|Submission Date||May 5, 2020|
University of Victoria
PA-8: Affordability and Access
|2.13 / 4.00||
Director, Student Awards and Financial Aid
Office of the Registrar
Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :
Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:
Percentage of entering students that are low-income:
Graduation/success rate for low-income students:
A brief description of notable policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:
Disbursement of student awards and financial aid to eligible students directly supports UVic’s Strategic Framework as outlined in the following:
- Strategy 1.1 to “Attract, support and develop a diverse community of talented students, faculty and staff through enhanced resources and programs—including scholarships, academic chairs, professional support programs and workplace practices that recognize excellence and promote wellness”
- Strategy 4.2 to “Develop new pathways for access to higher education for Indigenous students.”
- Strategy 4.3 to “Increase the number and success of Indigenous students, faculty, staff and leaders at UVic by developing priority recruitment strategies across the university, along with programs to support success.”
For the 2018/2019 academic year, UVic awarded $13.2 million in student financial aid bursaries, scholarships for undergraduate students and work study subsidies. Bursaries (non-repayable awards) are available for undergraduate and graduate students based on financial need and reasonable academic standing. Student loans are available from the government, also based on financial need.
A brief description of notable policies or programs to support non-traditional students:
UVic's Family Student Housing Complex provides subsidized on-campus housing for many undergraduate and graduate students with children, conveniently located beside UVic Child Care. The complex also includes a Family Centre to support the unique needs of families where one or more members is a student.
Estimated percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from the institution’s policies and programs to support low-income and non-traditional students:
Website URL where information about the institution’s accessibility and affordability initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
The allocation formula used to distribute bursary funding is designed to ensure a greater level of support for students with the most significant financial barriers. The pool of applicants with the highest financial need is primarily composed of students with dependents. In consideration of the significant financial barriers that exist for high need students, applicants with need greater than $10,000 were awarded bursaries to cover 100 percent of the need not covered by other sources.
In the 2018-19 academic year, UVic managed $36,092,000 of student funding in total for undergraduate and graduate scholarships, fellowships, bursaries, and work study earnings. UVic undergraduate and graduate students also received $62 million in funding through all Canadian federal and provincial/territorial student assistance programs. More than $15 million of that total was awarded as non-repayable grant funding.
The graduation/success rate of low-income students is not currently directly tracked.
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.