Money can be a big stress for students. I am so thankful for the scholarships I was able to get to help pay for my education.

Costs per Year

Live in Residence
Fall Tuition (15 credits/semester) $4,875
Winter Tuition (15 credits/semester) $4,875
Dorm Room $2,400
Meal Plan (Junior Housing - Regular) $2,700
Textbooks $500

Additional Fees (see below)

$599 - $1419
   

 Total

$15,949 - $16,769
Live Off Campus
Fall Tuition (15 credits/semester) $4,875
Winter Tuition (15 credits/semester) $4,875
Living costs (rent, food, etc.) Varies
Car or public transit (average) $1,200
Textbooks $500

Additional Fees (see below)

$496 - $1286
   

 Total

 $11,946 - $12,736
(plus living costs)

Tuition & Fees

Tuition

 Regular Tuition* $325     per credit hour
 Educational Assistant Tuition $309   per credit hour
 Audit Tuition $50   per credit hour
 Music Lessons (Voice/Piano/Guitar) $355   per semester


* Note that the same tuition rates apply for residents of BC, other Canadian provinces, the US, and other countries.

Residence Fees

Fall 2016: Eight-Month Stay (September to April)        
Room Rate - first installment (due August 15) $1,600    
Room Rate - second installment (due November 30) $800    
Room Deposit/Damage Deposit (Refundable, pending room inspection) $300    
Resident Programming Fee $75   per academic year
Resident Parking Pass $170   per academic year
Technology Fee $42   per semester
Laundry ($1.50 per load) $40   per semester average

 

Starting in Winter 2017?

Winter 2017: Four-Month Stay (January to April)        
Room Rate  (due November 30) $1,200    
Room Deposit/Damage Deposit (Refundable, pending room inspection) $300    
Resident Programming Fee $75    
Parking Pass $85   per semester
Technology Fee $42   per semester
Laundry ($1.50 per load) $40   per semester average

Choose Your Meal Plan

Good to know:

  • If you live in residence, you'll need to choose a meal plan (a Jr. Housing plan if you're in Jr. Housing, and a Jr. or Sr. Housing plan if you're in Sr. Housing).
  • You can add more money to your meal plan at any point in the semester, but once the money has been added to your account it's not refundable.

Jr Housing - Light

Choose this plan if you have a smaller appetite. You'll be able to buy lunch or dinner (not both) and have a little extra to grab a coffee or snack on the way to class.
$1,050 per semester

Jr Housing - Regular

Choose this plan if you're likely to use the meal plan most weekdays but will be away on occasional weekends. You'll be able to buy breakfast and lunch or dinner and have a little extra for coffee or snacks.
$1,300 per semester

Jr Housing - Bearcat

You have a hearty appetite! Choose this plan if you're likely to use the meal plan most weekdays and weekends. You want to eat three meals a day and have a little extra for coffee or snacks.
$1,750 per semester

Sr. Housing Meal Plan

You plan to cook your own meals but you also want to buy the occasional snack or meal in the dining hall.
$315 per semester

Additional Fees

  Applies to    
BC Health Insurance Plan A US & International Certificate Students   $309
BC Health Insurance Plan B US & International Diploma/Degree Students   $465
Recreation Fee All students   $50
Student Council Fee (Full-time) Students taking 12 cr +/semester   $45
Student Council Fee (Part-time) Students taking less than 12 cr/semester   $25
Urban Mission Dynamic Trip First-year Students   $190
New Student Retreat New Students   $60
Parking Pass (per year) Commuters (see above for Res Fees)   $140 (+GST)
Technology Fee Commuters (see above for Res Fees)   $29

Printing Fee (0.10 per sheet)

All students   $5/semester average
Athletics Fee (per year) Bearcat Athletes only   $300
Graduation Fee Graduating Students   $150 
Columbia One - Culture Stream Activity Fee Culture Stream Cohort of Columbia One   $500
Christianity & Culture - Optional New York Trip Intrested Christianity & Culture students   $2000
Deferred Payment Plan (DPP) or Students paying by DPP or Student Loans   $100 
Financial Aid Payment Plan (FAPP) Documentation Fee*  


All fees are per semester unless indicated otherwise.
* A $50 charge will be applied to any late payment. Please see the Payment Policy for full details.

 

Special Programs

The following programs require additional or modified program and course fees. Below is an estimate of the total cost for each program. For more information please contact your Admissions Advisor or the Financial Aid office.

    Resident Commuter
 Outdoor Leadership (Total Cost - Year One)   $20,743 $15,719

 Quest (Total Cost - Covers all out-trips)

  $17,285 $12,185

Financial Aid

If an education at Columbia seems out of reach for you financially, know that we have a friendly and helpful Financial Aid department.  Their main job is to help you make a sustainable plan to cover the costs of your time here.

As you scroll down, you'll see there are four main sources of financial aid available to Columbia students:

Discounts

Columbia offers three discounts on tuition and/or housing costs.

Things to keep in mind:

  • You may need to re-apply for discounts every semester.
  • Applications are accepted until the last day of Add/Drop Week each semester.
  • Applications received after Add/Drop Week will not be processed.

BC Mennonite Brethren/Mennonite Church BC Discount

Amount: Discount of $5/credit hour.  (This adds up to $630 over a four-year degree.)

Open to: Students from either of Columbia Bible College's supporting conferences, BC Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches and Mennonite Church BC.

To be eligible for this discount, students must be:

  • an active member or adherent of one of the supporting denominational churches over the last six months.
  • a dependant whose parents(s) are active members of one of the supporting denominational churches over the last six months.

How to apply: Ask your pastor to complete the Conference Discount Application Form.

Spouse of Student Discount

Amount: 100% off audit tuition, 50% off full-credit tuition

Open to: Married students who are both students at Columbia, with at least one spouse enrolled in 12 or more credit hours

The spouse taking fewer credit hours may take audit courses at no charge and credit courses at 50% of the regular cost. This discount only applies to basic tuition and excludes any class fees, external training costs, etc.

How to apply:  Apply for the Spouse of Student Discount.

MK ('Missionary Kid') Housing Discount

Amount: 100% discount on junior housing, for a total of $1200 per semester (meal plan not included)

Open to: Students age 21 or younger whose parents are active missionaries with MB Mission or MC Canada Witness.

To be eligible, students must be enrolled full-time (12+ credits/semester) and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

How to apply: Ask a staff member from your parents' mission agency to complete this form before the Fall semester payment due date: Apply for the MK Housing Discount.

Scholarships & Bursaries

 

Number of Awards
Average Award Amount
Students who Receive Funding

 

What is the difference between a scholarship and a bursary?

 

Scholarships are awarded based on merit: your grades, your involvement in community/church activities, etc.

Bursaries are awarded to those with demonstrated financial need.

Did you know?

Many our scholarships & bursaries are funded by generous donors who want to make it possible for young adults to attend Columbia Bible College.

How to Apply for Scholarships & Bursaries

 

1

GET ACCEPTED TO COLUMBIA. Before you can apply for financial aid, you need your offer of admission. So head over here and finish up your application if you haven't already.

2

ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIPS. If your high school GPA is 85% or above, Columbia automatically considers you for entrance scholarships.  So there's no need to do anything special.  Just make sure you've been accepted by November 1 (to begin school in January 2018) or March 15 (to begin school in Sept 2017).

3

REVIEW THE AWARDS & THEIR TIMELINES. Take a few minutes to explore the award options. Decide which scholarships and/or bursaries you qualify for and get ready to apply. (Jot down some reasons why you are a great candidate for each award.  You'll need them for the form.)  Make sure to apply at the right time so you won't be disappointed.

4

CONTACT YOUR REFERENCE. Any award marked with a * needs a reference.  Your reference will find the right form at the Award Reference Forms page. Make sure you give your reference plenty of time to complete the form.

5

MAINTAIN YOUR ELIGIBILITY. To keep your award, you need to enroll as a full-time student with a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Some awards have other requirements, such as a minimum GPA or involvement in a particular activity or ministry. Make sure you're aware of what's needed.

Need help writing scholarship applications?

We've compiled a list of helpful tips to help you write a successful scholarship application. Download the list »

Provide a Reference

Some scholarship and bursary applications require an accompanying reference or nomination. If you have been asked to provide a reference for an applicant, please select the appropriate Reference Form »

New Students | Entrance Scholarships

Entrance Scholarships

Awarded to incoming students who have: graduated high school in the past five years, have completed no more than 30 credits at another post-secondary institution, and have been accepted to Columbia Bible College by November 1 (to begin studies in January 2018) or March 15 (to begin studies in September 2017). No application is required.

Students must maintain a full-time course load in their first year (12+ credits/semester), with a minimum first-year GPA of 3.0 to receive the full one-year award. Two equal payments will be made to the student's account, one per semster.

Entrance Grade
  • GPA of 85 - 89.9% = $1500
  • GPA of 90% and up = $2000

How is my incoming grade point average calculated?

Columbia calculates a student’s incoming grade average using their grade 12 English (academic) course, 2 other grade 12 academic courses, and 2 grade 12 elective courses.

Students who have “in-process” grade 12 classes will be evaluated based on grade 11 marks. All required classes must be either completed or “in-process” during your final high school semester/term and you must be offered accepted before March 15th. The offer of an entrance scholarship to “Conditionally Admitted” students is itself conditional upon their successful completion of all required grade 12 courses, and a final grade average of at least 85%.
    Fall Semester   Winter Semester
Be Accepted by   Mar 15, 2017   Nov 1, 2017
Recipients Notified   Upon Acceptance   Upon Acceptance
 

New Students | Beginning Studies in Fall

* Reference Required

New Student Scholarships | Fall Semester

Columbia Service Scholarship | 4 Awards at $1,500

Awarded to students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (74%+) who plan to complete a BA degree at Columbia. The recipients will have demonstrated a history of ministry involvement in their church, school, and/or community and show a commitment to ongoing ministry involvement while at Columbia.

Faith Formation Award | 3 Awards at $1,000

Awarded to students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (74%+) who have demonstrated a renewed faith through involvement in their church, school, and/or community. Recipients will also exhibit a desire and intention to be involved in the Columbia community. 

*Cornelius & Katherine Funk 1st Year ICS Scholarship | 2 Awards at $500

Awarded to new students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (75%+ high school average) who are entering the Intercultural Studies program. Selected recipients will have demonstrated strong Christian character and exceptional engagement in evangelism/mission. Please note that you must provide a reference from a teacher or pastor who can confirm your involvement in evangelism/mission before your application will be considered complete. Reference Required »

*Student Development Discipleship Scholarship | 2 Awards at $1,000

Awarded to new students with a minimum GPA of 2.75 (73%+ high school average) who are declared in a 4 year BA program. The selected recipients will have a history of involvement in their church, school, and/or community and have been affirmed as having leadership abilities (a reference must be submitted by a teacher or mentor who has worked with you in a leadership capacity). Selected recipients are expected to actively contribute to the Columbia community and will participate in a mentoring relationship with a member of the Student Development staff. Reference Required »

New Student Bursaries | Fall Semester

New Student Bursary | $500 - $1,000

Awarded to students with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (63%+) who show financial need.

Number of Awards: Varies

40s & 50s Alumni Bursary | 1 Award at $1,000

Awarded to a new student with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (63%+ high school average) who has financial need and who demonstrates maturity, strong Christian character and a commitment to Christian ministry.

ELF Bursary in Memory of Elijah Lee Friesen | 1 Award at $2,000

Awarded to the new student with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (63%+ high school average) who is least able to afford attending college. The successful recipient will also receive a $1000 bursary in their 2nd year if they return to Columbia on a full-time basis and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Esoptron Bursary | 1 Award at $2,000

Awarded to a new student with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (63%+ high school average) who has financial need and who shows evidence of being fully engaged in the church (through involvement in a local church) and in the world (through employment). Preference will be given to a student who is enrolled in the Biblical Studies BA program.

Hildebrand Family Bursary | 2 Awards at $1,500

Awarded to a new student with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (63%+ high school average) who demonstrates significant financial need.

Hulda Nickel Memorial Bursary | 1 Award at $2,500

Awarded to a new student with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (63%+ high school average) who is the child of overseas missionaries or who is from a low-income family.

Psalm 23 Bursary | 1 Award at $3,000

Awarded to a new student with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (63%+ high school average) who demonstrates significant financial need. Preference will be given to a student who comes from a single-parent home.

Single Parent Family Bursary | 1 Award at $500

Awarded to a new student with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (63%+) who is from a single parent family or is a single parent themselves.

New Students | Beginning Studies in January

* Reference Required

New Student Scholarships | Winter Semester

Columbia Service Scholarship | 3 Awards at $1,500

Awarded to students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (74%+) who plan to complete a BA degree at Columbia. The recipients will have demonstrated a history of ministry involvement in their church, school, and/or community and show a commitment to ongoing ministry involvement while at Columbia.

Faith Formation Award | 2 Awards at $1,000

Awarded to students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (74%+) who have demonstrated a renewed faith through involvement in their church, school, and/or community. Recipients will also exhibit a desire and intention to be involved in the Columbia community. 

New Student Bursaries | Winter Semester

New Student Bursary | $500 - $1,000

Awarded to students with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (63%+) who show financial need.

Number of Awards: Varies

    Fall 2017 Semester   Winter 2018 Semester
Applications Open   Mar 15, 2017   Oct. 31, 2017
Application Deadline   May 15, 2017   Nov 25, 2017
Recipients Notified   May 31, 2017   Dec 8, 2017

 

 

Apply for Financial Ad - New Students

 

 

Continuing Students: Awards & Timeline

* Reference Required

Continuing Student Scholarships | Awarded for Fall only

40s & 50s Alumni Scholarship | 1 Award at $1,000

Awarded to an outstanding student who demonstrates maturity, strong Christian character, leadership qualities, and a commitment to Christian ministry. Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5

Academic Endeavour Award (Mitsuru Shimbara) | 1 Award at $1,500

Awarded to a continuing student whose lifestyle reflects a lively faith and hard work. Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5

BCMB Church Ministry Scholarship | 2 Awards at $963

Awarded to BA or Diploma students from MB Churches in BC who have demonstrated a commitment to the church and its mission, and have served the MB church during their service practicum. Preference will be given to students in the Biblical Studies, Youth Work, or Worship Arts programs. Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5

Blackwood Music Scholarship | 1 Award at $500

Awarded to a deserving student displaying strong motivation and potential towards excellence in music. Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5

Byron Richert Memorial Scholarship | 1 Award at $700

Awarded to a deserving BA or Diploma student exhibiting a keen interest in pursuing pastoral ministry. Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5

Columbia Senior Student Scholarship | 1 Award at $1,200

Awarded to a continuing student entering year 4 of their BA degree who has been making a significant contribution in the Columbia community and demonstrates a strong commitment to the church and its mission. Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5

Cornelius & Katherine Funk 2nd Year ICS Scholarship | 1 Award at $1,000

Awarded to a student entering their 2nd year of the ICS program who has demonstrated strong Christian character and active engagement in evangelism/mission. Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.3

*Cornelius & Katherine Funk ICS Internship | 4 Awards at $1,500

Awarded to students going on their ICS internship. Recipients will have demonstrated exemplary Christian character, a clear committment to Christian witness, and active engagement within their home church. Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.75

A reference from a Columbia Bible College staff, faculty or student leader, as well as a reference from the applicant's home church pastor will be required.

Reference Required »

Dr. Nick & Betty Willems Scholarship | 1 Award at $1,000

Awarded to a 3rd or 4th year student in a BA program who has a passion for ministry and intends to devote their life to full-time service to the church either in a local or a global setting. Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5

Dr. Walter Unger Leadership Award | 1 Award at $1,500

Awarded to a continuing 3rd or 4th year student who has been growing as a leader and continues to demonstrate leadership skills at Columbia. Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0

ENCOMPASS Benefits & HR Solutions Scholarship | 1 Award at $1,000

Awarded to a continuing 2nd or 3rd year student who has demonstrated above average leadership skills at Columbia and who has a desire to work in the secular business workforce following graduation. Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0

Erin Konrad Memorial Scholarship | 1 Award at $800

Awarded to a deserving student from northern British Columbia who has served in summer ministry or music ministry at Columbia. Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5

GAMA - Biblical Studies Scholarship | 1 Award at $1500

Awarded to a BA or Diploma student who demonstrates a keen interest in Biblical Studies. Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5

George & Karen Schmidt Leadership Scholarship | 1 Award at $1,000

Awarded to a BA student entering their final year of study who has a significant record of leadership in Student Development and/or Student Council. Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5

Grace Rempel Memorial Scholarship | 2 Awards at $1,000

Awarded to students entering their final year of a BA degree who have demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to vocational pastoral ministry. Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5

Helen Dirksen Memorial Scholarship | 1 Award at $1,000

Awarded to a 3rd or 4th year BA student with a focus on full-time ministry who exhibits academic excellence and admirable Christian character. The recipient will have made a significant positive contribution to the Columbia community and demonstrates a commitment to the church and its mission. Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5

Henry & Esther Born Memorial Scholarship | 1 Award at $500

Awarded to a BA student entering their 3rd or 4th year majoring in Biblical Studies with a future goal of full time church ministry. Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5

Hildi Sawatzky Memorial Scholarship | 1 Award at $750

Awarded to a student with financial need in their 2nd or 3rd year of the Intercultural Studies program. Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5

Inez Lutz Memorial Scholarship | 1 Award at $1,000

Awarded to a BA or Diploma student active in a touring musical ensemble at Columbia. Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5

J & L Scholarship for Ministry | 1 Award at $5,000

Awarded to a 3rd or 4th year BA student who has a mind for ministry in either the local church or a para-church organization. Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5

Jacob & Helena Janzen Memorial Scholarship | 1 Award at $5,000

Awarded to a student entering their 2nd or 3rd year of study who intends to pursue further ministry. Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5

*JB Toews Historical Commission College Scholarship | 1 Award at $1,000

Awarded to a 3rd or 4th year student who is an active member of a Mennonite Brethren church and who demonstrates an interest in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies. Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0

A reference from a Columbia Bible College faculty member teaching in the area of Anabaptist-Mennonite studies will be required.

Reference Required »

John & Anne Esau Memorial Scholarship | 1 Award at $1,500

Awarded to a student entering their 3rd or 4th year of a Biblical Studies BA who has demonstrated academic giftedness, admirable Christian character and has made a positive contribution at Columbia and in the larger community. Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.5

Kim Manchip Memorial Scholarship | 1 Award at $1,000

Awarded to a student in the Outdoor Leadership program who has a strong love of sports; a strong belief in God and demonstrates this in everyday life, illustrating a love for people; strong sense of stewardship toward the earth; living an action-centered life in relation to God rather than a word-centered one; willing to step beyond his/her fears and his/her comfort zone. Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0

Marilyn Cadwell Memorial Scholarship | 1 Award at $1,500

Awarded to a student who comes from a single parent family or is a single parent themselves. Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5

Peter Friesen Memorial Scholarship | 1 Award at $800

Awarded to a deserving international student or to a student whose parents are overseas missionaries. Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5

*President's Leadership Scholarship | 3 Awards at $9,000 ($3,000/year for 3 years)

Awarded to students entering their second year who are pursuing a BA degree and who have shown remarkable leadership potential at Columbia and/or in their church and community. Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.5 Applicants must submit the online application and provide a reference form from a mentor/teacher who has worked with them in a leadership capacity. An application is not considered complete until the reference form has been received. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by the President of Columbia and Director of Financial Aid. Recipients will be expected to participate in a mentoring group with the President of the College. Reference Required »

Ricarda & Herbert Grabowski Family Scholarship | 1 Award at $1,000

Awarded to a returning student who maintains a GPA of 3.0

Shayn Rempel Memorial Scholarship | 1 Award at $800

Awarded to a deserving student from Saskatchewan who has exhibited leadership in student government or athletics. Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5

*Student Association Scholarship | 2 Awards at $750

Awarded to a 2nd year student with the minimum GPA of 2.0. Preference will be given to a student who has the intention to pursue a BA and is actively involved in campus life whose involvement is worthy of recognition.

PLEASE NOTE: This award is by nomination by a fellow student and/or faculty or staff. Students do not complete an application form for this award. Nomination Required »

Wayne & Gwen Reese Ministry Scholarship | 1 Award at $1,300

Awarded to a student entering their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year of a BA program who is intending to pursue full-time career ministry. Preference will be given to a married student who has financial need. Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5

Continuing Student Bursaries | Fall Semester

Camp Bursary | 2 Awards at $250

Awarded to a student with financial need planning to spend the upcoming summer ministering at a camp. Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0

Henry & Selma Epp Memorial Bursary | 1 Award at $1,000

Awarded to a married student in a BA program who is preparing for pastoral ministry in the local church. Preference will be given to a student in the Biblical Studies, Youth Work, or Worship Arts program. Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0.

John Schmidt Memorial Bursary | 1 Award at $1,000

Awarded to a student entering their 3rd year who intends to pursue full-time vocational Christian ministry. They must demonstrate financial need and be showing strong effort in their studies. Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0

Katie Janzen Memorial Bursary | 1 Award at $800

Awarded to a student with financial need, entering their 3rd or 4th year, who actively demonstrates their desire to influence people with the gospel of Jesus. Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0

Pacific Grace MB Church Mission Bursary | 2 Awards at $3,000

Awarded to an Intercultural Studies student entering their 3rd-year internship, with a love for Jesus and the Great Commission. Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0

Schellenberg Family Bursary | 1 Award at $2,000

To a continuing student, who has experienced a significant life or family hardship, and who, without financial support, would otherwise be unable to continue studies at Columbia Bible College. Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0

Continuing Student Bursaries | Winter Semester

Continuing Student Bursary | $500 - $1,000

Awarded to students with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (63%+) who show financial need.

Number of Awards: Varies

    Fall 2017   Winter 2017
Applications Open   Jan 23, 2017   Oct 3, 2016
Application Deadline   Feb 13, 2017   Oct 28, 2016
Recipients Notified   Feb 27, 2017   Nov 2, 2016
 
Apply for Financial Aid - Continuing Students

Special Scholarships & Bursaries: Awards & Timeline

 

Special Scholarships & Bursaries are funded by generous donors who have a passion for a particular area of academic/spiritual development. Awards are available as funds are received. In order to apply for a bursary, students must fill out a financial aid application and demonstrate financial need. Applications will be reviewed and awards will be determined by the Financial Aid Committee. If you would like more information, please talk with your Admissions Advisor or the Financial Aid Advisor.

Current Special bursaries:

QUEST Bursary | 2 awards at $500 each

Awarded to a student in the Quest program, the Quest bursary is funded through the donations of Quest Alumni and their families. The Quest bursary has 2 awards at $500 each. The recipients will be chosen at discretion of the Financial Aid Advisor, the Quest department and the Admission department.

A minimum GPA of 2.0 (high school or college) is required, and candidates must be enrolled in a minimum of 12.0 credit hours per semester. The bursary will awarded on the basis of level of financial need, an alumni endorsement, stated reasons for choosing Quest, and above average academic history.

QUEST award Application

 
    Status
Applications Open   March 15, 2017
Recipients Notified   May 31, 2017
 

International Student Bursary | $1,000 to $5,000 and up (depending on need)

Awarded to one or more international students, this bursary will be offered in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 at the discretion of the Financial Aid Advisor, Director of Admissions, and the Registrar. As funding becomes be available, the Financial Aid department wishes to award the International Student bursary to a student from each of: Asia, Africa, Europe, and South/Central America.  In cases of exceptional financial need, a bursary above $5,000 may be awarded.

A minimum GPA of 2.0 (high school or college) is required, and candidates must be enrolled in a minimum of 12.0 credit hours per semester. The bursary will awarded on the basis of level of financial need, stated reasons for choosing Columbia Bible College, English proficiency, and above average academic history. Students from a world region that is in turmoil who plan to return to their home country will be given priority

INT. award Application

 
    Status
Applications Closed    
Recipients Notified   As funds are received
 

Partner Grants

With partner grants, students receive funding for their Bible college education from outside organizations or donors.  Your home church, your denomination, or your Christian summer camp are often on the lookout for students who want to grow in their ministry and leadership skills.  They want to invest in students like you!

In some cases, Columbia will match the funding, which doubles your grant.  There's a little legwork involved, but the help you could receive is worth your while.

"The Sheep & the Goats" MDS Service Scholarship

Amount: 100% of tuition fees per academic year ($9,750 for a 30-credit-hour load; $7,800 for a 24-credit-hour load; to be awarded in two equal installments after the Add/Drop deadline each semester.)  Up to 5 awards are available.

Why is it called "The Sheep & the Goats" Scholarship?

The intention of the MDS Service Scholarship, sponsored by Lorraine & Walter Wiebe, is to encourage young adults to further their Christian studies and to respond to Jesus' grace towards them by becoming disciples who follow Jesus' teaching in the Gospels, in particular, His teaching of showing compassion to fellow human beings. Serving with Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) provides youg adults with the opportunity to begin a life-long practice of doing so.

The name, "Sheep & the Goats" comes from Jesus' famous parable in Matthew 25 about the importance of living compassionately:

"When he finally arrives, blazing in beauty and all his angels with him, Jesus will take his place on his glorious throne. Then all the nations will be arranged before him and he will sort the people out, much as a shepherd sorts out sheep and goats, putting sheep to his right and goats to his left.

Then Jesus will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why:

I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.’

Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then Jesus will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’

Then he will turn to the ‘goats,’ the ones on his left, and say, ‘Get out, worthless goats! You’re good for nothing but the fires of hell. And why? Because—
I was hungry and you gave me no meal,
I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
I was homeless and you gave me no bed,
I was shivering and you gave me no clothes,
Sick and in prison, and you never visited.’

Then those ‘goats’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or homeless or shivering or sick or in prison and didn’t help?’ He will answer them, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me—you failed to do it to me. Then those ‘goats’ will be herded to their eternal doom, but the ‘sheep’ to their eternal reward.” (From Matthew 25:31-46, The Message)

 

To receive the MDS Service Scholarship, the student must:

  • Be a Canadian or American citizen.
    • Note that MDS is not able to assist students with visa arrangements, if these are required.
  • Be at least 19 years old
  • Serve as a volunteer in the field with Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) for 8 weeks.
  • Enroll in the Biblical Studies, Worship Arts, Intercultural Studies, or Youth Work Program with a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 each semester.
  • Submit a 500-word description of their experience at MDS, to be read by the awards' donors. Ideally, this account will explain personal transformation, lessons learned, and feedback/recommendations for MDS.
How It Works:
  • Step 1: Contact Evelyn Peters-Rojas at Mennonite Disaster Services. Explain that you'll be studying at Columbia Bible College in the fall and you're hoping to receive "The Sheep & the Goats" MDS Service Bursary. With Evelyn's help, start exploring a 8 week volunteer placement with MDS.
  • Step 2: Submit the 'Student Application' form to ensure that funding is available.
  • Step 3: Ask Evelyn Peters-Rojas to submit the 'MDS Agreement Form' on your behalf (before you head off to volunteer!). This will ensure that Columbia Bible College and MDS are working together to make sure you complete all the necessary requirements to receive your funding.
  • Step 4: After you finish your volunteer field-work, ask the MDS office to send Columbia Bible College a signed letter confirming the length of your service.
  • Step 5: Write a 500-word essay about your experience with MDS and submit it to the Financial Aid Office.

 

STUDENT
APPLICATION FORM


 

MDS
AGREEMENT FORM

 Application Dates

Up to 5 bursaries/year will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply as early as possible. Applications open January 15, and will be accepted until February 28.

Church Match Bursary

Amount: Up to $1000/year from Columbia plus up to $1000/year from your home church.

**For questions regarding church match bursary availability, please contact Laura Abraham, Financial Aid Advisor
 
Open To:

To receive a Church Match Bursary, the student must:

  •  Be a full-time student (12 credits +) each semester.
  •  Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 each semester.
  •  Submit the online application and have their church submit an agreement form.
How It Works:
  • You approach your home church and ask if they'd be willing to help fund your education at Columbia.  (Your youth pastor is usually a great place to start.)
  • Columbia will match the church's contribution up to $500/semester ($1000/year).
  • Applications can be submitted for the whole year or each semester individually. 
  • Bursaries are given out to eligible students on a first-come, first-served basis, so it's best to apply early, for the whole year.

 

DOWNLOAD THE
CHURCH MATCH INFO SHEET


 

STUDENT
APPLICATION FORM


 

CHURCH
AGREEMENT FORM

 Application Dates

May 1   Applications Open
November 15   Deadline for Full-Year and Fall Semester Applications
March 15   Deadline for Winter Semester Applications


How to Apply: 

  1. Student must submit the Student Application Form
  2. The student's church must submit the Church Agreement Form
    Please note: The Church Agreement Form should be completed by a member of the church staff (pastor or secretary) or leadership/elder council and must NOT be completed by a member of the student's family. 
  3. Once the application package is approved, the Director of Financial Aid will notify the student and contact the church with payment details.
  4. The student's church must send their contribution directly to the school.
    Please note: Money must come directly to the school to be applied to the student's account. Money sent directly to the student will not be considered for the Church Match Bursary program.
  5. Once the church's contribution has arrived, Columbia will apply their match to the student's account.
  6. Columbia will be responsible for issuing a T4A to the student for Columbia's portion of the bursary if the amount exceeds $500. The church is responsible to issue a T4A for their portion of the bursary if their contribution exceeds $500.

Leadership Training Matching Grant

Amount: Up to $2,000/year from the Canadian MB Conference plus up to $2,000 from your home church.

Open To: Third- and fourth-year students at Columbia who meet the following requirements:

  • A member of an MB church in Canada for at least six months prior to the date of the application
  • Active in volunteer or paid ministry in a local church
  • Achieve a passing grade in all courses funded and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Intend to pursue pastoral ministry, cross-cultural ministry, or professional Christian service with the Mennonite Brethren upon graduation
  • Complete a discernment process with local church pastor

How to Apply: Application instructions and forms are available at: MB Leadership Training Matching Grant.

MC Canada Ministry Inquiry Bursary

Amount: Two $1500 bursaries are available.  This bursary is a three-way match between Columbia Bible College, Mennonite Church BC and Mennonite Church Canada.

Open to: Students from Mennonite Church BC churches who

  • complete their internship credits in another Mennonite Church BC church.
  • maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0

How to Apply: Please connect with Columbia’s Director of Service Learning first to finalize an eligible internship placement, after which an application form will be made available to you.

Camp Match Bursary

Amount: One Camp Match Bursary (worth $1500) is available from each camp owned by Columbia’s supporting denominations, Mennonite Church BC and BCMB. The eligible camps are Camp Squeah, Camp Likely, Camp Bob, Gardom Lake Bible Camp, Stillwood, and Pines Bible Camp. Also new this year Camp Evergreen, supported by Alberta MB Conference.

Open To: Students who

    • serve for the summer at one of the camps listed above
    • attend Columbia as a full-time student (12+ credits/semester) for the academic year following your summer at camp
    • maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

How to Apply: Each camp is responsible to choose its recipient from eligible staff, so contact your camp director to apply.

Camps BC Young Leader Development Bursary

Amount: Bursary amounts range from $2,500-3,500.

Open to: Continuing students at Columbia who:

  • attend Columbia as a full-time student.
  • work at a camp owned by the BC Mennonite Brethren conference (eligible camps: Camp Bob, Camp Likely, Pines Bible Camp, Gardom Lake Bible Camp, and Stillwood)
  • This bursary is designed to be given out over three consecutive years, as the student grows in his/her ability and is given increasing responsibilities. This bursary is available for students entering their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year of study at Columbia, and internship credits may be available for eligible students. Recipients will be mentored, encouraged, and coached throughout the summer by senior camp staff and will be placed into roles that suit their gifts.

How to Apply: Each camp is responsible to choose its recipient from eligible staff, so contact your camp director to apply.

Canadian Baptists of Western Canada Grant

Amount: $3000 maximum for students enrolled in Quest, $4000 maximum for students enrolled in a BA.

Open to: students who belong to and are actively serving in a Canadian Baptists of Western Canada church. Students with bursaries engage in leadership opportunities in local CBWC churches under the supervision of a mentor for their faith journey.

How to apply: For more info and to apply, visit the CWBC Bursaries Page.

Student Loans

Canadian Student Loans

To qualify for government student loans you must be:

  • a full-time student registered in 9 or more credit hours each semester
  • a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

Students who are registered in 6-8 credit hours may be eligible for a part-time student loan.

Financial need is assessed based on personal income and financial situation. Typically, the maximum amount students can receive is $10, 880 per year. It is important to find additional financial sources to cover your tuition and living expenses. Once your loan has been processed you will receive documents in the mail; it is important to keep your address up-to-date to ensure that you receive all communications they send you. For more information visit the Canadian Student Loans website.

Applications

Student loans must be applied for through a student's home province (links below). Applications are made available in early June for the upcoming school year and typically take 4-6 weeks to process. Students may apply for a loan until 6 or 8 weeks before the end of their study period. It is best to apply for student loans as soon as possible to ensure that your application is processed before the financial payment deadline. It is strongly recommended that you submit your loan application by July 15th for the Fall semester or full academic year, and by November 1st for the Winter semester.

If a loan has not been processed by Financial Registration, students will be required to follow the Student Loan Payment Plan. For more information about this, please refer to the Financial Policies & Procedures.

To apply for a student loan, select the link for your home province:

US Student Loans

Students from the United States have many options for obtaining student loans through private institutions and banks. Columbia participates in two main American financial aid programs: the Federal Student Aid Direct Loan Program and the Sallie Mae Smart Option Loan Program.

Federal Student Aid Direct Loan Program

The Direct Loan program is funded through the US Department of Education and offers three kinds of loans for students attending schools outside the United States:

  • Subsidized Loans: low-interest loans that remain interest and payment free while the student is in school.
  • Unsubsidized Loans: low-interest loans that accrue interest continually but remain payment free while the student is in school.
  • Parent PLUS Loans: low-interest loans taken out by a parent on behalf of the student.

Students may apply for one or more of these loans at the same time. The subsidized and unsubsidized loans provide financial assistance to a maximum amount determined by several factors. Parent PLUS loans have no limits, but can only be approved up to the remaining financial need after a student’s subsidized and unsubsidized loan limits have been reached.

Columbia adheres to the guidelines of administering the US Direct Loan Program as set out by the US Department of Education. The following students will not be eligible to receive loan funds from the US Direct Loan Program:

  • Students admitted as Mature Students;
  • Students taking online courses;
  • Students registered in certificate programs;
  • Students registered in diploma programs;
  • Students participating in the Global Semester Track of the Worship Arts program.

For more information regarding Columbia’s admissions and withdrawal policies, please see our Academic Catalogue.

The following policies apply only to students borrowing US Direct Loan funds. It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with them: Return to Title IV (R2T4) Policy and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy.

To apply for a Direct Loan complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Choose Columbia Bible College (school code: G22011) as your school to have your SAR available to the school online. Remember that Columbia Bible College is considered a Foreign School and you must choose foreign country under state.
  2. Sign your Master Promissory Note (MPN) online. If you wish to complete a paper MPN instead of the electronic version, you must order one through Federal Student Aid.
  3. If this is the first time you have received a Direct Loan while studying at Columbia, you must complete entrance counseling online
  4. If you wish to receive a Parent PLUS loan, your parent must complete a PLUS application form and sign a PLUS MPN. Apply for a Parent Plus Loan.
  5. Submit the Direct Loan Request Form. This form acts as your authorization for Columbia Bible College to process your Direct Loan application. Your loan request cannot be processed until this form has been received.

Once your loan has been processed and approved, Columbia will notify you with an award letter and an award acceptance form which you must fill out and return to the school. Your loan will be disbursed in two equal installments (one each semester) and will be deposited directly into your Student Account. For more information visit the US Direct Loans website.

Sallie Mae Smart Option Loans

Sallie Mae Smart Option Loans are funded through the US Department of Education and require students to make small, interest-only payments while in school. The benefit of a Sallie Mae Smart Option Loan is that they tend to approve higher borrowing amounts than Direct Loans.

For more information and to apply, visit the Sallie Mae Smart Option Loans website.

Payment Plans & Policies

Payment Methods

Columbia offers several ways for students to make payments to their student account:

 

Online/Telebanking Columbia is set up with most major banks and Credit Unions. Simply add Columbia Bible College as a payee and use your Student ID as your account number.

 

Cash/Cheque Please bring payment to Reception (1st floor of Resource Center) during regular business hours. If mailing a cheque (do not mail cash), envelopes must be post stamped before the payment deadline to avoid late payment fees.

 

Debit Only available at Reception.

 

Wire Transfer Please contact Reception to receive more information regarding wire transfer procedures.

 

Passport to Education Can be dropped off at Reception or mailed ATTN: Financial Aid. The passport must be received by the college prior to the payment deadline to be used towards that semester's fees.

PAYING YOUR STUDENT STATEMENT

Your Student Statement

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Payment Plans & Dates

Columbia offers three different payment plans for students. Click on the plans below for more information and payment dates:

Standard Payment Plan

The Standard Payment Plan is for students who wish to pay the full amount of tuition and student fees at the beginning of each semester. Students enrolled in 6 credits or less are required to select the Standard Payment Plan.

Payment Due Dates    
Fall Semester   August 15, 2016
Winter Semester   December 15, 2016

Deferred Payment Plan

The Deferred Payment Plan (DPP) is designed to allow students to break up their tuition and fees into three payments each semester. Students enrolled in 6 credits or less are not eligible for the Deferred Payment Plan. Please note that a documentation fee applies (see Tuition & Fees for more information).

DPP Payment Due Dates (Fall Semester)
Payment #1   August 15, 2016   50% of total
Payment #2   October 15, 2016   25% of original total
Payment #3   November 15, 2016   Remaining balance

 

DPP Payment Due Dates (Winter Semester)
Payment #1   December 15, 2016   50% of total
Payment #2   February 15, 2017   25% of original total
Payment #3   March 15, 2017   Remaining balance

Student Loan Payment Plan

The Student Loan Payment Plan is for any student using a government student loan to pay all or a portion of their tuition and fees. Students enrolled in 8 credits or less are not eligible for the Student Loan Payment Plan. Please note that a documentation fee applies (see Tuition & Fees for more information).

To set up a Student Loan Payment Plan, students must submit the Agreement Form along with any required documentation 5 business days before the payment due date.

  • If the September disbursement of the loan covers the amount owed to Columbia, the student is not required to pay anything out of pocket. All loan funds will automatically be directed to Columbia and must be received by September 12, 2016.
  • If the September disbursement of the loan does not cover the amount owed to Columbia, the student is responsible to pay any amount not covered by the payment due date (see above). The portion covered by the student loan must be received by Columbia by September 12, 2016.
  • If a student loan is not yet approved, students must submit the Agreement Form along with proof that the loan application has been submitted and is pending approval. Students will be placed on a modified payment schedule until proof that the student loan has been approved is received by the Financial Aid Office.
Modified Payment Schedule
Fall Semester
August 15, 2016   10% Payment
September 12, 2016   15% Payment
October 1, 2016   25% Payment
October 15, 2016   25% Payment
November 15, 2016   25% Payment

 

 
Winter Semester
December 15, 2016   10% Payment
January 15, 2017   15% Payment
February 1, 2017   25% Payment
February 15, 2017   25% Payment
March 15, 2017   25% Payment

 

Payment amount calculated from initial balance owing.

Payment Policies

For questions or concerns in regards to Payment Policies, please contact the Student Accounts Clerk.

Payment Deadlines

If a payment deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, payments made in person or by phone must be done within regular office hours on the previous business day. Late payments will be subject to late fees. Failure to finalize payment within a reasonable amount of time (as determined by Columbia) will result in withdrawal from the College.

Payments After Due Date

Missing a payment without prior approval of a new Deferred Payment Plan by the Student Accounts Office will result in a $50 charge. If a student cheque is returned for any reason, a fee of $25 will be charged to the student’s account. Students with unpaid accounts will not be permitted to return the following semester and appropriate steps will be taken to collect outstanding accounts. Payments will be applied first to room/board costs, secondly to all other non-tuition related fees, and lastly to tuition.

Student Loan Information

All student loans are required to be payable to Columbia Bible College until the account has been paid in full. Any resulting over-payment of tuition and fees will be available for a refund as stated below. After the student account is paid in full, a student may request subsequent loans be made payable directly to the student. Student loans not approved at the time of registration will not be considered as approved for the purposes of the Columbia Bible College Financial Agreement.

Refunds from Student Accounts

Only payments received in excess on a student account will be available for a refund after Add/Drop Week. An approved student loan is only deemed received after the funds have been wire transferred to Columbia or a cheque has been received by Columbia. Payments received from a parent/legal guardian will only be refunded into the parent's/legal guardian's name unless otherwise instructed in writing. Payments received from a supporting agency will not be refunded to the student without prior written authorization as to the intended purpose of any excess funds. Where more than one sponsoring agency has made payments on a student account, any refunds available will be pro-rated to the overall cost of the invoice in conjunction to the payment made and distributed accordingly to all sponsoring agencies first. Please allow 5 business days for a refund to be processed.

Refund Policy for Voluntary Withdrawal and Dismissal

Bookstore Charge Authorizations

Bookstore charge authorizations will only be issued to the maximum amount of credit available on the student's account. Bookstore charging is to be used for textbook and school supplies only and will not be available for personal items. As these authorizations are retained by the bookstore at the time of purchase, it is advised that a student is fully aware of all required textbooks before making purchases (any amount not used cannot be carried forward as credit).