Financial Aid and Awards

Financial Aid and Awards staff provide service to students both virtually and face-to-face. We can help you find the resources, make sense of terminology, and assist with applications. Book an appointment, come to a virtual drop-in or ask a team member.


Awards are funding that the student does not need to repay.

Student loans

Loans are funding that the student is required to repay.

Other government funding

Other funding is available such as upgrading and StrongerBC future skills grant

Other supports

Depending on your studies or situation, there may be additional sources of funding available for your education.

Youth In Care

Fundings available for Former Youth in Care

Virtual drop-ins

Have a few quick questions to ask but don't want to book an appointment? Meet with us in a virtual drop-in session. 

Participants will:

  • enter into a virtual waiting room
  • get moved into a private virtual room by an advisor when it's their drop-in session
  • have 10 minutes to ask questions (Need more time? Come back in for another drop-in session)

 Summer drop-in date and time:   

  • Wed 10 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Book an appointment

Book a virtual or phone appointment to learn more about financial aid at OC. 

Whether you are starting your very first semester or continuing your studies, a student award in the form of a scholarship or bursary can help you achieve your goals. 

Awards are available for full-time or part-time students in:

  • certificate programs
  • diploma programs
  • degree programs

Ask a team member

Have a question you're wondering about student loans or awards and bursaries? Complete this quick online form and our team will get back to you shortly.


Contact Us

Kelowna Campus:
Student Services Building (S111)

Vernon Campus:
Administration Building (A300)

Penticton Campus:
Ashnola Building (PL142)

Salmon Arm Campus:
Main Building (SA103)


Note: Be sure to include your full name and OC student ID #
For general inquiries: financialaid@okanagan.bc.ca
For award inquiries: awards@okanagan.bc.ca
For upgrading inquiries: upgradinggrants@okanagan.bc.ca

Book an appointment online through the online booking system below.

Office Hours

September to April (Monday-Friday): 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
May to August (Monday-Friday): 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.