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.

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About the program

This program aims to increase the number of First Nations 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:

The program is administered by the First Nation or the First Nations or 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 2017-2018, INAC invested $90 million over 2 years in the Post-Secondary Student Success Program and the UCEPP for First Nations and Inuit students. This funding will support over 4,600 students.

Who can apply?

Treaty/Status First Nations 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:

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 2018-2019.

Deadline

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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