Financial planning

Your university education is a substantial investment. At UBC, we recognize the significant contribution you and your family make toward your degree. We’re here to provide financial advising and support through scholarships, bursaries, and other assistance programs.

What will your first year cost?

Attending university has costs beyond your tuition fees, and in order to prepare, it’s important to start your financial planning early. To get a whole picture of what your first year of university will cost, you’ll need to consider tuition, books, meals, living costs, and more.

Cost Calculator for the Okanagan campus >>
Cost Calculator for the Vancouver campus >>

Scholarships and awards

UBC is dedicated to recognizing outstanding students for academic excellence and leadership. There are merit-based and need-based awards and scholarships available to Canadian and international students.

Scholarships and awards for Canadian students

Last year, UBC and its donors awarded $15 million to incoming UBC students for excellent grades, community and school involvement, and demonstrated leadership.

Scholarships and awards for international students

UBC devotes more than CAD$10 million annually to awards, scholarships, and other forms of financial support for international undergraduate students.

Awards for Aboriginal students

UBC has a dedicated Aboriginal Awards program for Canadian Aboriginal students, and has almost $100,000 in Major Entrance Scholarships for Aboriginal secondary school students.

Loans and bursaries

There are a number of sources of financial assistance to help Canadian and American students with the significant investment required to complete a university degree.

Loans and grants for Canadian students >>
Loans for US students >>
Bursary programs >>
Emergency funding >>

Financial schedule

There are many crucial dates and deadlines to consider when applying to UBC. Review our financial schedule to see important scholarship deadlines, when your first tuition payment is due, when to pay your housing fees, and other key dates along the way.