AANDC's post-secondary education program is intended to improve the employability of First Nations and Inuit people by providing eligible students with access to education and skills development opportunities at the post-secondary level.
Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP)
PSSSP supports eligible registered Indian and Inuit students enrolled in eligible post-secondary education programs at eligible public and private institutions.
University and College Entrance Program (UCEP)
UCEP supports eligible First Nations and Inuit students who are enrolled in university and college entrance preparation programs offered in Canadian post-secondary institutions. UCEP enables them to meet the academic requirements for entrance into degree and diploma credit programs.
Eligible students for PSSSP and UCEP are those who are:
- Registered Indian or Inuit,
- Residents of Canada (on or off reserve) for at least 12 consecutive months prior to application,
- Accepted into an eligible program at an eligible institution, and
- Maintaining satisfactory academic standing.
Post-secondary institutions eligible for PSSSP and UCEP are those which grant a certificate, diploma or degree recognized by a province or territory. This includes educational institutions that are affiliated with or have an arrangement with an eligible post-secondary institution to deliver programs. Visit the BC Ministry of Advanced Education for an updated, searchable list of eligible institutions.
Indian Studies Support Program (ISSP)
ISSP supports the development and delivery of college and university-level courses for First Nations and Inuit students, and research and development on First Nations and Inuit education. For more information, visit FNESC .
Post-Secondary Education and Training Partners
In 2005, a new Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education and Training Partners group signed an agreement committing to work together, share information, discuss challenges and increase creative opportunities for learners. The agreement reflects a shared commitment of the federal and provincial governments, First Nations, Aboriginal and Métis organizations, and universities and colleges in BC to take action to enhance the future success of Aboriginal learners in BC. The members of the Education and Training Partners Committee include:
- University Presidents Council of BC
- Employment and Social Development Canada
- Ministry of Education – Aboriginal Education
- Ministry of Advanced Education
- Métis Nation BC
- United Native Nations Society
- Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association
Additional resources for post-secondary students
- First Nations Post-Secondary Education Handbook
- Aboriginal Learning Links
- Student Aid BC
- Student Awards
- School Finder
- National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation
- BC Campus
For further information on education programs and services, we invite you to visit the links above or vist Aboriginal Learning Links .
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