Description of Program/Initiative
The Ministry provides $4.3M for an Aboriginal Emergency Financial Assistance Fund to support Aboriginal students experiencing a short-term financial crisis (available at all 25 B.C. public post-secondary institutions).
The goal of the Fund is to support Aboriginal student retention and program completion. It was established partly as a result of the LE NONET pilot program evaluation (UVic), which identified that program’s emergency assistance funding as a key contributor to student retention and success. In FY2015/16, $678,741 was disbursed to 1,343 students through the Fund.