1) What awards am I eligible for?
Once you have logged into the student awards portal (using your mybvc username and password), and completed your general application, the system will automatically apply you to any awards you are eligible for. You can then go to your dashboard to see if there are any follow-up tasks for awards that need to be completed in order to submit your applications. Your follow-up tasks must be completed before the award deadline.
2) How do I apply for awards?
See our "How To Apply" Guide here.
3) How I know if I won? When will I know?
If you win an award you will receive an email from the awards team asking you to log into the system to accept your award and select your method of payment. we typically try to process emergency funding within 2 weeks of your application being submitted, and other awards we process within 4-6 weeks of the award deadline.
Once you submit your payment information, it will still be a few weeks until you receive the award funding as we need to work with finance at that point to process your payment.
You can track your award applications through the student awards portal. It will show you when it has been awarded or declined.
4) I won an award, what are my next steps?
If you have been notified that you are an award winner, your next steps are to log into the student awards portal as soon as possible to accept your award and select your preferred payment method. Ensure you provide accurate and up-to-date banking information if you select electronic funds transfer so that finance can process your payment with no delays. If you elect to receive a cheque, please log into your mybvc profile and ensure that your address is up to date so that the cheque is mailed to the correct place.
5) Do I have to claim my awards on my income tax?
Yes, any award for $500 or more will receive an income tax receipt. Learners who are receiving Alberta Works may also need to claim their awards in order to continue their funding.
6) Am I eligible for Emergency Bursaries?
All learners can be eligible for emergency bursaries as long as they are registered and in good academic standing. Learners must not have any outstanding tuition and fees owed to the college when they apply. Emergency bursaries are for learners experiencing an unforeseenfinancial crisis that is affecting their ability to attend class and be successful. Typically, these requests would be related to basic needs such as food, shelter,etc.
Emergency bursaries cannot be used to pay for tuition and fees.
7) When do I need to apply for awards?
There are 3 awards periods during the year, and most of our awards fall within these specific dates:
Fall Semester Awards – Open September 1st, Deadline November 1st
Winter Semester Awards – Open January 1st, Deadline March 1st
Spring/Summer Semester Awards – Open May 1st, Deadline July 1st
***There are some awards with different deadlines that will be listed in the student awards portal.***
8) I’m on Academic Probation, am I still eligible for awards?
Learners that are currently on academic probation are not eligible for BVC awards. Once you have cleared your academic probation you will be able to apply for awards again. For questions about academic probation please connect with your Academic Advisor (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Learners on academic probation may still be eligible for external awards.
9) Who can help me with my application?
You can book an appointment with a Student Awards Advisor if you have questions about your application or the awards system.
You can also book an appointment with a Writing Specialist in the Academic Success Centre for help with your written statements.
10) If I receive awards will that affect my funding?
If you are receiving Alberta Student Aid, scholarships do not affect your eligibility for Alberta student loans and grants, but are used to calculate your eligibility for Canada student loans and grants (an $1,800 exemption is applied).
If you are a band funded learner, you will want to ask your band for the student handbook regarding your funding so you can confirm the policy regarding scholarships.
If you are an Alberta Works funded learner, the amount received in recognition of outstanding academic or community achievement is considered as income less an exemption of $3,500 per person per academic year.