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Sponsorship Information

Sponsorship Information

If you are sponsored by your First Nation, Aboriginal Organization, employer or government agency, your sponsor must provide a signed letter to Okanagan College. Okanagan College will use this letter to bill your sponsor.

The sponsor letter should contain the following:

  • Your full legal name that you are registered with at Okanagan College
  • Your student number
  • What type of charges the sponsor is willing to pay on your behalf, providing as much detail as possible. These charges could include the non-refundable tuition deposit, tuition fees, mandatory fees, student association fees, health, dental, books, supplies, material fees or any other billing items
  • The maximum allowable amount the sponsor is willing to pay per term (if there is a maximum)

The sponsor should also send a copy of the letter to you, so you have a copy on file if you need to show it to the Registrar's office or Bookstore.

All sponsorship letters and documentation can be faxed or mailed to (regardless of the campus the sponsored student will be attending):

All sponsorship letters and documentation can be emailed to (, faxed or mailed to (regardless of the campus the sponsored student will be attending). All sponsorship letter should be submitted into Finance prior to the fee payment deadline. Your sponsor will the be billed at a later date.

Note: Information will not be released to your sponsor without an information release form signed by you. You can add them under "Consent to Release Information" on your myOkanagan student page. To learn how to release your information look under the Other Information page.

Mailing Address


Okanagan College

1000 KLO Road

Kelowna, BC V1Y 4X8

(Fax: 250-862-5479)


Aboriginal Student Awards

Okanagan College offers up to $50,000 annually to support Aboriginal Students.

Find out more about awards available through Financial Aid & Awards.

External Aboriginal Awards
AANDC Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool

The Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool is a searchable list of more than 750 bursaries, scholarships and incentives across Canada.

Indspire Awards

The Indspire awards used to be known as the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF) has grown into the largest non-governmental funding body for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis post secondary students across Canada.

Bursary and scholarship awards are provided to over 600 First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students in a range of areas. The Indspire awards have given over $32 million to over 8,400 recipients since its beginning.

Indspire offers financial aid (scholarships and bursaries) through three major categories: Post-Secondary Education, Fine Arts and Cultural Projects and Health Careers.

Irving K. Barber BC Aboriginal Student Award

The BC Aboriginal Student Award was established in 2008 as part of the Provincial Government's strategy to improve Aboriginal access and achievement. Its purpose is to support Aboriginal people in getting post-secondary education by reducing financial barriers.

The Scholarship Society administers the program in partnership with the Victoria Foundation. Awards of $1,000 - $3,500 are available for Aboriginal people pursuing post-secondary education that is at least nine weeks long.

Assistance for Former Children and Youth in Care
Provincial Tuition Waiver Program

Starting in September 2017, students who are attending or planning to attend a BC public post-secondary institution may be eligible for this tuition waiver program. Click on the link above for more information on eligibility criteria and application form.

Youth Education Assistant Fund

Full-time students who were adopted or in foster care as children may be eligible for this grant. Click the link above for more information on the eligibility criteria and application form.

If there are any awards that you would like to see added to this page, please contact Anthony Isaac at 250-762-5445 ext. 4322, Jewell Gillies at 250-762-5455 ext. 4498 or

How to Apply to OC

Application Steps

1. Choose a Program

Check out program information and decide which program and campus interests you. To check the program requirements, admissions, and minimum grades needed, visit our Okanagan College Online Calendar.

2. Contact an Aboriginal Transitional Planner

Our dedicated team is here to help you plan out your application, review, admission requirements, and provide guidance on available funding. They can also help you explore your options if you are unsure of what program to pursue. If you have detailed program questions, transfer credits or laddering to another program, please see our Advising page to contact an OC education adviser.

3. Explore Available Funding

Talk with your First Nations or Métis Associations Education Coordinator, college Financial Aid staff, college Aboriginal Transitions Planners or community employment counselors.

4. Submit an Application

To submit an application you can apply online. Paper applications are also accepted. There is a $30 non-refundable application fee. If you have detailed questions about programs, transfer credits or laddering into another program, please see our Advising page to contact an OC education adviser.

5. Track Your Application

Once you apply, you will receive a student number and login information for myOkanagan. You can then see the status of your application and check on required documents. The College will email you about your application status.

To apply to Okanagan College please go to the Apply to Okanagan College web page. Check to see that you meet the Admission Requirements for your program of choice by referring to the Okanagan College online calendar. If you're unsure whether you meet the requirements or require further guidance, consult with an academic adviser if necessary.

The following are a few things to consider when applying:

  • On November 1 of each year Okanagan College begins accepting applications for academic programs for the following Fall and Winter Programs.
  • The grade and percentages listed in the Admission Requirements are the minimum grades required to enter a program.
  • Okanagan College may cease to accept applications for a given intake if the number of applications submitted greatly exceeds enrolment capacity. Early application for all programs is strongly advised.
Aboriginal Admissions Policy

Okanagan College is committed to increasing the access to, and completion of education for students with Aboriginal ancestry. The College will annually set aside a predetermined number of spots specifically for students with Aboriginal ancestry; this number being commensurate with student interest, available teaching and learning support resources. While the number may vary from program to program, it will not normally exceed six percent of the intake capacity for any given program in a particular year.

Pursuant to College policy, qualified Aboriginal applicants will have access to the predetermined number of reserved spots specific to each program during the period from November(first allowable application submission date), to March 15 (or the last day applications are being accepted) each year for programs commencing the immediate following September and up to eight weeks before commencement of classes for multiple intake programs. Any remaining, unused reserved space will revert to the general application pool.

Aboriginal students who apply beyond the time limit or who apply within the time limit but after the predetermined number of reserved seats for a given program have been filled, will be admitted in accordance with the general admission policies of the College(subject to the availability of space).

An Aboriginal applicant is a person who is one of the Aboriginal peoples of what we now call Canada defined by the Constitution Act of 1982 to include the Indian, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada.

Please note that the above policy has been copied from the Okanagan College calendar for the purposes of convenience and is not official. Only the online calendar can provide official admission information.

Ask an Aboriginal Transitions Planner Today!

Interested in becoming a student at Okanagan College? Have questions about how the Aboriginal Services Program can support you? Fill out this short survey and we will contact you shortly.