University and College Entrance Preparation Program
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)'s University and College Entrance Preparation Program (UCEPP) provides financial assistance to First Nation and eligible Inuit students enrolled in university or college entrance programs to help them obtain the academic level required to enter a degree or diploma program.
About the program
This program aims to increase the number of First Nation and Inuit students with the academic level required for entrance into post-secondary programs.
Financial assistance may be provided for a maximum of one year of studies in the form of:
- tuition support for part-time and full-time students that may include required fees, tuition and the cost of books and supplies required for courses
- travel support for full-time students who must leave their permanent place of residence to attend their university or college entrance program
- living allowances for full-time students to help cover the costs of food, shelter, local transportation and daycare
The program is administered by the First Nation or the First Nation/Inuit designated organization that determines the funding and selection criteria in accordance with national guidelines. INAC provides funding for this program as part of core funding agreements with Indigenous governments and organizations.
In 2013-2014, INAC invested more than $322 million in the Post-Secondary Student Success Program and the University and College Entrance Preparation Program for First Nation and Inuit students. This funding supported over 22,000 students.
Who can apply?
Treaty/Status First Nation post-secondary students who have resided in Canada for 12 consecutive months before the date of their application, and Inuit post-secondary students who have resided in Canada for 12 consecutive months before the date of their application, but who reside outside their territory and are no longer eligible to be funded by their territory.
Students must also obtain a statement from the post-secondary institution offering their program of study confirming that:
- the UCEPP will provide the student with the necessary courses to attain the academic level for university or college entrance
- the student will be eligible to be accepted as a student of a regular university or college credit program upon successful completion of the UCEPP course of studies.
Students in UCEPP must not have previously received financial support through INAC for post-secondary programs.
Funding is limited and not all students may be funded. Partial funding may be provided. Applications are valid for one school year only.
For more information, consult the Post-Secondary Student Support Program and University and College Entrance Preparation Program – National Program Guidelines 2016-2017.
Please contact your local band office, Inuit designated organization or INAC regional office for information on deadlines to apply for funding.
How to apply?
Students who want to pursue post-secondary studies and access available funding programs should contact their local band office, Inuit designated organization or INAC regional office.
Additional federal assistance for Indigenous students
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