Students attending the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology are reminded that emergency funding is available through the province for anyone in need.

Since March 2020, NVIT has received a total of $346,000 in funding to assist students, including Indigenous students, who are experiencing an unexpected financial emergency that may affect their ability to complete their studies and handle expenses, especially those related to COVID-19.

NVIT joins four other colleges or universities in the Interior that have received a total of just under $1.7-million during the pandemic for emergency student funding:

  • College of the Rockies – $319,000
  • Okanagan College – $251,000
  • Selkirk College – $334,500
  • Thompson Rivers University – $433,000.

“This emergency financial assistance provides an important safety net for students to ensure they have the funds to focus on continuing their education,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training. “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.”

The emergency funding is non-repayable, and can be used to help with a broad range of costs, including living expenses, food, travel, portable computers and other supports for students who are returning to campuses for 2021-22.

Students can apply to access these funds by contacting the school’s financial aid department or Indigenous student service centre.