Scholarships

VIU Online Education strives to make education affordable for all students and offers several scholarships for individuals with unlimited potential. The scholarships are determined based on academic achievement and work experience. Students who are attending or plan to attend any of VIU’s online undergraduate or graduate program are eligible to be considered for an online scholarship.

Scholarship Funding Sources

The Scholarship Program offered by the School of Online Education is supported by generous contributions from individuals and organizations. The Board of Trustees and President of VIU approve the allocation of resources for the scholarship program from the annual operating budget prior to the start of the calendar year. Scholarships are awarded as credit towards tuition fees only and awards range from $500 to $9,000.

Application Procedures

Prospective students can apply for admissions and scholarships at the same time.
To apply for a scholarship, applicants must follow these steps:

  1. New students: Apply for admissions at VIU
  2. Choose up to two types of scholarship
  3. Review the requirements for the scholarship application
  4. Apply online (applicant portal or student portal)
  5. Upload your documents via applicant portal or student portal.

Document Submission Guidelines:

  • All supporting documents must be scanned, color copies of the original documents. Samples of these documents may include transcripts, diplomas, certificates, and test scores. Photocopies are NOT considered acceptable documentation.
  • If any document is issued in the applicants’ native language, they must provide both the original document and a translation of the document in English. Translated documents must be notarized.

Disclaimer: VIU has the right to request original documentation. Submission of fabricated or false documents will result in disqualification from scholarship application. For more detailed information, check the tab RULES.

Deadlines

All applications and supporting documentation must be received by the established deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.

 Term Application Period Announcement Date Class Start Date
Fall II 2017 Sep 30 - Oct 12, 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Oct 23, 2017
Spring I 2018 Oct 23 – Nov 27, 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Jan 15, 2018
Spring II 2018 Jan 22 – Feb 12, 2018 Feb 19, 2018 Mar 5, 2018
Summer I 2018 Mar 22 – Apr 12, 2018 Apr 19, 2018 May 3, 2018
Summer II 2018 May 17 – Jun 7, 2018 Jun 14, 2018 Jun 28, 2018

Rules

Scholarship Rules and Regulations

1. Application

  1.1 Students who are awarded a scholarship must reapply each year if they want to be considered for the scholarship for the next academic year. There is no guarantee that the scholarship will be awarded for the following year.
  1.2 Students are eligible to apply for up to two scholarship types, but they will be eligible to receive only one scholarship per academic year.
  1.3 Scholarship application period opens six times a year (Spring I Spring II, Summer I, Summer II, Fall I and Fall II) for selected types of scholarships.
  1.4 All documents must be received by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will automatically be denied.
  1.5 Academic merit holds the highest weight in the review of most scholarship applications. In the case of a tie, the committee will rely on this hierarchy to make their award decision.
  1.6 New students must submit their transcripts to admissions before applying for the scholarship program.

2. Cumulative GPA can be rounded one decimal place for eligibility requirements.

3. VIU has the right to request original documentation. Submission of fabricated or false documents will result in immediate dismissal of the application and will disqualify the individual from applying to the scholarship program in the future.

  3.1 Documents submitted for application purposes will not be returned to the applicant.
  3.2 Applicants should submit scanned copies of originals.

4. Applicants who have not yet been accepted to the university may also apply to the scholarship program. However, scholarship award will be applied upon enrolment.

  4.1 In case a student who was awarded a scholarship does not enroll in any course for one of the semesters which the scholarship could be applied, he/she will not receive the tuition credit for that term, or apply the credit to another term. However, the scholarship will still be valid for until its expiration.

5. Scholarships are awarded as credit towards tuition only. The award amount will be divided into installments; the credit will be deducted from the total tuition charged for each semester.

6. Students who are awarded scholarships during their last semester cannot apply the full awarded amount to one semester; only half of the scholarship amount will be applied to their last semester of studies.

  6.1 Students who were awarded the Leadership and Mentorship Scholarship during their last semester of study will be able to apply their scholarship award to any undergraduate or graduate program if they decide to return to VIU within 12 months.

7. Scholarships cannot be awarded to applicants who receive other types of scholarship funding from academic collaborations, institutions, or government.

  7.1 Students receiving Financial Aid are still eligible to apply for scholarships.

8. There is no guarantee that a scholarship will be awarded solely because the applicant meets the requirements, eligibility, and/or fulfilment of the scholarship criteria. All applicants should submit their application and follow proper procedures.

9. Type of attendance and eligibility:

  9.1 On-campus students must be enrolled full time in one of VIU’s degree programs. For the Scholarship Program, it is considered full-time a student who:
   Undergraduate Program:
   a) Takes 4 on-campus, or a combination of on-campus and online, undergraduate courses in the Spring and Fall; (Students who apply for reduced course load must be enrolled in at least 3 courses)
   b) Takes 2 on-campus, or a combination of on-campus and online, undergraduate courses in each of the Summer I or Summer II terms; (Students who apply for reduced course load must be enrolled in at least 2 courses)
   Graduate Program:
   c) Takes 3 on-campus, or a combination of on-campus and online, graduate courses in the Spring and Fall; (Students who apply for reduced course load must be enrolled in at least 2 courses)
   d) Takes 2 on-campus, or a combination of on-campus and online, graduate courses each in the Summer I or Summer II terms. (Students who apply for reduced course load must be enrolled in at least 2 courses)
   9.2 Fully Online students might be enrolled part-time or full-time in one of VIU’s degree programs. For the Scholarship Program, it is considered full-time online student who takes at least 2 online (undergraduate or graduate) courses per term.
   9.3 Intensive ESL Program students might be enrolled part-time or full-time. For the Scholarship Program, it is considered a full-time ESL student who takes 140 hours of ESL (20 hours per week) courses per term.

10. After being awarded a scholarship, students will be invited to participate in marketing campaigns for the Scholarship Program. Students will be asked to authorize the use of their pictures, videos, and testimonials about the scholarship award and their experience at VIU.

11. Student must keep the requirements for the scholarship which they applied for in order to receive the scholarship for the subsequent semester.

12. Students must be in good standing with accounting office in order to receive any scholarship award.

13. Students who apply for Campus Employment scholarship will be automatically granted the award if eligibility requirements are met.

  13.1 VIU has the right to retrieve the amount awarded for the Campus Employment scholarship within 30 consecutive days if a student resigns or is let go from the position.

14. Scholarship awards are non-transferrable.

Selection & Announcement

The scholarship selection process begins immediately after the application period ends.

Screening

All applications are initially screened by the Scholarship Coordinator for completion and criteria assessment. Once the application is deemed complete, the application and all related materials are forwarded to the Scholarship Committee members. Each application is reviewed and assessed on an individual basis.

Interview

Certain types of scholarships require interview with members of the Scholarship Committee as part of the selection process. The interview will be conducted in-person, by phone or video conference.

Announcement

Scholarship awards and denials will be determined by the Scholarship Committee prior to the first day of classes for the term to which the student applied. Awards and denials will be notified by email.