Funding for students receiving income assistance
Normally, students are not eligible to receive benefits from the BC Ministry of Social Development while they are attending post-secondary studies, with the exception of students with permanent disabilities who receive disability assistance.
If you are permanently disabled and therefore eligible for income assistance or disability assistance benefits while you are studying, you will be part of an agreement between the BC Ministry of Social Development and the Ministry of Advanced Education.
Under the agreement, the BC Ministry of Social Development continues to provide maintenance for shelter, food and other needs, while the Ministry of Advanced Education, through StudentAid BC, will consider funding towards these added costs:
- disability allowance (for miscellaneous educational costs)
- unsubsidized child care (age 11 or under)
Contact your employment assistance worker to discuss your education plans and the financial assistance available to you.