Students can lean on several financial supports during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) – available to students who made at least $5,000 in the last year, but only if they had been working and lost their source of income due to COVID-19
- Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) – available to students and new graduates not eligible for CERB.
- Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG) – for students who choose to do national service and serve their communities, the new Canada Student Service Grant will provide up to $5,000 for their education in the fall
- BC Student Access Grant - Announced in Budget 2020, the B.C. Access Grant will break down barriers and enable over 40,000 low- and middle-income students, or about twice as many students as supported under previous grants, to access more affordable public post-secondary education. These students will receive up to $4,000 a year to help with the up-front cost of programs leading to a certificate, diploma or degree.
The Government of Canada will also expand existing federal employment, skills development, and youth programming to create up to 116,000 jobs, placements, and other training opportunities to help students find employment and develop valuable skills this summer and over the coming months.
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