applying for full-time or part-time funding, visit StudentAid B.C.


StudentAid B.C.


Adult Upgrading Grant

If you're an adult learner attending Camosun for the following programs you may be eligible for government funding. The Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG) (formerly ABESAP) is money you do not need to pay back.


Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG)

External Funds

Our community is home to a wide variety of generous donors who offer bursaries, awards, and scholarships. External funds are not awarded through Camosun. Donors set their own criteria and deadlines. You will be required to submit one application for each award, but it can be well worth the effort on your part.


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Youth in care

B.C. Provincial Tuition Waiver

The B.C. Provincial Tuition Waiver program provides financial support for tuition and mandatory student fees to former youth in care.


Tuition Waiver Program

The Youth Educational Assistance Fund (YEAF)

This program supports post-secondary education and training for former youth in care through bursaries of $5,500 per educational year, up to a maximum of four years, to help with tuition, books and fees.



Youth Futures Education Fund

The Youth Futures Education Fund has been established to provide a grant to recipients of the Former Youth in Care Provincial Tuition Waiver, to assist with supplemental educational funding for expenses such as books, housing, utilities, or emergency situations.


Youth Futures Education Fund

Under the Agreements with Young Adult program (AYA)

Youth who leave government care at 19 years of age are eligible for supports to cover living expenses while they finish high school, attend post-secondary training or complete a rehabilitation program.

Lansdowne Campus

Students with Disabilities

Both the government and Camosun have various supports in place to assist you in your academic journey.