Is being a nurse your lifelong dream? Kudos to you! It’s a noble profession that helps people in particular and society at large move towards a better, healthier life. That said, being a nurse isn’t easy. Not only does it require patience and kindness but the course is long and the training is rigorous. Not to mention the expense you as a student of nursing in British Columbia have to bear.
Sounds pretty daunting at this point, right? Well, worry not dear British Columbian! We have the best news in store for you. If financial burden is weighing you down, you can ease the pressure you feel by taking advantage of the Nurses Education Bursary. Each year, the Ministry of Advanced Education hands out this provincial bursary to deserving candidates, distributing up to $1 million among students annually.
Curious to know more? Keep reading!
It’s natural to wonder at this point if you make the cut for Nurses Education Bursary. If you tick all the boxes below, consider yourself eligible –
Note – There a few things you need to keep in mind when it comes to eligibility. These have been mentioned below:
Ticked all the right boxes when it comes to eligibility criteria? The next logical step for you is to get cracking on the application process. But wait a minute! Before you start getting all your documents in order, we’ve got news for you. You don’t have to separately apply for this bursary at all. If you’ve applied for a full-time BC student loan, your application will be automatically submitted for this bursary too. That means you don’t have to really worry about income thresholds and proving your financial need for this particular bursary either.
With that being said though, you do have to keep track of certain dates if you want to make the cut for the Nurses Education Bursary. This bursary is typically doled out in three phases and the last date of submission for each of these periods varies.
For example, if you apply in the January to April period, the last date for you is January 15th. If your application falls between the months of May and August, the deadline in that case will be May 15th. Finally, if you plan to apply between September and December, the latest date by which you’ll need to submit your application is September 15th.
In case you miss your deadline, you will have to wait until the next bursary period and apply again. So be sure you’re on time.
The all-important moment is here! As you already know, a total of up to $1 million is disbursed by this bursary every year. But the real question is: how much can you get?
To be honest, it’s a variable. The amount you receive depends on the financial need you demonstrate. However, you can still expect to receive anywhere between $500 and $2000 as that is the range of this award per recipient. It’s vital to note here that this bursary is issued for a 12-month period only. So if you need it for another year, it’s best to get in touch with the relevant authority of your educational institution.
One of the best parts of studying in British Columbia is that there’s no dearth of options when it comes to financial aid. If you don’t get this bursary, you can always try your luck with other financial aids open to you. These include but are not restricted to BC Access Grant (Full-time), BC Access Grant (Part-time) and British Columbia Scholarships.