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Financial Aid



Earning an advanced degree is making an investment in yourself—and your future. A degree can open the door to more career choices and increase your earning potential. In times of economic uncertainty, possibly one of the best investments you can make is in your education, and in the professional skills that can lay the foundation for your future.

Student Loan Options

Student Loan Options

Pursuing a graduate degree at Adler University is one of the most important steps you can take to make a difference in your community. It’s not a surprise, however, that many people question whether they can afford to invest in higher education. A number of financial aid options exist to support your graduate school education. To begin, please read about the different loan options below.

Student loans offered by the Canadian government help students pay for their post-secondary education. Canadian students (including permanent residents, landed immigrants, and protected persons) apply for loans through their home province or territory. Government student loans take into consideration many factors, including:

  • Income and assets
  • Tuition, mandatory fees, and book costs
  • Living expenses
Students From British Columbia

StudentAid BC provides assistance in the form of Canada Student Loans or a combination of Canada Student Loans, B.C. Student Loans, and possibly grant funding. The amount and type of assistance awarded is based on need as assessed by the Provincial Authority. It takes approximately six weeks to process a student loan application. Students are therefore advised to apply early. Submitting online applications can speed up the approval process. Students are reminded that this is an assistance program aimed at complementing, not replacing, their own financial resources. To be eligible for full time StudentAid BC student loan funding, students must be registered in 60 percent of a full course load (6 credits), or 40 percent for students with permanent disabilities.

Students from British Columbia can apply online through to be considered for federal and provincial loans and grant funding.

How Much Loan Funding Will I Receive?

The amount of funding you receive depends on the financial information you submit in your online application. After you have submitted your application, you will receive an assessment from SABC. This assessment will tell you how much funding you are eligible for and when you will receive it.

Students From Other Provinces

Students from a province or territory other than British Columbia are eligible to receive government student loan assistance, but they must apply through their home province.

Please visit the loan site based on your province of residence below:

Grants, Scholarships, And Other Financial Supports

There are many programs available that can help with the cost of postsecondary education. For a list of eligible programs please visit or inquire through your home province.

Students From The U.S. Attending The Vancouver Campus

Students who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents begin the U.S. financial aid process by completing and submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at using Adler’s school code (G20681). Financial aid applications are year-specific and must be renewed each academic year in order to continue funding. The 2020-2021 FAFSA covers the Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021 semesters and the 2021-2022 FAFSA covers the Fall 2021, Spring 2022, and Summer 2022 semesters.

  • U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents applying to start during the Spring 2021 or Summer 2021 semesters should complete both the 2020-2021 FAFSA and the 2021-2022 FAFSA.
  • U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents applying to start during the Fall 2021, Spring 2022, or Summer 2022 semesters should complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA.
International Students

International students attending the Vancouver Campus are not eligible for Canadian federal or provincial student loans. However, international students are eligible to work off-campus through the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) off-campus work permit program. For more information about this program, please visit



Adler University offers a variety of scholarships to help support the educational goals of its students. Unlike student loans, scholarships do not need to be repaid and are awarded based on a variety of criteria including, but not limited to, academic excellence, mission relevance, and community involvement and service.

Entrance Scholarships

Admitted Vancouver Campus students may be eligible for merit-based scholarships through the Office of Admissions. Applicants are encouraged to connect with their admissions advisor to discuss eligibility and scholarship application processes.

Students can be awarded only one of the scholarships for entrance. Scholarships are disbursed toward tuition and fees over the first two terms. Scholarships are awarded at time of acceptance after review by committee and are non-renewable. Applicants who are offered a scholarship and defer admission from the original term of acceptance are ineligible to retain the scholarship.

Organizational Health and Wellness Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who demonstrate leadership potential and are interested in advancing socially responsible practice in organizations. Eligibility is open to all Canadian Citizens or Canadian Permanent Residents who are admitted to our Masters programs in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at our Vancouver campus.

Award Amount: $5,000-$10,000 (disbursed over the first year)

Social Justice Scholarship

Priority for this scholarship is given to candidates with either a history of providing community service or an articulated plan to design and/or implement effective and innovative solutions to a significant social problem. The award is given to talented students who have demonstrated knowledge and experience in diverse communities and/or backgrounds, and are prepared to use this knowledge to contribute to the education of their fellow students.

Award Amount: $1,000-$5,000

Diversity Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to talented students who have demonstrated knowledge and experience in diverse communities and/or backgrounds, and are prepared to use this knowledge to contribute to the education of their fellow students. Priority is given to candidates from traditionally under-represented, under-served, and marginalized populations who exhibit academic promise and dedication to Adler University’s mission. Priority is also given to new students who are citizens of countries other than the United States or Canada.

Award Amount: $1,000-$5,000

International Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to international students who demonstrate a commitment to social interest and dedication to improving their local community. It is for incoming students with excellence in academic achievement.

Award Amount: $1,000-$5,000

Merit Scholarship

Preference given to individuals who have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Award Amount: $1,000-$5,000

Specific Scholarships and Tuition Initiatives

In addition to entrance scholarships Adler University Vancouver also offers tuition incentives and awards to students who meet specific criteria outlined below. Admitted Vancouver Campus students should be in touch with the Vancouver Campus Office of Admissions to obtain full details about these unique scholarship opportunities.

Community Partner Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time employee at one of Adler University’s Community Partner sites. Must submit all admissions documents and be accepted only to the Master of Public Policy & Administration Program at the Vancouver campus. For questions on eligible Community Partner sites please contact the Vancouver Campus Office of Admissions.

Award Amount: 50% of tuition

Indigenous Student Scholarship

Newly admitted indigenous students receive this award upon acceptance to any program. Please contact your admissions advisor to discuss eligibility and resources available.

Award Amount: $5,000 (non-renewable)

AmeriCorps Service Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to those who have served the community through the AmeriCorps programs (either current AmeriCorps members or alumni). Applicants must submit all admissions documents, be accepted to a Master’s or Doctoral degree program, and submit verification of an AmeriCorps Educational Award. Applicants who qualify for AmeriCorps Service Scholarship are not eligible for any other scholarships or discounts from Adler University.

Award Amount: 50% of tuition

Peace Corps Service Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to those who have served the community abroad through the Peace Corps (either current Peace Corps members and volunteers). Applicants must submit a completed Adler University application for admissions and verification of Peace Corps service. Applicants who qualify for the Peace Corps Service Scholarship are not eligible for any other scholarships or discounts from Adler University.

Award Amount: 50% of tuition

Harry Jerome Black Excellence Scholarship

Adler University’s Harry Jerome Black Excellence Scholarship is open to incoming domestic and international students at Adler University’s Vancouver campus. The recipient of this scholarship will be selected based on a 500-word or less essay, or a 5-minute or less video describing the ways that “Black Excellence” manifests in your current or future work. Priority is given to Black students.

Award Amount: $5,000

Hogan’s Alley Scholarship

The Hogan’s Alley Scholarship is open to incoming domestic and international students at Adler University’s Vancouver Campus. Applicants will be selected based on a commitment to community building or activism or portrayed in their admissions application materials (Statement of Intent and Resume/CV). Priority is given to students who represent racial minorities in Canada, with an emphasis on Black students.

Award Amount: $2000 (3 awards)

Continuing Student Scholarships

Current Student Bursaries

Adler University, Vancouver Campus offers a select number of bursaries in the amount of $1,000 for continuing students each academic year. These bursaries are need-based.  Individuals who can receive tuition reimbursement through an employer or who are part of our Community Partner Scholarship Program are not eligible for bursary assistance.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Demonstrate a significant financial need
  • Plan to be enrolled full-time at Adler in the upcoming term. Full-time status is defined as enrollment in six-credits and/or practicum, practicum continuation, thesis, dissertation, full-time internship, internship continuation, or externship satisfy the full-time enrollment definition.
  • Have completed at least one semester at Adler, Vancouver Campus
  • Be in good academic standing at Adler with a minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the Mission, Vision and Values of Adler University
  • Have not been awarded an Adler University bursary in the past academic year

Rosemary Brown Human Rights Scholarship

The Rosemary Brown Human Rights Scholarship is awarded annually to a current student at Adler University’s Vancouver Campus. The recipient of this scholarship will be selected based on a demonstrated commitment to human rights issues as illustrated in a 500-word or less essay, or a 5-minute or less video. Priority will be given to Black students and is open to both Canadian and international students.

Award Amount: $5,000

Indigenous Student Funding Tips

Indigenous Student Funding Tips

Adler University’s Vancouver Campus recommends that Indigenous applicants follow the steps listed below when pursuing educational funding.

  1. An indigenous student’s first step is to reach out to their First Nation for band funding and other related scholarships/awards. They will have an application process the student must go through and specific deadlines determined by the post-secondary funding administrator. Bands will sometimes fund partial amounts if the cost of tuition is too high for their yearly budget.
  2. If the student receives a band denial letter or is not a member of a band/nation, this can grant them access to external indigenous sources of funding. Federal and Provincial agencies that fund students for post-secondary education outside of band funding look for band denial letters to proceed with their sponsorship process. These agencies may also offer funding to Metis, Inuit, and non-status indigenous students.
  3. Students can also apply for a student loan through their province of residency at the point of acceptance.
  4. Students can also check out external scholarships, bursaries, and awards for indigenous students.

External Indigenous Sources of Funding

These sponsors are outside of band funding and assist indigenous students in their post-secondary financial aid.

Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

Scholarships are a great way to ease the financial strain of a school year. Students can apply to multiple scholarships.

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Funding is also available to indigenous students based on location, financial status, and age, among other criteria. They can also sign up for  and to apply for other scholarship opportunities.

Payment Schedule

Payment Schedule

Tuition and fees are due and payable one month after the registration period ends. Payments made to the University are first applied against any previously existing balance, then to current charges. Students are responsible for all tuition and fees at the time due regardless of pending employer or third-party reimbursement unless other financial arrangements have been made. Students receiving financial aid funds are responsible for submitting payment for all tuition and fees that will not be covered by the amount of aid anticipated. Payment plans (deferred monthly installments) are available. Interested students can contact the Office of Student Accounts for more information. Inquiries should be initiated prior to the published tuition due date.

Tuition Refund Policy

Vancouver Campus Students who have officially withdrawn from the School or specific courses, may be entitled to a tuition refund to be paid within 14 business days of receipt of the official withdrawal or drop request. Refunds will be based upon the total charge incurred rather than the amount paid by the student. The percentage of tuition refunded, excluding the non-refundable tuition deposit and all other fees, is determined in accordance with the following schedule:

  • End of 10th calendar day of the course period 100%.
  • 11th calendar day of the course period through the end of the term 0% To initiate a refund, written notice must be provided: (a) By a student to the institution when the student withdraws; or (b) By the institution to the student where the institution dismisses a student *Refund entitlement is calculated on the total fees due under the contract, less the applicable non-refundable application or registration fee. Where total fees have not yet been collected, the institution is not responsible for refunding more than has been collected to date. and a student may be required to make up for monies due under the contract.
Contact Us

Contact Us

The Office of Financial Aid will help you understand your options and answer any questions you have. Our financial aid advisor is available for phone or in-person consultations. You can reach the Office of Financial Aid by emailing [email protected]


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