A pair of schools based in Prince George are getting funds earmarked for students who find themselves in financial straints as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today (April 9), the B.C. government announced a combined $753,500 for UNBC and the College of New Caledonia (CNC).
Students enrolled for each post-secondary’s 2021-22 calendar year can apply for the money that can be put towards costs such as living expenses, food, travel, laptops and other supports.
“This emergency financial assistance provides an important safety net for students to ensure they have the funds to focus on continuing their education,” said B.C. Advanced Education Minister Anne Kang.
“We know that pursuing post-secondary education can be challenging and stressful at any time, and particularly during a pandemic. That’s why we are taking steps to make sure students facing unexpected circumstances can access financial help.”
Broken down, UNBC is receiving $441,500 and $312,000 for CNC.
They are two of four northern B.C. post-secondary institutions, 25 across the province, getting funds from the province for its students, alongside Coast Mountain College ($333,000) and Northern Lights College ($197,000).
The money is coming from an investment of $9 million made by the B.C. government in March 2020 after the pandemic had settled in and resulted in economic troubles across several sectors.
Those interested in applying for the financial boost are encouraged to contact their school’s financial aid office or Indigenous student service centre.
As of this publication, Northern Health has recorded 6,363 COVID-19 cases since March 14, 2020, which has included 129 deaths.
In terms of vaccines, the regional authority has administered 49,773 doses, including 46,966 firsts and 2,807 seconds.