Financial Aid

Students of Pacific Rim College may pursue a number of options in helping to finance their education.

Canadian Student Aid Funding


Canadian students are eligible to apply for Canada Student Loans for all programs at Pacific Rim College.


Canadian students are eligible to apply for Canada Student Loans until August 2025. This eligibility is under a temporary extension of the COVID-19 exception for online approval for on-campus programs introduced in 2020. Our live-online programs do not meet the current eligibility requirements for student aid funding past this date, however, student aid policies are currently being reevaluated and we expect eligibility requirements to change in the future permitting permanent eligibility for our live-online programs.

Canadian students are eligible to apply for full-time or part-time Canada Student Loan funding within their province of residence. For residents of British Columbia, applications may be submitted via the StudentAid BC website, and please read the StudentAid BC Information Guide thoroughly to assist you in understanding this process prior to applying. For non-British Columbia residents, please visit the Government of Canada website for information about Canada Student Loans. Please anticipate 6-8 weeks for loan application processing.

International Student Aid Funding

International students are not eligible for Canadian financial aid, and Pacific Rim College is not eligible for international financial aid, as we do not meet the requirements as a private education institution that does not confer degrees. Typically, international students will obtain funding from their country of residence in the form of a bank loan, family assistance, personal savings, or other funding option.  

Scholarships and Bursaries

Community Leader Scholarship

The Pacific Rim College Community Leader Scholarship is a financial award offered to organizational staff who are contributing to their community and could benefit from additional holistic health tools to support their health advocacy work. The aim of this scholarship is to help embed holistic health practices in work that is of service to vulnerable and marginalized populations. This opportunity is well-suited for anyone working within healthcare, housing, income support, food security, nutrition, gardening, outdoor education, newcomer, youth, senior and family services in either a one-to-one or small group format. Awardees receive full tuition to either the College’s Community Herbalist Certificate, Practical Nutrition Certificate or Holistic Doula Certificate. Please see the application form for full criteria and to apply.

Your Best Interest Scholarship Fund

Your Best Interest (YBI) is a pay-it-forward type of initiative in which the interest fees that students incur and pay as a result of delayed tuition payment are converted into a scholarship fund that is available to all diploma students. To increase the fund, PRC matches all contributions dollar for dollar. This money will be collated on an annual basis from September 1-August 31 and then matched by PRC, effectively doubling the scholarship fund. This scholarship fund will then be awarded to students in the form of the Pacific Rim College Bursary over the course of the following year via our standard Application for Financial Aid process. How much money is available each year depends on the late payment fees collected from the previous year.

Pacific Rim College Bursary

The Pacific Rim College Bursary is a $500 financial award offered to students in the following programs at PRC: Diploma of Acupuncture, Diploma of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Diploma of Phytotherapy, Diploma of Holistic Nutrition, and the Natural Health Program. This bursary is awarded based on financial need, academic achievement, and community involvement. Eligible students must complete an Application for Financial Aid and enroll in and maintain a minimum of 12 credits per semester during the semester of financial award. 

Alberta Herbalists Association

The Alberta Herbalists Association offers bursaries for students in herbal studies. Please click here for more information.

Student Aid BC

A list of available grants, scholarships and other non-repayable financial supports. Please click here for more information.

Education Planner BC

A general database of scholarships and bursaries available in Canada. Please click here for more information.

Disability Awards

Scholarships and bursaries available in Canada for students with disabilities. Please click here for more information.

Canadian Mental Health Association

Scholarships and bursaries available in Canada for students with disabilities. Please click here for more information.

Aboriginal Learning Links

Scholarships and bursaries available for BC First Nations students. Please click here for more information.

Indspire Bursaries and Scholarships

Indspire disburses bursaries and scholarships through its Building Brighter Futures program to Indigenous students who are enrolled in post-secondary programs. Since 1985, Indspire has disbursed bursaries and scholarships to First Nation, Inuit, and Métis post-secondary students. It is the largest funder for Indigenous education outside of the federal government. Please click here for more information.

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