Need help planning your finances? Want to know what scholarships, loans, and bursaries are available?

Your university education is a big investment, and you may need help figuring out your finances. We have the tools, resources and advice on budgeting — as well as information about financial aid and awards — to help you plan and pay for all the costs of a post-secondary education.

Planning your financing

For an idea of what you’ll pay to study at CapU, try our Tuition & Fees Estimator or view the program costs in our programs and courses. You can even figure out how much textbooks might cost through our bookstore’s website.

Next, consider how much it will cost to live in Vancouver. If you’re applying to live in CapU Residence, check out the costs for residence and meal plans. If you're going to live off campus, you'll also need to think about rent, groceries, and utilities. And don’t forget to allow for personal expenses, such as cell phone bills and entertainment.

We’ve put together an interactive budgeting tool to help you build a balanced budget. Download myCapU Money Machine (xlsx) to get started.   

If you need help paying for your costs while you're at CapU, there are many options.

Scholarships, bursaries and awards

If you’re a new student to CapU, you can apply for entrance scholarships, bursaries and awards to help pay some of your costs. If you’re a returning or continuing student at CapU, you can also apply for a range of awards and scholarships.

Find out about the scholarships, bursaries and awards available to CapU students. 

Loans and grants

If you’re a full- or part-time student and a Canadian resident, you may qualify for loans or grants from the government to help pay for your education at CapU. Find all the information on our Student Loans & Grants page. 

Student line of credit 

One other option you could explore is taking out a student line of credit through a bank or credit union. Talk to your bank or credit union to see if you qualify for a student line of credit or other financing options.

Funding for youth who've aged out of care

If you’re between 19 and 26 and were in government care in B.C., you could qualify for grants from the province and other funding sources to help cover the costs of your education.

Learn more about financial aid and other resources for youth who’ve aged out of care.

Emergency funding

If you're facing unexpected financial distress, we can help you assess your options and apply for emergency bursaries and loans. 

Visit Emergency Funding for details. 

Financial aid advisors

If you still have questions, CapU’s Financial Aid & Awards advisors can help. We offer workshops each term on topics like money management, understanding student loans and how to apply for awards. We also offer appointments or short drop-in sessions where you can meet with a financial aid advisor to discuss specific questions and issues. Contact our office (see below) for more information.

Students from the Sunshine Coast campus and the Squamish Learning Centre who can’t come in to the office can contact us to make other arrangements for advice.

Drop-in and booked appointment hours

15-minute drop-in advising sessions are available during the following times on a first-come, first-serve basis:

Monday 11 a.m–noon
Tuesday 2–3 p.m.
Wednesday 1–2 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m–noon
Friday -

30-minute pre-booked appointments are available at the following times:

Monday 1–2 p.m.
Tuesday 12–1 p.m.
Wednesday 2–3 p.m.
Thursday 12–1 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m.–12 p.m.