The information on this page is provided to you from the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills.
What is the StrongerBC future skills grant program?
The StrongerBC future skills grant provides funding to British Columbians aged 19 years or older – regardless of financial need – to take eligible short-term skills training at public post-secondary institutions, covering up to $3,500.
Winter (January – March) 2024 Semester Funding
Funding under the future skills grant program will be available in the winter 2024 semester for only those learners who initiated a program of study in the fall 2023 semester using their future skills grant funding of $3,500 and whose program extended beyond that first semester (midstream learners). To determine whether your qualify as a midstream learner please see definition and eligibility criteria below.
Future Learners: Fall (September) 2024 Semester Funding
For other students or prospective future users of the future skills grant, we are pleased to confirm there will be funded programs available in the fall (September) 2024 semester. This funding will be available for new learners who have not yet accessed future skills grant funding, and for those who have already accessed future skills grant funding with remaining funds still available to them from their $3,500 lifetime maximum.
The government is committed to providing high-quality and relevant learning opportunities for learners and employers. That is why the government will be refreshing the list of programs funded under the StrongerBC future skills grant beginning in 2024. This will allow the government to offer more diverse and updated skills training options for British Columbians who want to access well-paid, high opportunity occupations.
Please stay tuned for the refreshed list of program offerings, which will be posted in mid-late Spring 2024. We thank you for your interest and enthusiasm in the StrongerBC future skills grant program.
Definition: Winter 2024 semester eligible midstream learners
Midstream learners are those learners who took a future skills grant funded program in the fall of 2023 and require additional courses or programming in the winter of 2024 to complete that programming. Only learners defined as midstream learners will have access to the remaining funds in their $3,500 lifetime grant in the winter 2024 semester. Those learners who are not defined as midstream learners will need to await future semesters to continue using or begin using their grant.
Eligibility criteria: Midstream learners' eligibility criteria for future skills grant funding for the winter 2024 semester are as follows:
- You must have started a future skills grant-funded program in the fall 2023 semester and need to take more courses to complete the original program.
- Only courses that start in the winter 2024 semester, between January 1, 2024 - March 31, 2024, and are required to complete a program or credential that has already started are eligible for future skills grant funding in the winter 2024 semester.
- You must continue with the same program and study at the same institution where you began your program. You cannot switch to a different program or a different institution and retain access to your future skills grant funding for the winter 2024 semester. Funding will be available in fall 2024 semester if you wish to consider other programs or institutions that may be available in the fall 2024 semester.
- You must not have already exceeded your future skills grant lifetime maximum allotment of $3,500.
Current status intakes: May be subject to change
- Winter 2024 semester - January 1, 2024 - March 31, 2024: Open to Midstream learners only. Please see the institution for registration dates.
- Fall 2024 - September 1, 2024 - December 31, 2024: Please stay tuned for details coming in 2024.
Winter 2024 semester programs: Please see above for eligibility requirements
The StrongerBC future skills grant is a Provincial initiative and the program information below is provided on behalf of the Province. Please contact the post-secondary institution directly for more information before applying.
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